The Des Moines Register publishes Quiner’s Diner essay

By Tom Quiner

Thanks to the Des Moines Register for running my essay, “Webcam abortions have nothing to do with health.”

The Register disagrees with my position. They have editorialized in favor of webcam human abortion on many occasions. I appreciate their willingness to publish an opposing point of view.

Comments are pouring into the Register’s Facebook page, including gems like these”

“Quiner is a nut.”

He’s not the first to make that assertion. Actually, even my wife sometimes thinks I’m a little nutty, but at least not on this issue!

“Quiner moves from anecdote to statistics to propaganda. He buried the lede, though, on purpose. His real article began when he ascribed personhood to a fetus, declaring unearned certainty to the assertion. He used the term “We.” But “we” is too many people. Speak for yourself, Quiner.”

Someone has to stand up for the voiceless. I am simply one if millions.

“Register readers ingested the BS on a Friday. The tens of thousands of Iowa readers had been perfectly healthy up to that moment, from a mental and political standpoint at least. But before the three minutes it took to read Quiner’s column had passed, they began ROFLTAO. Within ten minutes, their brains had decayed to the point that they couldn’t find the A’s they had just L’d off with both hands in broad daylight: yes, like Quiner, their cognitive capabilities were now truly half-A’d.”

Sounds like this guy would know.

“Hey, Register! Can I get a monthly column like this guy? My “health” bona fides are at least as sound as Quiner’s. (I almost finished a “doctorate” in early English literature in the ’90s!) And I suppose I could start a website too based on my “political” and “religious” beliefs. If all that doesn’t qualify me to hold forth on “health” issues, what does?”

Take a shot and try submitting a piece. It’s harder than you think.

“I wonder how many people die from anaphyaxis from getting penicillin or other types of antibiotics or prescriptions? How many die from acute allergic reaction to peanuts? The use of anecdotal incidents is not proof. Manufacturers are sued numerous times by thes estates of persons who were killed using certain products. Using Quiner’s logic, cars should be outlawed. After all, a few years ago my good friend was killed in one.”

It’s a good point, but my info isn’t merely anecdotal. Thousands of women have been injured, according to FDA statistics. Should we really allow women to ingest this poison without a doctor present? Seriously?

“Tens of thousands of children are affected by BPA, fire retardants in their clothes and toys, nitrates in the drinking water from unregulated agriculture and a host of other “legal” poisons every day. When you are on board to address them all, and not just the ones you select from the list, we can talk. But if your interest in the protection of children is limited only to one narrow religious issue, you lose most of us.”

If you read the piece, you will see that religion and God were never invoked. This is a common tactic of the pro human abortion crowd to shut down discussion.

At least one reader liked the piece:

“Well written and informative article! This should raise awareness about “health” and choices.”

Click on the Register’s link above if you’d like to join the conversation.



  1. Mark on August 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations, Tom, when you get that kind of resistance you know you’re on the right track! We are running on the track right along with you.

    • quinersdiner on August 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      Thank-you, Mark. I very much appreciate words of encouragement on this issue.

  2. eMatters on August 2, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Those are the best arguments they’ve got? Sounds like concession speeches to me! Keep up the good work.

    • quinersdiner on August 2, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      Evidently so. Thanks for writing.

  3. Monty L. Patterson on August 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Dear Mr. Quiner,

    I read your article today as it mentioned my daughter, Holly Patterson, and her fatal experience with RU-486/misoprostol medical abortion in 2003.

    Medical abortion can be a very dangerous procedure. The health, safety and welfare of women should never be this compromised just for the sake of women’s rights to access. Women need to completely understand the health consequences of this drug regimen to properly make an informed decision that is in their best interest.

    Based on what I know, the so-called “health care (abortion) providers” are doing a very poor job informing women of RU-486 medical abortion risks while they are present in a clinic setting.

    The medical abortion off-label process is increasingly becoming a do-it-yourself procedure. This will create more injuries and fatalities that probably will go unreported.

    The abortion providers don’t appear to be responsible for handling their own patients complications and just simply direct them to an emergency hospital where doctors may not be familiar with their situation.

    I can only imagine the information women may be getting from a web cam consultation, in a remote location, with minimal or no emergency hospital facilities to handle their life-threatening complications.

    It is my hope that women and families, become educated with the facts about the real risks of these abortion drugs.

    I created a website “Abortion Pill Risks – Just the Facts” and a YouTube video called “Abortion Pill – Health Risks and Facts” as a educational resource for the international community.


    Monty L. Patterson

    • quinersdiner on August 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Dear Mr. Patterson: My condolences on your family’s loss. Thanks for your efforts in warning the public on the risks of RU-486.

      God bless you.


      Tom Quiner