Unnecessary choices

By Karen Quiner

A mom wrote about the terrible death of her son decades ago (“Necessary Choices”).

His body was used for medical research following his death from Canavan’s disease at the age of sixteen. Here is an excerpt from Saturday’s Des Moines Register:

Today I feel fierce again — in defending Planned Parenthood against a disgusting smear campaign attempting to delegitimize the good and necessary work they do. The videotape of a doctor talking about fetal research became propaganda portraying this respected women’s health care center as a slimy business that makes money by murdering babies and selling their body parts for profit.

Yes, Planned Parenthood is involved in supplying human tissue for use in medical research. The aborted fetus would otherwise be discarded.

Yes, it is legal to use fetal tissue in medical research with the consent of the woman getting an abortion.

And by the way, yes, abortion is legal as well.

Anti-abortion activists made the tape, which supposedly exposes the ghoulish designs of Planned Parenthood medical personnel. Conservative politicians are wild to see Planned Parenthood investigated, exposed and defunded.

The Iowa view by Fern Kupfer makes a false comparison between her decision to help with research for a cure for her son’s disease and Planned Parenthood’s decision to sell body parts of aborted persons for research purposes.

She did not kill her child to help with this research. Nor did she sell his blood and urine while alive or sell his body after his death (at least I assume not).

What Planned Parenthood is doing is not only appalling, it is of  questionable legality.

What is it going to take, how far does PP have to go before we finally say that they have crossed the line of human decency?

Burning them with saline isn’t the line. Tearing them apart with forceps isn’t the line. Forcing scissors into the base of their skull during a partial birth abortion isn’t the line.  Are we now required to accept that crushing them from above and below so we can preserve their organs for sale is ok?


  1. mamaemme on August 4, 2015 at 5:25 am

    This country has lost its center and is a step away from losing its soul.

  2. Harlan Bergman on August 4, 2015 at 8:32 am

    How about some of our Rinos voting against defunding Planned Parenthood? You know, as I wrote this, isn’t it interesting that PP uses the word “parenthood” in their name, but, when they perform an abortion, there is no “parenthood!”

    • quinersdiner on August 4, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Very good points.

    • encourage the faithful on August 4, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Harlan, we can reason out that most of our congressmen and women have been corrupted by power and money (and the example/scandal set by the senior members). This corruption serves them not us. Where are all the good men and women? If there were some, how long will they remain good? The devolution into evil has been slow but steady. When people stop embracing morality, and everything is relative, it becomes each man for himself.

  3. encourage the faithful on August 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    False comparisons? Grave sinners excel at obfuscation, Karen. This woman has been deluded, aided by her emotional state, into thinking that PP does anything good. The devil has truly sown confusion in her and their hearts and minds. Planned Parenthood and the Democratic Party excel at the spinning of lies into truth. How many times will the feminist (the Eve sans virtue) rush to defend the right to abort a baby? Evil defends evil. Evil cannot abide the light (of Christ). They will, they must, defend what they have done else they could not live with the pain of a conscience which reminds them of how perfectly they were made and for Whom they were made. Too much goodness is anathema to evil. Each of these women has made a choice, and even if that choice is constrained in some way, there is an element of the gift of free will. Women have taken license with that gift that God freely gave them. And that gift of free will is what God uses to judge the state of that person’s soul.

    We, those of us who use our faith and reason as the gifts God gave us, know that He condemns the unjust killing of a defenseless human being. Women tell us that for some of them a fetus is an invader of their bodies and they are justified in removing that invader. When did they forget that a baby is made in God’s image? How these feminists (some women are feminists by default) will twist and contort the truth for their own purpose! They lost their sight because they worshiped the creature instead of the Creator. There are so many natural safeguards that God has willed for us but these women refused each and every one of them, effectively shunning Him.

    I knew that abortion was evil without having to know anything else. America is already doomed as most of her citizens did not stop to change their minds even after God gave them ample time to look at each and every degradation (that you named) done to the perfect images of God. Will God spare our country if even a handful of us are worshipers? Once His patience is spent, the answer will be no, if history is to be believed.

    God’s mercy and grace are free. These women chose to eschew these gifts and their minds were thus darkened. Only a conversion by God will save them. We, those of us who have regained our sight, must continue to be the example of the Imago Dei.

  4. encourage the faithful on August 5, 2015 at 1:50 am

    How about this, Karen, from Anthony Lane of Impractical Catholic:

    “If you learn anything about the law — and I’ll freely confess I’m not a lawyer — you learn that the way a statute is written is very, very, very important. The simpler a clause is written, the more it leaves open to interpretation.”

    “Katie M. Geary of the Becket Fund explains the problem in The Federalist. To make a simple explanation simpler: Abortion providers can’t perform what the law calls a “partial-birth” abortion, a procedure in which the unborn child’s head is manipulated into a breech presentation, then has its brain removed while stuck in the birth canal. On the other hand, stopping the heart with digitoxin before dismembering the child ruins fetal stem cells for research purposes. (See the footage and the transcript.) “These babies are being strategically maneuvered, crushed, and dismembered under ultrasound guidance — while still alive.”

    Katie goes even further than you do, Karen. Her description is as stark and as dark as it gets. And because it has never been politically correct to tell women what to do with their bodies (the feminazis will cry foul and ruin the livelihood of any and all detractors), these practices have been going on without any oversight. And the cries of the babies go unheard and unheeded until, mercifully, they can feel no more.

    I imagine the executioners are fascinated by what they see and by the power they wield in controlling life. I imagine they fancy themselves as gods. It must be an intoxicating and heady high they achieve.

    It is barbaric what we have allowed them to do all these years while we were minding our own pursuits of happiness.

    Read the rest of the article here:

  5. quinersdiner on August 5, 2015 at 10:46 am

    This is Karen. Thanks for all of those who responded. We were talking with a group this morning about how the time for political correctness is over. This is evil in it’s purest form.

    Satan isn’t even making an attempt at subterfuge these days. He doesn’t need to. People are willingly colluding with him.

    Those who are in a position to influence others (the media and church leaders especially) and affect laws, are colluding with evil.

    There is a nationwide protest on August 22nd outside planned parenthood clinics around the country. I urge you to attend and drag as many people as you can to go with you. ~ Karen