“You are hypocritical” 2


hypocritical pro-lifersOur May 7th blogpost, “How much is a human life worth,” generated some pushback with this response:

“You hit the nail on the head when you called the fetuses “unborn humans.” Until they are born, they are not humans, but potential humans.

Why do you never talk about stillborns? Approximately 0.6% of all births are stillborn. Without abortions that number would be higher. Also about 0.2% of mothers die in childbirth or during pregnancies. That number too would be higher without abortions.

Another problem I have with anti-abortionists is that once a child is born, when it has become a verifiable human life, no one cares what happens to it. You just walk away, thinking your job is done. Well, it is 18 years away from being “done”! It doesn’t matter to you if a child has a proper family, a safe home, enough food to eat, or sufficient love to become a happy adult.

You are hypocritical.

I won’t even talk about your defense of the death penalty, except to say it is no longer pro-life. Because of age you switch to being pro-death. Bah humbug!”

Like many supporters of abortion rights, this writer blends misinformation with straw man arguments. Let us clear the air point-by-point:

“You hit the nail on the head when you called the fetuses “unborn humans.” Until they are born, they are not humans, but potential humans.

Actually, scientists disagree.

In an interview of 5337 biologists, 96% of biologists said human life (not potential human life) begins at fertilization. This matters. When surveyed voters were asked: who do you think is most qualified to tell them when human life begins? Biologists? Philosophers? Religious leaders? Supreme Court Justices? Eighty percent said biologists.

Specifically, embryologists tell us human life begins when the sperm and ovum, neither of which can sustain life or direct growth by itself, come together at fertilization. For the first time the new life has all 46 chromosomes and all the directions (DNA) it needs for the rest of life. The sex of the baby, the color of the hair, everything is already fixed. Humanity is fixed, and personhood is fixed, as if there were even a distinction.

But, there’s the rub. Abortion proponents DO want to make a distinction. They suggest that if a living ‘thing’ isn’t neurologically functioning as a human being, it’s not a person. The argument doesn’t make sense. By the same logic, you could kill a sleeping person, someone in a coma, or the handicapped with moral impunity.

The burden of proof that the unborn human at 9 months in the womb … or even 9 seconds, isn’t a human person, despite all evidence to the contrary, lies with abortion advocates.

Why do you never talk about stillborns? Approximately 0.6% of all births are stillborn. Without abortions that number would be higher. Also about 0.2% of mothers die in childbirth or during pregnancies. That number too would be higher without abortions.

The writer suggests that somehow human abortion is ‘therapeutic’ by reducing the incidence of stillborn births and childbirth mortality.

The Centers for Disease Control tell us some 24,000 babies are stillborn a year, and that some 700 women die a year as a result of pregnancy delivery complications. Each of these deaths is a profound tragedy.

By contrast, roughly 862,320 unique human beings were aborted in 2017 according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute. Each of these deaths is a profound tragedy. There is no comparison: human abortion is 35 times as deadly.

Another problem I have with anti-abortionists is that once a child is born, when it has become a verifiable human life, no one cares what happens to it. You just walk away, thinking your job is done. Well, it is 18 years away from being “done”! It doesn’t matter to you if a child has a proper family, a safe home, enough food to eat, or sufficient love to become a happy adult.

You are hypocritical.

Who told you such falsehoods? These assertions would be laughable if they weren’t so inaccurate.

The question is, why are so many supporters of abortion rights so oblivious to the loving outreach to “born children” by thousands upon thousands of pro-life supporters in the U.S. and beyond?

Because their rant is a straw man argument meant to change the subject and demonize the pro-life movement while attempting to present abortion advocates in a compassionate light.

Nonetheless, let us shine a light on their straw man and light a match to this lie.

Pro-life Christians care for kids after they’re born

An entire industry of pro-life faith-driven organizations provides tangible outreach for babies AFTER they’re born. The Wall Street ran an entire piece on an incredible organization called the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) providing tangible assistance to children.

Groups like Catholic Charities, Lutheran Family Services, Focus on the Family, and Bethany Christian Services have been around for a long time. Dynamic new groups, members of CAFO, have launched in recent years, such as:

  • Replanted Ministries: they offer post placement support for adoptive and foster families.
  • Patty’s Hope:  they provide counseling, training and housing for biological mothers of kids in foster care.
  • Reece’s Rainbow:  they advocate for children with special needs and awards grants to families who adopt them.

Pro-life Christians don’t receive public funding

The WSJ points out that these groups don’t receive public funding.  Abortion cynics sneer that these ‘do-gooders’ are only doing it to gain converts to the faith, which is kind of rich.

Think about it. Big Abortion and their political, media, and Hollywood allies try to gain converts with a club. The latest is their insistence that we scrap the Hyde Amendment and require pro-life taxpayers to fund abortions through their tax dollars.

The power of love

By contrast, pro-life Christians use love, not a club, to gain converts. Jedd Medefind, the president of CAFO put it this way:

“If you just want to proselytize, you can go to the park and pass out tracts. Adopting or fostering or becoming involved in the life of a struggling family is far more costly than cheap proselytizing.”

So why do they do what they do? Is it out of guilt? Is it just a duty? Mr. Medefind says it’s more than that:

“Being loved is the most transformative power on earth. The Christian gospel said our God welcomes us amidst our great need. We seek to reflect that same heart.”

The Knights of Columbus

If ever there was a pro-life group that helps babies after they’re born, it is the Knights of Columbus.

The Knights of Columbus supports the Special Olympics, you know the very kids abortion advocates abort at alarming rates. (Some 90% Down Syndrome babies are aborted.)

They buy ultra sound machines for pro-life pregnancy centers.

They provide funds to support refugee relief to help persecuted groups facing genocide around the world.

And they provide coats for kids; wheelchairs for the lame; and homes for the homeless.

Local outreach

Have you ever seen a Knight handing out Tootsie Rolls when you walk into a local grocery store, and do you ever wonder what happens to the money you donate? Here’s one example in Des Moines, Iowa: Holy Trinity Catholic Church’s Knight’s chapter has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Ruby Van Meter school over the years.

Ruby Van Meter is a school for kids with significant intellectual disabilities. The Knights help these “actual living human beings.”

They buy coats for actual human beings.

They save lives of actual Christian human beings being persecuted in dangerous corners of the world.

And they improve the lives of actual disabled young people.

Knights are demonized by abortion zealots

This is a compassionate organization abortion advocates should be applauding, not demonizing, but demonized they are. Two pro-abortion U.S. Senators, Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, both said membership in the Knights of Columbus disqualifies men from being appointed to judgeships.

Senator Hirono charged that the Knights have staked out “extreme positions” based on Catholic teaching that supports traditional marriage and the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

In fully McCarthyism mode, she demanded to know of a judicial nominee who was a member of the Knights:

“If confirmed, do you intend to end your membership with this organization to avoid any appearance of bias?”

And Senator Harris showed her disdain by characterizing “the Knights of Columbus [as an] an all-male society comprised of primarily Catholic men … [that] opposes a woman’s right to choose.”

Can you see how abortion poisons rational thinking?

The largest pro life group in the world

Here is a partial list of the active outreach to kids after they’re born provided by the largest pro life group in the world. They are …

√ Reducing infant mortality.

√ Boosting the number of kids with health coverage.

√ Increasing access to healthy food for the hungry.

√ Lessening the number of families and individuals forced to live in emergency shelters.

√ Expanding the quantity of affordable housing units.

√ Working to increase fathers’ involvement in families.

√ Expanding access to quality affordable early childhood education.

√ Increasing the rate of high school completion.

√ Raising the number of youth participating in postsecondary education or workforce training.

√ Adopting out more children than any other provider in the country.

We refer, of course, to Catholic Charities, a group for whom IFL Executive Director, Maggie DeWitte, once worked. And this is just the Catholics. It doesn’t even include the great work being done by the Lutherans, Evangelical Christians, and other outstanding faith-based and secular organizations. 

On what do abortion proponents base this straw man argument? Nothing. It is fabricated out of thin air to mask the moral shortcomings of their own position.

For the record, what is Planned Parenthood doing to help actual human beings AFTER they’re born?

I won’t even talk about your defense of the death penalty, except to say it is no longer pro-life. Because of age you switch to being pro-death. Bah humbug!”

For the record, this is an actual response we received from an abortion rights proponent. We didn’t change a word.

Regarding the death penalty, this is another straw man argument that attempts to change the subject. Human abortion and human execution are two different issues.

The difference between a million and 23 deaths

The writer fails to acknowledge the innocence of the human person in the womb, one million of whom were “executed” (aborted, in 2013) for being unwanted in contrast to 23 people who were executed in 2017 for the crime of murder.

Does he not understand the difference between an innocent baby in the womb and a murderer?

Does he not understand the difference between a million innocent deaths and 23 just punishments?

Abortion proponents who raise this point DO know the difference. That is why this, like the previous arguments, is a straw man.

The largest pro-life group in the world is the Roman Catholic Church, which opposes the death penalty without exception. Many, maybe even most pro-lifers we know, oppose the death penalty.

So to this writer who dismisses pro-lifers as being hypocritical, we hope you’ll reconsider your dismissive “bah humbug” in light of the good work being done by the pro-life community.

Thank-you for writing.

[This blogpost was originally published at www.IowansforLIFE.org. Thanks for permission to republish it on Quiner’s Diner.]

Everything you wanted to know about ‘born alive’ legislation but were afraid to ask Reply


By Tom Quiner

born alive legislation

“You are pathetic for believing and spreading such garbage!”

What sparked this intense outburst? The meme above which appeared on our Facebook page. The meme reveals the incoherence of Democratic politicians when it comes to born alive legislation. The responder  was livid and continued:

“This is probably the very worst lie that the far right is spreading! It is ugly and untrue. No doctor is killing babies once they are viable, and definitely once they are born! If continuing to spread this lie because you want votes-it is just sickening.”

Iowans for LIFE is non partisan. Our mandate is to defend the gift of life from conception until natural death. As the Democratic Party becomes increasingly anti-life in their public policy pronouncements, they are increasingly finding themselves in IFL’s crosshairs.

So, is the meme a lie?

Sadly, no. Let’s look at the issue in a simple question & answer format:

When is a baby in the womb viable? The age of viability keeps changing thanks to medical advances. When Roe was decided, the age of viability was 28 weeks; today, it is 24 and in some cases, the markers have been moved to 21 weeks.

Is there really any distinction between a 24 week old human being in 2018 compared to one in 1973?  No, there’s not. It takes a leap of faith to think otherwise, but that is the leap of faith abortion advocates make. If you think about it, a human being is not viable for a number of years after birth. They will die of hunger or exposure without the intervention of their mother and father.

By the same token, human beings in a coma or afflicted by dementia or other ailments are not viable without intervention. Viability is not a rational or moral standard for defining human dignity.

Ok, but be honest, no doctor is killing babies once they are viable, right? Sadly, wrong. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 5597 abortions took place in the U.S. when the unborn person was 21 weeks or later. These numbers are for 2015 and include data from only forty states. Some states, such as California, don’t collect this data, so the numbers are actually much higher. Here in Iowa, nine abortions took place when the unborn person was 21 weeks or older.

Ok, but “no doctor is killing babies once they are born!” Right? Tragically, wrong. Dr. Kermit Gosnell is the most notorious example. Prosecutors believed Dr. Gosnell killed hundreds of newborns who survived his late term abortion procedures. He was ultimately charged with seven counts, convicted on three of them, and is serving a life term in prison without the possibility of parole.

That’s but one example. Can you name one other? As you might guess, abortionists don’t like to admit their “failures.” Their job is to kill the baby in the womb, even if that baby is on the cusp of being born. So statistics are spotty. Nonetheless, data from the Centers for Disease Control identify 362 deaths to babies that initially survived an abortion for the ten year period beginning in 2001.

What happens if a baby survives her abortion? Watch the undercover video below of a conversation between a Washington DC abortion doctor and a pregnant woman. She pointedly asked what happens if the baby survives the abortion. His response:

“I mean, technically, you know, legally, we would be obligated to help it, you know, to survive. But, you know, it probably wouldn’t. It’s all in how vigorously you do things to help a fetus survive at this point.” [Emphasis ours.]

[Tom Quiner is President of Iowans for LIFE’S board. Click here to read the rest of this blogpost at http://www.IowansForLIFE.org]

“And then it was gone.” 2


By Tom Quiner

“Unplanned” movie review

If you ever had doubt that there’s hope for this unseemly world, go and see Unplanned the Movie. Iowans for LIFE and Innervisions HealthCare teamed up to host a private screening of this dramatic pro-life film.

Unplanned the movie

We packed 4 theaters at the Jordan Creed Mall last night for an intense experience that plunged us deep into the inner workings of Planned Parenthood.

The move is so very painful. At the same time, it is so very hopeful. It tells the true story of Abby Johnson who drank the Planned Parenthood cool aid and bought into the lie that Planned Parenthood was all about uplifting women. She convinced herself that they were really all about ‘women’s reproductive health.’ And yet every frame of the film either directly or indirectly reveals the utter pain and despair wrought by the evil of abortion.

Despite the depravity of this ‘sacrament of abortion’ to which Planned Parenthood clings, Unplanned the Movie dramatizes the power of faith in overcoming evil.

Abby Johnson succumbs to the beauty of God’s love by finally having her eyes opened that abortion is really about bondage, not freedom.

It took guts to tell this story

She’s a brave woman, because she lays her life bare in Unplanned. She witnesses an abortion. The scene is the most unpleasant two minutes I have ever experienced at a movie. You see the fetus trying to dodge the abortionist’s deadly weapons on the ultrasound screen. You seem him losing the battle, and as Abby Johnson later sobs, “And then it was just … gone.”

You can’t consider Unplanned entertainment. Consider it penance you owe our tiny brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters lost on the altar of child sacrifice, aka human abortion.

Don’t get me wrong. The movie is utterly gripping. You’re sucked into the movie within seconds, just like an aborted fetus is sucked into an abortionist’s demonic vacuum device.

Prayer works

Unplanned reveals amazing things. Prayer works. Abby said whenever the faithful showed up to pray outside the clinic, PP’s “sales” dropped for that day as “customers” drove away.

Planned Parenthood is all about profits, and abortion is their cash cow. When Abby asks her heartless boss, “isn’t Planned Parenthood a non-profit?”, her boss barks back, “non-profit is a tax status, not a business model.”

Pro life films like “Gosnell: the trial of america’s biggest serial killer” and “Unplanned” have to overcome enormous obstacles to be made.

They’re hard to fund. The Gosnell producers had to crowd fund the project. Then Kickstarter wouldn’t let them use their platform, because it was an “inappropriate” subject matter for their platform. So they switched to IndieGoGo and raised record amounts of money for their pro life film project.

Social media platforms do everything they can to suppress these projects.

Film critics tend to ignore the films, which suppresses audience turnout.

And yet these films get made, driven by the passion and righteousness of the pro life cause. Support this project. It’s a wonderful, but painful movie. If you can, take friends who are not pro life. This film has the clout to change their mind.

[IFL and Innervisions co-funded last night’s private screening. The free will offering that followed didn’t cover our expenses. If you’re able, please donate online or text your donation to: (515) 800-BABY (2229). Thank-you!]