Pro-Life book sale moves to new location 1

By Jenifer Bowen

Iowa Right to Life is pleased to announce that we are celebrating our 10th book sale in 5 years!

“With sale proceeds benefiting pro-life pregnancy centers, maternity shelters and adoption agencies across Iowa, this has been such an exciting journey,” stated Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director of Iowa Right to Life.  “Through the diligence of our book sale coordinator, Rhonda Phillips and 100s of dedicated volunteers, our organization has been able to send a significant amount of money to dozens of centers that receive no government funding.”

The 10th Sale will be held in Our NEW venue, Jordan Park Camp, 2251 Fuller Road (Corner of Fuller and Grand), in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Admission is free.

Here is the schedule:

Wednesday, September 28: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Thursday, September 29: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Friday, September 30: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 1: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

In addition to 1,000s of books, DVDs, CDs and more, the Iowa Right to Life Book Sale is the premier place to purchase pro-life t-shirts, mugs, books, and many more resources.

[Jenifer Bowen is Executive Director for Iowa Right to Life]



Democrats diss democracy Reply

By Tom Quiner

Our democratically elected legislature passed a law in the 90s called The Defense of Marriage Act.

It passed with bi-partisan support.

A Democratic President signed it into law.

The current president, also a Democrat, said, “Sorry, I don’t like the law. I’m not going to enforce it.”

End of story.

Another Democrat, North Carolina Governor, Bev Perdue, share’s the president’s disdain for democracy, as she stated in this address to a rotary club in Cary, NC:

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”

Another Democrat, Peter Orszag, agrees. Mr. Orszag is President Obama’s former budget director. He’s the guy who crunched the numbers that claimed Obamacare would save us money, a notion that was rejected by the Congressional Budget Office AFTER the bill was passed.

Here’s the solution to our political gridlock, according to this Democrat:

“To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic…Our polarized political system has proved incapable of reaching a consensus on this common-sense approach. What we need, then, are ways around our politicians…”

So, according to another Democrat, the solution to democracy is less democracy. [You can read more about Mr. Orszag at a previous Quiner’s Diner post here.]

Last month, another Democrat, Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, told insurance companies that they are mandated to cover the following:

• Birth Control pills that cost $9.00/month for generics

• Day-After Chemical Abortion Pills

• All mechanical Birth Control Devices

• Breast Pumps

• Annual “well-woman” physical, screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer.

• Diabetes testing during pregnancy

• Counseling on domestic violence

Some of the services are considered to be abominations to practicing Catholics, such as day-after abortion pills.

Some of these services are good.

But when they are imposed on the marketplace by presidential edict, our democracy has been corrupted, our freedoms eroded.



In praise of Adolph Hitler 3

By Tom Quiner

Adolph Hitler

Adolph Hitler accomplished much for Germany. In his own words from a speech in 1939 …

” … I overcame chaos in Germany, restored order, enormously raised production in all fields of our national economy … “

These are accomplishments any American could relate to, aren’t they? Mr. Hitler really put government to work for his people:

“I succeeded in completely resettling in useful production those 7 million unemployed who so touched our hearts… “

Mr. Hitler created massive public works programs like the German Autobahn to employ people, something the American Democratic Party reveres.

“I have restored to the Reich the provinces grabbed from us in 1919; I have led millions of deeply unhappy Germans, who have been snatched away from us, back into the Fatherland; I have restored the thousand year old historical unity of German living space.”

Sounds a little like today’s Palestinians, a cause to which American liberals relate.

So, you see, Hitler did some good stuff. It just doesn’t seem right for people to dwell on the six million Jews he killed and on the World War he started. We need a balanced perspective in assessing a man. Right?

That is what supporters of Planned Parenthood tell us about an issue raging here in Des Moines, Iowa.

A woman with a resume filled with accomplishment was chosen to be recognized at Dowling Catholic High School until it was learned she had served on the board of Planned Parenthood for several years.

She withdrew her name from consideration after parents who support the Church’s position on life brought this information to the attention of the Principal and the Bishop.

Letter after letter has appeared in the Des Moines Register praising Planned Parenthood for the counseling, the education, and the “reproductive health” services they provide to the poor.

These people are furious with Dowling for not recognizing a woman who supports the mission of an organization that kills the pre-born.

Think about this for a minute. The Catholic Church views us to be fully human at conception, fully entitled to human rights.

Planned Parenthood doesn’t.

In the view of the Church, Planned Parenthood kills and profits from killing the most vulnerable amongst us.

Margaret Sanger

They have killed far more human beings than Adolph Hitler killed Jews. The philosophy of their founder, Margaret Sanger, shares a kinship with Mr. Hitler’s philosophy:

“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities.  The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Like Hitler, Margaret Sanger wanted to rid society of “inferior” human beings. To that aim, Planned Parenthood today opens clinics in inner cities near the highest concentrations of the African-Americans. Over half of black pregnancies end in abortion, most of which are performed by Planned Parenthood.

So, should we praise Adolph Hitler and Planned Parenthood for the “good” that they’ve done … or not?

Does the Jewish Anti-Defamation League honor Hitler?

Then how can the Catholic Church honor anyone associated with Planned Parenthood?


Planned Parenthood is the new “back alley” 3

By Jenifer Bowen

It would be remiss of us to allow Joy Corning’s letter to the editor in The Des Moines Register yesterday which she said is to “quell misconceptions about Planned Parenthood” to go unchallenged.

Pro-lifers can agree with one thing Corning says: “Sometimes we humans avoid facing facts that should shed light on topics we have opposed because of tradition and orientation.”  How else could one explain how Planned Parenthood apologists turn a blind eye to overwhelming facts that Planned Parenthood hurts women more than it helps?

Corning stated Planned Parenthood’s abortion services are “less than 2 percent of services provided.”

This begs the question:  Is Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s current Medical Director Dr. Jill Meadows a specialist in HIV or other STD testing?  Is she a specialist in cancer screenings?  No.  Dr. Jill Meadows specializes in late-term abortions, as does LeRoy Carhart.  Her grisly methods of dismembering babies without anesthesia are well documented.  (Please see Iowa Right to Life News, September 2011, which can be found at:

Planned Parenthood counts every condom as a “service” in order to downplay its abortion business.  That’s why it claims “less than 2 percent.”

Corning stated, “More than 97 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides are prevention services that help women, men and families stay healthy.”

It’s time to end the misconception that Planned Parenthood is about “prevention.”  The truth is, Planned Parenthood’s Education and Contraception feed its profitable abortion business.  The numbers don’t lie.  Planned Parenthood’s abortions are increasing exponentially in Iowa.

Let’s Look at Two Areas:  Planned Parenthood’s Education and Contraception

1) Planned Parenthood’s educational materials, far from being about prevention, are designed to sexualize children at a young age.  Here is Planned Parenthood’s informationfor teens to promote “safer” sex: “… there are many types of sex play that are considered lower-risk activities. These include:  mutual masturbation, erotic massage, body rubbing, kissing, oral sex, vaginal intercourse with a latex or female condom, anal intercourse with a latex or female condom…”

(See Planned Parenthood’s

The central feature on Planned Parenthood’s page for teens is a video: “Find out whether your breasts, penis, or vulva look normal.”  On a side navigation bar, “Pregnancy” is number four.  It comes after “Sex and Masturbation.”

Planned Parenthood’s “Breasts, Penis and Vulva” video for teens features graphic images of a woman’s vulva on an Etch A Sketch® (you know, those toys for children where you twist the knobs to create a design on the screen?)  Planned Parenthood uses tactics like this to target children even younger than teens all the time.  Do you think Etch A Sketch® actually approved Planned Parenthood’s use of its product to promote its pornographic sexualization of children?  Contact Etch a Sketch®’s parent company if you disapprove: Phone: 1.800.800.3141;

Email:; Mailing address: The Ohio Art Company, 1 Toy Street, Bryan, OH 43506.

There is a reason many of the school systems in Iowa do not use Planned Parenthood’s sex ed program. (For more information, see IRTL’s feature, “Take the Planned Parenthood Sex Ed Quiz” at

Planned Parenthood’s Contraception Programs fuel their abortion business.

One would think contraception prevents unwanted pregnancy.  Right?  Yet 54%of women having abortions used contraception that month, according to Planned Parenthood’s research arm, The Guttmacher Institute.

Planned Parenthood gains financially by giving women a false sense of security.  The more condoms Planned Parenthood gives out, the more birth control pills it provides, the more inter-uterine devices Planned Parenthood implants in women (and we should add teens, without the knowledge of their parents), the more its abortion business will increase.  Planned Parenthood can never claim its “prevention services” reduce abortions in Iowa, because Planned Parenthood’s abortion business has been growing steadily.

As stated above, Planned Parenthood counts every condom as a “service” in order to downplay its abortion business.  That’s why it claims “less than 2 percent.”

Corning stated Planned Parenthood placed nine babies in adoptive homes in one year. 

It’s stunning that Corning would see that as a bragging factor, when Planned Parenthood kills more than nine children in a few hours at a single location.  Planned Parenthood in Des Moines on Army Post Road, kills as many as 30 children in one day.

Corning stated, “Planned Parenthood prevents those untold, undocumented, unsafe and often disastrous self-inflicted or unprofessional abortion attempts.”

Just a few years ago, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s former Medical Director Dr. Meryl Severson almost killed a woman at a Planned Parenthood in Lincoln, NE, because he punctured her uterus and she lost 80 percent of the blood in her body.  When the woman later sued, Planned Parenthood attorneys said in court. “The woman was well aware of the risks associated with the procedure before it was performed on her at the Lincoln clinic this summer.”

Planned Parenthood has a history of botched abortions and cover-ups from sea to shining sea.  Planned Parenthood is the new back alley.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s current abortions by webcam, where a doctor is not there to examine the woman in person, show even greater disregard for women’s safety.  With the webcam abortions, women take the first drugs to kill the baby at Planned Parenthood and then they take a second set of drugs at home that expels the baby – so women are forced to deal with the blood and the dead baby at home – alone.   In addition, Planned Parenthood goes against FDA protocol and offers women a cheaper set of drugs that allows Planned Parenthood to make more money.

Corning stated Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger “held some viewpoints that did not survive our ongoing tests of justice and liberty.” 

Talk about jumping the shark. This shows Planned Parenthood’s incredible ability to push euphemism to new lows.  Margaret Sanger was a proponent of the Eugenics movement.  She wanted to purify the human race through birth control, sterilization and abortion.  In writings and lectures, Sanger dehumanized the poor and disabled as “human weeds,” “parasites,” “defectives,” “mistakes” and “a dead weight of human waste.”

Sanger thought parents should be required to submit an application to the government in order to have a child.  How can Corning possibly classify Sanger as for a woman’s right to “control her body and the ability to decide when, or whether to have a child?”

It’s time to stop the lies.  Planned Parenthood is not about prevention.  All of Planned Parenthood’s services fuel its profitable abortion business.  Planned Parenthood hurts women, hurts families, hurts communities and kills our unborn children.

[Ms. Bowen is Executive Director of Iowa Right to Life]


Liberals’ tragic leap of faith 1

By Tom Quiner

A letter writer self-identified herself as a liberal Catholic in a recent letter to the editor in The Des Moines Register.

Her rant, for that is what is was, included this line:

“Since when do we, as fellow Christians, take up the charge to bash one another?”

She was critical of a very reasoned op-ed piece by a Des Moines Deacon who clearly expressed the Catholic Church’s position on life matters.

His tone certainly was reasoned and even-handed. There was no bashing.

Let us think about the divide between the Catholic position on life and the liberal position on life (even if a person claims to be Catholic).

Catholics believe that you became a person at conception, not birth. That is a cornerstone of the Catholic faith, a fundamental belief of this religion.

Liberals tend to believe that you didn’t become a person until you were delivered from the womb and took your first breath. That apparently is their leap of faith. Otherwise, how could one tolerate the killing of the pre-born?

That would be murder, right?

The liberal writer continues:

“I consider myself a liberal Catholic and am tired of some of the church leaders who have been hijacked by the right wing conservative, holier-than-thou, unforgiving and condemning people. It is dangerous not to think for yourself. It is much easier to have others tell you how and what to think.”

In other words, she rejects the church’s position and would rather impose her own on society and Catholics with whom she disagrees.

In other words, she wants to do the very thing to conservatives (or practicing Catholics) that she claims they do to her.

If in fact she accepts the church’s position on abortion, that life begins at conception, then she countenances murder when a child is aborted.

If in fact she rejects the church’s position, then she wants to force Catholics to tolerate the killing of the pre-born. How can someone claim to be Catholic when they totally reject this foundational value of the church, this reverence for the sanctity of human life?

She has embraced a different religion, one unrecognizable to Catholicism.

Such a tragic leap of faith.