Iowa women’s health in jeopardy with telemedicine abortion 3


By Maggie DeWitte, Executive Director of Iowans for L.I.F.E.

Maggie DeWitte

Have we gone too far?

In this world of rapidly advancing medical technology, the need exists to frequently step back and look honestly at what the possible outcome of each new advancement might be.

That certainly is the case for the telemedicine abortion scheme being tested on Iowans across the state of Iowa by Planned Parenthood.  Recently, several pro-life and pro-family organizations brought this issue to the forefront by presenting a letter to the Iowa Board of Medicine regarding this push-button medicine during their August 20th board meeting.  Nearly 60 groups within Iowa and across the country signed onto this letter stating that telemedicine abortion is an unsafe practice and should be stopped immediately.

The Des Moines Register wrote an editorial on September 5th entitled, “Telemedicine should help expand care, not limit choice,” and unfortunately gave readers an inaccurate commentary on what the real focus of our letter to the Board of Medicine was about.

The coalition of groups that came together had one issue in mind – telemedicine abortion.  The use of telemedicine in general is not the issue, and if used safely is of great benefit to many people in rural areas.

The opening line of this article states: “Some anti-choice groups will try anything to prevent women from having access to abortions.”  Yes, our group wants to prevent abortion, but our concern that day was the safety and welfare of women.  Such an important and life-changing decision needs to be made with a physician, face-to-face, so the physician can assess her physical and mental health, review her options, and make sure she understands the serious side effects of this action physically, mentally, and emotionally.

This is a women’s health issue.  Pro-life groups are often falsely accused of only caring about the baby. This issue illustrates that we do care about women and want them to be safe and healthy.   If we follow the Anti-life mantra of making abortion safe, rare and legal, we are disregarding their first tenet.  Telemedicine abortion is not safe, pure and simple.

RU-486 (mifepristone) is a dangerous and unsafe drug.  According to 2006 FDA figures, this abortion drug has killed at least 13 women worldwide and injured 1,100 in the United States.  This is not something that should be administered to women of Iowa with nary a physician present as the Register contends.  Telemedicine abortion is not about expanding access to health care to women in rural areas; it is about expanding the pocketbook of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and in the process endangering the lives of our children, sisters, and mothers across this state.

The Des Moines Register states that our “only agenda is to take a step backward when it comes to women’s reproductive rights.”  If the Des Moines Register Editorial staff had bothered to contact our group regarding this article, they would have been able to truthfully report on our agenda that day.  We are an organization whose vision is to educate Iowans on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.  The sanctity of human life includes the women of Iowa who are being tested with this telemedicine abortion scheme.  Their reproductive rights include safe procedures, not dispensing RU-486 by a video and sending these women on their way with no preparation for what has happened or what will happen in the privacy of their home.

More straight talk from Governor Christie 1


By Tom Quiner

Maybe I’m just tired with the President’s ostentatious oratorical self-indulgence.

Maybe I’m just tired of politicians who say nothing with a lot of words.

On the other hand, maybe the times call for directness.  Anyway you cut it, Governor Christie of New Jersey is a breath of fresh air amongst a bevy of bloviators.

We’re in a mess. Spending is out of control.  Unemployment is rampant with no relief in sight. Economists fear a double-dip recession. We need straight talk.  We need adults in office. The clip above gives us another glimpse of the New Jersey Governor’s direct style. The media loves to report about the “tone” of politics with criticisms of his combativeness.

On the other hand, Governor Christie leads the good, old-fashioned way:  with straight talk. Way to go, Governor. How honest and refreshing!

This is how a leader talks! 3


By Tom Quiner

Please take a few a minutes and listen to the exchange below between a New Jersey school teacher and NJ Governor, Chris Christie.

Governor Christie is direct.

He pulls no punches.

He conveys information with clarity.

He makes no apologies for making tough decisions, and he had to make them.

This is a nine minute exchange worth watching all the way to the end. America has declined because we’ve had too many politicians from both parties who say what their audiences wants to hear. Governor Christie says what his audience needs to hear. He leads rather than follows.

The danger of unrealistic expectations Reply


By Tom Quiner

President Obama was set up to fail by his own bloated rhetoric and a fawning press that didn’t do their job.

The video clip below of a supporter of the President’s reveals the problem:

His supporter, Peggy Joseph, gushes that an Obama administration will fill her gas tank and pay her mortgage, a somewhat unrealistic expectation even in light of Mr. Obama’s goal to take money from those who earned and give it to those who didn’t.

As Obamanomics continues to sputter, the time has come to pay the piper for the grandiosity of his hollow eloquence.  The video below lays it on the line:

His supporter is disappointed:

“… quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. I’ve been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people and I’m waiting, sir, I’m waiting. I don’t feel it yet. And I thought while it wouldn’t be a great measure, I would feel it in some small measure. I have two children in private school, and the financial recession has taken an enormous toll on my family. My husband and I joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot dogs and beans era of our lives. But quite frankly, it’s starting to knock on our door and ring true that that might be where we’re headed again.

And quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer this honestly, is this my new reality?”

The President once said in discussions on when life begins, that it was above his pay grade.

The economy is above his pay grade, too. In defense of the President, it’s above everyone’s pay grade in this respect: the free enterprise system revolves around millions of individual economic decisions being made by individuals and businesses on an hourly basis.  Top down economic control doesn’t work.  Ask the Soviet Union. Ask Cuba.

The President’s embrace of the European model of high taxes, big government, and a cradle-to-grave nanny state is a job killer.  Simply look at Europe if you don’t believe it.

To the Obama supporter who asks, “is this our new reality?” The answer is yes unless we get a handle on our runaway spending and scale back the growing nanny state.

Republicans should learn a few lessons from the President. Temper your rhetoric. Present common sense proposals on what you will do differently should you regain some Congressional clout after the midterm elections.

The public is increasingly disappointed with the President. But they like Mr. Obama more than they like the Republican party. Winning the election isn’t the only issue for Republicans. We want some real adults in Congress. Democrats have failed us. Republicans, can you do better?