Fraudulent anti-Gingrich smear campaign continues 2

By Maggie Dewitte, Executive Director, Iowans for LIFE

Last evening at the Des Moines, IA premiere of the new pro-life documentary Gift of Life with Governor Mike Huckabee, flyers were placed on cars outside the event.  The flyers had disparaging remarks about presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.  The flyers also claimed to be  “Authorized and Paid for by the Iowans for Life.”

Iowans for LIFE had no involvement in producing or having these flyers distributed.  If the  party or parties responsible for putting this information together intended association with Iowans for LIFE in conveying their message, they have done so fraudulently in an apparent reckless effort to cut down a presidential candidate.

Iowans for LIFE is not responsible for producing this material or placing it on vehicles at the event at Hoyt Sherman Theater in Des Moines.

Iowans for LIFE is the oldest pro-life organization in the state, beginning in 1972.  IFL has a long history of providing education on the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.  Our education is fact-based and we do not attack the character of anyone.  While we feel that all the candidates that attended this event are solidly pro-life, Iowans for LIFE is not endorsing any presidential candidate.

Iowans for LIFE condemns any actions taken in our name without permission and for the purpose of disparagement of any individual as reprehensible and intolerable.

We have been in touch with the Gingrich campaign, and they have received our assurance that Iowans for LIFE is in no way responsible for the distribution of flyers at the Dec. 14 Gift of Life event  in Des Moines.

[Thanks to Maggie Dewitte for setting the record straight. The headline for this post was written by Quiner’s Diner, the text came from Ms. Dewitte’s press release.]

Life is beautiful 3

By Tom Quiner

I witnessed something extraordinary a week ago.

In many respects, it was life-changing. More on it in a minute.

It made me think of a wonderful story told by the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Dr. Peale was a minister and author of the classic book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

Dr. Peale was walking with a friend who complained incessantly about all the problems in his life. Oh … his life would be wonderful if it wasn’t for all those problems.

Dr. Peale told him he knew of a place where no one had any problems, not a one.

His friend exclaimed, “Where is this place? You must take me to this place!” Dr. Peale turned the corner and led him to the gate of the local cemetery. “Not a single person here has any more problems.”

His friend sputtered something again about all of his problems to Dr. Peale who responded, “My friend, problems are a sign of life.  Welcome them.  The man with 6 problems is twice as alive as the man with 3 problems. I encourage you to go home tonight, get down on your knees and pray for God to give you more problems!”

So what did I witness last week?

I heard a woman talk about her life, how she is changing the world, how she is making the world a better place.

Melissa Ohden, abortion survivor

What is unique about Melissa Ohden? She was aborted at five months.

The year was 1977.

The place was St. Luke’s hospital in Sioux City, Iowa.

For five days, an abortionist pumped saline solution into her mother’s womb.

On the fifth day, Melissa was aborted. She was presumed to be dead, her little body left lying on a cold, undignified table while the nurse tended to her nineteen year old unmarried mother.

And then the nurse noticed Melissa. She was still alive, struggling for life.

By Iowa law, the medical community was required to treat and try to save this aborted child.

And they did.

She lived. She was adopted into a loving family. Miraculously, she was left unimpaired by the saline assault on her baby skin and eyes.

My life was changed listening to Ms. Ohden. She taught about Christ’s call to forgive. Despite the devastating knowledge that her natural parents wanted to abort her, she forgave them.

She truly forgave them. She wasn’t just saying it, she was living it. And she was at peace with that little problem from her life.

She told us about answered prayers. She met a priest one day who told her something interesting. In 1977, he made it a habit to pray in front of St. Luke’s hospital for God to spare a child targeted to be aborted.

Melissa told him that she was that child. Prayers are never wasted she told us.

And she is proof.

She talked about divine irony. Thirty years after her undignified entrance into this world, she herself gave birth to a beautiful daughter. Who was the attending nurse? You guessed it, the nurse who tended to Melissa in the same hospital thirty years earlier.

The nurse told her she would never forget that experience.

Abortion causes such intergenerational pain. That is Melissa’s mission in life, to help heal the pain caused by the “problems” of abortion. To that aim, she has founded “For Olivia’s Sake.”

What would the world be like without Melissa Ohden?


Ms. Ohden told us something tragic, that some surveys reveal as many as 60% of women were coerced into their abortions … and regret it the rest of their lives.

That’s what happened with her natural mother, she subsequently learned.

One of her quotes that stuck with me is that “abortion doesn’t do beautiful things for a family.” She said we’re living in a post-abortive world, surrounded by the walking wounded.

Who are these wounded?


And fathers.

Think about YOUR life for a moment. If it’s like mine, you’ve got problems. But those problems are a sign of life, as Dr. Peale reminds us.

Even more, each of our lives is a gift.

Each of our lives has purpose.

And despite the problems, despite the pain, Melissa Ohden reminds us how wonderful each of our lives are.

I thank Iowans for Life and their Director, Maggie Dewitte, for bringing Melissa Ohden to Des Moines last week with her simple message:  life is beautiful.

Does an abortion hurt? Reply

By Tom Quiner

Does an abortion hurt?

Does it matter if it hurts?  After all, the Iowa legislature refused to stop abortions after 20 weeks of conception even though the we now know that the fetus feels pain at 20 weeks.

For a unique perspective on the pain of abortion, you have a chance to hear from someone who is an abortion survivor, Melissa Ohden. She is the keynote speaker at Iowan’s for Life Dinner this Saturday at St. Pius Catholic Church beginning at 6:30 PM.  Here is the bio on Ms. Ohden as provided by Iowans for Life:

“Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life and being born at approximately six months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived.

With a Master’s Degree in Social work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault counseling and child welfare. Melissa is the Founder and Director of “For Olivia’s Sake”, an organization which seeks to peacefully raise awareness of the intergenerational impact of abortion on men, women, children, families, and communities. Fulfilling the  purpose that she believes God set out for her when He saved her from the certain death of the abortion attempt, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless.”

What strikes me about Ms. Ohden is how she survived and rose above the pain of abortion to make a profound difference in the world.

Imagine what this world would be like if only the 50 million aborted babies (since Roe v Wade) had lived. Imagine the medicines, the music, the poetry, the inventions. Imagine the love.

Contact Iowans for Life at 515-255-4113 if you’d like to attend.  Or e-mail them at The price is $20 per person, and seating is limited.

In the meantime, watch the video above for Melissa’s story.

Human life is precious. Melissa Ohden is living proof.

Why TeleMed abortions should be halted 3

By Tom Quiner

Maggie DeWitte, Executive Director, Iowans for Life

I attended a rainy outdoors press conference this afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa, on a subject that will have national implications: TeleMed abortions.

For the uninitiated, TeleMed abortions are abortions that take place without a doctor physically present.  The doctor dispenses advice from afar via a computer screen. Planned Parenthood (PP) is the agency utilizing TeleMed abortions.  They’re using Iowa as their guinea pig with the hope of rolling it out nationally.

PP likes the idea of TeleMed abortions because of their profit potential.  Their costs are lower.  And it helps solve the growing problem in the abortion industry:  fewer doctors are willing to perform abortions regardless of the money.

With TeleMed, abortionists are able to leverage their time and increase their “productivity” be aborting more babies throughout the state on the same day.  This is the business model of the future for an industry running out of doctors.

Iowa Right to Life (IRTL) has warned about this procedure for a long time.  PP in their usual inimitable style called IRTL liars, claiming they only publish ideology, not truth. It turns out that it was PP who was being disingenuous all along.

A new issue has come up regarding TeleMed abortions.  Is it legal?  Iowa law mandates that a physician must perform an abortion.  In addition, FDA regulations state that RU-486 (the abortion pill used in TeleMed abortions) may only be used up to the seventh week of pregnancy.

PP is apparently in violation of both laws.

That leads us back to today’s press conference.  Leaders in the Pro-LIfe movement throughout the state of Iowa have asked the Iowa Board of Medicine to intervene and acknowledge that TeleMed abortions are in violation of existing standards.

In a letter to the Iowa Board of Medicine signed by 57 different groups, it was argued that “a physical examination never occurs by a licensed physician who is supposed to perform the abortion.”

By law, it’s supposed to.  The letter points out another concern:

“… the mother never sees her ultrasound, as it is privately e-mailed to the doctor at a different location.”

This is a big deal.  Nine out ten women who see an ultrasound of the baby in her womb change their mind and don’t go through with the abortion.  Is PP putting their patient first … or their profits?

Finally, the letter to the Iowa Board of Medicine points out the psychological implications of the TeleMed abortion:

” [PP abortionist] Dr. Tom Ross trivializes what happens at home as the “miscarriage experience.”  Anyone who has suffered a miscarriage will attest that it is emotional, traumatic, and can result in individuals being grief-stricken for a long time. [See article below.] To trivialize this is shameful.”

Jennifer Bowen, Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life

Speakers at today’s press conference included Maggie DeWitte, Executive Director ofIowans for Life, Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director for Iowa Right to Life, and Monsignor Frank Bognanno, pastor at Christ the King parish.  In addition, Kris Gaspari gave a heart-wrenching description of her life after having an abortion.  I have reproduced her remarks below and encourage you to read them in their entirety.

Ultimately, TeleMed can result in traumatic outcomes when unprepared mothers see the remains of their baby in the toilet.  Does she simply flush it? PP is used to discarding baby’s bodies everyday.  They’re okay with it.  It’s a critical source of their profits.

But it is devastating to a woman.

Let us hope the Iowa Board of Medicine intervenes to help end this unique form of exploitation of women in Iowa.  If they don’t, it will be coming to a state near you soon.