“I can’t get over it” Reply

By Tom Quiner

How high are the abortion stakes?


I just got back from the annual Life Chain. Hundreds of pro lifers stood along a very busy street praying and holding up signs in support of the most vulnerable members of society: the preborn.

The vast majority of folks responding honked their horns in support. A few gave us the finger. A few more cursed at us.

My wife had an encounter that explains why we do what we do. She stood alone in a parking lot directing people to our new location. A woman pulled in. Karen asked if she was looking for the Life Chain.

No, she wasn’t, but she thanked us profusely for standing up for the cause of Life.

“My mother forced me to have an abortion when I was a teenager. I told her that ‘you’re forcing me to kill my child.’ I’ve never gotten over it.”

I’ve never gotten over it.

Liberals lie to us. They tell us that the baby in the womb is the moral equivalent of a gall bladder gone bad. Some women accept the lie, for awhile, before they face the truth.

This woman knew from day one the consequences of human abortion.

Human abortion breaks hearts. Liberals suggest that women simply need to get thicker skin and ignore the reality of human abortion, that putting their needs ahead the of needs of their baby is even virtuous.

This heartless philosophy just doesn’t work.

Women know. The loss of a daughter or son always hurts.

Human abortion is the most anti-woman public policy ever fomented by liberalism.

Life Chain Sunday 2

Today is important. This is an election year. It is a very clear message we’re receiving from our candidates this year, clearer than ever before.

A vote for a Democrat is a vote for more human abortion.

A vote for a Republican is a vote for less human abortion.

This point is indisputable. That’s why our 90 minutes of public prayer on a busy thoroughfare can make a difference. Maybe, just maybe, an undecided voter driving by will by convicted to cast a vote for life instead of death; for freedom instead of tyranny… More…

Pro-lifers make the honest choice 4

The ultrasound debate rages between pro-choice and pro-abortion advocates. And pro lifers are gaining the upper hand in defining terms in the debate. For example, saying, “the woman,” in referring to a pregnant mother is deliberate language used to dehumanize the unborn child alive within her. So if a mother really feels she has a choice, would she choose to end the life of her unborn child? More…

Scenes from the Life Chain 3

By Tom Quiner

Pro-life candidate, Rick Santorum

When thousands of people gather for a cause, isn’t that news?

You wouldn’t know it with the lack of coverage of the Life Chain in the Des Moines Register. Don’t worry, Quiner’s Diner was there.

This was an ecumenical movement. I was standing in front of First Assembly of God Church on Merle Hay. We had several hundred folks in our little section of the street (which stretched several miles every direction). Walnut Creek Community Church had 127 folks from their church alone, prayerfully and respectfully standing along the road, most of whom were teens or young adults.

I talked to people from the Cathedral, First Assembly, All Saints, and of course, my parish, Holy Trinity.

Up near St. Theresa’s at Merle Hay and University, presidential contender, Rick Santorum, the most pro-life candidate this year, joined the Life Chain. Mr. Santorum is the real deal when it comes to Life issues.

I talked to an interesting woman from Walnut Creek Community Church. She is interesting because her mother attempted to abort her three times in 1961 when abortion was still illegal in every state.

Her mother lived in California. She was pregnant out of wedlock. She was getting major pressure from family members concerned about the stigma associated with these situations then.

Her sister found her an abortionist, who on three separate occasions tried using the “hook” to abort the woman to whom I was talking. She was situated too high in the womb for the abortionist to accomplish the deed.

So she lived.

Her mother raised her and treated her very well. At the age of thirteen, she tearfully told her daughter that she had tried to abort her three times. She apologized. She begged for forgiveness.

And the daughter forgave.

As I talked to this woman who is now fifty, I said that I sensed no bitterness or anger in her. In fact, her eyes twinkled with happiness. She said, “heck no, I’m not bitter. Jesus told us to forgive. That’s what He’s all about, isn’t it!”

She loves her mother, who is now sixty-nine.

She said something important: “I am so glad I was born. If I hadn’t been, we wouldn’t even be talking right now.”

It hit me. When we talk about choice, we’ve got it turned around. The people we should be talking to are the ones in the womb. This stranger on the life chain yesterday speaks on behalf of all the pre-born with her resounding endorsement of life:  “I am glad I was born.”

That’s news you won’t see in the newspaper.