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Iowa Grandmother, Donna Holman, Jailed for Discouraging Abortion (judge ordered a Psych. Test)
Christian Newswier ^ | 01-18-08 | Kevin P. McVicker

Posted on 01/18/2008 4:59:17 PM PST by Coleus

In March, 2007, Donna Holman was convicted of a charge of "harassment" as she engaged in "sidewalk counseling" to discourage women from entering a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Iowa City, Iowa. Judge Karen Egerton found Mrs.Holman guilty on the hearsay testimony of Planned Parenthood employees. The woman Mrs. Holman allegedly harassed did not even show up for the hearing. Despite being unable to confront her accuser and offer exculpatory evidence, the Iowa Supreme Court declined to review the case.

"While murderers and rapists run free, a harmless 72-year-old Christian grandmother, Donna Holman, must languish in jail for having the temerity of speaking out on behalf of the unborn," said Dr. Gary Cass, Chairman and CEO of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission. "The double standards of justice used against pro-life Christians are staggering. If Donna Holman had been a union or homosexual activist she would have been released and the trumped up charges dropped. Donna is only guilty of caring for the weakest and most vulnerable among us. The courts are guilty of aiding and abetting the abortion industry as it plies its bloody trade on bodies of innocent babies while harming unsuspecting women. It is especially troubling that she is beginning this ordeal on the eve of the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: 1984; abortion; grandmother; iowa; karenegerton; moralabsoltues
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Dear Friends of the Preborn,

Yesterday, January 15th, 43 people gathered at the Johnson County Courthouse in Iowa City, Iowa, in order to stand with Donna Holman and decry the injustice being committed against her. The hearing was held at 8:30 a.m. in front of Judge Karen Egerton. She quickly sent Donna to jail for 30 days because Donna refused to submit to her order for psychiatric evaluation and drugging. It was grievous to see Donna taken away for a case which had no basis in fact and was clearly a set-up wherein city officials acted in complicity with Planned Parenthood to remove a voice for the preborn from outside the deathcamp.

The rest of us soon tasted of the complicity the governing officials have with Planned Parenthood. As we stood outside the courthouse peacefully picketing after the hearing, the same two female officers who arrested Donna which resulted in the case for which Donna now sits in jail, came up to us and without warning or provocation said we were blocking the sidewalk and gave written orders for two of our people to travel back to Iowa City and appear in court next month. That the motivation was harassment was evident. The one officer was about as dizzy as they come, and the other, a bull-dyke, also had to mouth off about how Donna is insane.

The truth is, Donna is a quite sane 72-year-old grandmother who simply refuses to sit by silently while preborn babies are being butchered in Iowa City. She actually understands the God-given role of a woman. The love and concern wherewith she ministers outside the deathcamp is awesome. The disrespect these younger women (the officers) displayed towards Donna was grievous.

We took time to preach and exhort other government officials both inside the courthouse and outside the courthouse to not sit by silently and let this injustice against this elderly woman continue. You could see the shame on some of their faces as we spoke with them. They know the score and have decided their own well-being is more important. We also took time to instruct many government officials in the lesser-magistrate doctrine.

We spent most of the day outside the courthouse, though we did split up for a couple hours and hit several intersections throughout the city wherein we spoke up for the preborn.

Please pray for Donna while she is incarcerated. The wicked do not understand that the Christian is always in a win/win situation. Whether in jail or out, whether free or bond, we can serve Christ! Please pray that what the wicked government officials meant for evil, the Lord will use for good!

You can write to Donna at:

Donna Holman PO Box 2540 Iowa City, IA 52244
(this is the address so she receives the mail directly in jail)

May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering!

Pastor Matt Trewhella
 
Woman jailed for refusing court-required psych exam
Abortion foe punched
 
and don't forget to write the judge!

Johnson Co. Clerk of Courts
P.O. Box 2510
Iowa City, IA   52244-2510
Judge Karen Egerton (319) 339-6100 
                                    (319) 351-5610
kegerton@co.johnson.ia.us



1 posted on 01/18/2008 4:59:22 PM PST by Coleus
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...

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2 posted on 01/18/2008 5:01:45 PM PST by Coleus (Abortion and Euthanasia, Don't Democrats just kill ya?)
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To: Coleus

Unbelievable.


3 posted on 01/18/2008 5:03:50 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Coleus

The rub on courts everywhere at every level is that if they rule in favor of any anti-abortion case brought before their court, they will be admitting they were wrong. Wrong to the tune of 50,000,000 deaths. To admit they got Roe wrong is never-ever going to happen. Leaving judges both sitting and retired a legacy of being murderers is not something they will allow to happen.


4 posted on 01/18/2008 5:05:47 PM PST by blackdog
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To: Coleus
Despite being unable to confront her accuser and offer exculpatory evidence, the Iowa Supreme Court declined to review the case.

It seems to me that there's a certain clause in a certain legal document that establishes the right of the accused to face their accuser.

Is there any talk of taking it to the Supreme Court?
5 posted on 01/18/2008 5:07:50 PM PST by Das Outsider ("Fools are paramount in politics..."--Kenneth Minogue)
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To: Coleus

what is evil is good and what is good is evil,

Where have I read that?


6 posted on 01/18/2008 5:07:59 PM PST by PeterPrinciple ( Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: Coleus

Donna Holman has my prayers. Her sacrifice will bring graces to a world in desperate need of grace.

I pity the eternity of such judges.


7 posted on 01/18/2008 5:13:27 PM PST by fetal heart beats by 21st day (Defending human life is not a federalist issue. It is the business of all of humanity.)
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IN THE IOWA DISTRICT
COURT IN AND FOR JOHNSON COUNTY
STATE OF IOWA

CASE NO. SMSM067310
Plaintiff,

MOTION NUNC PRO TUNC FOR RECONSIDERATION OF SENTENCE
Vs.
DONNA HOLMAN, Defendant.

NOW COMES THE DEFENDANT, DONNA JEAN HOLMAN, pro se; being of sound mind, and of a sound body, pursuant to Iowa Code section 902.4, to move this court to reconsider its sentence in the above titled case.

I find it strange and disingenuous for a woman, especially for a mother, not to recognize the humanity and worth of a child in the womb. I find it especially strange and abhorrent that a female judge would somehow think it is normal for Planned Parenthood to systematically kill babies in the womb, but abnormal for me to oppose these serial killers.

Is it not hypocritical for this court to acknowledge a woman’s purported right in seeking medical help for destroying her child, while denying me the basic right to refuse “medical help?” I believe psychiatry to be a
psuedoscience on par with astrology, fortune telling, and palm reading.

Must I be punished for my refusal to recognize psychiatry as a legitimate medical science? What gives this court the right to order medical help for which I have no need or desire? Is it not “my body, my choice?” Must I also ingest mind altering psychotropic drugs prescribed by a psychiatrist to satisfy this court order? Does this court routinely order psychiatric evaluations for misdemeanor convictions?

If I were physically or mentally impaired I should indeed be pitied. This court is apparently questioning my morality! This court is acting as if it were lawful and morally righteous to slaughter the unborn. Yet
35 years ago it was unlawful, and unrighteous. Does changing the law change morality? Does changing the law change right or wrong? Does changing the law change the reality of aborticide?

In 1856, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Negro is “chattel.” By denying Dred Scott his freedom, slavery was made “safe and legal.” Had I stood before this court for opposing slavery or the “Jim Crow laws” instead of aborticide, would this court suspect me of being mentally
deficient or ill?

Prior to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the humanity of the unborn child was understood; his status as a “legal person” was unquestioned. It is the same perversion of law which refused to recognize the humanity and worth of “the Negro” that denies equal protection under the law to the
child in the womb.

Outside this courthouse, on numerous occasions, I have demonstrated the humanity and worth of the pre-born child. I have displayed pictures of aborted babies which should have excited compassion on their behalf. I have also distributed literature on these very court house steps with statistics of abortions in Iowa.

One out of every 3 children In Iowa is killed by aborticide. The Iowa Department of Public Health reports that 7,564 Iowa children were “terminated” in 2006. It is a great evil which permits this holocaust under color of law.

It is unjust for this court to find me guilty of harassment, to forbid me from performing my ministry to the pre-born at Planned Parenthood, to sentence me to a year’s probation, ordering me to get a psychiatric examination, and obey psychiatric advice.

Since I have been enjoined from being at Planned Parenthood there is nobody there to advise desperate women against aborticide! In consideration of the 4 days I have been incarcerated for this unjust conviction, I respectively request that this court prayerfully reconsider my sentence. Donna Jean Holman, pro se


8 posted on 01/18/2008 5:13:32 PM PST by Coleus (Abortion and Euthanasia, Don't Democrats just kill ya?)
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To: Coleus

Reminiscent of Soviet and Chinese re-education camps.


9 posted on 01/18/2008 5:15:09 PM PST by doc1019 (Rabbit and the Hare Fred 08)
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To: wagglebee

ping


10 posted on 01/18/2008 5:15:45 PM PST by Gene Eric
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To: Coleus

Any time someone is facing jail time, they have the right to an attorney. Donna may have qualified for a public defender. I want to know if she waived her right to a lawyer and simply plead guilty to the charge before I make any further judgments as to how she ended up in jail for this. I’m as pro-life as they come, but I hate emotional stories that don’t tell the whole story. It puts the pro-life side in the same light as the other side.


11 posted on 01/18/2008 5:17:21 PM PST by Integrityrocks
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To: Coleus
Judge Karen Egerton >

I wonder which political party the good judge belongs?

12 posted on 01/18/2008 5:18:57 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Coleus

Ok, so she is Pro Se. She is representing herself. That’s why she’s in jail. She waived a lawyer. That is just stupid.


13 posted on 01/18/2008 5:20:08 PM PST by Integrityrocks
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To: PeterPrinciple

How about Isaiah 5:20: Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil?


14 posted on 01/18/2008 5:22:04 PM PST by doc1019 (Rabbit and the Hare Fred 08)
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To: Coleus

http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/10/29/abortion.foe.ap/index.html

This is a link to another story (old). Is it the same person?


15 posted on 01/18/2008 5:25:24 PM PST by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: Integrityrocks
Ok, so she is Pro Se. She is representing herself. That’s why she’s in jail. She waived a lawyer. That is just stupid.

It might make for a great Hollywood film (But who would do an underdog movie in favor the pro-life position?).

I have to agree: it was a stupid move. Mrs. Holman might have had a good, constitutional case.
16 posted on 01/18/2008 5:27:49 PM PST by Das Outsider ("Fools are paramount in politics..."--Kenneth Minogue)
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To: Das Outsider

*in favor of the


17 posted on 01/18/2008 5:29:01 PM PST by Das Outsider ("Fools are paramount in politics..."--Kenneth Minogue)
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To: Coleus

Meanwhile, the WBC Phelps clan is free to spew their vile sewage to their heart’s content.


18 posted on 01/18/2008 5:30:13 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: doc1019
Reminiscent of Soviet and Chinese re-education camps.

Beat me to it. Was going to say, Psych test is the first step to a re-education camp.

19 posted on 01/18/2008 5:32:09 PM PST by BerryDingle (With friends like the media, who needs enemas ?)
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To: Coleus
............ordering me to get a psychiatric examination, and obey psychiatric advice.

UNBELIEVABLE! I have read a lot here in the years my husband was a poster. I have never read anything so ominous. Why don't they just assign a deputy to tase her whenever she says or does something the court doesn't like?

20 posted on 01/18/2008 5:36:55 PM PST by purpleraine
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