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Planned Parenthood has gone into full damage-control mode in the midst of the controversy created by a series of undercover videos that show top doctors at the organization haggling over the prices of aborted baby parts—and even joking about it.
Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood has tried to shift attention from the heartless greed these videos reveal—shocking even to the average “pro-choice” person—by attacking the pro-life whistleblowers.
Today, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards published an article in the Washington Post today in which she denounces the Center for Medical Progress—the pro-life outfit that produced the videos—for creating a “fake business” and making “misleading corporate filings.”
Well, she ought to know. [Continue reading …]
The Pro-Life Action League will be conducting a protest at the Planned Parenthood mega-center in Aurora, Illinois, on August 22 as part of a National Day of Protest against the abortion giant for its horrific practice of harvesting and selling body parts from aborted babies.
The League, along with Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Created Equal and a growing coalition of pro-life groups, is calling for a National Day of Protest on Saturday, August 22 at Planned Parenthood centers from coast to coast. The protests will declare, “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts!” to raise public awareness of this scandalous practice, which was recently brought to light in a series of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress.
The League is inviting Chicago-area pro-lifers to attend a #PPSellsBabyParts protest at the Planned Parenthood mega-center in Aurora Illinois as part of this nationwide effort:
Signs will be provided for all who attend, and a flyer about this latest Planned Parenthood scandal will be distributed to passersby.
Face the Truth Tour in Joliet, IL [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
As we’ve done annually since the year 2000, the Pro-Life Action League set out on July 10 for our annual “Face the Truth” Tour, bringing images of the victims of abortion to 24 major intersections across northeast Illinois to expose the horrific reality of abortion.
This year’s tour reached hundreds of thousands of pedestrians and motorists with the truth about abortion, and we distributed over 8,000 pieces of pro-life literature!
Many of the most impactful moments of any Face the Truth Tour come in the form of individual conversations with passersby, and this year’s was no exception.
On the first day of the Tour in Joliet, a man driving by parked his car and came over to talk to the nearest signholder, Luann Bloom, who happens to be one of our most seasoned volunteers. The man asked made it clear that seeing our signs had made him very upset, and it soon became clear that abortion had touched him personally. [Continue reading …]
On Tuesday, July 21, Pro-Life Action League national director Joe Scheidler offered a moving reflection on his good friend and pro-life pioneer Dr. Jack Willke during a tribute reception at the Washington, D.C. offices of Americans United for Life.
Dr. Willke, who passed away in February, was known as the “Grandfather of the Pro-Life Movement” for his tireless efforts since the 1960s to defend the lives of unborn children. He and his wife Barbara traveled the world advancing the pro-life cause, and their Handbook on Abortion helped launched the pro-life movement after Roe v Wade.
Pro-life leaders from across the country gathered to remember Willke and his legacy, and JoeY—as the “Godfather of the Pro-Life Movement” was the first to speak. He focused especially on Willke’s gracious appearance as a character witness during his NOW v. Scheidler RICO trial.
In concluding his remarks, Joe declared, “I loved Jack dearly, I loved Barbara; they were friends. I miss them like family, because they were family to us all, and they brought so many families into the world.”
Flowers honoring the memory of all the children killed at the now-closed ACU abortion facility in Hinsdale, Illinois [Photo by John Jansen]
Last year the Pro-Life Action League reported that notorious Chicago area abortionists Vinod and Vijay Goyal had sent a cold-call mailing [PDF] to local physicians inviting them to consider working at one of the six abortion clinics the husband-and-wife team owned at the time.
The letter also tried to drum up business for the financially troubled Goyals. Their business has been down in recent years — which means their abortions have been down, reflecting a statewide trend across Illinois. Five years ago, the Goyals owned seven abortion clinics, but that number is currently down to four, as we’ve now learned that yet another one of their facilities — the ACU Health Center in west suburban Hinsdale — is also permanently closed!
The closing of the ACU abortion clinic is a textbook example that proves grassroots pro-life activism works. [Continue reading …]
This Friday, July 10, the Pro-Life Action League kicks off our 16th annual “Face the Truth” Tour across northeastern Illinois.
Since 2000, the League has conducted a week-long tour covering a large swath of territory across the Chicagoland area. At each stop, League staff and volunteers line a busy intersection with pictures of abortion victims to show the public the truth about what is all too often characterized merely as a “choice.”
Today, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was back in court again for the bogus criminal trespass charge from his arrest during our protest of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Chicago’s Navy Pier back in April.
Navy Pier finally responded to our subpoena asking for surveillance video and call records, and we’re hopeful that video will show Eric clearly being given permission to walk on the pier by security.
Eric was also given a trial date of August 3, so please keep that date, and the case, in your prayers.
On our website is a page that addresses the most common objections we hear during our “Face the Truth” Tours, when we show pictures of abortion victims out on the streets—as we’re preparing to do at 24 sites in and around Chicago starting July 10.
But in this post I’d like to focus on another objection that I must admit I find it hard to get my head around. Namely, the charge that showing abortion victim photos in public is uncharitable — and yea, even un-Christian—especially because of the supposedly damaging effects it has on children.
Personally, I find it understandable that the average secular person might get angry upon seeing a display of pictures of abortion victims.
But I’m gobsmacked when Christians try to claim that showing the victims of abortion in an effort to awaken people’s consciences is actually contrary to our faith.
As Christians, we know that on that first Good Friday, Our Lord Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be mercilessly scourged, crowned with thorns, and forced to stumble — battered, bloodied, and grotesquely ignominious — through the streets of Jerusalem before being nailed to the Cross. It’s surely safe to assume that there were children among the crowds that day — these were public streets, after all, and the city would have been teeming with families who had come there on pilgrimage for Passover. [Continue reading …]
Planned Parenthood’s Aurora, Illinois mega-center [Photo by Matt Yonke]
The Pro-Life Action League is pleased to report a victory in our ongoing zoning lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of Illinois over their Aurora, Illinois mega-center that opened in 2007 under a cloud of controversy and deceit.
When the facility opened, Planned Parenthood openly acknowledged that they had tried to keep the facility’s true identity from the public through the use of front companies that managed the permitting and construction of the facility without Planned Parenthood’s name appearing on any documentation.
Our attorneys at the Thomas More Society quickly deduced that they had not only deceived the public, but also lied to city officials about the purpose of the building, and built the facility in a district whose zoning specifically prohibits the operation of a non-profit healthcare facility, which Planned Parenthood clearly is.
The suit has been through an array of venues and judges since it was first filed in 2007, and was finally dismissed in state court in August of 2013. However, we appealed this ruling to the Illinois 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. They heard the case in April and yesterday handed down their ruling, reversing the lower court’s dismissal of the case and providing a new chance to prove that Planned Parenthood is operating their “abortion fortress” illegally. [Continue reading …]
On Monday, June 23, the Pro-Life Action League and the Archdiocese of Chicago sponsored a Eucharistic Procession downtown Chicago to kick off the Fortnight for Freedom, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ effort to encourage awareness and prayer for religious freedom in our country.
The event, which has been held for the last three years, began with Mass celebrated by Fr. James Heyd at St. Peter’s in the Loop, an iconic downtown Chicago parish that serves the huge crowds who work in the city’s center each day. [Continue reading …]