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League Files Complaint against Virginia Facility Owned by Embattled Abortionist Steven Brigham

by League Staff (October 30, 2014 at 4:59 pm)

virginiawomenswellnessThis week the Pro-Life Action League filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Health, asking them to shut down the Virginia Women’s Wellness abortion facility in located in Virginia Beach.

The facility is one of 16 abortion clinics owned by embattled abortionist Steven Brigham. When state officials conducted an unannounced inspection [PDF] in March of this year, they discovered that in the month of January alone, there were a total of 18 complications, 15 of which involved medical abortions which were incomplete and required either an increase in the medication given or a surgical procedure.

The number of medical abortions at Virginia Women’s Wellness (VWW) during the entire month was 44, yielding a “success” rate of 63.4% or a “failure” rate of 36.6%.

Astoundingly, these “failures” were not brought up for discussion during VWW’s subsequent Quality Assessment meetings. [Continue reading ...]

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Despite “Diversification,” an Abortion Clinic Is Still an Abortion Clinic

by League Staff (October 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm)
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Does the Advantage abortion clinic in Wood Dale, Illinois really perform all these procedures?

Earlier this year, the Pro-Life Action League reported that the Forest View abortion facility, located in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, had closed. But the owners of the building, Vinod and Vijay Goyal, have recently opened another facility—Apollo Surgical Center—in the location that formerly housed Forest View.

Apollo bills itself as specializing in gastroenterology, urology, pain management—and, of course, gynecology.

Why the move to diversify away from all abortions, all the time? It seems that the motive is increased profit during times when the clinic lies unused. When Forest View was open, it was only used two days per week. By renting out the space in the clinic on non-abortion days, there is an increase in profits, and the veneer of respectability.

Clearly, utilizing this clinic for legitimate surgery only increases profits for the Goyal empire and subsidizes their abortion business. (The Goyals own more abortion clinics—five—than anyone else in Illinois.)

So, how is this diversification working out?  [Continue reading ...]

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League Co-Sponsors Dynamic Sidewalk Counseling Workshop

by Ann Scheidler (October 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm)
Coalition for Life St. Louis director Brian Westbrook (second from right) joins pro-lifers at 40 Days for Life site in Chicago 

Coalition for Life St. Louis director Brian Westbrook (second from right) joins pro-lifers at 40 Days for Life site in Chicago, October 25

The Pro-Life Action League teamed up with the Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland and the Respect Life Committee of St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Hinsdale, Illinois to present a sidewalk counseling workshop at the parish on Saturday, Oct 25.

The seminar, attended by 40 eager-to-learn pro-life activists, featured Coalition for Life St. Louis founder and director Brian Westbrook, who has done extensive research on best practices for reaching abortion-bound women and their companions.

At the seminar, Brian provided plenty of great ideas for sidewalk counselors to increase their chances of reaching those women who so desperately need hope and compassion if they are to choose life for their unborn babies. He also emphasized projecting a joyful countenance, greeting clients, clinic staff and escorts with a smile.

Brian has been very successful with this approach at the only abortion clinic in the entire state of Missouri, Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. He also works with a mobile ultrasound unit on site. Mobile ultrasound is relatively new in the Chicago area and was the motivation for inviting Brian to come to Chicago to teach his technique.

While in Chicago, Brian visited five area abortion clinics in order to get a sense of what challenges the local sidewalk counselors face. [Continue reading ...]

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Voice of Choice Website Removes Pro-Life “Bully List”

by Matt Yonke (October 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm)

Voice of Choice bully listFor the last few years, League staffers Ann and Joe Scheidler and myself have all been listed on a “bully list” on a website called Voice of Choice, where pro-lifers’ home addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other personal data were listed without their consent so that pro-choice people could call and harass them.

The irony here is pretty thick—the Scheidlers and myself have never committed violence against any pro-choice person, while pro-choice activists have attacked the Scheidlers and their home, offices and property untold times over their decades of pro-life activism!

In March of last year, I even appeared on National Public Radio’s Air Talk program with the fellow who runs the site, late-term abortion clinic owner Todd Stave. Listen to that debate here:

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Today we were surprised to see that the list had been taken down! [Continue reading ...]

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Calling Out “Pro-Choice” Euphemisms

by John Jansen (October 20, 2014 at 9:00 am)

euphemismSome time in the next few weeks, my wife is planning to have her pregnancy terminated.

Now, lest anyone be scandalized that a Pro-Life Action League employee would say such a thing, let me clarify:

My wife, Jocelyn, and I are expecting our 8th child, and we’re well into the third trimester.

And, as babies growing and developing in the womb have a tendency of doing, our baby will, some time soon, be born. After this happens, suffice it to say, my wife will no longer be pregnant.

Thus, her pregnancy will have been terminated.

Rhetorical Fraud

This occurred to me recently when I came across an article by Life Dynamics’ Mark Crutcher, who was writing about the “rhetorical fraud” on the part of many abortion advocates who have, for years, used the term “pregnancy termination” as a euphemism for the “medical procedure” that they so strenuously believe should remain legal:

The pro-life movement is not now, has never been, and will never be, opposed to pregnancy terminations. We are fully aware that all pregnancies terminate.

Remember this the next time [Continue reading ...]

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League Targets Three Chicago Abortion Clinics on Oct. 29 “Face the Truth” Day

by John Jansen (October 16, 2014 at 11:00 am)

bethThis week the Pro-Life Action League published an article highlighting the latest tendency among abortion advocates to portray abortion not merely something to be tolerated, but as something “good” — or even “great.”

This new trend is due in part to a new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, in which author Katha Pollitt laments what she calls the “awfulization” of abortion.

In a review of Pollitt’s book published earlier this week at Slate, Hanna Rosin writes:

We shouldn’t need a book explaining why abortion rights are important. We should be over that by now.

The reason we’re not, according to Pollitt, is that we have all essentially been brainwashed by a small minority of pro-life activists. Only 7 to 20 percent of Americans tell pollsters they want to totally ban abortion, but that loud minority has beaten the rest of us into submission with their fetus posters and their absolutism and their infiltration of American politics. They have landed us in the era of the “awfulization” of abortion, Pollitt writes, where even pro-choicers are “falling all over themselves” to use words like “thorny,” “vexed,” “complex,” and “difficult” instead of doing what they should be doing, which is saying out loud that abortion is a positive social good.

Did you catch that line about “fetus posters” (otherwise known as pictures of abortion victims)?  The loudest cheerleaders for abortion can’t stand them precisely because they can’t deny how utterly powerful they are. [Continue reading ...]

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Now More Than Ever, We Must Show the Victims of Abortion

by John Jansen (October 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm)

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Abortion ≠ “great”

Recently on the website In These Times, writer Sady Doyle comes right out and says it: “I like abortion.”

Lest anyone think Doyle is being taken out of context, consider that the title of her article is, “Abortion Isn’t a Necessary Evil. It’s Great,” and the subtitle is, “Progressives should admit it: We like abortion.”

This comes on the heels of Janet Harris’ widely shared Washington Post column, “Stop Calling Abortion a Difficult Decision.”

To no one’s surprise, Slate (“My Year As an Abortion Doula”) and HuffPo have also recently had their own Let’s-present-abortion-as-sympathetically-as-we-possibly-can articles. And, very revealingly, America’s leading How to Get Used by a Man Manual—namely, Cosmo—has really been ratcheting up its cheerleading for abortion in 2014.

Writing at The Federalist, Dr. Rachel Lu has a must-read article responding to this recent spate of pro-choice—nay, pro-abortion—articles in which she notes: [Continue reading ...]

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In Vitro Fertilization Expert Embraces God’s Design for Fertility

by Matt Yonke (October 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm)

Dr. Anthony Caruso, OB/GYN was an expert in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF). For many years, he believed—along with most of the medical community—that IVF was a perfectly legitimate and morally acceptable way for infertile couples to become pregnant, despite the fact that embryos are created and destroyed or indefinitely frozen in the process.

Even the teaching of the Catholic Church, of which he was a committed member, and extensive discussions with his pastor were not enough to convince him that the procedure he excelled at providing was immoral.

Watch the video to find out what finally convinced him that even the tiniest human beings are worth protecting, and that God’s design for fertility is the best for mothers and babies!

Dr. Caruso is now in partnership with Dr. Robert Lawler, OB/GYN at Downers Grove OB/GYN, a fully pro-life medical practice located in Chicago’s Western Suburbs.

You can watch all the videos from the CONVERTED conference right here.

To download the audio of this talk to play on your MP3 player, right click this link and choose “Save Link As” (Chrome/Firefox) or “Save Target As” (IE).

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Will YOU Accept the Pro-Life Prayer Vigil Challenge?

by John Jansen (October 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm)

A group of students at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, Massachusetts have just come out with the best video you’ll see today:

Joseph Duffy, president of IMH’s St. John the Baptist Pro-Life League, explains the purpose of the Prayer Vigil Challenge: “Our aim is simple: to close down the killing center of Worcester—Planned Parenthood—through peaceful witness and public prayer.”

One of the schools that was challenged by IHM has already accepted. Now, ask yourself: Are you willing to accept the challenge and pray for an hour or more outside your local abortion clinic?

Yes, you should definitely share this video. But even more importantly, you should take up the challenge yourself.

Find an abortion clinic near you where you can fulfill the Pro-Life Prayer Vigil Challenge here.

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Candlelight Vigil Marks Seven Years of Pro-Life Ministry in Aurora, Illinois

by John Jansen (October 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm)

auroravigil1Not to be deterred by unpleasant weather conditions, a crowd of 50 pro-lifers gathered last night outside Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois to mark the seventh anniversary of the day the “Abortion Fortress” opened its doors.

Reflections were shared, songs were sung, candles were lit, and the faithful came together to mourn the babies and mothers hurt by abortion as well as to thank God for his ongoing kindness to the pro-life movement in our struggle against this facility.

Following introductory remarks by Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler, Father Michael Miller of St. Therese Parish in Aurora offered a reflection, drawing particularly on words of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”): [Continue reading ...]

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