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Is It Un-Christian to Show Photos of Abortion Victims?

by John Jansen (July 7, 2014 at 9:00 am)

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 this Friday.

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.

Showing the Victims of Abortion: Unpopular, But Necessary

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 ...]

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How a Simple Pro-Life Gesture Brought this Woman out of the Abortion Industry

by Sam Scheidler (July 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm)

As pro-life activists we have to remind ourselves from time to time that not every individual in the abortion industry is fully aware of what they are participating in.

This was the case for Ruth Yorston, who worked as a receptionist at her local abortion clinic, the Fort Wayne Women’s Health Organization, where her mother also worked as an assistant administrator.

Ruth came from a progressive liberal family where the topic of abortion was assumed to be “a woman’s right” and discussed no further, which is why it seemed like a natural choice for her to join her mother working at the abortion clinic when she finished high school.

After about a year of working there, she told her friend Andy about the job. Andy, who was strongly pro-life, responded with a gentle gesture that completely reversed her view of abortion.

She quit her job immediately, and though it was the cause of much contention within her household for years, she worked hard to maintain a solid relationship with her parents. This effort paid off in her mother’s final years when they were ultimately able to reconcile their differences.

Watch the video to hear how that happened, and see all the videos from the CONVERTED conference right here. We’ll be adding a new talk each week, so check back soon for more.

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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League Kicks Off 15th Annual “Face the Truth” Tour July 11

by John Jansen (July 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm)

Next Friday, July 11, the Pro-Life Action League kicks off our 15th annual “Face the Truth” Tour across northeastern Illinois.

Since 2000, the League has conducted a week-long tour covering a huge 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.”

This year we will be visiting 24 sites in and around Chicago. Get the full Tour itinerary here, and RSVP on the Facebook event page. [Continue reading ...]

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Rally in Chicago Celebrates Religious Freedom Victory

by John Jansen (June 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm)

hobby lobby rallyAs soon as the Supreme Court issued its decision this morning in the Hobby Lobby case, the Pro-Life Action League immediately called for a Victory Rally at noon in Federal Plaza in Chicago, the League’s headquarters city.

Chicago was Ground Zero for the nationwide “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rallies that protested the HHS Mandate when the Obama administration first announced it in 2012, so we felt compelled to return to the site of those rallies to celebrate today’s ruling.

And so, with only a few hours notice, a crowd of over 100 descended on Federal Plaza to mark this win for religious freedom. Just as notably, local media covered the rally in a big way.

Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler served as M.C. for the rally and began by inviting Father Thomas Loya of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer Glen, Illinois to offer an invocation. Father Loya noted that today’s victory was cause for celebration, but also cause for humility and repentance, and proclaimed Psalm 51.

The next speaker was Chris Yep, who, along with his wife Mary Anne, are the owners of Triune Health Group, one of seven businesses in Illinois that has filed suit against the federal government over the HHS Mandate. (It’s also worth noting that Triune was named the Best Place to Work for Women by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2012. So much for the idea that opposing the HHS Mandate amounts to a “war on women”!) [Continue reading ...]

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Huge Supreme Court Victory for Religious Freedom in Hobby Lobby Case

by John Jansen (June 30, 2014 at 10:12 am)

HobbyLobbyVictory240x320The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stunning decision today affirming the religious freedom rights of business owners, ruling in a 5-4 decision ruling that “closely held corporations” cannot be forced by the Obamacare HHS Mandate to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing drugs to their employees.

In its opinion [PDF], the Court stated that the federal government failed to demonstrate that forcing private corporations to provide these drugs and procedures to employees—even if their owners have strong conscientious objections to them—is the “least restrictive means” of providing free access to them.

The decision in these cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, was the very last decision issued by the Court this term, and it was surely the most anticipated decision all year. That being said, it’s hard to underestimate the significance of this ruling affirming the First Amendment rights of business owners.

“This ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby is a victory for all who cherish religious freedom,” said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League and one of the national directors of the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies. “The movement that began with hundreds of protest rallies outside federal court buildings has just won a great victory inside the nation’s highest court.” [Continue reading ...]

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Unanimous Pro-Life Victory at the Supreme Court Today

by League Staff (June 26, 2014 at 11:22 am)

The pro-life movement scored a huge victory at the Supreme Court today, as the nine justices ruled unanimously in McCullen v. Coakley that Massachusetts’ abortion clinic buffer zone violates the First Amendment.

The court held that this 35-foot buffer zone violates the First Amendment by imposing “serious burdens” on sidewalk counselors’ freedom of speech on public sidewalks.

Reading the opinion [PDF] in the case, it was very encouraging to see the justices make a clear distinction between sidewalk counseling and protesting:

While the Act may allow petitioners to “protest” outside the buffer zones, petition­ers are not protestors; they seek not merely to express their opposi­tion to abortion, but to engage in personal, caring, consensual conver­sations with women about various alternatives. It is thus no answer to say that petitioners can still be seen and heard by women within the buffer zones. If all that the women can see and hear are vocifer­ous opponents of abortion, then the buffer zones have effectively sti­fled petitioners’ message.

To be sure, the Pro-Life Action League has always been a proponent of both sidewalk counseling and pro-life protesting, but considering how often these two activities are conflated, it’s good to see the Supreme Court acknowledge a clear difference between them. [Continue reading ...]

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“Face the Truth” Day Exposes Chicago Abortionist Mandy Gittler

by John Jansen (June 19, 2014 at 8:00 am)

bethAbortionist Mandy Gittler was responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves at Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center in Chicago on July 20, 2012, and has performed over 15,000 abortions in her career.

On June 18, the Pro-Life Action League visited both of her Chicago abortion facilities to expose the truth about her deadly business.

Our first stop was at All Women’s Health, an abortion clinic operated by Gittler in the city’s Bucktown neighborhood. Right from the get-go, by the time we started deploying sign holders, Chicago Police were already on site.

Chicago Police Misunderstand City’s “Bubble Zone” Ordinance

Pro-Life Action League staffer Matt Yonke positioned himself with a Malachi sign a few feet from the entrance to All Women’s, and within minutes, two officers approached and told him he was not allowed to stand within 50 feet of the entrance. [Continue reading ...]

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Former Planned Parenthood Sex-Ed Teacher Shuts Down the Clinic She Once Managed

by Matt Yonke (June 17, 2014 at 9:50 am)

Sometimes the path God gives us to walk leads us places we never imagined we could go.

That’s exactly the kind of story you’ll hear in this talk from the Pro-Life Action League’s conference “CONVERTED: From Abortion Provider to Pro-Life Activist” featuring former Planned Parenthood health center manager Sue Thayer.

Sue was a sex-ed teacher and came on board with Planned Parenthood thinking that they would help her spread a simple message of “safe sex”.

But the deeper she got behind Planned Parenthood’s flashy veneer, the more troubled she became.

Sue reveals how abortion was pushed with a monthly quota to be met and how the sex-ed message she wanted to spread was being hijacked by Planned Parenthood’s “Anything goes” mentality.

Finally, seeing women hurt by “tele-med” abortions with no doctor present caused Sue to see the harm the nation’s largest abortion provider causes to children in the womb and to women.

Sue quit her job at Planned Parenthood and began a journey that would lead to the closing of the health center she once managed!

Watch the video to hear how that happened, and see all the videos from the CONVERTED conference right here. We’ll be adding a new talk each week, so check back soon for more.

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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Our Time Is Never Wasted When We Stand Outside an Abortion Clinic

by John Jansen (June 16, 2014 at 10:28 am)

sidewalk counselingHaving trained hundreds of sidewalk counselors in our first 34 years as an organization, we at the Pro-Life Action League have heard from many, many sidewalk counselors and prayer paratners over the years who have struggled at one point or another with a very basic human problem: namely, burnout.

When you take time on a regular basis to stand outside an abortion clinic to offer help to women, or simply to pray, your goal is clear: you hope that women change their minds and decide instead to choose life for their baby.

When that happens — and it certainly does happen — it’s nothing short of amazing, for a child that was scheduled to be killed will now be allowed to live, and your presence helped to make that happen.

But what if you experience long periods of time when it never happens?  Long periods of time when, as far as you know, no babies’ lives are saved, despite your consistent, tireless presence outside your local abortion clinic? [Continue reading ...]

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Join Us June 18 to Expose Abortionist Mandy Gittler

by John Jansen (June 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm)

truth day june 18Abortionist Mandy Gittler was responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves at Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center in Chicago on July 20, 2012.

And in the deposition [PDF] she gave as part of a civil suit filed against Planned Parenthood, et al., on behalf of Reaves’ sole heir, Gittler admitted that she has performed nearly 15,000 abortions since 1998.

In her deposition, she also explicitly stated that a Planned Parenthood nurse called 911 to get help for Tonya on the day she died.  But in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the City of Chicago, the Pro-Life Action League found that no 911 calls were made from Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center on the day Tonya Reaves died.

Not only are unborn babies not safe around Mandy Gittler, but neither are their mothers. [Continue reading ...]

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