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Court Date Set for August 3 in Eric Scheidler’s Criminal Trespass Case

by Matt Yonke (July 1, 2015 at 1:07 pm)

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.

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Is It Un-Christian to Show the Pictures of Abortion Victims?

by John Jansen (June 30, 2015 at 8:30 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 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.

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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Victory Against Planned Parenthood in Illinois Appellate Court

by Matt Yonke (June 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm)
Planned Parenthood's Aurora mega-center

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 …]

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Eucharistic Procession Offers Prayers for Religious Freedom in Chicago

by Matt Yonke (June 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm)

Eucharistic Procession in ChicagoOn 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 …]

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Notorious Abortion Clinic Chain Invades Illinois

by John Jansen (June 22, 2015 at 9:41 am)

national health care of peoria licenseEarlier this year the Pro-Life Action League released 911 audio and video footage of an ambulance transporting a woman from the National Health Care (NHC) abortion facility in Peoria, Illinois.

Now, in looking over documents [PDF] obtained from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), we’ve learned that NHC has been sold to Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Woman’s Health, a small-time abortion clinic chain based in Texas that has a rather notorious history.

Low Quality Chain Takes Over Low Quality Abortion Clinic

The NHC abortion facility was formerly co-owned by an attorney, Eugene Matan, and Jack Miller, a podiatrist, both of whom lived in Columbus, Ohio. After Matan died in June 2014, Jack Miller became the sole owner, and after he died last month at the age of 92, his estate sold the facility to Amy Hagstrom Miller’s The Booyah Group, the parent corporation of the Whole Woman’s Health chain. (It’s unclear whether there is any relation between the two Millers.)

In a letter sent to the IDPH on May 27, NHC administrator Margaret Van Duyn says, referring to Whole Woman’s, “They provide the same quality of care that we do” — which is to say, the same low-quality care. [Continue reading …]

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Local Leaders Needed for National Day of Remembrance Prayer Vigils

by Matt Yonke (June 19, 2015 at 3:20 pm)

The Pro-Life Action League is pleased to join with Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Priests for Life to host the 3rd annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on Saturday, September 15.

The purpose of this growing nationwide event is to go to the gravesites of aborted unborn babies and memorials in their honor and remember our aborted brothers and sisters, to mourn for them, and to recommit ourselves to fighting harder still against the evil of abortion.

But an event like this takes pro-lifers like you standing up to take leadership at the gravesites and memorial locations in their community and plan an observance for September 12.

It might sound like a big job, but the national team has gathered a host of resources to help you at every step of the way.

Visit AbortionMemorials.com today to find out what’s involved in hosting a memorial service, and sign up to lead one in your community.

Don’t let the victims of abortion go unremembered in your community this year.

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After All These Years, Abortion Advocates Still Have No Idea What Motivates Pro-Lifers

by John Jansen (June 12, 2015 at 11:59 am)

glitter bombs for choice manifestoThis week at our office we received our 13th missive from Glitter Bombs for Choice, a loose association of abortion advocates that has made something of a name for itself in the past few months.

The idea is simple: send a letter along with a bunch of glitter, and when it’s opened, the glitter falls out. Back in February, the ones we received told us we had “earned” our glitter bombs because of our “fetus fetishism.”

The one we received this past week contained a copy of the GBFC Manifesto. This statement, in particular, caught my attention:

We believe those working to restrict rights of autonomy do so with the sole motivation of controlling the women for whom these restrictions are intended.

To be sure, this is a charge that’s been around for years, and the Glitter Bombers for Choice are hardly alone in giving voice to it.

I can’t help but wonder, though, especially in light of the fact that women make up half (if not more) of the pro-life movement: Do the Glitter Bombers, et al., actually believe that our “sole motivation” is to control women? [Continue reading …]

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Tell Your Senators to Vote YES on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

by League Staff (June 11, 2015 at 2:24 pm)

The Pro-Life Action League released this video when the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was under consideration in the U.S. House. Today, it was introduced in the Senate!

Call your Senators today and urge them to vote yes on the 20 Week Abortion Ban. Find your Senators’ phone numbers here.

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Make Plans Now to Take Part in the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

by League Staff (June 10, 2015 at 9:00 am)

NDR 2015_535A few weeks ago we celebrated Memorial Day, honoring the sacrifice of all the soldiers who have given up their lives for our country and the cause of freedom.

It says something good about the United States that we dedicate a day each year to remember these soldiers’ lives.

But tragically, there are other lost lives that America would rather forget all about — the 57 million unborn babies who have been killed by legal abortion over the past 42 years.

That’s why the Pro-Life Action League has teamed up with Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Priests for Life — to call for the third annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on September 12.

The Day of Remembrance comprises a series of simultaneous memorial services at more than 40 known gravesites of aborted children throughout the country.

Memorial services will also be held at other memorial sites dedicated to unborn babies, for those who live too far from the burial sites.

Last year prayer vigils were held at over 130 gravesites and memorial sites, and this year we’d like to see that number grow.

There are two ways you help with the Day of Remembrance: [Continue reading …]

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Pro-Life Action League Confronts Troubled Late-Term Abortion Facility in Chicago

by Matt Yonke (June 9, 2015 at 4:46 pm)
Protest of albany abortion facility

Picket at Albany Medical-Surgical Center [Photo by Sam Scheidler]

On Saturday, June 6, a crowd of more than 50 pro-lifers gathered outside Albany Medical-Surgical Center in Chicago to stand for the right to life of all unborn babies, and to highlight the late-term abortion facility’s ever-lengthening list of health code and other violations.

In response to complaints by the Pro-Life Action League, Albany has recently been the subject of inspections by the Illinois Department of Public Health which have revealed unsanitary conditions and health code violations that led to fines totaling $50,000 and the revocation of their license.

The revocation has been stayed pending an ongoing appeal process, and Albany continues to operate, but on Saturday it was far from business as usual. [Continue reading …]

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