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Moms and Children Find Hope at the Well

Posted by Ann Scheidler (May 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm)

The building at 6339 N. Fairfield Avenue in Chicago has long been a center of service and dedication.

In 1925 it served as the convent for the Sisters of St. Benedict who taught at St. Timothy’s Catholic School. When the Sisters moved out, the building became a haven for refugees served by the Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Today that building is the culmination of a dream Mary Zeien has had for decades.

Hope for Moms and Their Babies

The former convent is now a home for unwed mothers and their children. And it is truly a home, not just a safe haven or a shelter. The women are a big family.

Twelve young women and seventeen children call The Well of Mercy their home. They share in the usual tasks of a family—cooking, cleaning, child care, shopping. And last Thursday evening they invited us to dinner. [Continue reading ...]

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Abortionist Gosnell Found Guilty—Just Like Every Abortionist Should Be

Posted by Ann Scheidler (May 13, 2013 at 4:46 pm)

Kermit Gosnell: Guilty on three counts of murder.

The Pro-Life Action League commends the jury for taking their job seriously, analyzing the evidence presented to them, and finding Gosnell guilty. But this case raises all sorts of issues beyond the charges of murder and other felonies, or even the a guilty verdict.

The abortion industry has tried to distance itself from the Gosnell “House of Horrors” as if a clean, sanitized abortion clinic is a much better place for babies to die, and, for that matter, mothers to die. Don’t forget Tonya Reaves, who had her abortion in a nice, clean Michigan Avenue abortion clinic operated by Planned Parenthood in Chicago. No guilty verdict in her case. In fact, no charges.

The Gosnell case forces America to look at the underlying conundrum of a society that accepts abortion as a legitimate choice, thereby admitting that the unborn baby has no standing among us. [Continue reading ...]

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Arkansas Enacts Nation’s Strictest Abortion Limits

Posted by Ann Scheidler (March 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm)

The State of Arkansas now has the distinction of having the nation’s most restrictive abortion law on its books.

On Wednesday the Arkansas House of Representatives voted 56-33 to override Governor Mike Beebe’s veto of the Human Heartbeat Protection Act, which prohibits most abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a heartbeat can be detected. The Arkansas Senate had voted 20-14 to override the governor’s veto on Tuesday.

The new law specifies that any doctor providing an abortion “perform an abdominal ultrasound test necessary to detect a heartbeat of an unborn human individual according to standard practice.” A doctor stands to lose his medical license if he violates the law.

The Arkansas legislature also recently approved a law outlawing most abortions after 20 weeks. Governor Beebe had vetoed that law as well, but it too was overridden by the legislature. The 20-week law went into effect immediately. The 12-week restriction will go into effect 90 days after the close of the legislative session, expected at the end of March or early April. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Law and Politics | 4 Comments »

The Never Ending Saga of NOW v. Scheidler

Posted by Ann Scheidler (February 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm)
Joe Scheidler after Oral Arguments 

Joe Scheidler speaks to reporters after his Nov. 30, 2005 Supreme Court hearing [Photo by EJS]

Seven years ago today, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Joe Scheidler and the Pro-Life Action League in the landmark NOW v. Scheidler case.

The case had been to the Supreme Court three times. Originally filed in 1986, NOW v. Scheidler first reached the high court on December 8, 1993, where justices considered whether the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) law could be used against protesters.

On January 24, 1994 a 9-0 decision allowed the case to go forward to trial as a civil RICO action.

In 2003, the Court ruled 8-1 that a 1998 decision by a Federal District Court against Scheidler and other pro-life defendants must be vacated, but in 2004 the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals refused to implement the decision, buying the arguments of NOW’s lawyers that somehow the Supreme Court had overlooked something in its unequivocal 2003 decision. Scheidler then petitioned the Court for another hearing, and once again got certiorari. [Continue reading ...]

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Pro-Lifers Mark Roe Anniversary with Mourning at Memorials Nationwide

Posted by Ann Scheidler (January 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm)

Mass at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL

Father Richard Simon celebrates Mass on Jan. 22 at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL [Photo by Matt Yonke]

The Pro-Life Action League marked the somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a call for prayer across the nation.

Invoking the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, the “Blessed Are They Who Mourn” project urged pro-lifers to go to a gravesite of aborted babies or Memorial to the Unborn on January 22 to mourn the loss of 55 million lives to abortion since the Supreme Court removed all protection from the unborn in 1973.

The League posted a list of hundreds of Memorials to the Unborn in cities and towns all over the United States in response to its nationwide request for information on where pro-lifers could go to pray on January 22.

In the Chicago area, where the Pro-Life Action League is based, the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade was commemorated with a Mass in the chapel at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. [Continue reading ...]

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Roe v. Wade Anniversary Commemorated across Chicago Area

Posted by Ann Scheidler (January 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm)

Pro-lifers gather at the historic Chicago Water Tower, January 20

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade U. S. Supreme Court decision, striking down all protection for unborn children in the United States, there were several memorial events in the Chicago area over the weekend.

On Saturday morning, residents of the Fox Valley gathered at the Aurora Planned Parenthood mega-mill for the regular monthly protest and prayer vigil, with a special emphasis on the role of Planned Parenthood over the past forty years of legal abortion.

On Saturday afternoon, over 400 people gathered at St. Theresa Parish in Palatine for a prayer vigil led by Bishop George Rassas and a march to the plaza at Northwest Highway and Hicks Road, where Pro-Life Action League National Director Joe Scheidler was the featured speaker.

Saturday evening the Archdiocese of Chicago commemorated the Roe v. Wade anniversary with a Respect Life Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, celebrated by Bishop Alberto Rojas.

Sunday afternoon, the Chicago March for Life kicked off from Holy Name Cathedral at 1:30. Nearly 400 pro-lifers marched in the freezing cold to the historic Water Tower, where they heard talks by Joe Scheidler, along with WLS radio talk show host Dan Proft, and Couples for Christ president Manny Hermano, Special Assistant to Cardinal Francis George, Mary Hallan FioRito.

In addition to the above mentioned activities, dozens of parishes, churches and pro-life groups held memorial prayer services across the Chicagoland area. Later this week, many local residents will board buses and planes to join the annual March for Life in Washington, DC in both a spirit of solemnity as we mourn 55 millions lives lost, and a spirit of hope as we look forward to the day when abortion is unthinkable.

Slideshow of Pictures from January 19-20 Events

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A Look Back at 40 Years Fighting Abortion

Posted by Ann Scheidler (January 18, 2013 at 8:00 am)
Buffalo Courier Express front page 1/23/73

Front page of the Buffalo Courier Express, January 23, 1973

January 22, 1973. Anyone familiar with the abortion battles in America knows that date. This year we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling issued on that day.

But in 1973, the front page of newspapers across the country were full of other momentous news. Former President Lyndon Johnson died on January 22, 1973. Richard Nixon had just recently announced an end to hostilities against North Vietnam, and the Paris Peace Accords were being brokered.

My husband Joe Scheidler was down with the flu on January 22, 1973. I was pregnant with our fourth child, who turned out to be our first daughter, Cathy. Our three boys—Eric, 6; Joe, 5; and Peter, 3—occupied most of my attention. I didn’t look at the front page of the Chicago Tribune until late in the day on January 23. Joe didn’t read it until the next day.

But as we read the news we were incredulous. Illinois was a pro-life state in those days. Attempts to ease restrictions on abortions here had easily been defeated. We weren’t paying attention to the national fight to legalize abortion and did not even know there was a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

We simply could not believe such a thing could happen. With a stroke of a pen, all abortion laws were struck down and unborn babies, like Cathy, just 4 ½ months in my womb, were dependent solely on their mothers for their right to be born. [Continue reading ...]

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Pro-Abort Escorts Panic As Ambulance Arrives at Albany Clinic

Posted by Ann Scheidler (November 9, 2012 at 3:17 pm)

Ambulance at Albany abortion clinicI arrived at the clinic about 9:15 on Thursday morning, as I do every Thursday.

A small gray car turned into the alley. I tried to offer literature to the driver, but he went on by and pulled into the parking lot, parked and got out with a small child. I called to him that we had help available at the Women’s Center, if he had someone in the clinic that he loved.

Just after trying to talk to the man, an ambulance came down Carmen Avenue and turned into the clinic alley. I pulled out my phone to get a picture and got one shot as the ambulance pulled just past the clinic gate to the back door of the facility. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Aftermath, Clinic Witness, Pro-Life Activism, Sidewalk Counseling | 14 Comments »

League’s Central Mission Quietly Succeeds

Posted by Ann Scheidler (October 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm)
Baby saved from abortion

Baby Saveah, saved from abortion [Photo by Ryan Bouse]

The year 2012 has been full of big events for the Pro-Life Action League—like our leadership in the fight against the Obama administration’s HHS Mandate and the historic CONVERTED conference with testimonies from former abortion providers. There has also been drama and excitement at the abortion clinics with ambulances, arrests and police confusion.

But amidst all this attention-getting activity, the Pro-Life Action League’s principal mission of saving babies has quietly continued. Let me give you a few examples of how a baby is rescued from abortion.

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Abortion Is Not a “Settled Issue”

Posted by Ann Scheidler (August 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm)

Uncle Sam holding babyOn January 22, 1973, the U. S. Supreme Court struck down all state laws prohibiting abortion.

Abortion advocates celebrated that decision, claiming that abortion was a” settled issue.” But pro-life people were outraged and committed themselves to restoring legal protection to the unborn.

There have been nine presidential elections and 19 Congressional elections since the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions. Abortion has been a major issue in every time.

Starting in 1976, battles were fought within the political parties as they framed their party platforms for the presidential contest. One party has emerged as the party of abortion, and one as the party of life.

Abortion has remained a hot topic throughout each presidential campaign. It is impossible for a candidate to dodge the issue. Some are able to articulate a clear position. Some are clumsy with their defense of whichever side they have chosen. But no one gets away with taking no position.

Pro-life activists can take credit for making sure abortion is not a settled issue even after 40 years of being legal in the United States. [Continue reading ...]

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