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News and commentary from the Pro-Life Action League
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 ...]
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 ...]
Joe Scheidler speaks to reporters after his Nov. 30, 2005 Supreme Court hearing [Photo by EJS]
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 ...]
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 ...]
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.
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 ...]
I 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 ...]
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.
On 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 ...]
My husband Joe Scheidler, our son Eric and I were among the presenters at the second annual National Sidewalk Counseling Symposium held in the Twin Cities July 19-21.
On the opening night of the symposium, Father Frank Pavone and Joe spoke on the paramount importance of the mission of reaching out to women and men who perceive that abortion will solve their immediate predicament.
Joe read to the audience an excerpt from former NOW president Patricia Ireland’s autobiography, What Women Want, that revealed the paranoia that abortion providers have concerning the pro-lifers who stand out in front of abortion clinics.
As Joe pointed out, the abortionists invent a fearsome scenario, partly fueled by media distortions, and then they believe their own rhetoric—no matter what actually happens out on the sidewalk.
He also reported that he had just finished reading Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, and, he said, “We could have written that book,” referring to Alinsky’s concept of organization and raising public awareness of the social ills that need to be addressed. [Continue reading ...]