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Huge Turnout, Great Media Coverage Make March for Life Chicago a Tremendous Success

Posted by Ann Scheidler (January 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm)

With a crowd of over 1,500 participants gathered yesterday in Federal Plaza on a chilly Sunday afternoon, the March for Life Chicago was a tremendous success.

Although Sunday marked the ninth annual March for Life in Chicago, this year saw a new and expanded event. And the large turnout proves that Chicagoans want to show the country that we are committed to overturning the disastrous rulings that took away all legal protections from babies in the womb.

WLS radio talk show host Dan Proft, himself an adoptee, emceed the program in Federal Plaza. Cardinal Francis George, Pastor Ceasar LeFlore of the National Black Pro-Life Union, and Father Marco Mercado, pastor of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, addressed the crowd, as people continued streaming into Federal Plaza.

Former Planned Parenthood counselor Linda Couri and Anna Slater of Students for Life of Illinois (SFLI) also spoke at the Plaza.  Anna listed the local universities who had pro-life representatives at the March, with each school’s name eliciting a huge roar from the crowd. [Continue reading …]

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March for Life, Chicago Style: Sunday, January 19

Posted by Ann Scheidler (January 11, 2014 at 11:00 am)

On Sunday, January 19th, Chicagoland pro-lifers will gather for the 9th annual March for Life Chicago.

Representatives of several local pro-life organizations have been meeting and planning since September to make Chicago’s pro-life community more visible both locally and on a national level. While the Chicago weather was still lovely back in September, the team adopted the motto (borrowed from Students for Life of Illinois) “Lovin’ Life in Chicago!” Now that the reality of January is upon us, we are determined to live up to the motto. [Continue reading …]

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Feminism Has Come Down to Nothing But Contraception and Abortion

Posted by Ann Scheidler (December 10, 2013 at 10:00 am)

Stop Obama's HHS Mandate signNow that the U. S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases challenging Obamacare’s HHS Mandate, abortion advocates are trying to scare women into thinking that the courts are about to take away their precious right to infertility.

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the two cases, NARAL Pro-Choice America asked, “Will bosses be able to deny women birth control?”

Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. The lawsuits challenge the government’s right to force the employer to pay for a woman’s birth control in her employer-provided health insurance. No one is telling women that they can’t walk down to the corner Walgreens and buy whatever birth control they want.

A legitimate question is: Why is that an employer’s responsibility? [Continue reading …]

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California Bill Aims to Make Abortion a Matter Between a Woman and Her Non-Doctor

Posted by Ann Scheidler (August 29, 2013 at 3:53 pm)

The abortion industry has a persistent complaint: They can’t seem to find doctors who want to do their killing.

There seems to be a general consensus among the medical community in favor of easy “access” to abortion, but when it comes to actually performing the abortions, most doctors want respectability among their peers and their friends, and so they don’t want to stoop to that level. Even among OB/Gyns, most send their abortion-minded patients to an abortion clinic, rather than do the abortion themselves.

For years, the “pro-choice” movement has been lobbying for non-physicians to do abortions (while all too frequently parroting the tired, old cliché that abortion should be a private matter “between a woman and her doctor”). Now the California State Senate has decided to accommodate the abortion crowd by passing a bill that would permit nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants to perform abortions.

This type of legislation proves that after more than 40 years of legal abortion in the United States, there is still a stigma to being an abortionist. [Continue reading …]

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Parental Notice Finally a Reality in Illinois

Posted by Ann Scheidler (July 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm)

In 1995 the Illinois Legislature passed the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. Today, after 18 years, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling upholding it.

This parental notice bill has a long and convoluted history. Actually, Illinois had previously passed a parental consent bill in 1977. But it was found unconstitutional.

The legislature tried again in 1983, passing a parental notice bill. But it too was found unconstitutional.

Finally in 1995, the state passed a bill based on other state laws that had passed muster and were in effect. Pro-abortion Republican Governor Jim Edgar signed the bill into law, but the ACLU immediately challenged it due to what it claimed were unclear rules for the judicial bypass provision.

The Illinois Supreme Court never got around to issuing the necessary rules, so the parental notice law lingered in limbo. And in those 18 years, Illinois statistical records show that 67,928 girls under the age of 18 have had abortions in the state. [Continue reading …]

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New Techniques for Saving Lives Revealed at Chicago Sidewalk Counseling Seminar

Posted by Ann Scheidler (June 7, 2013 at 11:35 pm)

On Saturday, May 20, the Pro-Life Action League held a sidewalk counseling seminar at St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Chicago for over 50 counselors and new recruits.

“Bubble Zone” Troubles

On account of the ongoing challenges over the enforcement of Chicago’s “bubble zone” ordinance, attorneys Tom Brejcha and Tom Olp of the Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Center began the seminar by addressing the group about their First Amendment rights and what to be concerned about in the face of accusations and complaints from abortion clinic personnel and clinic escorts.

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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 …]

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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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