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Last year the Pro-Life Action League encouraged pro-lifers to give up one meal a week for the conversion of an abortion worker. This year, we’re taking it to the next level.
This Lent, we’re encouraging prayer and fasting for three specific abortion activists—three women deeply entrenched and ideologically committed to abortion.
These women are pro-choice journalist Robin Marty, abortion clinic escort Katie Klabusich and abortionist Cheryl Chastine. We’re asking you to pray every day and offer the sacrifice of one meal a week for them during the season of Lent, which begins today. [Continue reading ...]
If you’ve ever wondered why Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards rarely gives on-camera interviews, here’s why:
Remember, Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion chain. And yet their president of the past eight years can’t give coherent answers to basic questions related to the topic. Richards stops and starts so often that one might guess that this is the first interview she’s ever done.
But enough about style, and onto substance.
Does anyone actually believe that at the time Cecile Richards was pregnant with her own three children, she actually believed they weren’t alive? [Continue reading ...]
Last month the Pro-Life Action League reported that a judge in Chicago was willing to let the Women’s Aid Clinic abortion facility pay a mere $77 instead of the $36,000 it was fined by the Illinois Department of Public Health in 2011.
The massive fine was assessed in response to a host of serious violations discovered by state inspectors, including failure to perform CPR on 18-year old Antonesha Ross, who died following an abortion in 2009.
Since that time, Women’s Aid Clinic owner Larisa Rozansky filed for bankruptcy (but the case was dismissed), closed out the clinic’s bank account, dissolved the company, changed its name to Women’s Aid Center and moved to a different location — although the “Center” continued to use the same website and phone number, and for a period of time, even processed credit cards via the same Merchant Services account number as the “Clinic.”
When the state came calling to remind Rozansky that paying the $36,000 fine wasn’t optional, her response was that Women’s Aid Clinic “does not exist,” and so the state was out of luck. [Continue reading ...]
The picture that accompanied the Rolling Stone article
Rolling Stone recently published a list of The Seven Most Common Lies About Abortion.
The list is mostly a collection of straw man parodies of pro-life talking points rebutted with cherry-picked pro-choice statistics.
And it wouldn’t be worth a second of anyone’s time if it wasn’t being passed around social media like wildfire and garnering thousands of comments on Rolling Stone’s site. But it is, so let’s debunk the debunking point by point!
One of our supporters — a family practice doctor currently working in the Chicago area — recently sent us a cold-call mailing he had received from notorious abortionists Vinod and Vijay Goyal, a husband-and-wife team who own and operate more surgical abortion clinics than anyone else in Illinois.
The letter [PDF] begins:
Dear Dr. ________,
We realize that it can be difficult to find a truly professional medical facility to refer your patients to for pregnancy termination services. Please allow me to introduce these State Licensed, outpatient surgery centers of www.IllinoisAbortion.com.
Clearly, then, the purpose of this mailing is to drum up business.
But think about it: When does an owner have to drum up business? When business is down — which means, in this case, when abortions are down. [Continue reading ...]
My friend Tom Herring of the Anti-Choice Project (ACP) gave an outstanding interview yesterday to KIRO radio in Seattle about his group’s visit to Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington. ACP volunteers brought a display of abortion victim photos to the school after learning that school officials had ordered the remove of some posters put up by the campus pro-life group.
In his interview with host Jason Rantz, Tom articulately defended the public display of abortion victim photos:
There are certain evils, words simply fail us when we try to communicate the gravity of the evil. So for example, I think the Holocaust itself would be an example of something that, if we were to limit ourselves to words to describe it, we would be doing an injustice to what actually happened.
In the same way, we use these pictures to show the true reality, the nature of what abortion does to a baby.
I was particularly impressed with Tom’s response to an objection often raised about these pictures: the mere fact that they upset people doesn’t mean that what they depict is wrong. [Continue reading ...]
On July 20, 2012, 24-year old Tonya Reaves had a second trimester abortion at a Planned Parenthood’s facility in Chicago.
Following the abortion, she experienced a series of complications, but Planned Parenthood did not call 911 to help for her. Five and a half hours later, she was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
A few hours later, Tonya was dead.
Just last week it was revealed [PDF] that a Planned Parenthood and the other plaintiffs in the case are on the hook for a $2 million wrongful death settlement in the lawsuit brought by Alvin Jones, the father of Reaves’ only heir, her son, who is also named Alvin after his father.
Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler commented:
Reading this settlement, I was struck by the impact it will have on young Alvin Jones when he starts receiving money on his 18th birthday. [Continue reading ...]
On October 21, 2011 the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) assessed the Women’s Aid Clinic abortion facility with a fine [PDF] of $36,000 for a host of serious violations, including failure to perform CPR on 18-year old Antonesha Ross, who died following an abortion in 2009.
The state also suspended the license of Women’s Aid to operate as a pregnancy termination specialty center (PTSC) and prohibited the facility from performing surgical abortions—although it is still permitted to perform medical abortions (i.e., RU-486).
But now, more than two years later, Women’s Aid still hasn’t paid the fine, and the matter has been turned over to the Illinois Attorney General’s office to collect the money. But as it stands now, a judge in Chicago is willing to let them off the hook—if they pay a mere $77.
We can’t let that happen.
That’s why the Pro-Life Action League is urging Illinois residents to call the office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan at 312-814-3000 and urge her to appeal the judge’s ruling in the Women’s Aid Clinic case. [Continue reading ...]
The Guttmacher Institute released a study [PDF] earlier this week revealing that the abortion rate in the U.S. has continued to decline in recent years and is now at a level not seen since the 1970s.
And as the Pro-Life Action League’s Matt Yonke pointed out in an article published on Monday, Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers continued going up during this same time period, giving the nation’s largest abortion chain an ever greater share of the industry.
National Right to Life published its own analysis of the study, which observed that the stridently “pro-choice” Guttmacher Institute, not surprisingly, “downplayed the role that public debate over the rights of unborn children have played in this trend.”
In its analysis, NRLC notes that in the study, Guttmacher:
…cites the state of Illinois, which saw an 18% decline in abortion numbers even though the state didn’t enact any pro-life legislation during period covered by the report. This neglects, however, that the state’s parental notice law, which had been enjoined since its passage in 1995, was once again in the news in 2009 and 2010 – precisely during the study period – and again prompted a public discussion and debate [about] parental involvement in a minor daughter’s abortion decision.
Surely, the public policy debate surrounding Illinois’ parental notification law during this time helped to lower the state’s abortion rate.
But what else did? [Continue reading ...]
A new study [PDF] from the Guttmacher Institute reports that the abortion rate in the US has continued to decline and is now at a level so low it hasn’t been seen since the 1970s.
The study found a rate of 16.9 abortions per thousand women of childbearing age in 2011, though it did not probe the possible causes for the decline.
But even as the abortion rate continues its slow decline, Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion chain—continues to perform more and more abortions and dominate the abortion market.
According to their annual report [PDF], Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions in 2012—almost 80,000 more than they performed in 2005. That’s about one every 95 seconds, every day of the year. [Continue reading ...]