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Let Us Come Together To Mourn Our Dead — on 9/11 AND on 9/13

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 11, 2014 at 11:37 am)

R.I.P.This morning I turned on the radio in my kitchen to hear a series of names being solemnly intoned—the names of some of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks we commemorate today.

It’s very good that we do this. It gives me hope to see Americans set aside their differences, rise above the mean-spiritedness that characterizes so much of our politics and culture, and come together to mourn the victims of 9/11. It seems that we’re at our best when we mourn our dead.

Degrees of Separation

I never knew any of the 2,977 people killed on that horrible day. But like so many, in the days and weeks following the tragedy I discovered I was two or three degrees of separation from some of them. Those connections made the horror and injustice of 9/11 that much more real to me.

Hearing those few names on the radio this morning, I had to wonder who I know who knows someone who knows the man still mourning his fiancee, the teenager who has no memory of the father he lost, the widow whose life will never be the same.

But how many more connections must I have—must each of us have—to the 56 million American victims of legal abortion over the past four and more decades? [Continue reading ...]

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Gravestones without Birth Dates

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 6, 2014 at 9:00 am)

A baby's gravestoneEarlier this week I attended the funeral of one of the founding members of the small Romanian Rite Catholic parish my family and I belong to in Aurora, Illinois, a man named George Todas.

Among his many services to St. George Catholic Church, George had kept alive many of the hymns and prayers of the Romanian immigrants who had founded the parish—including the melodies of the very funeral service held for him this week. He had never married; the parish became his family.

Old George retired from cantoring about a year after my family joined the parish, by which time I had become a cantor myself. A holy and gracious man, George never ceased to express his appreciation that a younger man was carrying on the musical traditions that mattered so much to him. I was honored to celebrate his memory and pray for his eternal repose with my fellow parishioners.

The Tragedy of an Infant’s Death

After the burial service at the corner of a cemetery devoted to the departed of St. George, I (almost literally) stumbled upon the small gravestone of a child. In fact, it marked the grave of a newborn girl, Carol Jean, who had lived only a week: from December 28, 1947 to January 3, 1948. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Pro-Life Events, The Unborn Child | 4 Comments »

Catholic Bishops to Attend National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Posted by Matt Yonke (September 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm)
Bishops attending the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Bishops speaking at memorial services for the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, Saturday, Sep. 13

On Saturday, September 13, Americans will gather for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at nearly 100 locations nationwide to remember the more than 50 million children who have been killed by legal abortion in the US since 1973.

Among those who will share reflections on the value of life and the horror of abortion on the Day of remembrance are ten Catholic Bishops.

Their presence at this event is truly an honor and puts on display the Church’s commitment to the necessity of proper burial for human remains, and the intrinsic value of all human life. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Pro-Life Events, The Culture War, The Unborn Child | 0 Comments »

Tell PBS Not to Air Late Term Abortion Propaganda Film “After Tiller”

Posted by Eric Scheidler (August 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm)

POV After TillerThis Monday, the PBS program P.O.V. (Point of View) is scheduled to air the film After Tiller, a blatant propaganda piece that glorifies the work of America’s four remaining late-term abortionists.

When the film first came out, we encouraged pro-lifers to see it. The film provides valuable insights into what we’re up against, not only when it comes to late term abortion and its practitioners, but also in how the abortion industry seeks to justify itself to the public.

PBS Needs to Hear from YOU

But we strongly object to PBS giving this creators of this pro-abortion documentary an opportunity to reach a huge television audience with their propaganda, along with the “imprimatur” that a PBS airing will lend it in the minds of many viewers.

Not surprisingly, the film carefully avoids saying or showing anything about how these babies are killed. Only by hiding the victims of these late-term abortionists can the film hope to portray them in any sympathetic light.

Please tell PBS not to air this pro-abortion film. As always, keep your comments respectful, and remember that pro-life buzz words like “butcher” or “abortion mill” won’t get you very far with this audience. Be sure to emphasize the humanity of the victims and the injustice done to them.

You can also leave comments on the P.O.V. show page dedicated to this episode. [Continue reading ...]

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How Compassion Led Linda Couri into the Abortion Industry, and What Got Her Out

Posted by Sam Scheidler (August 22, 2014 at 10:00 am)

We often think of Planned Parenthood as the enemy. How could we not, considering they are the nation’s largest abortion chain, and aggressively promote promiscuous sexual behavior that leads to unplanned pregnancy and abortion?

As a result, our natural instinct is to demonize them and, in many cases, their employees. So rooted in our pro-life convictions, it can be difficult to conceive of an abortion worker being driven by compassion—however misguided.

Linda Couri was one such worker. Idealistic, big-hearted and lacking real spiritual guidance, she was easily swayed by Planned Parenthood’s mantra of “care.” Also driving her towards Planned Parenthood was the need to reinforce her denial about her own abortion in her early 20′s.

But as a social worker in the clinic, it was only a matter of time before she was forced to face the big questions. A teenage girl asked Linda if she was killing her child. A shaken nurse tearfully asked if they were doing the right thing. Linda struggled to find honest answers. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Aftermath, Planned Parenthood, Videos | 2 Comments »

A Lesson from the Catacombs

Posted by Eric Scheidler (August 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm)
Eric at the catacombs

Eric Scheidler visits the Catacombs of Callixtus, June 2014

If you ever visit the ancient Christian catacombs scattered about the outskirts of Rome, you’ll see countless small tombs dug into the walls, only a foot of two across. These are the burial places of infants, cast out of their pagan homes and left to die of starvation and exposure. Though abortion was practiced in the ancient world, this form of infanticide was a far more common way to get rid of an unwanted child.

Many of these rejected children were rescued by Christians, nursed back to health and given homes, in obedience to Christ’s command to serve the least of his brothers and sisters. But all too often, the only act of love the early Church could offer these children was to bury their little bodies and offer prayers of mourning for them.

Continuing the Work of the Early Church

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to visit the Catacombs of Callixtus while on a pilgrimage to Rome with my wife April. As we walked through the cool, musty corridors of the underground complex, I was struck by the thought that we Christians today are carrying on this work of mercy—rescuing the bodies of abandoned, unwanted children and giving them the only gift we can, the gift of a proper burial.

Again and again, pro-life activists have found the bodies of these children in trash dumpsters, or on the loading docks of medical waste facilities. And just like the early Church, they have spoken out against the injustice, solemnly buried the victims, and mourned over their bodies.

These burial places can be found throughout the United States. In all, there are some 43 gravesites of the aborted unborn, from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama, where four aborted children are buried to the grave of over 16,000 abortion victims at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Los Angeles. [Continue reading ...]

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The Quiet Moment that Shocked an Abortion Worker into Leaving Planned Parenthood

Posted by Sam Scheidler (August 16, 2014 at 10:00 am)

It happens all too often that a person’s ideology and moral conscience are in deep conflict.

This is exemplified in the story of Catherine Adair, who was so entrenched in her “pro-choice” philosophy that she couldn’t see that the guilt and depression she so regularly experienced stemmed from an abortion in her youth.

Her way of dealing with this conflict was to throw herself into radical feminism at an early age—to so fully commit herself to the pro-abortion philosophy that there was simply no way she would have to face the real source or her problems.

The full realization of this commitment came when she joined Planned Parenthood as a counselor, ushering other women through the same process she had gone through years before. [Continue reading ...]

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Problems Uncovered at Philadelphia Abortion Facility Show Why Inspections Are Necessary

Posted by League Staff (July 24, 2014 at 8:50 am)

philadelphia womens center inspectionAfter the macabre findings from notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia charnel house were made public in 2011, lawmakers in Pennsylvania enacted legislation that ensures, among other things, that state inspectors will regularly visit abortion facilities in the state.

Recently the results of inspections [PDF] conducted recently at the Philadelphia Women’s Clinic (PWC) abortion facility were released — and, like so many other abortion clinic inspections, they really throw a spanner in the works of the “pro-choice” movement’s claims that heightened oversight of abortion clinics is “onerous” and “unnecessary.”

Photocopies of Doctor’s Signature on Consent Forms

On October 9, 2013, state officials investigated a complaint [PDF] regarding informed consent. By law a physician in Pennsylvania is required to verbally explain to the woman the abortion procedure, alternatives, risks, and answer any questions she might have 24 hours before the procedure.

This allows her to get real information that should be accurate and describes the procedure that that specific physician intends to perform on her. The alternative is that consent is obtained by a clinic “counselor” which, in many cases is merely a salesperson.

Such was the case at PWC. [Continue reading ...]

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How a Simple Pro-Life Gesture Brought this Woman out of the Abortion Industry

Posted by Sam Scheidler (July 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm)

As pro-life activists we have to remind ourselves from time to time that not every individual in the abortion industry is fully aware of what they are participating in.

This was the case for Ruth Yorston, who worked as a receptionist at her local abortion clinic, the Fort Wayne Women’s Health Organization, where her mother also worked as an assistant administrator.

Ruth came from a progressive liberal family where the topic of abortion was assumed to be “a woman’s right” and discussed no further, which is why it seemed like a natural choice for her to join her mother working at the abortion clinic when she finished high school.

After about a year of working there, she told her friend Andy about the job. Andy, who was strongly pro-life, responded with a gentle gesture that completely reversed her view of abortion.

She quit her job immediately, and though it was the cause of much contention within her household for years, she worked hard to maintain a solid relationship with her parents. This effort paid off in her mother’s final years when they were ultimately able to reconcile their differences.

Watch the video to hear how that happened, and see all the videos from the CONVERTED conference right here. We’ll be adding a new talk each week, so check back soon for more.

To download the audio of this talk to play on your MP3 player, right click this link and choose “Save Link As” (Chrome/Firefox) or “Save Target As” (IE).

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Former Planned Parenthood Sex-Ed Teacher Shuts Down the Clinic She Once Managed

Posted by Matt Yonke (June 17, 2014 at 9:50 am)

Sometimes the path God gives us to walk leads us places we never imagined we could go.

That’s exactly the kind of story you’ll hear in this talk from the Pro-Life Action League’s conference “CONVERTED: From Abortion Provider to Pro-Life Activist” featuring former Planned Parenthood health center manager Sue Thayer.

Sue was a sex-ed teacher and came on board with Planned Parenthood thinking that they would help her spread a simple message of “safe sex”.

But the deeper she got behind Planned Parenthood’s flashy veneer, the more troubled she became.

Sue reveals how abortion was pushed with a monthly quota to be met and how the sex-ed message she wanted to spread was being hijacked by Planned Parenthood’s “Anything goes” mentality.

Finally, seeing women hurt by “tele-med” abortions with no doctor present caused Sue to see the harm the nation’s largest abortion provider causes to children in the womb and to women.

Sue quit her job at Planned Parenthood and began a journey that would lead to the closing of the health center she once managed!

Watch the video to hear how that happened, and see all the videos from the CONVERTED conference right here. We’ll be adding a new talk each week, so check back soon for more.

To download the audio of this talk to play on your MP3 player, right click this link and choose “Save Link As” (Chrome/Firefox) or “Save Target As” (IE).

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