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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 | 1 Comment »

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 ...]

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Aftermath, The Church | 0 Comments »

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 ...]

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Aftermath, Clinic Witness, General, Planned Parenthood, Videos | 0 Comments »

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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League Releases “CONVERTED: From Abortion Provider to Pro-Life Activist” Video Series

Posted by Matt Yonke (June 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm)

The Pro-Life Action League is excited to announce the debut of our new video series “CONVERTED: From Abortion Provider to Pro-Life Activist.”

In the tradition of our previous conferences, “Meet the Abortion Providers” and “Abortion: The Inside Story”, the League gathered eight former abortion workers to tell the stories of why they left the abortion industry and became advocates for life.

The speakers at this conference spanned the full range of roles in the abortion business, from receptionist to abortionist, from clinic managers to abortion counselors. Each had a unique testimony that highlights the evil of abortion industry, and the humanity of the people who work in it.

In this first video, Dr. Anthony Levatino shares the tragic series of events that led him to see the humanity of every unborn child and leave his job as an abortionist and to dedicate his medical practice to God.

We’ll be releasing all the videos in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the Pro-Life Action League’s blog to be sure you don’t miss any of these illuminating talks.

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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Illegal Work Being Done at Future Site of Abortion Clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois

Posted by John Jansen (June 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm)

Stop-work order posted June 5 at the future site of Apollo Surgical Center in Des Plaines, IL

Stop-work order posted June 5 at the future site of Apollo Surgical Center in Des Plaines, IL

Since learning that Forest View Medical Center abortion clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois had closed nearly two months ago, the Pro-Life Action League has continued to keep a close eye on the facility.

After the closing, we knew that the building that formerly housed Forest View was still owned by Vinod and Vijay Goyal, a husband-and-wife team who own more abortion clinics (five) than anyone else in the state, so we were obviously concerned that the Goyals might attempt to open another abortion facility at the site.

And, in fact, we’ve recently learned that’s exactly what they’re planning to do.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Pro-Life Action League has learned [PDF] that the Goyals are planning this summer to open a facility called Apollo Surgical Center in the building that formerly housed the Forest View abortion clinic. [Continue reading ...]

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Will Abortion Ever Be “Settled”?

Posted by Joe Scheidler (May 28, 2014 at 11:38 am)

mildred stanley and lawrence welk 240“History will sort out right and wrong,” Josh Noel assures us of this in his May 27 Chicago Tribune column.

Noel’s column features a photo (at right) of bandleader Lawrence Welk and singer Mildred Stanley displaying a sign urging the U.S. to keep out of World War II. Their sign says, “Keep US out of war. Be neutral.”

The photo was taken at Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel on September 11, 1939, just ten days after Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Noel says the sign they are holding and their isolationism now look “…at best, hopelessly naive.”

Of course, we entered the war two years later and crushed Fascism, and that was the right thing to do, just as entering World War I a generation earlier had been the right thing. History says so. Noel points out that being right both times cost the U.S. half a million lives, then lists among other wrongs that were ultimately righted slavery, voting rights for women and Blacks, and inter-racial marriage.

But whatever you get out of Noel’s thesis that history will sort it all out, his most interesting comment is this: “While I suspect the matter of abortion will never be ‘settled,’ gay marriage and marijuana legalization seem likely candidates.”

But why won’t history be able to sort out abortion? [Continue reading ...]

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NOW President: Babies Wouldn’t Die So Much If We’d Just Kill Them Before They Died!

Posted by Matt Yonke (May 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm)

Terry O'NeillNational Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill published an editorial on the Huffington Post today entitled, “Abortion, Like Contraception, Is Essential Health Care That Saves Lives.”

Let that sink in for a second. A procedure that’s taken over 50 million lives in the U.S. alone since 1973 . . . saves lives.

O’Neill’s “life saving” abortions

How does O’Neill get to the conclusion promised in the title, that “abortion care” saves lives? Easy! She ignores 50% of the people involved in every abortion.

The first place she looks for saved lives from abortion is high infant mortality rates. They’d be so much lower if more of those pesky underprivileged women would just get more abortions. That’s right, her solution to high infant mortality rates is to kill the babies before they get the chance to die! [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Our Opposition, The Culture War, The Unborn Child | 1 Comment »