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It is often hard to gauge the response to the Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth displays. Shouts from car windows are usually unintelligible, thumbs ups at 50 miles per hour can be mistaken for middle fingers, and car horns communicate anything from the heartiest support to the most resolute dissent (or occasionally nothing more than an unrelated traffic squabble).
Rockford, IL is perhaps one of the most enigmatic cities in this regard. I noticed more positive than negative reactions on our annual Face the Truth day in Rockford last Tuesday, but I spoke to several volunteers who reported the opposite, and still others who seemed to receive equal levels of each.
One interpretation of this incongruity is that each volunteer may actually be observing different reactions — the response of a driver at the very beginning of the display may vary greatly from that of the driver at the end, who has had more time to process the images and form a concrete position. [Continue reading …]
It’s a good day for justice. Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was found not guilty on the trumped up criminal trespass charge stemming from the League’s protest of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Chicago’s Navy Pier.
The case against Eric was so flimsy that the defense didn’t have to call a single witness or explain their case to the judge. Navy Pier security’s account of the incident was so hazy, contradictory and full of holes that the judge ruled not guilty before our attorneys had to defend Eric.
The memory card from his GoPro camera that contained footage that would have proven that Eric did nothing wrong has unfortunately not been recovered.
Eric and our attorneys at the Thomas More Society are considering civil action against Navy Pier and the city of Chicago. Thanks for your prayers and support, and stay tuned for updates if further legal action is taken.
On Tuesday, July 21, Pro-Life Action League national director Joe Scheidler offered a moving reflection on his good friend and pro-life pioneer Dr. Jack Willke during a tribute reception at the Washington, D.C. offices of Americans United for Life.
Dr. Willke, who passed away in February, was known as the “Grandfather of the Pro-Life Movement” for his tireless efforts since the 1960s to defend the lives of unborn children. He and his wife Barbara traveled the world advancing the pro-life cause, and their Handbook on Abortion helped launched the pro-life movement after Roe v Wade.
Pro-life leaders from across the country gathered to remember Willke and his legacy, and JoeY—as the “Godfather of the Pro-Life Movement” was the first to speak. He focused especially on Willke’s gracious appearance as a character witness during his NOW v. Scheidler RICO trial.
In concluding his remarks, Joe declared, “I loved Jack dearly, I loved Barbara; they were friends. I miss them like family, because they were family to us all, and they brought so many families into the world.”
Today, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was back in court again for the bogus criminal trespass charge from his arrest during our protest of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Chicago’s Navy Pier back in April.
Navy Pier finally responded to our subpoena asking for surveillance video and call records, and we’re hopeful that video will show Eric clearly being given permission to walk on the pier by security.
Eric was also given a trial date of August 3, so please keep that date, and the case, in your prayers.
Planned Parenthood’s Aurora, Illinois mega-center [Photo by Matt Yonke]
The Pro-Life Action League is pleased to report a victory in our ongoing zoning lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of Illinois over their Aurora, Illinois mega-center that opened in 2007 under a cloud of controversy and deceit.
When the facility opened, Planned Parenthood openly acknowledged that they had tried to keep the facility’s true identity from the public through the use of front companies that managed the permitting and construction of the facility without Planned Parenthood’s name appearing on any documentation.
Our attorneys at the Thomas More Society quickly deduced that they had not only deceived the public, but also lied to city officials about the purpose of the building, and built the facility in a district whose zoning specifically prohibits the operation of a non-profit healthcare facility, which Planned Parenthood clearly is.
The suit has been through an array of venues and judges since it was first filed in 2007, and was finally dismissed in state court in August of 2013. However, we appealed this ruling to the Illinois 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. They heard the case in April and yesterday handed down their ruling, reversing the lower court’s dismissal of the case and providing a new chance to prove that Planned Parenthood is operating their “abortion fortress” illegally. [Continue reading …]
Picket at Albany Medical-Surgical Center [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
On Saturday, June 6, a crowd of more than 50 pro-lifers gathered outside Albany Medical-Surgical Center in Chicago to stand for the right to life of all unborn babies, and to highlight the late-term abortion facility’s ever-lengthening list of health code and other violations.
In response to complaints by the Pro-Life Action League, Albany has recently been the subject of inspections by the Illinois Department of Public Health which have revealed unsanitary conditions and health code violations that led to fines totaling $50,000 and the revocation of their license.
The revocation has been stayed pending an ongoing appeal process, and Albany continues to operate, but on Saturday it was far from business as usual. [Continue reading …]
The other day a strange email from the pro-abortion group NARAL showed up in my inbox. I’m subscribed to all the major pro-abortion groups’ email lists in order to keep tabs on their activities. What was strange about this email was that, in it, NARAL admitted that unborn children feel pain—and even used the word “baby” in reference to an unborn child.
The email was signed by a NARAL supporter, Dana Weinstein, asking for donations to NARAL to fight HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks (5 months). She writes, “When I was more than 20 weeks pregnant, my doctor discovered our baby had horrifying severe fetal anomalies that could not have been discovered earlier in pregnancy.”
It’s strange enough to see NARAL using the term “baby” to describe the “products of conception” that the pro-abortion movement has worked so hard to dehumanize—to the point that the media now frequently refer to abandoned babies as “fetuses.”
But even stranger is what comes next. [Continue reading …]
Earlier this year, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler mailed a package to every abortion clinic in the country with a picture of recently arrested abortionist Naresh Patel, a note offering help if they wanted to leave the abortion industry, and a pair of plastic handcuffs.
One of those pairs of handcuffs was put to use in a bizarre art project:
The project is being auctioned off with proceeds going to the Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates.
It’s sad to see such talent being funneled toward such evil. Looking at some of the artist’s other paintings on her Facebook profile, she has quite a gift, but this project has a particular crudeness and anger about it that hide her true skill in creating beautiful reflections of God’s world.
Eric noted in particular the strangely placed rattlesnake at the base of the uterus, reminiscent of a contraceptive coil, among other unpleasant images.
In any event, it’s clear that the Handcuffs Project ruffled some feathers among abortion advocates, and that’s just what it was supposed to do.
Protest of Planned Parenthood and Wendy Davis [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
The keynote speaker for the luncheon was none other than Wendy Davis, known in the media as the “Abortion Barbie” after her filibuster of a landmark pro-life bill in the Texas state legislature in 2013.
Ensuring that Planned Parenthood can’t throw an abortion party without protest is a big part of our mission at the Pro-Life Action League, and when we heard Davis would be the keynote speaker at this event, we knew we had to be there. [Continue reading …]
Last week I traveled to Washington D.C. to join a group of pro-life leaders for protest at the Longworth Congressional Office Building, calling on Congress to hold a vote on HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (PDF), commonly known as the “20 Week Abortion Ban.”
The vote on this bill was originally scheduled for January 22, the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court rulings that stripped unborn children of their legal right to life. But at the last minute several members of Congress withdrew their support, concerned about the bill’s reporting requirement for exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
Of course, every child has a right to life, regardless of the circumstances of conception. But the abortion lobby has been very effective at exploiting the issue of rape to justify abortion and demonize pro-lifers. In the current political climate, no bill without such exceptions has any chance of being passed.
It was extremely disheartening to all of us who were gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. that day when the vote was postponed, only hours before the annual March for Life was set to begin. That’s why I jumped at the chance to urge Congress to vote on this bill. [Continue reading …]