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Protest of Planned P’hood’s Forum on Family Planning in Chicago [Photo by Matt Yonke]
A few weeks ago, the Pro-Life Action League caught wind of a top-secret abortion conference hosted by Planned Parenthood and the Society of Family Planning called the North American Forum on Family Planning.
This forum would gather the abortion industry’s most elite players to recruit new abortionists, train them in new methods, and honor the “heroes” of big abortion. The forum would even help expand the reach of the “family planning” regime of abortion, sterilization and contraception in developing nations.
The conference was slated to take place in Chicago, the League’s headquarter city, but the specific location and schedule were kept deep under wraps. In fact, to even find that information and apply to attend the conference, one had to obtain two letters of recommendation from people affiliated with the organizing groups! [Continue reading …]
The other day my daughter contacted me, quite upset over her bioethics class.
She has been studying the human experimentation the Nazis performed on prisoners and was totally overwhelmed by the evil. Knowing that I deal on a regular basis with the gruesomeness of abortion and the profound evil in the abortion industry, she called looking for answers in how to deal with this immense evil and what to do about the desire some have to use the “knowledge” gained from these immoral experiments.
This is my reply to her.
The first rule of bioethics is the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” That is why, as a nurse, I could never recommend the birth control pill—I would never use it, so how could I recommend it to others?
There are many things I find unacceptable, and how terrible if I were to recommend them to others. That would be treating them as less worthy of good solutions to their problems. [Continue reading …]
Late last week, we here at the Pro-Life Action League received a tip that Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards would be speaking at Chicago Ideas Week, a weeklong series of talks from leaders in a variety of fields.
Richards was speaking on a panel titled “Leading Under Pressure” along with four other leaders who have had to face various kinds of challenges and setbacks, including retired four-star general David Petraeus.
We knew right away that we weren’t going to let the president of Abortion Incorporated visit Chicago without a protest, so we set the wheels in motion right away. [Continue reading …]
Only days after coordinating the second wave of nationwide protests at Planned Parenthood facilities, the Pro-Life Action League will picket a talk by Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards in downtown Chicago. Richards is speaking at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Tuesday October 13, on the topic of “Leading under Pressure” during Chicago Ideas Week.
The League will be there to protest, with signs reading “Cecile Richards: Abortion is always a BAD idea,” and a large banner reading, “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts.” Also on display will be large signs depicting abortion’s innocent unborn victims.
Richards has been in damage control mode for months, thanks to the string of undercover videos showing top Planned Parenthood doctors scheming to harvest and sell aborted babies’ body parts.
“Why is the head of the nation’s largest abortion chain speaking during Chicago Ideas Week?” asks Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. “What new idea has Cecile Richards got to offer—other than harvesting the body parts of abortion victims in order to maximize Planned Parenthood’s profits?”
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 …]