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Facing unseasonably chilly weather for August, a group of committed pro-life activists from northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin joined us August 12 for the 11th annual “Face the Truth” Day in Rockford, Illinois.
As is the case with most days when we show pictures of abortion victims, the reactions from passersby varied considerably, ranging from sincere gratitude and praise to unhinged opposition and even violence.
Nearing the conclusion of the 90-minute stint at our first site at the intersection of Riverside Boulevard and Alpine Road, a woman pulled over her car, flagged me down, and said she wanted to thank us for being there.
She said that on one of the occasions when we had visited Rockford years ago, her best friend’s daughter—then a teenager—had seen our abortion victim signs. When she got pregnant a few years later, she said there was no way she could have an abortion, because having seen our signs years before, she knew how awful abortion was, and she made up her mind that she was not going to let that happen to her baby. [Continue reading ...]
Cemetery for Aborted Children in Kkottongnae, South Korea [Photo via Catholic News Agency]
Over the weekend Catholic News Agency announced that Pope Francis will visit a “Cemetery for Aborted Children” at the Kkottongnae Home for the Sick during his trip to South Korea later this week.
As a Catholic and as a pro-life activist who is assisting with the preparations for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on September 13, I was doubly thrilled to see, yet again, the Holy Father leading by example. Clearly, he understands the importance of visiting — physically, in person, visiting — sites that serve as memorials to aborted children, and so must the rest of us.
The motivation for the National Day of Remembrance is inspired by the words of Jesus, “Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted,” and the realization that we have an obligation to mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters who have been killed by abortion. [Continue reading ...]
On July 11, 2014, the Pro-Life Action League set out on our 15th annual “Face the Truth” Tour, bringing images of the victims of abortion to 24 major intersections across northeast Illinois to expose the brutal reality of this barbaric practice.
In addition to the full-time League staff, we were pleased to have four of National Director Joe Scheidler’s 22 grandchildren on this year’s Tour staff: Nate, Sam and Liza Scheidler and Aaron Miller were an indispensable part of the team.
This year’s tour reached hundreds of thousands of pedestrians and motorists with the truth about abortion, and we distributed over 12,000 pieces of pro-life literature to passersby! [Continue reading ...]
Pro-life activists protest outside Planned Parenthood facility in Kissimmee, Florida, April 2014
In late March, the Pro-Life Action League was contacted by a group of pro-life activists in Kissimmee, Florida, who had recently discovered that Planned Parenthood was planning to open an abortion clinic in their city, located just minutes from Disney World.
We were able to advise them on numerous matters, including filing requests with the city for documents relating to the facility and encouraging them to mobilize a strong presence to speak out against Planned Parenthood at city commission meetings.
Since then, the pro-life community of Kissimmee has been indefatigable. They’ve been holding protests and prayer vigils, standing up for their First Amendment rights, taking out full-page newspaper ads — and, yes, packing city commission meetings. [Continue reading ...]
On our website is a page that addresses the most common objections we hear during our “Face the Truth” Tours, when we show pictures of abortion victims out on the streets—as we’re preparing to do at 24 sites in and around Chicago starting this Friday.
But in this post I’d like to focus on another objection that I must admit I find it hard to get my head around. Namely, the charge that showing abortion victim photos in public is uncharitable—and yea, even un-Christian—especially because of the supposedly damaging effects it has on children.
Personally, I find it understandable that the average secular person might get angry upon seeing a display of pictures of abortion victims.
But I’m gobsmacked when Christians try to claim that showing the victims of abortion in an effort to awaken people’s consciences is actually contrary to our faith.
As Christians, we know that on that first Good Friday, Our Lord Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be mercilessly scourged, crowned with thorns, and forced to stumble — battered, bloodied, and grotesquely ignominious — through the streets of Jerusalem before being nailed to the Cross. It’s surely safe to assume that there were children among the crowds that day — these were public streets, after all, and the city would have been teeming with families who had come there on pilgrimage for Passover. [Continue reading ...]
Next Friday, July 11, the Pro-Life Action League kicks off our 15th annual “Face the Truth” Tour across northeastern Illinois.
Since 2000, the League has conducted a week-long tour covering a huge swath of territory across the Chicagoland area. At each stop, League staff and volunteers line a busy intersection with pictures of abortion victims to show the public the truth about what is all too often characterized merely as a “choice.”
As soon as the Supreme Court issued its decision this morning in the Hobby Lobby case, the Pro-Life Action League immediately called for a Victory Rally at noon in Federal Plaza in Chicago, the League’s headquarters city.
Chicago was Ground Zero for the nationwide “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rallies that protested the HHS Mandate when the Obama administration first announced it in 2012, so we felt compelled to return to the site of those rallies to celebrate today’s ruling.
And so, with only a few hours notice, a crowd of over 100 descended on Federal Plaza to mark this win for religious freedom. Just as notably, local media covered the rally in a big way.
Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler served as M.C. for the rally and began by inviting Father Thomas Loya of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer Glen, Illinois to offer an invocation. Father Loya noted that today’s victory was cause for celebration, but also cause for humility and repentance, and proclaimed Psalm 51.
The next speaker was Chris Yep, who, along with his wife Mary Anne, are the owners of Triune Health Group, one of seven businesses in Illinois that has filed suit against the federal government over the HHS Mandate. (It’s also worth noting that Triune was named the Best Place to Work for Women by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2012. So much for the idea that opposing the HHS Mandate amounts to a “war on women”!) [Continue reading ...]
Abortionist Mandy Gittler was responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves at Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center in Chicago on July 20, 2012, and has performed over 15,000 abortions in her career.
On June 18, the Pro-Life Action League visited both of her Chicago abortion facilities to expose the truth about her deadly business.
Our first stop was at All Women’s Health, an abortion clinic operated by Gittler in the city’s Bucktown neighborhood. Right from the get-go, by the time we started deploying sign holders, Chicago Police were already on site.
Pro-Life Action League staffer Matt Yonke positioned himself with a Malachi sign a few feet from the entrance to All Women’s, and within minutes, two officers approached and told him he was not allowed to stand within 50 feet of the entrance. [Continue reading ...]
Abortionist Mandy Gittler was responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves at Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center in Chicago on July 20, 2012.
And in the deposition [PDF] she gave as part of a civil suit filed against Planned Parenthood, et al., on behalf of Reaves’ sole heir, Gittler admitted that she has performed nearly 15,000 abortions since 1998.
In her deposition, she also explicitly stated that a Planned Parenthood nurse called 911 to get help for Tonya on the day she died. But in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the City of Chicago, the Pro-Life Action League found that no 911 calls were made from Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center on the day Tonya Reaves died.
Not only are unborn babies not safe around Mandy Gittler, but neither are their mothers. [Continue reading ...]
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 ...]