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On Saturday, September 10, thousands of pro-lifers gathered at over 160 gravesites of aborted babies or other locations throughout the United States for the fourth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.
Several memorial services featured reflections given by clergymen, including seven Catholic bishops, among whom were Bishop David Ricken (Kaukauna, Wisconsin), Bishop Thomas Tobin (Riverside, Rhode Island), Bishop Joseph Binzer (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Bishop Peter Byrne (Hopewell Junction, New York). Numerous other prominent figures in the pro-life movement also spoke at services around the country, including Father Frank Pavone (Orlando, Florida), Alveda King (Decatur, Georgia), Rev. Walter Hoye (Fremont, California), Sandra Merritt (Southfield, Michigan), and Father Mitch Pacwa (Montgomery, Alabama).
Many post-abortive women also spoke at memorial services, including Maureen Deitche, who, along with her husband Paul, gave a moving testimony at a service held at the gravesite of 2,033 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Maureen gave a heartbreaking account of an abortion she had when she was a 14-year old high school freshman who had gotten pregnant by her then-boyfriend Paul, a senior who was three years older.
Less than a year later, Maureen and Paul found themselves pregnant again, but this time, she refused to have an abortion, despite pressure from her family, who never knew about her previous abortion. Maureen and Paul were married on her 16th birthday, and eventually gave birth to four children. More than 40 years later, even after Maureen suffered terribly from bouts of depression stemming from post-abortion aftermath, they are still married.
Last month, a landscaping crew in a Chicago suburb discovered a black backpack left beside the roadway of the house where they were working. Inside, wrapped in a brown bath mat, was the lifeless body of a newborn baby girl, blue and swollen.
Local police launched an investigation to find the baby’s mother, and community members stepped forward to cover funeral and burial expenses—the only act of human kindness they could offer to this abandoned child. Though initially referred to as “Baby Doe,” the police began to call her “Baby Hope,” inspired by the hope that her mother could be found and the mystery of her brief life revealed.
As horrible as the tragedy that befell Baby Hope is, the way our society responded to it reveals our best instincts as a people. The community rallied together to return this abandoned child to our human family: to give her a name, to find her mother, to provide her a proper burial. Someone even went out and set up a memorial cross where the backpack was found.
What a stark contrast to the way we treat those other abandoned children, the unborn victims of abortion. [Continue reading …]
Of the 50 burial sites of aborted babies located across the United States, three are located in the Chicago area, where the Pro-Life Action League is headquartered.
We extend a special invitation to pro-lifers in the region to visit one of these gravesites of aborted babies this Saturday, September 10—the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children—to join in solemn prayer to honor their memory and their humanity.
All three of these memorial services will feature a Catholic bishop, among other guest speakers. The details for each are included below:
In early 2011, Northern Illinois Women’s Center, the notoriously creepy abortion center in Rockford, Illinois, closed its doors for good after the state found deplorable health conditions inside.
The local pro-life community was overjoyed at the victory God had granted them after many years of hard work, but even now, they’re not about to rest on their laurels.
In addition to praying and sidewalk counseling at other abortion facilities in northern Illinois, the pro-lifers in Illinois’ third largest city are continuing their longstanding tradition of a summer Face the Truth day, which the Pro-Life Action League will sponsor on Wednesday, August 10.
The Tour will visit three sites over the course of the day: [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 July 8.
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 …]
On Friday, July 8, the Pro-Life Action League will kick off our 17th annual “Face the Truth” Tour across northeastern Illinois.
Since 2000, the League has conducted a week-long tour covering a large 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.”
Today the Pro-Life Action League teamed up with our friends at Created Equal for a robust protest of the annual shareholders meeting of Stericycle, held in Rosemont, Illinois.
As the nation’s largest medical waste disposal company, Stericycle enables child killing by partnering with the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood. Moreover, there is evidence that Stericycle is directly involved in abortion by disposing of fetal remains, as the attorney general of Ohio has implicated Stericycle in an investigation of the illegal dumping of fetal remains in landfills.
As shareholders arrived at the Doubletree hotel this morning, they were greeted by two dozen pro-life activists, along with numerous signs bearing the messages “Stericycle: DUMP Planned Parenthood,” “Stericycle enables child killing,” and “Stericycle enables this,” juxtaposed with a picture of an abortion victim. [Continue reading …]
On May 25, the shareholders of Stericycle, Planned Parenthood’s largest medical waste provider, will meet in Rosemont, Illinois, near O’Hare Airport.
The Pro-Life Action League will be there to protest Stericycle’s partnership with Planned Parenthood and to call upon the shareholders to stop aiding and abetting the abortion industry.
If Stericycle drops Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain would be dealt a crushing blow!
Join us for this important protest on May 25 at 9:00 a.m. Park at the nearby Cook County Forest Preserve at 4601 N. River Road in Schiller Park (see map here) for a shuttle up the road to the Doubletree Rosemont, where the shareholders meeting will be held.
Dozens of pro-life volunteers turned out this past Sunday at the entrance of the University of Notre Dame to protest reception of the prestigious Laetare Medal to Vice President Joe Biden.
The protest at the intersection of Angela Boulevard and Notre Dame Avenue was co-sponsored by the Pro-Life Action League, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and the Apostolate of Divine Mercy, which runs a local pregnancy center. In addition to the protest at the University entrance, full-page ads [PDF] were placed in the South Bend Tribune and Notre Dame Observer denouncing the Biden award. CPLS’s Monica Miller distributed 300 copies of the ad on campus during the protest.
As I said to the South Bend Tribune, “The idea that our unborn brothers and sisters would be without a voice today is unconscionable. That’s why we are here.” Joe Biden and Notre Dame have may have turned their backs on the unborn victims of abortion, but the Pro-Life Action League was there to speak for them—as we always will be.
When the University of Notre Dame honored President Obama at their commencement ceremony in 2009, the Pro-Life Action League hosted a huge protest of that scandalous event.
I’m sad, if not surprised, to say that Notre Dame is at it again. This time, they’re giving their highest honor, the Laetare Medal, to Obama’s pro-abortion vice president Joe Biden.
It’s bad enough that Biden is a professing Catholic who claims to be “personally” opposed to abortion, but even worse, he used to be pro-life. When Roe v. Wade came down, he denounced it—and he even joined the March for Life in its early years! But when it came politically expedient, he turned his back on our unborn brothers and sisters.
Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins has turned a deaf ear to our appeals to rescind the award, so we have no choice but to once again protest the university’s commencement ceremony. [Continue reading …]