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CLOSED: Forest View Abortion Clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois

Posted by John Jansen (April 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm)
Maria Goldstein outside of the closed Forest View abortion facility

Maria Goldstein of Northwest Families for Life stands outside the now closed Forest View abortion clinic in Des Plaines, IL

Earlier this year the Pro-Life Action League reported that notorious Chicago area abortionists Vinod and Vijay Goyal had recently sent a cold-call mailing [PDF] to local physicians inviting them to consider working at one of the husband-and-wife team’s six abortion clinics.

The letter also tried to drum up business for the financially troubled Goyals.  Their business has been down in recent years — which means their abortions have been down, reflecting a statewide trend across Illinois — and just this morning, we heard some great news: one of the Goyals’ abortion clinics, Forest View Medical Center in northwest suburban Des Plaines, is now permanently closed!

Grassroots Pro-Life Activism Closed This Abortion Clinic

The closing of the Forest View abortion clinic is a textbook example that proves grassroots pro-life activism works. [Continue reading ...]

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“Do Not Say, ‘I Am Too Young’”: Pro-Life Teens Making National News

Posted by John Jansen (March 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm)

When 16-year old Thrin Short joined Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust for a peaceful campus outreach at the University of California-Santa Barbara earlier this month, she didn’t expect to be assaulted—by a professor—after the professor incited two students to steal one of the group’s signs showing a photo of an abortion victim.

But that’s exactly what happened (language warning):

It didn’t take long before this story became national news.

Last week, Thrin and her older sister Joan appeared on Fox News to talk about the incident, and Thrin knocked it out of the park with this quote:

I’m sorry if these signs offended her in any way but, after all, she does…show porn to her students so she’s not really the one to talk about offending images …. The pictures, yes, show violence after it happened, but what is so much worse than the pictures is the violence itself. And if we have to show what is happening out there to stop it then we have to go there and show it.

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Tags: , , , , , , , , . Posted in Law and Politics, Our Civil Rights, Pro-Life Activism, Videos, Youth Outreach | 1 Comment »

Is the Pro-Life Action League “Targeting” Abortion Advocates?

Posted by Eric Scheidler (March 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm)

Eric Scheidler prays at Planned Parenthood in Aurora, IllinoisThis past Friday, the website Religion Dispatches published a story criticizing the Pro-Life Action League’s Lenten prayer and fasting campaign for abortion advocates Robin Marty, Katie Klabusich and Cheryl Chastine. Some of our opponents have characterized this effort as “harassment,” since we named the three and included pictures of them.

Though author Alana Massey makes no secret of her pro-choice position, the piece is fairly even-handed, and I’m grateful for that. I spent nearly an hour on the phone with Massey being interviewed for the story, and she’s kind enough to call me “an exceedingly gracious person.”

For my part, I enjoyed our conversation and look forward to contributing to Massey’s writing on the abortion issue in the future. In fact, I would say that our exchange was marked by the same spirit of sincerity that inspired the League’s controversial prayer campaign.

Massey herself doesn’t quite seem to believe that harassment is our real purpose. She seems more inclined to regard it as misguided or even reckless, given the “history of anti-abortion violence” the article chronicles.

Many other advocates of legal abortion think otherwise, calling the campaign a “thinly veiled” call for violence against the women we’re asking people to fast and pray for. I’ll address that accusation below, but first I want to correct a couple of errors in Massey’s article. [Continue reading ...]

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Abortions Down 18% in Illinois: Grassroots Pro-Life Activism a Key Factor

Posted by John Jansen (February 7, 2014 at 4:09 pm)

Sidewalk counselor and woman outside Chicago abortion clinicThe Guttmacher Institute released a study [PDF] earlier this week revealing that the abortion rate in the U.S. has continued to decline in recent years and is now at a level not seen since the 1970s.

And as the Pro-Life Action League’s Matt Yonke pointed out in an article published on Monday, Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers continued going up during this same time period, giving the nation’s largest abortion chain an ever greater share of the industry.

National Right to Life published its own analysis of the study, which observed that the stridently “pro-choice” Guttmacher Institute, not surprisingly, “downplayed the role that public debate over the rights of unborn children have played in this trend.”

In its analysis, NRLC notes that in the study, Guttmacher:

…cites the state of Illinois, which saw an 18% decline in abortion numbers even though the state didn’t enact any pro-life legislation during period covered by the report. This neglects, however, that the state’s parental notice law, which had been enjoined since its passage in 1995, was once again in the news in 2009 and 2010 – precisely during the study period – and again prompted a public discussion and debate [about] parental involvement in a minor daughter’s abortion decision.

Surely, the public policy debate surrounding Illinois’ parental notification law during this time helped to lower the state’s abortion rate.

But what else did? [Continue reading ...]

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League Calls Senator Durbin Back to His Pro-Life Roots at Planned Parenthood Gala

Posted by Matt Yonke (January 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm)

Protest of Planned Parenthood and Dick DurbinOn Thursday, January 23, the Pro-Life Action League brought out over two dozen stalwart activists came out on a bitterly cold five degree evening to protest of Planned Parenthood’s annual Roe v. Wade gala in Chicago.

In addition to celebrating the tragic court decision that stripped unborn babies of their right to life through all nine months of pregnancy, Planned Parenthood was also giving pro-choice Senator Dick Durbin a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

As horrible as this is by itself, it’s also extremely incongruous, because Senator Durbin used to be a staunch pro-life advocate! The League brought signs reading, Return to Your Pro-Life Roots, Senator Durbin! and Senator Durbin: Unborn Babies Need You Back! [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Activism | 1 Comment »

Protest Planned Parenthood and Senator Dick Durbin Thursday, January 23

Posted by Matt Yonke (January 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm)

Protest Durbin and Planned Parenthood
Next week marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the horrible Supreme Court rulings that stripped unborn babies of their right to life.

But while we pro-lifers hold memorial events all over the country lamenting this tragedy and recommitting ourselves to defending unborn babies, Planned Parenthood will be celebrating!

In fact, they’re throwing a huge abortion party in Chicago on January 23. What’s more they’ll be honoring Senator Dick Durbin with a “lifetime achievement” award.

But get this: Dick Durbin used to be an outspoken pro-lifer!

That’s why the Pro-Life Action League is holding a protest of Planned Parenthood’s gala event next week, and you’re invited to join us!

Event: Protest of Dick Durbin and Planned Parenthood
When: Thursday, January 23rd, 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St, Chicago (Map) [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Activism | 2 Comments »

Bishop Daniel Conlon on LOVE as the Basis for Pro-Life Ministry

Posted by Matt Yonke (January 15, 2014 at 12:49 pm)

Last October, the Pro-Life Action League marked the 6th anniversary of the day Planned Parenthood opened their massive “Abortion Fortress” in Aurora, Illinois with a prayer vigil. We were honored to have the Most Reverend Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Joliet as one of our speakers.

Bishop Conlon gave one of the best pro-life speeches I heard all year that day, emphasizing that love must be the basis of our pro-life ministry, that it must undergird everything we do as pro-life people.

Watch Bishop Conlon’s speech above, and let it inspire you to order your pro-life work this year with love as the organizing principle. As he said, our love and God’s love are what motivates us to care about mothers and babies and what makes it possible to save them from the pain of abortion!

Special thanks to the Live Pro-Life group for capturing the footage!

Posted in Abortion, Clinic Witness, Pro-Life Activism, The Church, The Culture War, Videos | 1 Comment »

“Empty Manger” Caroling Brings Hope to Chicago Area Abortuaries

Posted by League Staff (January 3, 2014 at 12:07 pm)

Dozens of pro-life activists took part in the Pro-Life Action League’s 11th annual “Empty Manger” Christmas Caroling Day on Saturday, December 21 at nine local abortion facilities, five in Chicago and four in west suburban DuPage County.

The DuPage County tour started off with a surprise: We arrived at ACU Health Center in Hinsdale, Illinois and discovered that they had recently changed their schedule and were no longer performing abortions on Saturdays!

It was wonderful to sing for joy that no children would be killed there that day, and our witness to the community was strong with many friendly honks and waves from passersby. [Continue reading ...]

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“Empty Manger” Christmas Caroling Draws Record Media Coverage—And Some Vile Comments from Our Opposition

Posted by Matt Yonke (December 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm)

Empty Manger CarolingIn addition to the media coverage we usually get for our “Empty Manger” Christmas caroling day from outlets like Christian Post,, and many others, we’ve also received a lot of coverage from secular media this year.

Sites like the “independent” and liberal media sites like the Huffington Post and have taken note of our press release in advance of Saturday’s event.

With more groups around the country taking part in California, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Colorado, North Carolina and more, it makes sense that the press would take note of this touching event, especially with the headline of this year’s release: “Pro-Life Activists Plan Caroling Protest; Ask ‘Would Planned Parenthood Abort Jesus?’” [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Activism | 4 Comments »

Send a Christmas Card to Mary Wagner, a Pro-Life Prisoner of Conscience

Posted by John Jansen (December 6, 2013 at 11:21 am)

On August 15, 2012, Mary Wagner was arrested after she entered the waiting room of a Toronto abortion clinic and offered help to any woman who would consider changing her mind.

She has been in jail ever since on charges of “mischief: interference with lawful enjoyment/operation of a business,” and and breach of a probation order that prohibits her from being within 200 meters of any place where abortions are performed in Ontario.

This was the sixth time Mary had been arrested since she began her campaign of civil disobedience in March 2010. Since then, she has spent nearly three years in prison.

To support Mary, her friends and supporters at Campaign Life Coalition Youth have organized a campaign to send her Christmas cards and letters: [Continue reading ...]

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