. . . because action speaks louder than words.
League history, NOW v. Scheidler, Action News, Joe Scheidler, League staff
Q & A on abortion, the unborn child, where we stand on the issues and more
Helping abortion-bound women choose life for their babies
Unmasking the truth about abortion in the public square
Our youth outreach, raising up a new generation of pro-life leaders
Abortion industry converts tell the inside story
News and commentary from the Pro-Life Action League
News and commentary from the Pro-Life Action League
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.
Every year the Pro-Life Action League brings the joy and hope of Christmas to the darkness of the abortuary with our “Empty Manger” Christmas Caroling day.
Now more than ever, we need to be actively engaged in fighting abortion on the ground outside our nation’s abortion facilities. Sometimes that means sidewalk counseling, sometimes that means protesting, and sometimes that means bringing the good news of the birth of Jesus Christ to the doors of the abortion clinic with peaceful Christmas caroling.
In recent years, more and more pro-life activists around the country have started holding their own Christmas caroling events at abortion clinics, and now it’s your turn to get involved in this Advent pro-life ministry.
To help you do just that, the Pro-Life Action League has put together some resources that will make your caroling day a success: [Continue reading ...]
The following is a guest blog post by Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D., director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and author of Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars (St. Benedict Press, 2012).
He found the remains of 17 aborted babies—killed at the clinic and tossed in the trash. The date of the abortion, and all of the names of the mothers were written on the medical baggies that contained the tiny dismembered human bodies of these children. They had all been aborted in January of that year and all in the first 10 weeks of gestation.
Chris Veneklase called me, the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, as I have had extensive experience with the retrievals of aborted babies from clinic trash containers and the burials for these victims of abortion.
One of the things that I did was photograph the aborted babies Chris had found in the Woman’s Choice dumpster. Their photos are can seen here.
One of the photos was of a tiny arm and hand of a 7 week aborted baby, torn at the shoulder. This photo was printed in my book Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, published in 2012 by Saint Benedict Press.
In the meantime, Mary Gilpin, the manager of a crisis pregnancy center in Milwaukee, had purchased a copy of Abandoned and kept the book at the CPC.
In October a woman came to the CPC intent on having an abortion. [Continue reading ...]
Recently on the First Things blog, Betsy Childs had a beautiful post titled “Davion Only and the Power of Specific Need.”
A month ago, no one had ever heard of Davion: a 15-year old boy, an orphan, who was born in prison, raised in foster care, and lived in a group home.
But after finding out his birth mother had recently died, he did something incredibly courageous: he stood in front of the congregation at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, and asked for a family to adopt him.
Now it seems, everyone has heard about Davion. And over 10,000 families want to adopt him. Childs considers why his story resonated with so many people:
The Tampa Bay Times could have run an article highlighting the fact that there are 14,000 children in foster care in the state of Florida. While true, this fact would not have had the effect that the picture of Davion had. Some would credit the remarkable response to the “power of story,” and they might be right. But the story of Davion Only also highlights the remarkable response of human beings to specific, meetable needs. [Continue reading ...]
Linda with a “Moms for Life” sign at a monthly protest of Planned Parenthood Aurora [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
Sometimes praying out side the abortion mill can be a tiring and thankless work. Sometimes it seems like you spent an hour outside, often in the freezing cold or burning heat, for nothing.
But even when we see no immediate fruit of our efforts, the world is watching. And sometimes, the simple act of standing in prayer outside the abortion facility has effects we don’t hear about for years, if ever.
Take for example this story from Linda, a pro-lifer here in Aurora, Illinois who regularly prays outside our Planned Parenthood facility: [Continue reading ...]
Last week we wrote about a recent Ms. Magazine article that unwittingly proves a point we’ve been making for decades: protesting abortionists works.
It works because abortionists don’t like it. And if the protest is held outside their regular private practice office, then they really don’t like it.
As if to prove this point, the very next day a group of pro-life activists had an unusual experience as they protested outside abortionist Emil Felski’s private Ob/Gyn office in Casselberry, Florida. (Felski kills babies in small numbers at his regular office, and he kills them in large numbers at Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando.)
So upset was Felski by the sight of pro-life protesters that he got out of his car, attempted to intimidate them by taking their picture, and stole their sign that said, “Repent Dr. Felski”: [Continue reading ...]
Bishop Daniel Conlon calls the faithful to conduct pro-life activism with love. [Photo by Matt Yonke]
October 2 marked the sixth anniversary of the dark day when Planned Parenthood opened their first “mega-clinic” in Aurora, Illinois.
The Pro-Life Action League was there with over 150 local pro-lifers to mark the anniversary and re-commit ourselves to the ongoing fight against the facility.
Back in the summer of 2007, the League learned that a building under construction in Aurora—the same town where our Executive Director Eric Scheidler lives—was to be the site of a new abortion clinic.
Not only was there a new clinic in the works, only months from opening, but it was the first of Planned Parenthood’s new mega-centers—large, regional clinics meant to replace multiple other abortion facilities in an area and consolidate their business.
Over the next several months the League directed a massive wave of public outcry against the facility with thousands coming out to pray, protest and speak to the City Council. In the end, the facility was allowed to open, but opposition to its presence in Aurora has continued steadily ever since. [Continue reading ...]
In 2009, the New York Times photojournalism blog featured a photo exposé of the remains of aborted babies, focusing in particular on the work of our longtime friend, Dr. Monica Miller.
This was fitting, given the sheer volume of her work in the area of abortion victim photography.
In fact, if you’ve seen a picture of an abortion victim online, there’s a good chance that the photograph you saw was taken by Miller.
We’re now very pleased to tell you that in the current edition of the New Oxford Review, Dr. Miller has just published a robust and scholarly defense of the history and role of the use of graphic abortion pictures in the pro-life movement.
The article also contains a wealth of information that even many seasoned pro-lifers would be surprised to learn. For instance, in the early days of the movement, every major pro-life organization in the U.S. not only supported the use of graphic abortion images, but actually used them.
Miller makes a crucial point when she says, “Not all abortion-victim photos are equal”: [Continue reading ...]
Pro-Life Action League-sponsored protest of abortionist Cheryl Chastine on April 17 at her family practice office in Oak Park, IL [Photo by Matt Yonke]
We recently came across an article about abortionist Cheryl Chastine that appeared in this past summer’s issue of Ms. Magazine.
When we found out earlier this year from Troy Newman at Operation Rescue that Chastine had recently been hired by South Wind Women’s Center — an abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas — and that she had a family practice in our own backyard, we staged a series of protests outside her office at the Total Wellness Center in Oak Park, Illinois.
The article quotes Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler:
“Troy [Newman] and I are friends and colleagues and we frequently communicate about what’s going on on the ground here [in Illinois] and there [in Kansas],” says the younger Scheidler. The Pro-Life Action League has tried to sully Dr. Chastine’s ratings on physician websites and has distributed flyers and mailed letters to other tenants in her office building, to surrounding businesses and to her landlord. “Our goal is to get [Dr. Chastine] to quit flying into Kansas by making sure her reputation is harmed here in Oak Park. We want abortion to be a stain on her career.”
To be sure, Chastine’s reputation has been sullied. [Continue reading ...]
Though the fall 40 Days for Life campaign kicked off yesterday nationwide, we got an early start here in Aurora, Illinois with an early opening ceremony last Saturday.
It was a beautiful morning as over 100 pro-lifers gathered on the vacant lot across from Planned Parenthood’s mega-center, and Fr. Matt Lamoureux of St. Patrick Church in nearby Yorkville, Illinois opened the service in prayer.