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15th Annual “Face the Truth” Tour Exposes Abortion, Spreads Help and Healing

Posted by Matt Yonke (July 25, 2014 at 1:56 pm)

Face the Truth Tour

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 ...]

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Judge Orders Kissimmee Planned Parenthood Not to Perform Abortions

Posted by John Jansen (July 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm)

Pro-life activists protest outside Planned Parenthood facility in Kissimmee, Florida, April 2014

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 ...]

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Is It Un-Christian to Show Photos of Abortion Victims?

Posted by John Jansen (July 7, 2014 at 9:00 am)

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.

Showing the Victims of Abortion: Unpopular, But Necessary

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 ...]

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League Kicks Off 15th Annual “Face the Truth” Tour July 11

Posted by John Jansen (July 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm)

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.”

This year we will be visiting 24 sites in and around Chicago. Get the full Tour itinerary here, and RSVP on the Facebook event page. [Continue reading ...]

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Rally in Chicago Celebrates Religious Freedom Victory

Posted by John Jansen (June 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm)

hobby lobby rallyAs 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 ...]

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“Face the Truth” Day Exposes Chicago Abortionist Mandy Gittler

Posted by John Jansen (June 19, 2014 at 8:00 am)

bethAbortionist 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.

Chicago Police Misunderstand City’s “Bubble Zone” Ordinance

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 ...]

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Join Us June 18 to Expose Abortionist Mandy Gittler

Posted by John Jansen (June 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm)

truth day june 18Abortionist 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 ...]

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Illegal Work Being Done at Future Site of Abortion Clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois

Posted by John Jansen (June 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm)

Stop-work order posted June 5 at the future site of Apollo Surgical Center in Des Plaines, IL

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 ...]

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Everything Old Is New Again: The Resurgence of Pro-Life Hospital Pickets

Posted by John Jansen (June 3, 2014 at 9:23 am)

Pro-life activist Lynn Mills protests May 2 outside Providence Park Hospital in Novi, MI

Pro-life activist Lynn Mills protests May 2 outside Providence Park Hospital in Novi, MI [Photo via The Detroit News]

“Anti-Abortion Protesters Are Coming to a Hospital Near You.”

That’s the apt title of an article published last week by pro-choice journalist Robin Marty on the liberal website ThinkProgress.

Noting that the vast majority of abortions are performed in freestanding clinics, Marty says hospitals are “increasingly viewed as the weak link in the battle over abortion access.” She then adds, “And that’s exactly the way medical boards like it.”

But as more and more states are enacting legislation requiring abortionists in freestanding facilities to have admitting privileges at and transfer agreements with a local hospital, the landscape is changing:

Admitting privileges legislation has made hospitals the gatekeeper for abortion clinics’ ability to remain open. That’s allowed protests to move away from the clinics themselves and back to the hospitals, a far more vulnerable target.

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“Rosary of the Unborn”: Heaven Sent or Hoax?

Posted by Matt Yonke (May 13, 2014 at 10:00 am)

Rosary of the UnbornHere at the Pro-Life Action League, we often receive inquiries about pro-life ministries or devotions from people around the world.

But the post on our blog that has received more comments than any other over the years is a post about the “Rosary of the Unborn,” a rosary produced by Holy Love Ministries in Elyria, Ohio that claims to bear certain promises from the Blessed Virgin Mary through messages given to purported visionary Maureen Sweeney Kyle.

Specifically, Maureen was allegedly promised that “. . . each Hail Mary prayed [on a Rosary for the Unborn] from a loving heart will rescue one of these innocent lives from death by abortion.”

It’s not hard to see why people of faith, especially Catholics, would be attracted to such promises. But the sad truth is that the Church has declared that these promises do not have a supernatural origin.

Since we continue to receive inquiries about this devotion, we thought it would be helpful to link our readers to our exhaustive examination of the Rosary of the Unborn and the Catholic Church’s response to it. [Continue reading ...]

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