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Pro-Life Action League Confronts Secret Planned Parenthood Abortion Conference

Posted by Matt Yonke (November 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm)
Protest of Family Planning Forum

Protest of Planned P’hood’s Forum on Family Planning in Chicago [Photo by Matt Yonke]

A few weeks ago, the Pro-Life Action League caught wind of a top-secret abortion conference hosted by Planned Parenthood and the Society of Family Planning called the North American Forum on Family Planning.

This forum would gather the abortion industry’s most elite players to recruit new abortionists, train them in new methods, and honor the “heroes” of big abortion. The forum would even help expand the reach of the “family planning” regime of abortion, sterilization and contraception in developing nations.

The conference was slated to take place in Chicago, the League’s headquarter city, but the specific location and schedule were kept deep under wraps. In fact, to even find that information and apply to attend the conference, one had to obtain two letters of recommendation from people affiliated with the organizing groups! [Continue reading …]

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Second National #ProtestPP Event Hits Hundreds of Planned Parenthood Centers

Posted by John Jansen (October 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm)
ProtestPP in Aurora, IL

#ProtestPP event in Aurora, Illinois [Photo by Sam Scheidler]

After the hugely successful National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood held on August 22, one of the most common questions participants asked was, “When are we going to do this again?”

So many of those who attended—and, in some cases, even led—one of the hundreds of protests held that day had never before taken part in pro-life activism, and with all the interest in the scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood and its sale of aborted babies’ body parts, we knew there was no way that this highly successful protest effort would be a one-off.

After consulting with our friends at Created Equal and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society—who, along with the Pro-Life Action League, serve as co-sponsors of #ProtestPP—we settled on Saturday, October 10 as the date for the second National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood, and on this day, once again, tens of thousands of pro-lifers came out to their local Planned Parenthood facility to take a stand against the nation’s largest abortion chain.

In some cases—such as Trenton, New Jersey—Saturday marked the first time in years that a pro-life protest had been held outside a Planned Parenthood center. [Continue reading …]

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#ProtestPP October 10 in Chicago and Aurora

Posted by Eric Scheidler (October 9, 2015 at 11:20 am)

signs 533In August, tens of thousands of pro-lifers hit the streets at hundreds of Planned Parenthood locations nationwide for an historic day of protests.

Tomorrow, October 10, we’re hitting the streets again.

The scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood’s illicit trafficking in aborted babies’ body parts is still raging, and we need to keep the pressure on.

When Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards testified before Congress last week, she spun a web of lies, desperate to keep her massive taxpayer
subsidy. It’s up to us to expose those lies!

Meanwhile, David Daleiden from the Center for Medical Progress — the man behind the undercover videos — has been blocked by the courts from releasing hours of footage. You and I have to step up and keep this injustice before the American people!

That’s what the National Day of Protest on October 10 is all about and we’ve got four locations in the Chicagoland area for you to choose from: [Continue reading …]

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#ProtestPP Nationwide on October 10 — This is Going to Be BIG

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 25, 2015 at 8:45 am)

Eric Scheidler Rallies a Crowd in Aurora

After the incredible protests held on August 22 that drew over 78,000 people, it’s time to hit the streets again for another National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood sites nationwide!

With new PP videos still coming out, Congress deliberating defunding measures, and Planned Parenthood’s misdeeds still making headlines, the time to protest is NOW.

That’s why the Pro-Life Action League — along with our friends at Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Created Equal — are calling for another National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood locations coast-to-coast on October 10.

But this time we want to see pro-lifers standing up at even more Planned Parenthood centers. Last time, we brought protests to 345 Planned Parenthood locations — but there are more than 600 in all!

That means we need even more local leaders to step forward and can organize a protest at a Planned Parenthood facility in their area.

First, I’d like to ask you to check out the list of protest sites to see if there’s one near you. [Continue reading …]

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Thousands Mourn Innocent Victims of Abortion on Largest Ever National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Posted by John Jansen (September 14, 2015 at 4:59 pm)

On Saturday, September 12, thousands of pro-lifers gathered at over 140 gravesites of aborted babies or other locations throughout the United States for the third annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.

This year’s Day of Remembrance took on special significance in light of the eye-opening #PPSellsBabyParts videos that have been released over the past several weeks, and the tidal wave of action in response to these videos no doubt played a significant role in making this year’s Day of Remembrance the largest of the past three years.

Several memorial services featured reflections given by clergymen, including seven Catholic bishops, among whom were Archbishop Allen Vigneron (Detroit, Michigan), Bishop Joseph Kopacz (Jackson, Missippi), and Bishop R. Walker Nickless (Sioux City, Iowa).

Many post-abortive women also spoke at memorial services, including Jessica Schuessler, who spoke at at service held at the gravesite of 2,033 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Jessica told her very personal story of how she was coerced by her mother to have an abortion when she was only 14 years old, despite the fact that neither she nor the baby’s father wanted to go through with it. Now active as a sidewalk counselor at Planned Parenthood’s large abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois, she exhorted those in attendance to become involved in sidewalk counseling and praying at their local abortion clinic. [Continue reading …]

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Come and Mourn for Aborted Children This Saturday

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 10, 2015 at 1:24 pm)

gravesite and roseOn August 22, over 78,000 pro-lifers responded to the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal by protesting at hundreds of Planned Parenthood centers all over the country.

It was the Pro-Life Action League’s honor to play a major role in organizing these protests, but now I’d like to invite you to respond to this scandal in a completely different way: by mourning for the victims.

This Saturday, September 12, is the third annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, being held at the burial places of aborted children and other memorial sites erected in their honor nationwide.

The timing of this event is providential. Those undercover videos have broken our hearts anew for aborted children, in a truly singular way. Let us mourn for them together on Saturday.

You can find all the Day of Remembrance locations — over 130 all over the country — here.
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Pro-Life Action League’s National Day of Protest Hits Planned Parenthood Centers

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 9, 2015 at 3:17 pm)

Eric Scheidler Rallies a Crowd in Aurora

I was out on the streets of downtown Chicago with the Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth Tour on July 14 when the first video was released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Pro-life activists posing as representatives of a biomedical firm had caught Planned Parenthood’s senior medical director, Deborah Nucatola, coldly scheming to profit from the sale of aborted babies’ body parts—all while munching on a salad and sipping red wine.

The timing proved providential. As this video went viral, my crew and I began to hear comments about it from pedestrians passing by our Truth Tour display. They were making the connection between Planned Parenthood’s illicit trafficking in fetal tissue and the tragically broken bodies of abortion victims depicted on our signs. It became clear that pro-life activists would have a special role to play in responding to the horrors revealed by that video and the other CMP videos were released soon thereafter.

Viral Videos Lead to Activism

In the days following, I reached out to two of my closest allies in the pro-life movement—Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Mark Harrington of Created Equal—to consider how we could use public protest to increase the impact of the CMP videos. We soon hit upon the idea of organizing a National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood centers across the country. [Continue reading …]

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League Raises #PPSellsBabyParts Banner at Rockford Face the Truth Day

Posted by Sam Scheidler (August 31, 2015 at 1:42 pm)


It is often hard to gauge the response to the Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth displays. Shouts from car windows are usually unintelligible, thumbs ups at 50 miles per hour can be mistaken for middle fingers, and car horns communicate anything from the heartiest support to the most resolute dissent (or occasionally nothing more than an unrelated traffic squabble).

Rockford, IL is perhaps one of the most enigmatic cities in this regard. I noticed more positive than negative reactions on our annual Face the Truth day in Rockford last Tuesday, but I spoke to several volunteers who reported the opposite, and still others who seemed to receive equal levels of each.

One interpretation of this incongruity is that each volunteer may actually be observing different reactions — the response of a driver at the very beginning of the display may vary greatly from that of the driver at the end, who has had more time to process the images and form a concrete position. [Continue reading …]

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Protests to be held August 22 at over 300 Planned Parenthood locations nationwide

Posted by Eric Scheidler (August 14, 2015 at 10:20 am)

Planned Parenthood sells baby partsTwo weeks ago, the Pro-Life Action League — along with our friends at Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal, and 40 Days for Life — called for a National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood to take place on Saturday, August 22.

As of this writing, this protest will be happening in over 300 cities from coast to coast and even internationally in places as far away as Ireland and Honduras!

In Planned Parenthood’s almost 100 years of existence, they’ve never seen this kind of pushback. The response to this protest has been unbelievable, and you will not want to miss it.

You can find the location of a protest near you right here.

The incredible sting videos from the Center for Medical Progress have lit a fire in the hearts of pro-lifers like you and me to finally defund and shut down this corrupt organization.

Next Saturday’s protests have the potential to keep the momentum going strong — and that’s just what we need. With this fall’s budget negotiations in Congress on the horizon, we could cut off Planned Parenthood’s massive federal subsidy once and for all!

Find the protest location nearest you, tell your friends, and hit the streets next Saturday. Be a part of something historic!

And if you don’t see a location near you on the list, it’s not too late to host your own protest. Get more details and sign up here.


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Eric Scheidler NOT GUILTY on Bogus Criminal Trespass Charge

Posted by Matt Yonke (August 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm)

It’s a good day for justice. Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was found not guilty on the trumped up criminal trespass charge stemming from the League’s protest of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

The case against Eric was so flimsy that the defense didn’t have to call a single witness or explain their case to the judge. Navy Pier security’s account of the incident was so hazy, contradictory and full of holes that the judge ruled not guilty before our attorneys had to defend Eric.

The memory card from his GoPro camera that contained footage that would have proven that Eric did nothing wrong has unfortunately not been recovered.

Eric and our attorneys at the Thomas More Society are considering civil action against Navy Pier and the city of Chicago. Thanks for your prayers and support, and stay tuned for updates if further legal action is taken.

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