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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.
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 …]
On 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.
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.
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 …]
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 …]
Two 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.
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.
Today, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was back in court again for the bogus criminal trespass charge from his arrest during our protest of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Chicago’s Navy Pier back in April.
Navy Pier finally responded to our subpoena asking for surveillance video and call records, and we’re hopeful that video will show Eric clearly being given permission to walk on the pier by security.
Eric was also given a trial date of August 3, so please keep that date, and the case, in your prayers.
On Monday, June 23, the Pro-Life Action League and the Archdiocese of Chicago sponsored a Eucharistic Procession downtown Chicago to kick off the Fortnight for Freedom, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ effort to encourage awareness and prayer for religious freedom in our country.
The event, which has been held for the last three years, began with Mass celebrated by Fr. James Heyd at St. Peter’s in the Loop, an iconic downtown Chicago parish that serves the huge crowds who work in the city’s center each day. [Continue reading …]
Picket at Albany Medical-Surgical Center [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
On Saturday, June 6, a crowd of more than 50 pro-lifers gathered outside Albany Medical-Surgical Center in Chicago to stand for the right to life of all unborn babies, and to highlight the late-term abortion facility’s ever-lengthening list of health code and other violations.
In response to complaints by the Pro-Life Action League, Albany has recently been the subject of inspections by the Illinois Department of Public Health which have revealed unsanitary conditions and health code violations that led to fines totaling $50,000 and the revocation of their license.
The revocation has been stayed pending an ongoing appeal process, and Albany continues to operate, but on Saturday it was far from business as usual. [Continue reading …]