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League Shows the Beauty of Life in the Womb

Posted by John Jansen (March 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm)

LIFE Day, downtown Chicago, March 25, 2015Wednesday, March 25th, 7:25am: We start unloading signs from Eric Scheidler’s van at the intersection of of Madison and Wacker in downtown Chicago. A few seconds later, some guy calls out to us, “A****es!”

We’re used to that.  But usually when people yell at us, it’s because we’re displaying pictures of abortion victims.  Not this time, however.

We decided to switch things up a bit and elected to display only beautiful photos of babies born and unborn to highlight the humanity of children in the womb.  Wednesday also happened to be the Feast of the Annunciation, when we recall the conception of Jesus in the womb of His mother Mary — and we thought this was a perfect opportunity to show the beauty of every child from the moment of conception.

Yet even with only “nice” signs, some people, like the fellow mentioned above, were still offended by our message. Many others, however, offered us sincere words of thanks and commended us for our presence.

Chance encounter turns into a Chicago Sun-Times column

The first of our two sites is just a block east of Union Station, and so thousands upon thousands of commuters — see a time lapse video here — saw our signs on their way to work. Among them was Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg, who stopped to chat with Pro-Life Action League national director Joe Scheidler. Despite the fact that the two of them don’t agree on much of anything, they’ve always liked each other. [Continue reading …]

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Join Fellow Pro-Lifers in Praying a “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” on Good Friday

Posted by League Staff (March 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm)

Good Friday Way of the Cross 2015On a bleak Friday afternoon nearly 2,000 years ago, our savior Jesus Christ was crucified at Golgotha, “the place of the skull.”

Today, we have our own Golgotha: the abortion clinic, where two thousand years after the Crucifixion, His image is violently destroyed, again and again, by abortion.

So it is fitting that we pray in mourning for these victims and all those harmed by abortion. On Good Friday, pro-lifers across the country will participate in the “Way for the Cross for Victims of Abortion,” and you’re invited to join them.

Check out the list below to find a Good Friday vigil near you. Or if you don’t find a local vigil, consider hosting your own Way of the Cross with help from the Pro-Life Action League.

Way of the Cross Locations: April 3, 2015

Alabama

Alaska

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Pro-Life Activism Brings Back Memories of Montgomery, 1965

Posted by Joe Scheidler (March 26, 2015 at 4:13 pm)
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Joe Scheidler (back left) with a group of Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and students from Mundelein College in Montgomery, Alabama, March 1965 (see a larger version of this picture here)

March 25 of this year brought back fond memories of 50 years ago to the very day.

While standing in downtown Chicago with a large sign showing a baby eight weeks from conception in an effort to alert the public to the inherent rights of babies to be born, I couldn’t but help think of standing in Montgomery, Alabama in 1965—exactly 50 years before—talking to some Southern gentlemen holding rocks in their hands as I tried to explain that I thought blacks should have the right to vote.

“Go back up north where you belong, Yank”

Holding that baby picture in Chicago Wednesday was less dangerous than talking to what may have been members of the Ku Klux Klan who were not at all interested in giving blacks the vote. “Go back up North where you belong, Yank. We’ll take care of our blacks.” [Continue reading …]

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Join Us March 25 for a LIFE Day in Downtown Chicago

Posted by John Jansen (March 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm)

lifeday535Spring is here, and it’s time to get back out on the streets!

We’re kicking off the pro-life activism season with a “LIFE Day” in downtown Chicago! Join us as we show beautiful signs depicting babies, born and unborn, and leaflets on the developing child in the womb.

And as a bonus, we’ll provide coffee and donuts for everyone at the first site!

The details are listed below and on the Facebook event page. Join us!

LIFE Day in Downtown Chicago: Wednesday, March 25

7:30am – 9:00am: Union Station
Madison Street and Wacker Drive Map
9:30am – 11:00am: City Hall
LaSalle Street and Washington Street Map

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Will You Host a Pro-Life Way of the Cross at Your Local Abortion Facility on Good Friday?

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 2, 2015 at 10:46 am)

On Good Friday, April 3, pro-lifers across the country will take part in “A Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” at their local abortion facility, and you’re invited to take part!

We’re calling on pro-lifers like you to join us in hosting a “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” at your local abortion facility.

And, we’re providing you with all the tools you need to make it happen in your area, including an ecumenical prayer service book, templates to promote your event through e-mail and in churches, advice on practical considerations and more! [Continue reading …]

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Your “Marching Orders”: Make Your March for Life Count—Get Out to an Abortion Clinic This Year

Posted by Matt Yonke (January 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm)

In the coming days, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers will march for life in Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, and cities across the country to mark the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

But what would happen if each of those marchers went out to their local abortion clinic for just one hour this year?

Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler answers that question and issues a challenge to make your March for Life really count this year by bringing the awesome enthusiasm of these Roe v. Wade events to the front lines of your local abortion clinics this year.

Watch and share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!

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Protest Planned Parenthood’s Roe v. Wade Party on January 22

Posted by Matt Yonke (January 16, 2015 at 11:04 am)

Protest Planned Parenthood's Roe v. Wade GalaOn Thursday, January 22, Planned Parenthood of Illinois will be holding a fundraising gala to celebrate the horrific anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. And the Pro-Life Action League will be there to protest!

Join us as we show Planned Parenthood’s supporters what abortion really looks like, and send the message that abortion is nothing to celebrate:

Event: Protest of Planned Parenthood’s Roe v. Wade Gala
When: Thursday, January 22nd, 5:00 p.m.
Where: City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago (Map)

Bring your friends and your warm clothes, we’ll provide the signs. Mark the 42nd anniversary of Roe by being a voice for the babies who cannot speak for themselves!

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Decisive Pro-Life Activism Prompts Shopping Mall to Remove Ad for Detroit Abortion Clinic

Posted by Monica Migliorino Miller, PhD (December 8, 2014 at 11:21 am)

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).

Ad for Scotsdale abortion clinic removed from Southland Center Shopping Mall 

Ad for Scotsdale abortion clinic removed from Southland Center Shopping Mall in Taylor, Michigan—see full-size version here

Just when you thought you had seen everything, and just in time for the Christmas season, it was discovered that the hideous Scotsdale abortion clinic in Detroit was actually advertising its killing business in the Southland Center Shopping Mall in Taylor, Michigan, located south of the city.

The large display ad was practically the first thing shoppers would see when they walked into the main entrance to the mall. And this ad was not even hiding the fact that Scotsdale was an abortion center. Notice the ad states “termination services.” How’s that for some Christmas cheer!

Members of Michigan Downriver Right to Life saw the ad and composed a letter of protest that was sent to the mall’s General Manager, Beth Isola. The letter appeared to be ignored, as no one who signed it received any kind of acknowledgement.

“Changing the Language” Not Good Enough

I decided it was time to call the General Manager and insist that the ad be removed. I left a voicemail for Isola on Monday, Dec. 1st. That very evening I received a call from the central office of Rouse Properties in New York, the company that owns the mall. It was a man named Jason who heads up the Public Relations and Communications Deptartment. He said that they were aware of my voicemail to Isola and were now looking into “changing the language” on the ad. [Continue reading …]

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Abortionist Mandy Gittler’s Chicago Clinic CLOSED!

Posted by Matt Yonke (October 31, 2014 at 1:14 pm)
Eric Scheidler outside the now closed All Women's Health clinic

Eric Scheidler outside the now closed All Women’s Health abortion clinic

On Wednesday, the Pro-Life Action League took to the streets of Chicago for a “Face the Truth” Day outside three abortion clinics, bringing the reality of what abortion does to its victims into the public square.

When we reached our second site, All Women’s Health Clinic, we were shocked to find that it was closed!

Seeing “For Rent” on the door, my colleague John Jansen called the number on the sign and they confirmed that All Women’s was indeed no longer in business and the space was up for rent.

All Women’s was formerly owned and operated by abortionist Mandy Gittler, who killed young Tonya Reaves in a botched abortion in July of 2012 at Planned Parenthood in Chicago, where she also performs abortions. [Continue reading …]

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Now More Than Ever, We Must Show the Victims of Abortion

Posted by John Jansen (October 14, 2014 at 12:12 pm)

Abortion victim sign

Abortion ≠ “great”

Recently on the website In These Times, writer Sady Doyle comes right out and says it: “I like abortion.”

Lest anyone think Doyle is being taken out of context, consider that the title of her article is, “Abortion Isn’t a Necessary Evil. It’s Great,” and the subtitle is, “Progressives should admit it: We like abortion.”

This comes on the heels of Janet Harris’ widely shared Washington Post column, “Stop Calling Abortion a Difficult Decision.”

To no one’s surprise, Slate (“My Year As an Abortion Doula”) and HuffPo have also recently had their own Let’s-present-abortion-as-sympathetically-as-we-possibly-can articles. And, very revealingly, America’s leading How to Get Used by a Man Manual—namely, Cosmo—has really been ratcheting up its cheerleading for abortion in 2014.

Writing at The Federalist, Dr. Rachel Lu has a must-read article responding to this recent spate of pro-choice—nay, pro-abortion—articles in which she notes: [Continue reading …]

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