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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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Will YOU Accept the Pro-Life Prayer Vigil Challenge?

Posted by John Jansen (October 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm)

A group of students at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, Massachusetts have just come out with the best video you’ll see today:

Joseph Duffy, president of IMH’s St. John the Baptist Pro-Life League, explains the purpose of the Prayer Vigil Challenge: “Our aim is simple: to close down the killing center of Worcester—Planned Parenthood—through peaceful witness and public prayer.”

One of the schools that was challenged by IHM has already accepted. Now, ask yourself: Are you willing to accept the challenge and pray for an hour or more outside your local abortion clinic?

Yes, you should definitely share this video. But even more importantly, you should take up the challenge yourself.

Find an abortion clinic near you where you can fulfill the Pro-Life Prayer Vigil Challenge here.

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Candlelight Vigil Marks Seven Years of Pro-Life Ministry in Aurora, Illinois

Posted by John Jansen (October 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm)

auroravigil1Not to be deterred by unpleasant weather conditions, a crowd of 50 pro-lifers gathered last night outside Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois to mark the seventh anniversary of the day the “Abortion Fortress” opened its doors.

Reflections were shared, songs were sung, candles were lit, and the faithful came together to mourn the babies and mothers hurt by abortion as well as to thank God for his ongoing kindness to the pro-life movement in our struggle against this facility.

Following introductory remarks by Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler, Father Michael Miller of St. Therese Parish in Aurora offered a reflection, drawing particularly on words of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”): [Continue reading ...]

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Cardinal George Joins Pro-Life Mourners at Gravesite of 2,033 Aborted Babies

Posted by Matt Yonke (September 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm)

Along with offering assistance to the leaders of more than 130 memorial services held this past Saturday, September 13 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, the Pro-Life Action League also spearheaded the planning for the service at the final resting place of 2,033 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

The League’s executive director, Eric Scheidler, served as master of ceremonies and began the event by leading the crowd of 300 faithful pro-lifers in reciting the Prayer at a Gravesite of the Unborn [PDF] composed by Father Frank Pavone specifically for the occasion. The mourners then invoked the intercession of the Mother of God by singing the Salve Regina—an especially appropriate selection, considering the cemetery’s name—led by the Holy Innocents Choir from St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago.

Our first speaker was the League’s Vice President Ann Scheidler. Ann recalled her involvement in the recovery of the bodies of aborted babies like the ones buried at Queen of Heaven Cemetery: [Continue reading ...]

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Thousands Mourn Innocent Victims of Abortion on Second Annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Posted by John Jansen (September 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm)

On Saturday, September 13, thousands of pro-lifers gathered at 132 locations throughout the United States for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Among these sites were 41 graves where the remains of aborted children are buried.

Over 28,000 aborted babies have been given a proper burial at these sites, but they represent only a fraction of the more than 56 million children aborted since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decision.

Guest speakers at these solemn memorial services included pro-life activists who had rescued abortion victim’s bodies from garbage dumpsters and pathology labs, women and men who regret choosing abortion, and ten Roman Catholic bishops. [Continue reading ...]

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Visit the Gravesites of Aborted Children at Three Locations across Chicagoland This Saturday

Posted by John Jansen (September 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm)

hands holding rosary at gravesite of aborted babiesOf the 45 burial sites of aborted babies located across the United States, three are located in the Chicago area, where the Pro-Life Action League is headquartered.

We extend a special invitation to pro-lifers in the region to visit one of these gravesites of aborted babies this Saturday, September 13—the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children—to join in solemn prayer to honor their memory and their humanity.

All three of these memorial services will feature a Catholic bishop, among other guest speakers. The details for each are included below:

Queen of Heaven Cemetery

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Burying the Dead: The Recovery and Burial of 500 Victims of Abortion

Posted by Ann Scheidler (September 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm)
Headstone at burial site of 500 abortion victims at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Illinois

Headstone at burial site of 500 abortion victims at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Illinois

One morning in early March, 1987 the phone rang at our home on Chicago’s Northwest Side. It was Tom Bresler, founder and director of the Aid for Women pregnancy resource center on Michigan Avenue.

Tom had just received a call from the marketing director of the Michigan Avenue Medical Center, an abortion clinic located just down the street from his pregnancy center. The gentleman from the abortion clinic was disturbed about some of the “protocols” he witnessed at the abortion clinic. He wanted to come and talk to Tom Bresler about it.

Tom was open to meeting with him, but wanted Joe Scheidler (my husband) to join him for the meeting.  Joe, however, was out of town on a speaking tour. So I offered to join Tom for the meeting, and headed down to Aid for Women.

It was an interesting hour.

Victims of Abortion Thrown Out with the Garbage

Our “informant,” Don, told us that he was appalled at the way the staff treated the women who came to them for abortions. He said they had no respect for women. And he was shocked to discover that they threw the aborted babies into the garbage dumpster in the alley behind the clinic. [Continue reading ...]

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Follow the Holy Father’s Lead and Join the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children September 13

Posted by Eric Scheidler (August 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm)

Pope Francis prays at the gravesite of aborted children in S KoreaLast week, Pope Francis made what I consider to be the most profound pro-life statement of his pontificate to date by praying at a gravesite in South Korea where abortion victims are buried. The cemetery is on the grounds of Kkottongnae Home, a Catholic charity that serves the elderly and disabled.

The Holy Father’s visit to this cemetery for the aborted unborn comes only a month before the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is set to take place here in the United States, of which the Pro-Life Action League is a major sponsor.

On Saturday, September 13, solemn memorial services will be held at more than 40 gravesites throughout the United States where abortion victims have been mercifully interred by pro-life activists. Vigils will also be held at dozens of other memorial markers dedicated to these children.

As one of the main organizers of this event, I find it both gratifying and inspiring to see Pope Francis doing exactly what thousands of pro-life Christians—both Catholic and Protestant—will be doing in just a few weeks: mourning for the victims of abortion, right where their tiny bodies are buried.

Mainstream Media Refers to “Aborted Children”

The power of this kind of pro-life witness was illustrated in some of the mainstream media coverage of the Pope’s visit to the grave. The ABC News story on the visit actually used the words “aborted children” to describe who was buried there! [Continue reading ...]

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Rockford “Face the Truth Day” Brings Blessings, Challenges—and Violence

Posted by John Jansen (August 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm)

rockford truth dayFacing unseasonably chilly weather for August, a group of committed pro-life activists from northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin joined us August 12 for the 11th annual “Face the Truth” Day in Rockford, Illinois.

As is the case with most days when we show pictures of abortion victims, the reactions from passersby varied considerably, ranging from sincere gratitude and praise to unhinged opposition and even violence.

Why Do We Show These Signs? Because They Save Lives

Nearing the conclusion of the 90-minute stint at our first site at the intersection of Riverside Boulevard and Alpine Road, a woman pulled over her car, flagged me down, and said she wanted to thank us for being there.

She said that on one of the occasions when we had visited Rockford years ago, her best friend’s daughter—then a teenager—had seen our abortion victim signs.  When she got pregnant a few years later, she said there was no way she could have an abortion, because having seen our signs years before, she knew how awful abortion was, and she made up her mind that she was not going to let that happen to her baby. [Continue reading ...]

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Pope Francis to Visit Memorial for Aborted Children During Trip to South Korea

Posted by John Jansen (August 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm)

Cemetery for Aborted Children in Kkottongnae, South Korea

Cemetery for Aborted Children in Kkottongnae, South Korea [Photo via Catholic News Agency]

Over the weekend Catholic News Agency announced that Pope Francis will visit a “Cemetery for Aborted Children” at the Kkottongnae Home for the Sick during his trip to South Korea later this week.

As a Catholic and as a pro-life activist who is assisting with the preparations for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on September 13, I was doubly thrilled to see, yet again, the Holy Father leading by example. Clearly, he understands the importance of visiting — physically, in person, visiting — sites that serve as memorials to aborted children, and so must the rest of us.

“Blessed Are They Who Mourn”

The motivation for the National Day of Remembrance is inspired by the words of Jesus, “Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted,” and the realization that we have an obligation to mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters who have been killed by abortion. [Continue reading ...]

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