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Remember the Victims of Abortion by Visiting Their Gravesites

Posted by John Jansen (January 12, 2016 at 9:54 am)

Gravesite of 2,033 babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL

Gravesite of 2,033 babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL [Photo by John Jansen]

The other day I happened to be in the vicinity of Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois, so I decided to pay a visit.

I don’t have any relatives or friends interred at this cemetery, but it does contain one rather unique gravesite that I’ve visited on a number of occasions over the past few years: namely, the final resting place of 2,033 babies killed by abortion, who were laid to by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in 1988.

I hadn’t been there since last year’s National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children in September, when 130 of us placed flowers on the victims’ gravesite as an ensemble from the Magnificat Choir at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago sang the hauntingly beautiful Coventry Carol: [Continue reading …]

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Protest Planned Parenthood’s Roe v. Wade Celebration in Chicago January 21

Posted by League Staff (January 8, 2016 at 9:00 am)

pp gala cover photoOn Thursday, January 21, Planned Parenthood of Illinois is hosting a fundraising gala to celebrate the horrific anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. 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:

You can RSVP on the Facebook event page. Bring your friends and your warm clothes, we’ll provide the signs. Mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe by being a voice for the babies who cannot speak for themselves!

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Join #ProtestPP January 21 in Washington, DC

Posted by League Staff (December 28, 2015 at 9:55 am)

cover dc_535_marginsIn connection with the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, the Pro-Life Action League is teaming up with our friends at Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Created Equal to host a rally and prayer vigil at the construction site of a new Planned Parenthood mega-center in the nation’s capital.

Join us Thursday, January 21 at 9:00 a.m. at 1225 4th St NE in Washington, DC (map) for this special event. Guest speakers include #ProtestPP co-directors Monica Miller, Mark Harrington and Pro-Life Action League director Eric Scheidler, along with Father Frank Pavone, Lila Rose and David Daleiden, the man behind the undercover videos.

Even if you can’t make it to Washington, please help spread the word about this next big #ProtestPP action — especially anyone you know is planning to attend the March for Life.

If you’ll be going by Metro (subway), take the Red Line toward Silver Spring/Glemont and get off at NoMa/Gallaudet U (map). Get more information and RSVP on the Facebook event page.

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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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