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The Guttmacher Institute released a study [PDF] earlier this week revealing that the abortion rate in the U.S. has continued to decline in recent years and is now at a level not seen since the 1970s.
And as the Pro-Life Action League’s Matt Yonke pointed out in an article published on Monday, Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers continued going up during this same time period, giving the nation’s largest abortion chain an ever greater share of the industry.
National Right to Life published its own analysis of the study, which observed that the stridently “pro-choice” Guttmacher Institute, not surprisingly, “downplayed the role that public debate over the rights of unborn children have played in this trend.”
In its analysis, NRLC notes that in the study, Guttmacher:
…cites the state of Illinois, which saw an 18% decline in abortion numbers even though the state didn’t enact any pro-life legislation during period covered by the report. This neglects, however, that the state’s parental notice law, which had been enjoined since its passage in 1995, was once again in the news in 2009 and 2010 – precisely during the study period – and again prompted a public discussion and debate [about] parental involvement in a minor daughter’s abortion decision.
Surely, the public policy debate surrounding Illinois’ parental notification law during this time helped to lower the state’s abortion rate.
But what else did? [Continue reading ...]
On Thursday, January 23, the Pro-Life Action League brought out over two dozen stalwart activists came out on a bitterly cold five degree evening to protest of Planned Parenthood’s annual Roe v. Wade gala in Chicago.
In addition to celebrating the tragic court decision that stripped unborn babies of their right to life through all nine months of pregnancy, Planned Parenthood was also giving pro-choice Senator Dick Durbin a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
As horrible as this is by itself, it’s also extremely incongruous, because Senator Durbin used to be a staunch pro-life advocate! The League brought signs reading, Return to Your Pro-Life Roots, Senator Durbin! and Senator Durbin: Unborn Babies Need You Back! [Continue reading ...]
Next week marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the horrible Supreme Court rulings that stripped unborn babies of their right to life.
But while we pro-lifers hold memorial events all over the country lamenting this tragedy and recommitting ourselves to defending unborn babies, Planned Parenthood will be celebrating!
In fact, they’re throwing a huge abortion party in Chicago on January 23. What’s more they’ll be honoring Senator Dick Durbin with a “lifetime achievement” award.
But get this: Dick Durbin used to be an outspoken pro-lifer!
That’s why the Pro-Life Action League is holding a protest of Planned Parenthood’s gala event next week, and you’re invited to join us!
Last October, the Pro-Life Action League marked the 6th anniversary of the day Planned Parenthood opened their massive “Abortion Fortress” in Aurora, Illinois with a prayer vigil. We were honored to have the Most Reverend Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Joliet as one of our speakers.
Bishop Conlon gave one of the best pro-life speeches I heard all year that day, emphasizing that love must be the basis of our pro-life ministry, that it must undergird everything we do as pro-life people.
Watch Bishop Conlon’s speech above, and let it inspire you to order your pro-life work this year with love as the organizing principle. As he said, our love and God’s love are what motivates us to care about mothers and babies and what makes it possible to save them from the pain of abortion!
Special thanks to the Live Pro-Life group for capturing the footage!
Dozens of pro-life activists took part in the Pro-Life Action League’s 11th annual “Empty Manger” Christmas Caroling Day on Saturday, December 21 at nine local abortion facilities, five in Chicago and four in west suburban DuPage County.
The DuPage County tour started off with a surprise: We arrived at ACU Health Center in Hinsdale, Illinois and discovered that they had recently changed their schedule and were no longer performing abortions on Saturdays!
It was wonderful to sing for joy that no children would be killed there that day, and our witness to the community was strong with many friendly honks and waves from passersby. [Continue reading ...]
In addition to the media coverage we usually get for our “Empty Manger” Christmas caroling day from outlets like Christian Post, LifeNews.com, ChristianToday.com and many others, we’ve also received a lot of coverage from secular media this year.
With more groups around the country taking part in California, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Colorado, North Carolina and more, it makes sense that the press would take note of this touching event, especially with the headline of this year’s release: “Pro-Life Activists Plan Caroling Protest; Ask ‘Would Planned Parenthood Abort Jesus?’” [Continue reading ...]
She has been in jail ever since on charges of “mischief: interference with lawful enjoyment/operation of a business,” and and breach of a probation order that prohibits her from being within 200 meters of any place where abortions are performed in Ontario.
This was the sixth time Mary had been arrested since she began her campaign of civil disobedience in March 2010. Since then, she has spent nearly three years in prison.
Every year the Pro-Life Action League brings the joy and hope of Christmas to the darkness of the abortuary with our “Empty Manger” Christmas Caroling day.
Now more than ever, we need to be actively engaged in fighting abortion on the ground outside our nation’s abortion facilities. Sometimes that means sidewalk counseling, sometimes that means protesting, and sometimes that means bringing the good news of the birth of Jesus Christ to the doors of the abortion clinic with peaceful Christmas caroling.
In recent years, more and more pro-life activists around the country have started holding their own Christmas caroling events at abortion clinics, and now it’s your turn to get involved in this Advent pro-life ministry.
To help you do just that, the Pro-Life Action League has put together some resources that will make your caroling day a success:
With these resources, hosting your own “Empty Manger” caroling day will be a snap.
The Pro-Life Action League will be sponsoring two caroling tours in the Chicago area on Saturday, December 21st. If you’ll be hosting your own caroling day in your local area, please send us the details, and we’ll include them below. [Continue reading ...]
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).
He found the remains of 17 aborted babies—killed at the clinic and tossed in the trash. The date of the abortion, and all of the names of the mothers were written on the medical baggies that contained the tiny dismembered human bodies of these children. They had all been aborted in January of that year and all in the first 10 weeks of gestation.
Chris Veneklase called me, the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, as I have had extensive experience with the retrievals of aborted babies from clinic trash containers and the burials for these victims of abortion.
One of the things that I did was photograph the aborted babies Chris had found in the Woman’s Choice dumpster. Their photos are can seen here.
One of the photos was of a tiny arm and hand of a 7 week aborted baby, torn at the shoulder. This photo was printed in my book Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, published in 2012 by Saint Benedict Press.
In the meantime, Mary Gilpin, the manager of a crisis pregnancy center in Milwaukee, had purchased a copy of Abandoned and kept the book at the CPC.
In October a woman came to the CPC intent on having an abortion. [Continue reading ...]
Recently on the First Things blog, Betsy Childs had a beautiful post titled “Davion Only and the Power of Specific Need.”
A month ago, no one had ever heard of Davion: a 15-year old boy, an orphan, who was born in prison, raised in foster care, and lived in a group home.
But after finding out his birth mother had recently died, he did something incredibly courageous: he stood in front of the congregation at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, and asked for a family to adopt him.
Now it seems, everyone has heard about Davion. And over 10,000 families want to adopt him. Childs considers why his story resonated with so many people:
The Tampa Bay Times could have run an article highlighting the fact that there are 14,000 children in foster care in the state of Florida. While true, this fact would not have had the effect that the picture of Davion had. Some would credit the remarkable response to the “power of story,” and they might be right. But the story of Davion Only also highlights the remarkable response of human beings to specific, meetable needs. [Continue reading ...]