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Eric Scheidler with his father Joe after being released from jail [Photo by Ann Scheidler]
In my travels around the country, I’m often asked by fellow pro-life activists how many times I’ve been arrested. They know about the many times my father has been arrested—thirteen in all—and how he was dragged through the federal courts for over 20 years in the infamous NOW v. Scheidler case. They assume that I must have been arrested quite a few times, too.
I would always answer that, in fact, I have never been arrested in the course of my pro-life work. I’d been threatened with arrest too many times to count, but had always managed to respectfully reason with police and avoid the handcuffs.
But now I’ll have to give a different answer. This past Wednesday, I was arrested for the first time for my pro-life activism.
The arrest happened at Chicago’s Navy Pier, where the Pro-Life Action League was protesting Planned Parenthood’s “Generations Celebration,” a big annual fundraiser which has been held for several years at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom.
This year’s gala would be honoring Fay Clayton, the lead attorney in NOW v. Scheidler. Clayton ultimately lost the case in the U.S. Supreme Court, which threw out all the charges against my father. I suppose it’s appropriate that my first pro-life arrest would come at an event honoring my father’s archenemy. [Continue reading …]
Last night, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was arrested on a bogus trespassing charge during a protest of Planned Parenthood’s “Generations Celebration” at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier.
Eric merely walked down the pier with the permission of the pier’s security staff when he was ambushed by security and police who arrested him for trespassing despite the fact that he was never asked to leave the pier!
The footage above is all the video that remains of the arrest. The memory card from Eric’s camera—which may well have caught the arrest and the events leading up to it—was missing from the camera when it was returned after the arrest! As far as we know, the card is still in police custody or has been destroyed to protect police and Navy Pier staff.
Unfortunately the footage that remains was taken hastily as I was running to Eric’s aid, but it contains the final moments when Eric was put in cuffs and hauled away.
Eric was in police custody for five hours and spent today consulting with attorneys on the way forward, but he will post an in-depth report on this wrongful arrest tomorrow! Stay tuned for more details.
Wednesday, 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.
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 …]
On 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.
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.
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 …]
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!
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 …]
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!
On 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!
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 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.
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 …]