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On October 25, 2014, an ambulance was called to the massive Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois. The Pro-Life Action League obtained the audio of the 911 call through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Video of the ambulance departing Planned Parenthood was shot by a local activist.
The 911 call reveals that a client of Planned Parenthood was hemorrhaging after her abortion—a rare instance of Planned Parenthood actually admitting the medical problem they’re calling about.
Earlier this year, a 911 operator rebuked a Planned Parenthood staffer at this same facility for not providing adequate patient information. In 2012, the Planned Parenthood center in Chicago didn’t even bother to call 911 after botching an abortion on a woman named Tonya Reaves so badly that she died.
Also notable on this 911 call is that the operator already knows Planned Parenthood’s address, and is clearly familiar with Planned Parenthood preference for EMTs to use their back entrance. These calls are all too frequent.
She also seems to have learned not to expect much patient information when Planned Parenthood calls.
The fate of the woman transported from Planned Parenthood by this ambulance is unknown. Her child is dead.
The Pro-Life Action League has coordinated the pro-life ministry at this Planned Parenthood facility since it opened in 2007 under a cloud of controversy.
When Jesus walked the earth there were no abortion clinics, but all the same His ministry does reveal a great deal about how we should approach women in sidewalk counseling outside the abortion facility.
In this new video, Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler shares his perspective on two passages from John’s gospel that shed light on how Jesus ministered to women in situations very similar to that of the abortion-bound woman.
It’s crucial that we take the right approach in the life and death work of sidewalk counseling, and Our Lord gives us a template that leads mercy and love for women. Check out Eric’s video and let us know what you think in the comments!
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.
Not 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 ...]
An article appeared recently on the Pro-Life Action League website encouraging anyone participating in 40 Days for Life to get a copy of our Life Witness Prayer Book, a resource to help make prayer time outside abortion facilities as constructive and focused as possible.
Since that time, we’re pleased to have filled orders for hundreds of these prayer books—and we hope to soon fill hundreds more.
The other day I was praying some of the prayers in the book outside of the Albany Medical/Surgical Center abortion facility near our office on Chicago’s Northwest Side, one of hundreds of abortion clinics across the country and around the world where 40 Days for Life vigils are currently being held. One prayer, the Litany of Humility, I found particularly hard to pray.
The first part of the prayer consists of several intercessions, each of which is followed by the plea, “Deliver me, Jesus”: [Continue reading ...]
Next Wednesday, 40 Days for Life prayer vigils will be starting in hundreds of cities and towns all over the United States and throughout the world.
If you’re planning to take part in one of these 40 Days vigils — and you should! — the Pro-Life Action League has a great prayer book to share with you.
Praying outside an abortion facility is one of the most important pro-life activities we can do. But sometimes it’s a challenge.
Not only can it be tough to fill your vigil time with meaningful prayer, but it’s sometimes easy to get distracted. That’s why the Pro-Life Action League has put together the Life Witness Prayer Book, a tool to help make prayer time outside abortion facilities as constructive and focused as possible. [Continue reading ...]
It happens all too often that a person’s ideology and moral conscience are in deep conflict.
This is exemplified in the story of Catherine Adair, who was so entrenched in her “pro-choice” philosophy that she couldn’t see that the guilt and depression she so regularly experienced stemmed from an abortion in her youth.
Her way of dealing with this conflict was to throw herself into radical feminism at an early age—to so fully commit herself to the pro-abortion philosophy that there was simply no way she would have to face the real source or her problems.
The full realization of this commitment came when she joined Planned Parenthood as a counselor, ushering other women through the same process she had gone through years before. [Continue reading ...]
The pro-life movement scored a huge victory at the Supreme Court today, as the nine justices ruled unanimously in McCullen v. Coakley that Massachusetts’ abortion clinic buffer zone violates the First Amendment.
The court held that this 35-foot buffer zone violates the First Amendment by imposing “serious burdens” on sidewalk counselors’ freedom of speech on public sidewalks.
Reading the opinion [PDF] in the case, it was very encouraging to see the justices make a clear distinction between sidewalk counseling and protesting:
While the Act may allow petitioners to “protest” outside the buffer zones, petitioners are not protestors; they seek not merely to express their opposition to abortion, but to engage in personal, caring, consensual conversations with women about various alternatives. It is thus no answer to say that petitioners can still be seen and heard by women within the buffer zones. If all that the women can see and hear are vociferous opponents of abortion, then the buffer zones have effectively stifled petitioners’ message.
To be sure, the Pro-Life Action League has always been a proponent of both sidewalk counseling and pro-life protesting, but considering how often these two activities are conflated, it’s good to see the Supreme Court acknowledge a clear difference between them. [Continue reading ...]
The recordings of a 911 call and a dispatcher’s ambulance call reveal Planned Parenthood’s diligence—but only when it comes to protecting their business from public scrutiny.
On Saturday, January 18, 2014, an ambulance appeared at the huge Planned Parenthood facility in Aurora, Illinois, during the Pro-Life Action League’s monthly protest there. I caught the incident on camera, as did volunteers with the Live Pro-Life youth group. The recordings were later obtained with help from the Thomas More Society through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
The ambulance arrived at approximately 9:40 a.m. Shortly after 10:00 a.m., paramedics exited the main doors with a patient on a gurney and loaded it into the ambulance. They left about 10:10 a.m.
On both the 911 call and on the radio with paramedics, the dispatcher is clearly frustrated at how little information Planned Parenthood has given her about the status of their patient. The Planned Parenthood employee on the phone even seems reluctant to give the name of the business she’s calling from: [Continue reading ...]
In the Catholic liturgical calendar, the Gospel for today is the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).
One thing I find amazing about this Gospel passage is that it almost didn’t make it into the Bible. In fact, before the canon of Scripture was finalized in the late 4th century, some copies of St. John’s Gospel didn’t include this story.
St. Augustine tells us (cf. De coniugiis adulterinis, 2, 6) that some early Christians were afraid of keeping this story in John’s Gospel since it showed Jesus as being so merciful that they thought it might lead people to think that the reality of sin wasn’t as serious as the Church made it out to be.
Apparently, the Holy Spirit wasn’t concerned about this, since He made sure the story was kept in there.
The story of the woman caught in adultery was the inspiration behind a post-abortion healing brochure [PDF] the Pro-Life Action League designed a few years ago. On the front is an image of Jesus and the woman, and the words “Neither do I condemn you.” On the back is information on where to find help dealing with post-abortion aftermath, and the message, “Please give this card to someone who needs it.” [Continue reading ...]