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The Pro-Life Action League has been hosting our “Empty Manger” pro-life Christmas caroling day for 13 years now, and this year’s caroling effort was the largest ever, with over 40 groups taking part from coast to coast!
Here in Illinois, the League hosted two caroling tours, one in Chicago, and the other in suburban DuPage county. At Planned Parenthood Aurora, the largest abortion clinic in the state, a baby was saved from abortion when their parents heard our carols and talked to sidewalk counselors as they entered the clinic!
The Chicago caroling tour began as it has every year since its inception in 2003: with the unfurling of a 10-foot banner saying, “All I want for Christmas is an end to abortion.” [Continue reading …]
In addition to the numerous Empty Manger Christmas Caroling days being held across the country, the Pro-Life Action League is hosting two caroling tours in our headquarters city of Chicago and its suburbs.
One of our most beloved activities of the year, the Empty Manger Caroling Day brings the Christmas message of peace and joy to the darkness of the abortion clinic. And we’re particularly grateful that both caroling tours will conclude at facilities that have closed in 2015!
The full schedule for both caroling tours is below:
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 outside abortion clinics, and now it’s your turn to get involved in this pro-life activity!
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.
You can also check out this quick video documenting what the League’s caroling days look like:
The Pro-Life Action League will be sponsoring two caroling tours in the Chicago area on Saturday, December 19th. 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 …]
Monsignor Philip Reilly
Indomitable pro-life veteran and world renowned sidewalk counselor Monsignor Philip Reilly will visit the Chicago area on November 6-7 for a series of events focusing on the spiritual battle against abortion.
You are especially encouraged to take part in the Saturday morning Mass and Rosary procession to the downtown Family Planning Associates abortion facility, where callers to FPA’s recently closed Albany abortion clinic are now being referred.
Msgr. Reilly has been active in the pro-life movement since 1967 — six years before Roe v. Wade — and in 1989, along with just four volunteers, he founded the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants outside the infamous Choices abortion center in Brooklyn, New York. Helpers Chapters now span across the United States and 18 countries worldwide.
Don’t miss this chance to learn from and pray with this holy priest! The schedule for Msgr. Reilly’s visit is as follows: [Continue reading …]
One week from today, 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 …]
Flowers honoring the memory of all the children killed at the now-closed ACU abortion facility in Hinsdale, Illinois [Photo by John Jansen]
Last year the Pro-Life Action League reported that notorious Chicago area abortionists Vinod and Vijay Goyal had sent a cold-call mailing [PDF] to local physicians inviting them to consider working at one of the six abortion clinics the husband-and-wife team owned at the time.
The letter also tried to drum up business for the financially troubled Goyals. Their business has been down in recent years — which means their abortions have been down, reflecting a statewide trend across Illinois. Five years ago, the Goyals owned seven abortion clinics, but that number is currently down to four, as we’ve now learned that yet another one of their facilities — the ACU Health Center in west suburban Hinsdale — is also permanently closed!
The closing of the ACU abortion clinic is a textbook example that proves grassroots pro-life activism works. [Continue reading …]
Picket at Albany Medical-Surgical Center [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
On Saturday, June 6, a crowd of more than 50 pro-lifers gathered outside Albany Medical-Surgical Center in Chicago to stand for the right to life of all unborn babies, and to highlight the late-term abortion facility’s ever-lengthening list of health code and other violations.
In response to complaints by the Pro-Life Action League, Albany has recently been the subject of inspections by the Illinois Department of Public Health which have revealed unsanitary conditions and health code violations that led to fines totaling $50,000 and the revocation of their license.
The revocation has been stayed pending an ongoing appeal process, and Albany continues to operate, but on Saturday it was far from business as usual. [Continue reading …]
Last week, the Pro-Life Action League published the video above—911 call audio along with video from local sidewalk counselors and prayer partners documenting an ambulance taking a woman away from an abortion clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas after a botched abortion.
The video quickly became one of our most viewed—over 20,000 people have watched it since its launch. But much more important was the impact it had on one woman.
On Friday we learned that a pregnant woman who was considering abortion saw this video. After viewing this video and seeing how little the abortion industry truly cares for women, she chose life for her baby! [Continue reading …]
You have to see it for yourself to believe it.
On March 11, an employee at the Little Rock Family Planning Services (LRFPS) abortion facility—the only licensed abortion facility in Arkansas and a member of the National Abortion Federation—called 911 to request an ambulance for a woman in need.
But just a few seconds into the call, she abruptly cancelled the request for an ambulance. Then, a minute later, she called 911 again to say they really did need that ambulance after all.
The first 911 call was made by an LRFPS employee at 11:45 a.m., but 13 seconds into the call, another employee can be heard in the background saying, “Stop. He said stop.” The employee who placed the call then told the 911 dispatcher, “Oh, um, actually, the doctor said no,” and the other employee can be heard in the background saying, “No, don’t come, we got it.” [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 …]