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One week from tomorrow, 40 Days for Life prayer vigils will be starting in over 250 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 ...]
An ambulance raced up to the door of the huge Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois, this past Saturday as Pro-Life Action League staff and volunteers conducted a protest nearby. Protests have been held at the site monthly since it opened in fall of 2007, alongside a daily prayer and sidewalk counseling presence.
The pro-life group began to pray for the whomever the ambulance had arrived for. After about 15 minutes, paramedics emerged from the front door of the building pushing a gurney with a body on it, and then took off—probably transporting the woman to Rush-Copley Hospital, a few miles away.
It was unusual for the paramedics to exit from the front door. They usually use a back door. And typically Planned Parenthood staff accompany the gurney, holding a sheet in front of it to block the view of pro-life witnesses. What the absence of these measures means is anyone’s guess.
Chris Iverson, an adult volunteer with Christian Liberty Academy’s Live Pro-Life group, captured the event on video, providing yet more documentary evidence that abortion clinics are not safe for women.
Sadly, this is all-too-frequent an occurrence at abortion clinics across the United States. Ambulances have been sighted several times at the Aurora clinic, purported to be a state-of-the-art facility. None of Planned Parenthood’s Illinois abortion clinics is subject to state inspection.
Please pray for the woman who was transported from Planned Parenthood this Saturday. We do not know her name or what the problem was, but we can be sure that our prayers for her are needed.
Eleanor McCullen outside the bubble zone at Planned Parenthood in Boston
Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, the Massachusetts “bubble zone” case. In 2007, the state enacted a law prohibiting speech within 35 feet of the entrance to an abortion facility, making sidewalk counseling at these facilities far more difficult.
Sidewalk counselor Eleanor McCullen, a 77-year old grandmother who has saved hundreds of babies with her peaceful outreach to women entering Massachusetts abortion clinics, challenged the law, saying it unfairly restricts her freedom of speech.
The transcript [PDF] from yesterday’s hearing suggests that the Court is inclined to agree with her. Justices Kennedy, Scalia and Alito, in particular, challenged Massachusetts assistant attorney general Jennifer Miller on her claim that the law does not discriminate based on one’s viewpoint.
Here’s Justice Alito, addressing Miller: [Continue reading ...]
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!
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 ...]
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 ...]
Linda with a “Moms for Life” sign at a monthly protest of Planned Parenthood Aurora [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
Sometimes praying out side the abortion mill can be a tiring and thankless work. Sometimes it seems like you spent an hour outside, often in the freezing cold or burning heat, for nothing.
But even when we see no immediate fruit of our efforts, the world is watching. And sometimes, the simple act of standing in prayer outside the abortion facility has effects we don’t hear about for years, if ever.
Take for example this story from Linda, a pro-lifer here in Aurora, Illinois who regularly prays outside our Planned Parenthood facility: [Continue reading ...]
Students from Christian Liberty Academy reaching out to clients at the Planned Parenthood facility in Aurora [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
Compassionate pro-lifers ministering outside abortion clinics in Chicago and Aurora have saved two babies—and their mothers—from abortion in recent weeks. The Pro-Life Action League is honored to have provided training and support to the activists whose peaceful presence bore such fruit.
The first save came on a Saturday in September at the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic in downtown Chicago, where students from the Live Pro-Life group at Christian Liberty Academy in Libertyville were passing out special gift bags to clients, as they do every month.
Each of these white gift bags contains a photograph of an infant with a hand-written note on the back from one of the CLA students, a card with a QR code that links to a YouTube video on abortion, a flyer on fetal development and a little pair of baby socks.
A car drove up to the clinic entrance. [Continue reading ...]
Here at the Pro-Life Action League, we put a lot of time and resources into organizing “clinic witness” presence where people stand in prayer outside abortion clinics nationwide. Stories like Maddox’s are why.
Maddox is the adorable baby boy on the left in the photo. The building on the right is where Maddox nearly lost his life.
This is an e-mail I received recently:
Hi, my name is Stacy and I wanted to thank your group for saving my baby. I went to that terrible facility [Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois] on a cold Saturday morning in November, scared to death and the first thing I saw driving in was the pro-life advocates standing in the lawn at 7am. [Continue reading ...]