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Pro-Life Action League protests and inspires at 2016 March for Life

Posted by Matt Yonke (January 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm)

Last week, pro-lifers from across the country descended on Washington D.C. for the 43rd annual March for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League was there to help encourage pro-lifers to become more active in the fight against abortion in their own communities.

We touched down in our nation’s capital on Wednesday, January 20 in the evening so we could be ready for our first event: a protest Thursday morning at the new Planned Parenthood mega-center currently under construction in D.C. under the banner of the #ProtestPP movement that had organized nationwide protest of Planned Parenthood centers in the summer and fall of 2015.

Two hundred pro-lifers came out over the course of the protest. Prayers and speeches were offered by the League’s Joe and Eric Scheidler, along with a host of other pro-life leaders including Rev. Pat Mahoney, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Dr. Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Brian Gibson of Pro-Life Action Ministries, Bryan Kemper of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach and many more. [Continue reading …]

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Are pro-lifers to blame for anti-abortion violence?

Posted by Matt Yonke (December 10, 2015 at 9:57 am)

Yesterday, charges were filed against Robert Lewis Dear, the man who killed three people in an attack on a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility on Black Friday.

In the wake of this horrific shooting, many abortion advocates have attempted to blame the rhetoric of the pro-life movement for the actions of Dear and those like him.

In this video, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler explains why this connection just doesn’t hold up.

Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, Planned Parenthood, The Culture War, Videos | 0 Comments »

We Need Tender Hearts—and Hard Foreheads

Posted by Jean Crocco (November 3, 2015 at 8:45 am)

nullThe other day my daughter contacted me, quite upset over her bioethics class.

She has been studying the human experimentation the Nazis performed on prisoners and was totally overwhelmed by the evil. Knowing that I deal on a regular basis with the gruesomeness of abortion and the profound evil in the abortion industry, she called looking for answers in how to deal with this immense evil and what to do about the desire some have to use the “knowledge” gained from these immoral experiments.

This is my reply to her.

The Golden Rule

The first rule of bioethics is the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” That is why, as a nurse, I could never recommend the birth control pill—I would never use it, so how could I recommend it to others?

There are many things I find unacceptable, and how terrible if I were to recommend them to others.  That would be treating them as less worthy of good solutions to their problems. [Continue reading …]

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Joe Scheidler’s Tribute to Pro-Life Pioneer Dr Jack Willke

Posted by Eric Scheidler (July 23, 2015 at 12:36 pm)

On Tuesday, July 21, Pro-Life Action League national director Joe Scheidler offered a moving reflection on his good friend and pro-life pioneer Dr. Jack Willke during a tribute reception at the Washington, D.C. offices of Americans United for Life.

Dr. Willke, who passed away in February, was known as the “Grandfather of the Pro-Life Movement” for his tireless efforts since the 1960s to defend the lives of unborn children. He and his wife Barbara traveled the world advancing the pro-life cause, and their Handbook on Abortion helped launched the pro-life movement after Roe v Wade.

Pro-life leaders from across the country gathered to remember Willke and his legacy, and JoeY—as the “Godfather of the Pro-Life Movement” was the first to speak. He focused especially on Willke’s gracious appearance as a character witness during his NOW v. Scheidler RICO trial.

In concluding his remarks, Joe declared, “I loved Jack dearly, I loved Barbara; they were friends. I miss them like family, because they were family to us all, and they brought so many families into the world.”

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Eucharistic Procession Offers Prayers for Religious Freedom in Chicago

Posted by Matt Yonke (June 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm)

Eucharistic Procession in ChicagoOn Monday, June 23, the Pro-Life Action League and the Archdiocese of Chicago sponsored a Eucharistic Procession downtown Chicago to kick off the Fortnight for Freedom, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ effort to encourage awareness and prayer for religious freedom in our country.

The event, which has been held for the last three years, began with Mass celebrated by Fr. James Heyd at St. Peter’s in the Loop, an iconic downtown Chicago parish that serves the huge crowds who work in the city’s center each day. [Continue reading …]

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VIDEO: Eric Scheidler False Arrest at Planned Parenthood Protest

Posted by Matt Yonke (April 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm)

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.

Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, League News, Our Civil Rights, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Activism, The Culture War, Videos | 2 Comments »

Christ is risen!

Posted by John Jansen (April 6, 2015 at 10:13 am)

paschaIndeed He is risen!

During this Easter Week, we take special consolation in the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. Not only is it the central event of our faith life, but it also provides us with great encouragement in our ongoing battle against abortion.

By conquering death, Jesus has also conquered abortion. As a result, we know that the outcome of the struggle that we carry on — this seemingly endless conflict between life and death — has already been decided.

We have, so to speak, been allowed to read the book’s final chapter before we actually get to it. We know that in the end, Life will be victorious.

From time to time, all of us need to remind ourselves of this, lest we lose heart.

Posted in The Church, The Culture War | 0 Comments »

League’s “Handcuffs Project” Hits Home

Posted by Eric Scheidler (February 6, 2015 at 5:16 pm)

Handcuffs cartoonWhen I mailed out a package to every abortion clinic in the country a couple weeks ago, including a pair of plastic handcuffs and my phone number, I didn’t really expect to get any calls—at least not from abortion clinics.

I thought most likely the abortion clinics would completely ignore this “care package,” and the best I could expect was some good coverage from friendly media—Christian and pro-life sites that would be interested in a project like this. Still, I was hopeful the project could reach a wider audience and did everything I could to make that happen.

And it all paid off. Not only was I directly contacted by several abortion clinics, but the campaign received outstanding media coverage, including articles in USA Today and Cosmopolitan. Read on for details and links. [Continue reading …]

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Your “Marching Orders”: Make Your March for Life Count—Get Out to an Abortion Clinic This Year

Posted by Matt Yonke (January 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm)

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!

Posted in Clinic Witness, Pro-Life Activism, The Culture War, Videos | 0 Comments »

The Pro-Life Action League Thanks Cardinal George for His Courageous Leadership

Posted by Matt Yonke (November 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm)

Next week, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, will retire from a long and fruitful ministry, and we at the Pro-Life Action League wish to share our profound gratitude for his work in our headquarter city of Chicago.

Over the years Cardinal George has been a bold defender of all human life, speaking at pro-life events, leading prayer processions to abortion clinics, urging the faithful to become active in the pro-life movement and much more.

Thank you Cardinal George!

Click on this picture and then click the “Share” button to share your thanks for Cardinal George on Facebook!

Even in his years as the President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and a high-profile national figure, his door was always open to us and we could always count on his close cooperation in events like the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies against President Obama’s HHS Mandate, and so many more pro-life events over the years.

By way of tribute to this great man of God and his decades of service to the Church, in the video above we offer his remarks from last year’s National Day of Remembrance at the gravesite of 2,033 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

Thank you, Cardinal George! You will be missed.

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