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Hotline Archive: The Culture War

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.”

Posted in Abortion, Pro-Life Events, The Culture War, Videos | 0 Comments »

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 …]

Posted in Our Civil Rights, Pro-Life Activism, The Church, The Culture War | 0 Comments »

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 …]

Tags: , , , . Posted in Our Opposition, Planned Parenthood, The Culture War | 2 Comments »

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.

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

How Would Jesus Do Sidewalk Counseling?

Posted by Matt Yonke (November 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm)

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!

Posted in Abortion, Clinic Witness, Sidewalk Counseling, The Culture War, Videos | 1 Comment »

Four Reasons the AAP Is Wrong To Push IUD, Implants for Teen Girls

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm)
Eric Scheidler and his 6 daughters in 2007

Eric Scheidler and his six daughters in 2007

Yesterday the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new recommendation [PDF] that physicians promote the progestin implant and the intrauterine device (IUD) for teen girls. As the father of six girls—including three teenagers—I find this new recommendation particularly disturbing.

It’s not just that I bristle at the thought of a doctor asking my daughters a battery of questions about sex, as the AAP recommends. It’s that I know how upset they would be to hear sexual acts they’ve never given a thought to presented as perfectly normal, or even expected of them.

Some might accuse me of being naïve, but they don’t know my girls. And that points to the first of four reasons the new AAP recommendations are wrong-headed:

1. They undermine the role of parents.

In the new AAP recommendation, doctors are strongly discouraged from involving parents in their daughters’ contraceptive use, even in states where the law doesn’t require such “confidentiality.” Though a nod is give to abstinence, moral questions about sex have no place in this private discussion between doctors and young girls, according to the AAP.

The message to teen girls is that—contrary to what their parents, church community and even their own well-formed consciences may have told them—there is no moral choice involved in whether or not to have sex. [Continue reading …]

Tags: , , , , , . Posted in Abstinence/Chastity, Contraception, Health Care, Sexuality, The Culture War, Youth Outreach | 4 Comments »

Catholic Bishops to Attend National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Posted by Matt Yonke (September 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm)
Bishops attending the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Bishops speaking at memorial services for the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, Saturday, Sep. 13

On Saturday, September 13, Americans will gather for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at nearly 100 locations nationwide to remember the more than 50 million children who have been killed by legal abortion in the US since 1973.

Among those who will share reflections on the value of life and the horror of abortion on the Day of remembrance are ten Catholic Bishops.

Their presence at this event is truly an honor and puts on display the Church’s commitment to the necessity of proper burial for human remains, and the intrinsic value of all human life. [Continue reading …]

Posted in Abortion, Pro-Life Events, The Culture War, The Unborn Child | 0 Comments »