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News and commentary from the Pro-Life Action League
On a bleak Friday afternoon, our savior Jesus Christ was crucified at Golgotha, “the place of the skull.” Today, we have our own Golgotha: the abortion clinic, where two thousand years after the Crucifixion, His image is violently destroyed, again and again, by abortion.
That’s why, for the last six years, the Pro-Life Action League has marked Good Friday with a pro-life “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” at our local Planned Parenthood.
We’ve found this activity to be such a blessing, one of our favorite pro-life activities of the year, and last year, the event went nationwide with services taking place in 29 cities across the country.
This year, we’d like to see it grow even more, so we’re calling on pro-lifers like you to join us in hosting a “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” at your local abortion facility.
And, we’re providing you with all the tools you need to make it happen in your area, including an ecumenical prayer service book, templates to promote your event through e-mail and in churches, advice on practical considerations and more!
Though the devotion of the Stations of the Cross has Catholic roots, the service we conduct is completely ecumenical. People of every denomination join us every year and there is no material in the book that would be offensive to non-Catholics to pray. Please feel free to join or host a Way of the Cross no matter what your denomination. [Continue reading ...]
SpeakOut Illinois 2014 faced the challenge of Chicago’s continuing severe winter, but over 350 pro-lifers were undaunted by it, as they gathered at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare on Saturday morning. The streets had not been plowed, nor had the hotel parking lot, but it would take more than an all night snow storm to discourage these folks.
Peter Breen, executive director of the Thomas More Society, serving as master of ceremonies, welcomed all and introduced Fr. Malek Rihani, of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, to light the traditional SpeakOut candle and open the day with prayer.
Four workshop panels were held concurrently, then repeated, so attendees had the opportunity to attend two workshops. All presentations were recorded, so they could purchase the ones they were not able to attend in person. [Continue reading ...]
Pro-Life Action League banner at the 2014 March for Life
The Pro-Life Action League was honored to participate in the 41st annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 22, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton rulings. The League was represented at the March by founders Ann and Joe Scheidler, staff members John Jansen, Matt Yonke and Peter Scheidler, and me.
The afternoon before the March, it was my great privilege to serve as emcee for the official March for Life Youth Rally, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Speakers included pro-life greats like Fr Frank Pavone, Troy Newman, Lila Rose, Abby Johnson, Pat Mahoney, Ryan Bomberger and many more.
The highlight of the event for me was a standing ovation [Continue reading ...]
Although Sunday marked the ninth annual March for Life in Chicago, this year saw a new and expanded event. And the large turnout proves that Chicagoans want to show the country that we are committed to overturning the disastrous rulings that took away all legal protections from babies in the womb.
WLS radio talk show host Dan Proft, himself an adoptee, emceed the program in Federal Plaza. Cardinal Francis George, Pastor Ceasar LeFlore of the National Black Pro-Life Union, and Father Marco Mercado, pastor of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, addressed the crowd, as people continued streaming into Federal Plaza.
Former Planned Parenthood counselor Linda Couri and Anna Slater of Students for Life of Illinois (SFLI) also spoke at the Plaza. Anna listed the local universities who had pro-life representatives at the March, with each school’s name eliciting a huge roar from the crowd. [Continue reading ...]
On Sunday, January 19th, Chicagoland pro-lifers will gather for the 9th annual March for Life Chicago.
Representatives of several local pro-life organizations have been meeting and planning since September to make Chicago’s pro-life community more visible both locally and on a national level. While the Chicago weather was still lovely back in September, the team adopted the motto (borrowed from Students for Life of Illinois) “Lovin’ Life in Chicago!” Now that the reality of January is upon us, we are determined to live up to the motto. [Continue reading ...]
The Pro-Life Action League is very happy to announce the release of the 5th edition of our essential pro-life handbook, Sharing the Pro-Life Message.
Since the handbook was released nearly five years ago, we’ve been thrilled at how well it’s been received by all segments of the pro-life movement.
We debuted Sharing the Pro-Life Message at the 2009 March for Life, and it’s been in great demand ever since. Our first print run of 10,000 copies went like hotcakes, and was exhausted in just over a month! Over the next two years we did another three more print runs, which brought us up to 80,000 copies in print.
And now, with the publication of the 5th edition, there are now 100,000 copies of Sharing the Pro-Life Message in print.
Earlier this year, as handbook orders kept coming in and showed no signs of stopping, Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler assembled a team of staffers — along with summer intern Grant Wilson, who provided indispensable help — and began the painstaking process of revising the handbook to make sure it contained the most current information. [Continue reading ...]
Bishop Daniel Conlon calls the faithful to conduct pro-life activism with love. [Photo by Matt Yonke]
October 2 marked the sixth anniversary of the dark day when Planned Parenthood opened their first “mega-clinic” in Aurora, Illinois.
The Pro-Life Action League was there with over 150 local pro-lifers to mark the anniversary and re-commit ourselves to the ongoing fight against the facility.
Back in the summer of 2007, the League learned that a building under construction in Aurora—the same town where our Executive Director Eric Scheidler lives—was to be the site of a new abortion clinic.
Not only was there a new clinic in the works, only months from opening, but it was the first of Planned Parenthood’s new mega-centers—large, regional clinics meant to replace multiple other abortion facilities in an area and consolidate their business.
Over the next several months the League directed a massive wave of public outcry against the facility with thousands coming out to pray, protest and speak to the City Council. In the end, the facility was allowed to open, but opposition to its presence in Aurora has continued steadily ever since. [Continue reading ...]
Though the fall 40 Days for Life campaign kicked off yesterday nationwide, we got an early start here in Aurora, Illinois with an early opening ceremony last Saturday.
It was a beautiful morning as over 100 pro-lifers gathered on the vacant lot across from Planned Parenthood’s mega-center, and Fr. Matt Lamoureux of St. Patrick Church in nearby Yorkville, Illinois opened the service in prayer.
Cardinal George speaking at the gravesite of 2,033 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL
Along with offering assistance to the leaders of more than 100 memorial services held this past Saturday, September 14 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, the Pro-Life Action League also spearheaded the planning for the service at the final resting place of over 2,000 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.
The League’s executive director, Eric Scheidler, served as master of ceremonies and began the event by leading the crowd of 200 faithful pro-lifers in receiving the Prayer at a Gravesite of the Unborn [PDF] composed by Father Frank Pavone specifically for the occasion. The group then invoked the intercession of the Mother of God by singing together the Salve Regina—an especially appropriate antiphon, considering the cemetery’s name.
The Archbishop of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George, shared his reflections on the spiritual meaning of abortion and the challenge of building a culture of life. His predecessor, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, had presided over the interment of the aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery on July 30, 1988, so we were particularly honored by Cardinal George’s presence at this memorial service 25 years later. [Continue reading ...]
Images from memorial service in Hillside, IL; Jackson, MI; Bloomington, CA; and Detroit, MI.
On Saturday, September 14, thousands of pro-lifers gathered at over 100 gravesites of aborted babies and other memorials to the unborn located nationwide to observe the first annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.
With attendance figures still being tallied, the current total stands at over 2,300 attendees nationwide.
The date of September 14, 2013, was chosen for this event because it marks the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where a crowd of 300 mourners attended a memorial service this past Saturday. Among the speakers at this service were Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, bishop emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln (Nebraska), and Bishop Donald Hying, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. [Continue reading ...]