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Hotline Archive: Pro-Life Events

Join Fellow Pro-Lifers in Praying a “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” on Good Friday

Posted by League Staff (April 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm)

On a bleak Friday afternoon nearly 2,000 years ago, 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.

So it is fitting that we pray in mourning for these victims and all those harmed by abortion. On Good Friday, pro-lifers across the country will participate in the “Way for the Cross for Victims of Abortion,” and you’re invited to join them. [Continue reading ...]

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League Hits the Streets for Year’s First “Face the Truth” Day

Posted by John Jansen (April 3, 2014 at 4:03 pm)

Face the Truth day south side of ChicagoA team of 20 stalwart pro-life activists came to the South Side of Chicago April 2 to take part in the Pro-Life Action League’s first “Face the Truth” Day of 2014.

Our first site was the high-traffic intersection of Cermak Road and Ashland Avenue in the Pilsen neighborhood. The site proved to be a golden opportunity for distributing large quantities of brochures that explain why we show the photos of abortion victims in the public square, as motorists stopped at the intersection as well as pedestrians accepted our literature far more often than usual.

We then moved on to a site we’d never done before: 31st Street and Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square neighborhood. This site was chosen because of its close proximity to US Cellular Field, which allowed us to reach thousands of fans on their way to the White Sox day game. [Continue reading ...]

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League’s Eric Scheidler to Speak at Supreme Court Rally for HUGE Hobby Lobby Case 3/25

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm)
Rally and Prayer Vigil at the Supreme Court 3/25

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On Tuesday, March 25, the Supreme Court will hear the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius cases which challenge the Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate, and League executive director Eric Scheidler will be there for a rally and prayer vigil for religious freedom the League has organized!

The prayer vigil and rally will begin at 9:30 a.m. Get full details on the event at the Stand Up for Religious Freedom website.

You can help spread the word by sharing this graphic promoting the rally with all your friends on Facebook and other social media.

These cases could overturn Obama’s HHS Mandate and your prayers are desperately needed. Spread the word about the rally and join the Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate leading up to Tuesday’s protest today!

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Make Good Friday Pro-Life with a Way of the Cross at Your Local Abortion Facility

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm)

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 ...]

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SpeakOut Illinois Draws Crowds Despite Snowstorm

Posted by Ann Scheidler (February 6, 2014 at 5:42 pm)

SpeakOut Illinois conferenceSpeakOut 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 ...]

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League Highlights Religious Freedom at 2014 March for Life

Posted by Eric Scheidler (January 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm)
League banner at MFL 2014

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.

Standing Ovation for Joe at Youth Rally

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 ...]

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Huge Turnout, Great Media Coverage Make March for Life Chicago a Tremendous Success

Posted by Ann Scheidler (January 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm)

With a crowd of over 1,500 participants gathered yesterday in Federal Plaza on a chilly Sunday afternoon, the March for Life Chicago was a tremendous success.

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 ...]

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March for Life, Chicago Style: Sunday, January 19

Posted by Ann Scheidler (January 11, 2014 at 11:00 am)

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 ...]

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New Edition of “Sharing the Pro-Life Message” Now Available

Posted by League Staff (November 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm)

Sharing the Pro-Life Message handbooksThe 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 ...]

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Bishop Conlon Helps Mark Six Years of Opposition to Planned Parenthood in Aurora, IL

Posted by Matt Yonke (October 3, 2013 at 12:34 pm)
Bishop Conlon addresses the crowd 

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 ...]

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