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League Raises #PPSellsBabyParts Banner at Rockford Face the Truth Day

Posted by Sam Scheidler (August 31, 2015 at 1:42 pm)

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It is often hard to gauge the response to the Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth displays. Shouts from car windows are usually unintelligible, thumbs ups at 50 miles per hour can be mistaken for middle fingers, and car horns communicate anything from the heartiest support to the most resolute dissent (or occasionally nothing more than an unrelated traffic squabble).

Rockford, IL is perhaps one of the most enigmatic cities in this regard. I noticed more positive than negative reactions on our annual Face the Truth day in Rockford last Tuesday, but I spoke to several volunteers who reported the opposite, and still others who seemed to receive equal levels of each.

One interpretation of this incongruity is that each volunteer may actually be observing different reactions — the response of a driver at the very beginning of the display may vary greatly from that of the driver at the end, who has had more time to process the images and form a concrete position. [Continue reading …]

Posted in Abortion, Face the Truth, General, Law and Politics, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Activism, Pro-Life Events, Videos | 1 Comment »

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 »

Make Plans Now to Take Part in the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Posted by League Staff (June 10, 2015 at 9:00 am)

NDR 2015_535A few weeks ago we celebrated Memorial Day, honoring the sacrifice of all the soldiers who have given up their lives for our country and the cause of freedom.

It says something good about the United States that we dedicate a day each year to remember these soldiers’ lives.

But tragically, there are other lost lives that America would rather forget all about — the 57 million unborn babies who have been killed by legal abortion over the past 42 years.

That’s why the Pro-Life Action League has teamed up with Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Priests for Life — to call for the third annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on September 12.

The Day of Remembrance comprises a series of simultaneous memorial services at more than 40 known gravesites of aborted children throughout the country.

Memorial services will also be held at other memorial sites dedicated to unborn babies, for those who live too far from the burial sites.

Last year prayer vigils were held at over 130 gravesites and memorial sites, and this year we’d like to see that number grow.

There are two ways you help with the Day of Remembrance: [Continue reading …]

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

Posted by League Staff (March 27, 2015 at 2:29 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.

Check out the list below to find a Good Friday vigil near you. Or if you don’t find a local vigil, consider hosting your own Way of the Cross with help from the Pro-Life Action League.

Way of the Cross Locations: April 3, 2015

Alabama

Alaska

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Will You Host a Pro-Life Way of the Cross at Your Local Abortion Facility on Good Friday?

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 2, 2015 at 10:46 am)

On Good Friday, April 3, pro-lifers across the country will take part in “A Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” at their local abortion facility, and you’re invited to take part!

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! [Continue reading …]

Posted in Abortion, Pro-Life Activism, Pro-Life Events | 14 Comments »

Bring the Joy and Hope of Christmas to Your Local Abortion Clinic with an “Empty Manger” Caroling Day

Posted by John Jansen (December 4, 2014 at 10:00 am)

Christmas caroling outside Albany abortion clinic in ChicagoEvery 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—an annual tradition since 2003.

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 20th. 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 …]

Posted in Clinic Witness, Pro-Life Events | 2 Comments »

Bring the Joy and Hope of Christmas to Abortuaries with an “Empty Manger” Caroling Day

Posted by Matt Yonke (November 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm)

Christmas caroling outside Albany abortion clinic in AuroraEvery 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.

Host an “Empty Manger” Caroling Day in Your Town

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: [Continue reading …]

Posted in Abortion, Pro-Life Events | 2 Comments »

In Vitro Fertilization Expert Embraces God’s Design for Fertility

Posted by Matt Yonke (October 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm)

Dr. Anthony Caruso, OB/GYN was an expert in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF). For many years, he believed—along with most of the medical community—that IVF was a perfectly legitimate and morally acceptable way for infertile couples to become pregnant, despite the fact that embryos are created and destroyed or indefinitely frozen in the process.

Even the teaching of the Catholic Church, of which he was a committed member, and extensive discussions with his pastor were not enough to convince him that the procedure he excelled at providing was immoral.

Watch the video to find out what finally convinced him that even the tiniest human beings are worth protecting, and that God’s design for fertility is the best for mothers and babies!

Dr. Caruso is now in partnership with Dr. Robert Lawler, OB/GYN at Downers Grove OB/GYN, a fully pro-life medical practice located in Chicago’s Western Suburbs.

You can watch all the videos from the CONVERTED conference right here.

To download the audio of this talk to play on your MP3 player, right click this link and choose “Save Link As” (Chrome/Firefox) or “Save Target As” (IE).

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Let Us Come Together To Mourn Our Dead — on 9/11 AND on 9/13

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 11, 2014 at 11:37 am)

R.I.P.This morning I turned on the radio in my kitchen to hear a series of names being solemnly intoned—the names of some of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks we commemorate today.

It’s very good that we do this. It gives me hope to see Americans set aside their differences, rise above the mean-spiritedness that characterizes so much of our politics and culture, and come together to mourn the victims of 9/11. It seems that we’re at our best when we mourn our dead.

Degrees of Separation

I never knew any of the 2,977 people killed on that horrible day. But like so many, in the days and weeks following the tragedy I discovered I was two or three degrees of separation from some of them. Those connections made the horror and injustice of 9/11 that much more real to me.

Hearing those few names on the radio this morning, I had to wonder who I know who knows someone who knows the man still mourning his fiancee, the teenager who has no memory of the father he lost, the widow whose life will never be the same.

But how many more connections must I have—must each of us have—to the 56 million American victims of legal abortion over the past four and more decades? [Continue reading …]

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Gravestones without Birth Dates

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 6, 2014 at 9:00 am)

A baby's gravestoneEarlier this week I attended the funeral of one of the founding members of the small Romanian Rite Catholic parish my family and I belong to in Aurora, Illinois, a man named George Todas.

Among his many services to St. George Catholic Church, George had kept alive many of the hymns and prayers of the Romanian immigrants who had founded the parish—including the melodies of the very funeral service held for him this week. He had never married; the parish became his family.

Old George retired from cantoring about a year after my family joined the parish, by which time I had become a cantor myself. A holy and gracious man, George never ceased to express his appreciation that a younger man was carrying on the musical traditions that mattered so much to him. I was honored to celebrate his memory and pray for his eternal repose with my fellow parishioners.

The Tragedy of an Infant’s Death

After the burial service at the corner of a cemetery devoted to the departed of St. George, I (almost literally) stumbled upon the small gravestone of a child. In fact, it marked the grave of a newborn girl, Carol Jean, who had lived only a week: from December 28, 1947 to January 3, 1948. [Continue reading …]

Posted in Abortion, Pro-Life Events, The Unborn Child | 2 Comments »