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The Pro-Life Action League, along with Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Priests for Life has announced the “National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children” to take place on Saturday, September 14, 2013. It is meant to honor the unborn at the gravesites where they are buried.
The observance will be marked by simultaneous memorial services in cities from coast to coast at gravesites of aborted babies. This is the first time in the history of legalized abortion that such nationwide memorials will be conducted and thousands of people from across the country are expected to participate.
At over two dozen locations, babies have been buried after having been killed by abortion. Many of these were retrieved from the actual trash dumpsters of abortion clinics or pathology labs where the bodies of the aborted unborn were shipped. Some graves have hundreds of bodies buried in them. [Continue reading ...]
On Good Friday, pro-lifers from every Christian background gathered at their local abortion facilities to pray “A Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion.”
This moving ecumenical service offers prayers for children in the womb, mothers, fathers, abortion workers and our whole nation in union with the suffering of Christ in His Passion.
As we celebrate the Easter season, check out some pictures from these services from across the country. If you attended a Way of the Cross on Good Friday and don’t see pictures here, e-mail them to us and we’ll add them to the slideshow! (Take the slideshow into fullscreen mode and click “Show Info” to see the location of each photo):
Media Advisory—What’s the connection between Good Friday and abortion? The Friday before Easter holds a special significance for pro-life Christians, linking the passion and suffering of the innocent victim Christ the Savior to the slaughter of innocent unborn children nearly 2,000 years later.
Eric Scheidler, who is coordinating coast-to-coast prayer vigils at America’s abortion facilities this Good Friday, March 29, can share with your audience:
Chicago—Good Friday, March 29, 2013 will be marked by pro-life citizens across America as a day of mourning and prayer at abortion facilities. As Christians worldwide remember how Jesus Christ was put to death, these faithful will stop to grieve for the 3,500 innocent unborn children who will themselves be put to death through abortion 1980 years after the crucifixion.
This nationwide event, called “The Way of the Cross for Abortion Victims,” is coordinated by the Pro-Life Action League and emphasizes prayers for babies at risk of being aborted to be spared and for their mothers to choose life. Chicago, Saint Louis, Boston, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis are among the cities in which clergy will lead this solemn prayer service outside of abortion clinics.
Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League, explained the impetus behind the prayer vigils. “On Good Friday we remember the innocent suffering and death of Jesus Christ at Golgotha, which means ‘the place of the skull,’” he said, “We have our own ‘Golgotha’ in every city where innocent unborn children, created in the image of God, are also violently put to death by abortion.” [Continue reading ...]
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 five 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. So this year we’re calling on pro-lifers like you nationwide 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 ...]
On Saturday, February 9, I was pleased to join a group of nearly 70 pro-lifers to kick off the Spring 40 Days for Life campaign in Aurora, Illinois outside the Planned Parenthood mega-center.
I had worked with Karen and Kathleen from Holy Cross parish in Batavia, Illinois as they discerned whether or not taking on the campaign was the right thing for them to do, so it was extra special to be able to address the crowd as the effort kicked off.
Before the Rally even started, God gave an incredible blessing. A couple stopped on their way out of the Planned Parenthood and told our sidewalk counselors that they had decided not to go through with the abortion. Though the 40 Days Campaign hadn’t even started yet, God was already doing wondrous things!
Karen and Kathleen opened the Rally and Deacon Jim Newhouse of Ss. Peter and Paul parish in Virgil, Illinois gave an opening prayer. Next came a wonderful pro-life song from Catholic singer-songwriter Karl Miles called “Where are the Warriors?”, which you can listen to above. [Continue reading ...]
Eric Scheidler runs down the top 10 pro-life accomplishments since Roe at SpeakOut Illinois [Photo by Matt Yonke]
SpeakOut Illinois is a fantastic pro-life conference hosted by a coalition of pro-life activists, churches, pregnancy centers, lobbyists, lawyers and more from across the state.
This year’s conference took place last Saturday, February 2, and it was a rousing success. Today I’m happy to announce that if you missed the conference our you just want to hear one of the talks again or pass it on to a friend, you can order all the talks on CD or digital download.
Our own Eric Scheidler spoke on the Top Ten Accomplishments of the Pro-Life Movement since Roe v. Wade, Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation spoke on Fatherhood in the Culture of Abortion, and Star Parker of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education received the Henry Hyde Life Leadership Award and told her moving personal story.
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PLAL Executive Director Eric Scheidler talks at SpeakOut Illinois [Photo by Matt Yonke]
The 22nd annual SpeakOut Illinois Conference drew a crowd of over 400 people this year, one of the largest crowds the conference has seen in recent years.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont was the site of the February 2 conference with some 35 pro-life, pro-family organizations participating as sponsors. The Pro-Life Action League’s very own Ann Scheidler and a former League staffer Tommie Romano served as the co-chairmen of the conference planning committee. They oversaw a dedicated team of about 20 volunteers that helped made the event a great success.
The day began with a welcome by master of ceremonies Peter Breen, executive director of the Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Center, followed by an opening prayer offered by Rev. Calvin Lindstrom of the Church of Christian Liberty.
Chicago—Illinois citizens continue to speak out against abortion, with the 22nd annual SpeakOut Illinois conference this Saturday, February 2, at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont. The conference, titled “50 Million and Counting: Forty Years of Roe v. Wade,” will feature presentations on “Stand Up for Life: Why Your Witness Matters” and “Fatherhood in the Culture of Abortion.” The Henry Hyde Life Leadership Award and Illinois Life Advocate Awards will be presented. The event will culminate with a solemn Memorial for the Unborn. [Continue reading ...]
SpeakOut Illinois, the state’s premiere pro-life and pro-family conference is this Saturday, February 2, and today is your last chance to get discounted early registration pricing.
This year’s theme is “50 Million and Counting: 40 Years of Roe v. Wade” and we’ve got a great lineup of speakers.
Conference speakers include Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation, who will speak on “Fatherhood in the Culture of Abortion,” and Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler, who will give a talk titled “Stand Up for Life: Why Your Witness Matters.”
Other speakers include Star Parker of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), who is this year’s Henry Hyde Life Leadership Award recipient.
If you sign up before midnight tonight, the price is only $55, which includes a banquet lunch, so don’t wait another minute before registering. After today, the registration fee is $65.
Here are the details:
Event: SpeakOut Illinois 2013
When: Saturday, February 2nd, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois [map]