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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 ...]
The International Week of Prayer and Fasting kicks off this Saturday, September 21 and the Pro-Life Action League is happy to be a supporter of this great prayer event!
The concept is simple: nine days of prayer and fasting for an end to the “culture of death,” and for a newfound appreciation for basic human rights, particularly in the United States of America. By invoking the help of our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, and by praying the Rosary, this week can play a crucial role in the conversion of nations and changing the course of world events.
League National Director Joe Scheidler will be speaking at the kickoff event at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday, September 21. You can get more details and register to attend that event right here.
Please consider taking part into this important week of prayer and fasting for the soul of our nation!
Chicago, Sept. 13, 2013—Losing a child is a terrible thing. Losing a child at the hands of a doctor is incomprehensible. And that’s what makes the National Day of Remembrance for September 14, 2013 necessary. [Continue reading ...]
Chicago, Sept. 13, 2013—Most people will acknowledge that losing a child is a terrible thing. And that’s the focal point of the National Day of Remembrance set for September 14, 2013. The "invisible grief" of abortion will be brought into the open at solemn events that memorialize tens of thousands of children buried at gravesites around the nation—including those at three Chicago area cemeteries. [Continue reading ...]
In September of 1988, over 1,200 children, victims of legal abortion, were laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
On September 14, twenty-five years after that burial, their memory—and the memory of all the 55 million children killed by abortion under Roe v. Wade—will be honored at more than 85 gravesites and memorial sites nationwide on the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.
You can find a memorial service near you at AbortionMemorials.com.
There are over 40 known sites where aborted babies have been buried across the country and hundreds more memorial markers, plaques and statues in churches, cemeteries and even in public places. [Continue reading ...]
Chicago, Sept. 3, 2013—Most people will acknowledge that losing a child is a terrible thing. And that’s the focal point of the National Day of Remembrance set for September 14, 2013. This solemn event will memorialize tens of thousands of children buried at gravesites around the nation—a tiny fraction of the 55 million children killed by abortion since it was legalized in 1973. Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League are coordinating this day to heighten awareness that every abortion results in the death of an innocent child, create an appropriate outlet for both personal and national grief, and pray for an end to abortion. Details on the event are available at AbortionMemorials.com.
The grief caused by abortion is an “invisible” grief—what grief therapy expert Dr. Kenneth Doka defines as “disenfranchised loss,” one not recognized or socially sanctioned and therefore not triggering the type of social support people normally receive at a time of significant loss. Post-abortion counselors attest that this grief is amplified by the message that abortion is a legally protected “right” to be celebrated by our society, leaving no room for mourning the loss of the aborted child. To admit that loss would require abortion advocates to acknowledge that a real baby is involved. [Continue reading ...]