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Despite “Diversification,” an Abortion Clinic Is Still an Abortion Clinic

Posted by League Staff (October 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm)
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Does the Advantage abortion clinic in Wood Dale, Illinois really perform all these procedures?

Earlier this year, the Pro-Life Action League reported that the Forest View abortion facility, located in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, had closed. But the owners of the building, Vinod and Vijay Goyal, have recently opened another facility—Apollo Surgical Center—in the location that formerly housed Forest View.

Apollo bills itself as specializing in gastroenterology, urology, pain management—and, of course, gynecology.

Why the move to diversify away from all abortions, all the time? It seems that the motive is increased profit during times when the clinic lies unused. When Forest View was open, it was only used two days per week. By renting out the space in the clinic on non-abortion days, there is an increase in profits, and the veneer of respectability.

Clearly, utilizing this clinic for legitimate surgery only increases profits for the Goyal empire and subsidizes their abortion business. (The Goyals own more abortion clinics—five—than anyone else in Illinois.)

So, how is this diversification working out?  [Continue reading ...]

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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).

Posted in Abortion, Health Care, Pro-Life Events, Videos | 0 Comments »

Pregnant Women in Crisis Need Authentic Compassion—Not Abortion

Posted by Ann Scheidler (October 1, 2014 at 3:16 pm)

compassionThe Chicago Tribune ran a column by columnist Robin Abcarian earlier this week in which she begins by asking, “Have you ever wondered what a world without abortion might look like?”

Abcarian falls into the all-too-common modern practice of equating women’s equality with a right to abortion. This attitude is disingenuous and, frankly, condescending to women. Women do not need the right to kill their own children in order to assume their proper role in society.

She reports on a study from Amnesty International, with a heartrending story of a woman pregnant with an anencephalic baby. All the attention is directed to the woman who has some health issues of her own and how abortion is the only solution to her problems. There is no thought of the poor baby with a condition that would result in his death—unless he can be killed first. [Continue reading ...]

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Four Reasons the AAP Is Wrong To Push IUD, Implants for Teen Girls

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm)
Eric Scheidler and his 6 daughters in 2007

Eric Scheidler and his six daughters in 2007

Yesterday the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new recommendation [PDF] that physicians promote the progestin implant and the intrauterine device (IUD) for teen girls. As the father of six girls—including three teenagers—I find this new recommendation particularly disturbing.

It’s not just that I bristle at the thought of a doctor asking my daughters a battery of questions about sex, as the AAP recommends. It’s that I know how upset they would be to hear sexual acts they’ve never given a thought to presented as perfectly normal, or even expected of them.

Some might accuse me of being naïve, but they don’t know my girls. And that points to the first of four reasons the new AAP recommendations are wrong-headed:

1. They undermine the role of parents.

In the new AAP recommendation, doctors are strongly discouraged from involving parents in their daughters’ contraceptive use, even in states where the law doesn’t require such “confidentiality.” Though a nod is give to abstinence, moral questions about sex have no place in this private discussion between doctors and young girls, according to the AAP.

The message to teen girls is that—contrary to what their parents, church community and even their own well-formed consciences may have told them—there is no moral choice involved in whether or not to have sex. [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , , , , , . Posted in Abstinence/Chastity, Contraception, Health Care, Sexuality, The Culture War, Youth Outreach | 1 Comment »

Huge Supreme Court Victory for Religious Freedom in Hobby Lobby Case

Posted by John Jansen (June 30, 2014 at 10:12 am)

HobbyLobbyVictory240x320The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stunning decision today affirming the religious freedom rights of business owners, ruling in a 5-4 decision ruling that “closely held corporations” cannot be forced by the Obamacare HHS Mandate to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing drugs to their employees.

In its opinion [PDF], the Court stated that the federal government failed to demonstrate that forcing private corporations to provide these drugs and procedures to employees—even if their owners have strong conscientious objections to them—is the “least restrictive means” of providing free access to them.

The decision in these cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, was the very last decision issued by the Court this term, and it was surely the most anticipated decision all year. That being said, it’s hard to underestimate the significance of this ruling affirming the First Amendment rights of business owners.

“This ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby is a victory for all who cherish religious freedom,” said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League and one of the national directors of the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies. “The movement that began with hundreds of protest rallies outside federal court buildings has just won a great victory inside the nation’s highest court.” [Continue reading ...]

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Did Planned Parenthood Abortionist Mandy Gittler Commit Perjury in Tonya Reaves Deposition?

Posted by John Jansen (May 8, 2014 at 10:32 am)

mandy gittler depositionPlanned Parenthood abortionist Mandy Gittler was responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves in Chicago on July 20, 2012.

And with the recent release of her 165-page deposition [PDF] as part of a civil suit filed against Planned Parenthood, et al., on behalf of Reaves’ sole heir, there is much more that we now know about the case — but there is still much that we do not know.

Early News Stories, Autopsy Report Listed Wrong Planned Parenthood Location

CBS Radio’s Chicago affiliate, News Radio 780 WBBM, broke the story of Tonya Reaves’ death the following day, July 21, 2012. Citing evidence from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, WBBM’s Steve Miller reported that Reaves’ abortion had occurred at 18 S. Michigan Avenue, which is the location of Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center.

That detail came as a surprise to us, since the website for the Loop Health Center indicated [PDF] — in a passage that was later deleted — that only limited services (birth control, emergency contraception, and medication abortion; i.e., the abortion pill, or RU-486) were available at that facility. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Health Care | 0 Comments »

Deposition Reveals Incompetence, Evasiveness of Planned Parenthood Abortionist Who Killed Tonya Reaves

Posted by John Jansen (May 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm)

Tonya ReavesWith the help of the Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Center, our friends at Operation Rescue (OR) have obtained a copy of the deposition [PDF] of Planned Parenthood abortionist Mandy Gittler, who was responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves in Chicago on July 20, 2012.

The deposition was taken on August 22, 2013 as part of a civil suit filed against Planned Parenthood, et al., on behalf of Reaves’ sole heir, her young son Alvin Jones. (Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood and the other plaintiffs agreed to pay $2 million to settle the case.)

This morning, OR’s Cheryl Sullenger posted a detailed summary of the deposition that deserves to be read in full. As Sullenger points out, Gittler’s deposition gives “horrific” insight into Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices, and is inconsistent with the conclusions reached by the Cook County Medical Examiner and with a major news report released four days after Reaves’ death by WBBM Radio’s Steve Miller that referred to documents from a confidential source. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Health Care, Planned Parenthood | 0 Comments »

League Celebrates Ouster of Abortion Champ Kathleen Sebelius at HHS

Posted by Eric Scheidler (April 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm)
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Disgraced, departing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

The Pro-Life Action League is heartened to hear that Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a post she has held since the early days of the Obama administration.

As HHS head, Sebelius was responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” and came under fire from both the right and left for the program’s horribly botched launch last year.

Sebelius was responsible for enacting the notorious HHS Mandate that forces employers to provide free abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives in their employees’ health plans. She also helped to keep health care consumers in the dark about whether their plans cover abortion, despite agreeing in a Congressional hearing that all coverage should be transparent. [Continue reading ...]

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Day 2: Interfaith Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 18, 2014 at 10:00 am)

Christ PantocratorPrayer is the foundation of all our efforts to fight President Obama’s HHS Mandate, which forces all employer health plans to provide free contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, without regard to objections of conscience.

And so I invite all to join in praying a “Novena to Reverse the HHS Mandate” in the days leading up to the Supreme Court hearing the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius cases on March 25. Here are the prayers for Day 2 of the Novena: [Continue reading ...]

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Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate Starts TODAY

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm)

praying handsWith the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius cases coming before the Supreme Court on March 25, the Stand Up for Religious Freedom coalition is calling on people of faith to join in a Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate in the nine days leading up to that date, which begins today.

We fight for justice in government with many weapons. We use Rallies like we’ll hold on March 25, we use our power to vote, we use our voices and pens so our representatives in government know our concerns. But we must never forget that the strongest weapon we have is prayer.

Temporal rulers will come and go, but God is the great king over all, so recourse to Him is where our confidence must ultimately lay. It is well within His power to stop the Obama Administration’s pernicious HHS Mandate.

A novena is a nine day prayer sequence [Continue reading ...]

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