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Supreme Court to Hear Little Sisters’ Case Objecting to HHS Mandate

Posted by John Jansen (November 6, 2015 at 2:13 pm)

Stop Obama's HHS MandateToday the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to the HHS Mandate brought by seven plaintiffs, most notably the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Churches and houses of worship are currently exempt from the mandate, but this is not the case for religious non-profit institutions. If groups like the Little Sisters do not want to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees, the Obama Administration offers an “accommodation” under which institutions are required to fill out a f noting their objection, which then shifts the coverage obligation to their insurance companies.

Supporters of religious freedom have rightly characterized this so-called accommodation as a “sham” because it still requires religious non-profits like the Little Sisters of the Poor to cooperate in a process that results in coverage of contraception for their employee health plans. As the Little Sisters’ brief to the Supreme Court said:

It is all well and good for HHS to think it has threaded the needle and found a way for re­li­gious non­profits to com­ply with the man­date without vi­ol­at­ing their re­li­gious be­liefs, but ul­ti­mately it is for the re­li­gious ad­her­ent to de­term­ine how much fa­cil­it­a­tion or com­pli­city is too much.

Oral arguments are expected to heard in late March.

[Cross-posted at Stand Up for Religious Freedom]

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Office Depot: No Friend to Pro-Lifers

Posted by Ann Scheidler (September 11, 2015 at 3:39 pm)

UPDATE: Office Depot has issued an apology to pro-life activist Maria Goldstein.

The Pro-Life Action League has often turned to Office Depot to print larger signs or posters for a pro-life event or protest, as well as to make volume copies of flyers. Maria Goldstein, founder and director of Northwest Families for Life, based in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, has done the same.

But on August 20, Maria submitted an order online to Office Depot for 500 copies of a fact sheet on Planned Parenthood, which also included a prayer for the conversion of those who work for Planned Parenthood, written by Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. (That fact sheet/prayer is here [PDF].)

Violation of Corporate Policy?

Maria was stunned to get a call from Office Depot later that day with the message that they could not process her request because it was a violation of their corporate policy. She asked what that policy might be that would preclude printing a prayer and a statement of facts taken directly from Planned Parenthood’s own annual report. [Continue reading …]

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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)


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 »

Eric Scheidler NOT GUILTY on Bogus Criminal Trespass Charge

Posted by Matt Yonke (August 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm)

It’s a good day for justice. Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was found not guilty on the trumped up criminal trespass charge stemming from the League’s protest of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

The case against Eric was so flimsy that the defense didn’t have to call a single witness or explain their case to the judge. Navy Pier security’s account of the incident was so hazy, contradictory and full of holes that the judge ruled not guilty before our attorneys had to defend Eric.

The memory card from his GoPro camera that contained footage that would have proven that Eric did nothing wrong has unfortunately not been recovered.

Eric and our attorneys at the Thomas More Society are considering civil action against Navy Pier and the city of Chicago. Thanks for your prayers and support, and stay tuned for updates if further legal action is taken.

Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, League News, Our Civil Rights, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Activism | 2 Comments »

Court Date Set for August 3 in Eric Scheidler’s Criminal Trespass Case

Posted by Matt Yonke (July 1, 2015 at 1:07 pm)

Today, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was back in court again for the bogus criminal trespass charge from his arrest during our protest of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Chicago’s Navy Pier back in April.

Navy Pier finally responded to our subpoena asking for surveillance video and call records, and we’re hopeful that video will show Eric clearly being given permission to walk on the pier by security.

Eric was also given a trial date of August 3, so please keep that date, and the case, in your prayers.

Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, League News, Our Civil Rights, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Activism | 0 Comments »

Victory Against Planned Parenthood in Illinois Appellate Court

Posted by Matt Yonke (June 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm)
Planned Parenthood's Aurora mega-center

Planned Parenthood’s Aurora, Illinois mega-center [Photo by Matt Yonke]

The Pro-Life Action League is pleased to report a victory in our ongoing zoning lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of Illinois over their Aurora, Illinois mega-center that opened in 2007 under a cloud of controversy and deceit.

When the facility opened, Planned Parenthood openly acknowledged that they had tried to keep the facility’s true identity from the public through the use of front companies that managed the permitting and construction of the facility without Planned Parenthood’s name appearing on any documentation.

Our attorneys at the Thomas More Society quickly deduced that they had not only deceived the public, but also lied to city officials about the purpose of the building, and built the facility in a district whose zoning specifically prohibits the operation of a non-profit healthcare facility, which Planned Parenthood clearly is.

The suit has been through an array of venues and judges since it was first filed in 2007, and was finally dismissed in state court in August of 2013. However, we appealed this ruling to the Illinois 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. They heard the case in April and yesterday handed down their ruling, reversing the lower court’s dismissal of the case and providing a new chance to prove that Planned Parenthood is operating their “abortion fortress” illegally. [Continue reading …]

Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, League News, Planned Parenthood | 2 Comments »

Tell Your Senators to Vote YES on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Posted by League Staff (June 11, 2015 at 2:24 pm)

The Pro-Life Action League released this video when the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was under consideration in the U.S. House. Today, it was introduced in the Senate!

Call your Senators today and urge them to vote yes on the 20 Week Abortion Ban. Find your Senators’ phone numbers here.

Posted in Law and Politics | 0 Comments »

VIDEO: Chicago Abortion Clinic Loses License, Fined $50,000—and Pro-Choice Escorts Refuse to Look at the Evidence

Posted by John Jansen (June 5, 2015 at 12:37 pm)

Recently, following our regular stint of sidewalk counseling and praying outside the Albany Medical-Surgical Center abortion facility in Chicago, Pro-Life Action League founders Joe and Ann Scheidler and I decided to ask the pro-choice escorts who were “protecting” the clinic if they knew about the recent actions taken against it by the Illinois Department of Public Health: namely, that the Department has fined Albany $50,000 and moved to revoke the facility’s license.

Despite repeated invitations to look at the evidence contained in the Department’s documents, these escorts—who claim to be all about “women’s health”—had no interest in doing so. But you really have to watch the video for yourself to see how they reacted.

For the record, the documents we offered to show the escorts are available here [PDF]. The screenshots included in the video come from page 4, page 25, and page 30.

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NARAL Admits Unborn Babies Feel Pain—and Are Babies

Posted by Eric Scheidler (June 4, 2015 at 1:21 pm)

We chose to end our baby's pain.The other day a strange email from the pro-abortion group NARAL showed up in my inbox. I’m subscribed to all the major pro-abortion groups’ email lists in order to keep tabs on their activities. What was strange about this email was that, in it, NARAL admitted that unborn children feel pain—and even used the word “baby” in reference to an unborn child.

The email was signed by a NARAL supporter, Dana Weinstein, asking for donations to NARAL to fight HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks (5 months). She writes, “When I was more than 20 weeks pregnant, my doctor discovered our baby had horrifying severe fetal anomalies that could not have been discovered earlier in pregnancy.”

It’s strange enough to see NARAL using the term “baby” to describe the “products of conception” that the pro-abortion movement has worked so hard to dehumanize—to the point that the media now frequently refer to abandoned babies as “fetuses.”

But even stranger is what comes next. [Continue reading …]

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Threat to Conscience Rights Averted in Illinois—For Now

Posted by League Staff (June 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm)

Illinois abortionThe Illinois House closed its spring session this weekend without voting on SB 1564, which would have stripped pro-life doctors of their conscience rights, forcing them to make abortion referrals.

That means the ACLU and Planned Parenthood didn’t have the votes. In other words, our work paid off!

This comes on the heels of defeating HB 4013, the taxpayer funding of abortion bill. That’s two pro-abortion bills defeated this session thanks to countless phone calls to Springfield made by Illinois voters at the urging of the Pro-Life Action League and other Illinois pro-life groups.

A slim chance remains that these two pro-abortion bills could be brought up again during the summer or fall. Watch this space and we’ll sound the alarm when it’s time to take action to stop them.

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