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The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act comes up for a vote in Congress today, and in this video, League Executive Director Eric Scheidler offers five reasons to call your Congressman and urge them to support this landmark pro-life bill.
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Last week I traveled to Washington D.C. to join a group of pro-life leaders for protest at the Longworth Congressional Office Building, calling on Congress to hold a vote on HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (PDF), commonly known as the “20 Week Abortion Ban.”
The vote on this bill was originally scheduled for January 22, the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court rulings that stripped unborn children of their legal right to life. But at the last minute several members of Congress withdrew their support, concerned about the bill’s reporting requirement for exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
Of course, every child has a right to life, regardless of the circumstances of conception. But the abortion lobby has been very effective at exploiting the issue of rape to justify abortion and demonize pro-lifers. In the current political climate, no bill without such exceptions has any chance of being passed.
It was extremely disheartening to all of us who were gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. that day when the vote was postponed, only hours before the annual March for Life was set to begin. That’s why I jumped at the chance to urge Congress to vote on this bill. [Continue reading …]
Yesterday, the Pro-Life Action League’s attorneys from Chicago’s Thomas More Society went toe to toe with Planned Parenthood in Illinois’ Second District Appellate Court over the zoning of its massive “Abortion Fortress” in Aurora, Illinois.
The case began when Planned Parenthood opened the Aurora abortion center under a cloud of controversy and deceit back in the fall of 2007. See the Fall 2007 special issue of the League’s Action News for a full recounting of that story.
The day their doors opened the League was in court with a lawsuit alleging that the facility was operating illegally where it stood due to the city’s zoning laws, which prohibit the operation of a not-for-profit health center—which Planned Parenthood claims to be—in that district.
Last year, that suit was dismissed in state court, and the fate of the case now lies with the three justices of the appellate court who are handling this case.
In 2007, we knew that Planned Parenthood was playing both sides when it came to their tax status, but at the time we had no idea how deep that deception really was. [Continue reading …]
A new bill in the Illinois Senate which could be voted on any day now, would force healthcare providers to refer for abortions and have disastrous results for the state.
The Pro-Life Action League is urging you to call your State Senator at their Springfield office and tell them to Vote NO on SB 1564! Get the Springfield office numbers right here.
Under current Illinois law, which has been in place for nearly 20 years, healthcare providers have the right not to counsel or refer for any services which would violate their conscience.
SB 1564 uses the force of government to impose new and unnecessary obligations that are contrary to this longstanding law that appropriately protects both the freedom of conscience and patient care.
If passed, SB 1564 would: [Continue reading …]
Eric Scheidler with his father Joe after being released from jail [Photo by Ann Scheidler]
In my travels around the country, I’m often asked by fellow pro-life activists how many times I’ve been arrested. They know about the many times my father has been arrested—thirteen in all—and how he was dragged through the federal courts for over 20 years in the infamous NOW v. Scheidler case. They assume that I must have been arrested quite a few times, too.
I would always answer that, in fact, I have never been arrested in the course of my pro-life work. I’d been threatened with arrest too many times to count, but had always managed to respectfully reason with police and avoid the handcuffs.
But now I’ll have to give a different answer. This past Wednesday, I was arrested for the first time for my pro-life activism.
The arrest happened at Chicago’s Navy Pier, where the Pro-Life Action League was protesting Planned Parenthood’s “Generations Celebration,” a big annual fundraiser which has been held for several years at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom.
This year’s gala would be honoring Fay Clayton, the lead attorney in NOW v. Scheidler. Clayton ultimately lost the case in the U.S. Supreme Court, which threw out all the charges against my father. I suppose it’s appropriate that my first pro-life arrest would come at an event honoring my father’s archenemy. [Continue reading …]
Last night, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was arrested on a bogus trespassing charge during a protest of Planned Parenthood’s “Generations Celebration” at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier.
Eric merely walked down the pier with the permission of the pier’s security staff when he was ambushed by security and police who arrested him for trespassing despite the fact that he was never asked to leave the pier!
The footage above is all the video that remains of the arrest. The memory card from Eric’s camera—which may well have caught the arrest and the events leading up to it—was missing from the camera when it was returned after the arrest! As far as we know, the card is still in police custody or has been destroyed to protect police and Navy Pier staff.
Unfortunately the footage that remains was taken hastily as I was running to Eric’s aid, but it contains the final moments when Eric was put in cuffs and hauled away.
Eric was in police custody for five hours and spent today consulting with attorneys on the way forward, but he will post an in-depth report on this wrongful arrest tomorrow! Stay tuned for more details.
Imagine you run a shoddy abortion clinic that amasses a $36,000 fine by your state’s health department after an 18-year old patient dies.
You file for bankruptcy, but your case is dismissed.
Then, you close out your bank account, dissolve your old company, change your name, and move to a different location.
When the state comes calling, you say the old company doesn’t exist anymore, so the state’s out of luck.
You couldn’t get away with that, could you?
Believe it or not, the Pro-Life Action League has learned that an Illinois Appellate Court has just decided [PDF] that a Chicago abortion clinic can do just that by requiring the owner to pay a mere $77.
To understand how things got to this point, we have to back up a few years.
On September 6-7, 2011, inspectors with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) visited the Women’s Aid Clinic abortion facility, located in the northern Chicago suburb of Lincolnwood, for the first time in 15 years.
What they found shocked them. [Continue reading …]
Joe Scheidler (back left) with a group of Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and students from Mundelein College in Montgomery, Alabama, March 1965 (see a larger version of this picture here)
March 25 of this year brought back fond memories of 50 years ago to the very day.
While standing in downtown Chicago with a large sign showing a baby eight weeks from conception in an effort to alert the public to the inherent rights of babies to be born, I couldn’t but help think of standing in Montgomery, Alabama in 1965—exactly 50 years before—talking to some Southern gentlemen holding rocks in their hands as I tried to explain that I thought blacks should have the right to vote.
Holding that baby picture in Chicago Wednesday was less dangerous than talking to what may have been members of the Ku Klux Klan who were not at all interested in giving blacks the vote. “Go back up North where you belong, Yank. We’ll take care of our blacks.” [Continue reading …]
It’s been three weeks since a woman was taken away in an ambulance from the National Health Care abortion facility in Peoria, Illinois. And from the 911 audio — “We need somebody very quickly” — it didn’t sound good at all.
You might expect that this incident would prompt the director, Margaret Vanduyn, to keep a low profile. Yet she was eager to be interviewed for an AP story that appeared this week in the Chicago Sun-Times about an Illinois House bill (introduced, coincidentally, on the very same day as the ambulance incident in Peoria) that would require annual unannounced inspections of all abortion facilities in the state:
Margaret Vanduyn, executive director of the National Health Care clinic that offers abortion services in Peoria, said an annual inspection would be unnecessary. The state sends inspectors “every couple of years,” she said, but most of the problems they have found involved paperwork and, in one case, an outdated certification on equipment. Vanduyn said she believed the proposal to increase inspections was “politically motivated.”
Abortion clinic managers bellyaching about the prospect of greater oversight is, of course, nothing new. But Vanduyn, perhaps even more so than most, should be the last to complain. [Continue reading …]
The Pro-Life Action League has been following the story of the Women’s Aid Clinic abortion facility closely for the past three years, and we’re pleased that it’s finally receiving thorough treatment from a major media outlet.
Today’s Chicago Tribune has a major front-page article on the Women’s Aid facility, whose owner, Larisa Rozansky, still has not paid the $36,000 fine assessed by the State of Illinois in 2011.
The massive fine was assessed in response to a host of serious violations discovered by state inspectors, including failure to perform CPR on 18-year old Antonesha Ross, who died following an abortion performed there in 2009.
Since that time, Rozansky closed out the Women’s Aid Clinic bank account, dissolved the company, changed its name to Women’s Aid Center and moved to a different location — although the “Center” continued to use the same website and phone number, and for a period of time, even processed credit cards via the same Merchant Services account number as the “Clinic.”
When the state reminded Rozansky that in March 2012 that paying the $36,000 fine wasn’t optional, her response was that Women’s Aid Clinic “does not exist,” and so the state was out of luck. [Continue reading …]