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Join Us March 23 in Support of the Little Sisters of the Poor

Posted by John Jansen (March 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm)

little sisters of the poorPepsi is exempt from Obamacare’s HHS Mandate. So are other large corporations, including Exxon and Chevron.

But not the Little Sisters of the Poor.  Their consciences notwithstanding, they’re still required to comply with the mandate’s requirement to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees.

In a pathetic attempt to extend an olive branch, the Obama Administration offered the Little Sisters an “accommodation” under which they could fill out a form noting their objection, which would then shift the coverage obligation to their insurance companies.

But this accommodation is 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 morally objectionable drugs and devices for their employee health plans. So the Little Sisters filed suit against the federal government, and their case will be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 23.

Prayer Vigils at Both Chicago Area Little Sisters’ Homes

On this date—four years to the day after the first series of nationwide Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies spearheaded by the Pro-Life Action League in opposition to the HHS Mandate—the League is co-sponsoring prayer vigils outside both of the Little Sisters’ facilities in the Chicago area while oral arguments are being heard in our nation’s capital. [Continue reading …]

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Prayers Needed: Our Biggest Case Since Roe v. Wade

Posted by Eric Scheidler (March 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm)

Supreme CourtTomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the biggest abortion case since Roe v. Wade, and I’m asking for your prayers.

The case, brought by the Whole Women’s Health abortion chain, is challenging a law in Texas that has shut down most of the abortion clinics in the state.

If we win this case, the doors will be flung open for other states to follow suit, shutting down abortion clinics all over the country and saving thousands of lives.

But if we lose, pro-life laws could be rolled back all over the country, entrenching Roe v. Wade deeper than ever, and spelling death for millions of unborn children.

That’s what’s at stake in this case, and why I’m asking for your prayers. [Continue reading …]

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Rest in Peace, Justice Scalia

Posted by Joe Scheidler (February 15, 2016 at 10:26 am)

I am deeply saddened by the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He was a brilliant mind and a champion of the United States Constitution and a friend to the pro-life movement.

On December 4, 2002, I sat in the Supreme Court chamber as attorneys for me and for the National Organization for Women argued the details of the RICO case against me, NOW v. Scheidler. At one point Justice Scalia interrupted NOW’s attorney, Fay Clayton, with a pointed question about her definition of blockading. “As your argument to the jury indicated, it was enough if they obstructed the entrance and failed to ‘part like the Red Sea’ if somebody wanted to go in. … You told the jury that you could find an offense here under the Hobbs Act by the mere blockade.”

Clayton answered, “Not true, Your Honor.”

At that point Justice Scalia signaled to a clerk, who brought him a copy of the transcript from the 1998 federal district court trial. Scalia read verbatim from the transcript the exact words he had just used: “part like the Red Sea.”

Clayton was momentarily speechless. And I leaned over and said to my attorney, Tom Brejcha, “I think we’ve won.”

And we did in an 8-1 opinion released February 26, 2003. [Continue reading …]

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Pro-Life Action League protests and inspires at 2016 March for Life

Posted by Matt Yonke (January 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm)

Last week, pro-lifers from across the country descended on Washington D.C. for the 43rd annual March for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League was there to help encourage pro-lifers to become more active in the fight against abortion in their own communities.

We touched down in our nation’s capital on Wednesday, January 20 in the evening so we could be ready for our first event: a protest Thursday morning at the new Planned Parenthood mega-center currently under construction in D.C. under the banner of the #ProtestPP movement that had organized nationwide protest of Planned Parenthood centers in the summer and fall of 2015.

Two hundred pro-lifers came out over the course of the protest. Prayers and speeches were offered by the League’s Joe and Eric Scheidler, along with a host of other pro-life leaders including Rev. Pat Mahoney, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Dr. Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Brian Gibson of Pro-Life Action Ministries, Bryan Kemper of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach and many more. [Continue reading …]

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Are pro-lifers to blame for anti-abortion violence?

Posted by Matt Yonke (December 10, 2015 at 9:57 am)

Yesterday, charges were filed against Robert Lewis Dear, the man who killed three people in an attack on a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility on Black Friday.

In the wake of this horrific shooting, many abortion advocates have attempted to blame the rhetoric of the pro-life movement for the actions of Dear and those like him.

In this video, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler explains why this connection just doesn’t hold up.

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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 fhttp://standupforreligiousfreedom.com/orm 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)

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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.

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