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This morning the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that a Texas law restricting abortion clinics was unconstitutional.
In response, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler issued the following statement:
It is shameful to see a majority of the Supreme Court sacrificing public health and safety to prop up the abortion industry in Texas. If this case were about anything other than abortion, this law would have been upheld. Indeed, it would never have been challenged. Only the abortion industry balks at adhering to the same standards considered routine by legitimate health care providers.
How many Kermit Gosnells will it take for public officials to uphold common sense health and safety standards for the abortion industry? In the wake of this irresponsible ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, pro-life activists will be redoubling our efforts to highlight the dangerous conditions at America’s abortion clinics — like the ambulances we see turning up regularly at abortion clinics around the country — in hopes that one day the abortion industry will be held accountable for endangering public health.
A few days later, Eric recorded this video outside the Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois, one of the largest abortion facilities in the country, with some thoughts on where to go from here in the wake of Monday’s decision:
Yesterday, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler attended a large meeting of conservative Christian leaders and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in New York City.
Upon returning to his home in Aurora, Illinois, Eric recorded this video reflection on how Mr. Trump addressed his primary concerns as a pro-life activist, for whom abortion is the central electoral issue:
Yesterday, the Illinois House of Representatives narrowly passed SB 1564, a pernicious piece of legislation that would force pro-life doctors and pregnancy centers to refer for abortion.
We’ve been fighting this bill for over two years. You’ve probably made calls to your State Representative trying to stop it. But all is not lost!
The bill now goes to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk. If, like me, you live in Illinois, I’m asking you to reach out to the governor in two ways today:
We need to pull out all the stops this time, so please call both offices and say: [Continue reading …]
On June 28, 2014 — nearly two years ago — pro-life sidewalk counselors outside the American Women’s Medical Center abortion facility in Chicago witnessed a woman being transported into an Chicago Fire Department ambulance.
The following week, they sent pictures of the ambulance to the Pro-Life Action League, and I submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the audio of the 911 call that requested the ambulance.
Although the Pro-Life Action League and other pro-life organizations routinely submit FOIA requests for 911 calls made to abortion clinics and have no problems obtaining them, the City of Chicago denied the request, citing federal HIPAA law.
A few months later, on October 11, 2014, pro-life sidewalk counselors outside the Family Planning Associates abortion facility in downtown Chicago witnessed a woman being transported into an ambulance:
Pepsi 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.
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 …]
Tomorrow, 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 …]
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.”
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 …]
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.
Today 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]