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League Celebrates Ouster of Abortion Champ Kathleen Sebelius at HHS

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

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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Eric Scheidler speaks at Rally for Hobby Lobby outside Supreme Court

Posted by Eric Scheidler (March 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm)

It was my great honor to speak at a rally yesterday held outside the Supreme Court as oral arguments were being heard in the Sebelius v Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v Sebelius HHS Mandate cases. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga are challenging the mandate, enacted under Obamacare, which compels them to provide free abortion-inducing drugs through their employee health plans.

Other speakers at the rally included Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life, Lila Rose of Life Action and Meg McDonnell of Women Speak for Themselves, and several more articulate, outspoken women. The only men to speak were Fr Frank Pavone and me—a point I remarked on in my comments, which you can hear in full in the above video.

Father of Six Daughters Speaks Out

After declaring that women’s wellbeing is especially important to me as the father of six daughters, [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , , , , , . Posted in Contraception, Law and Politics, The Church, Videos | 6 Comments »

Cautious Optimism in the Wake of Today’s Hobby Lobby Hearing

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm)

Quick TakeToday the Supreme Court heard the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius cases, which challenge President Obama’s HHS Contraceptive Mandate. You can read the transcript of today’s hearing here [PDF].

These cases stand to overturn the Mandate with decisions in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga.

Supporters of religious freedom rallied outside the Supreme Court, and our own executive director Eric Scheidler spoke at the rally along with such notables as Senator Ted Cruz and Live Action’s Lila Rose.

Reports coming out in the wake of this morning’s hearing point to cautious optimism for a Hobby Lobby victory. reports several sources predicting a Hobby Lobby victory, and an article by Ian Millhiser on the liberal news site reported similar sentiments. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Contraception, Law and Politics, Our Civil Rights | 2 Comments »

“Do Not Say, ‘I Am Too Young’”: Pro-Life Teens Making National News

Posted by John Jansen (March 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm)

When 16-year old Thrin Short joined Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust for a peaceful campus outreach at the University of California-Santa Barbara earlier this month, she didn’t expect to be assaulted—by a professor—after the professor incited two students to steal one of the group’s signs showing a photo of an abortion victim.

But that’s exactly what happened (language warning):

It didn’t take long before this story became national news.

Last week, Thrin and her older sister Joan appeared on Fox News to talk about the incident, and Thrin knocked it out of the park with this quote:

I’m sorry if these signs offended her in any way but, after all, she does…show porn to her students so she’s not really the one to talk about offending images …. The pictures, yes, show violence after it happened, but what is so much worse than the pictures is the violence itself. And if we have to show what is happening out there to stop it then we have to go there and show it.

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League’s Eric Scheidler to Speak at Supreme Court Rally for HUGE Hobby Lobby Case 3/25

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm)
Rally and Prayer Vigil at the Supreme Court 3/25

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On Tuesday, March 25, the Supreme Court will hear the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius cases which challenge the Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate, and League executive director Eric Scheidler will be there for a rally and prayer vigil for religious freedom the League has organized!

The prayer vigil and rally will begin at 9:30 a.m. Get full details on the event at the Stand Up for Religious Freedom website.

You can help spread the word by sharing this graphic promoting the rally with all your friends on Facebook and other social media.

These cases could overturn Obama’s HHS Mandate and your prayers are desperately needed. Spread the word about the rally and join the Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate leading up to Tuesday’s protest today!

Posted in Law and Politics, Our Civil Rights, Pro-Life Events, The Culture War | 0 Comments »

Illinois Attorney General Appeals Judge’s Ruling That Reduces Abortion Clinic’s Fine from $36,000 to $77

Posted by John Jansen (March 3, 2014 at 10:12 am)

state of illinois vs. womens's aid clinic of lincolnwoodLast month the Pro-Life Action League reported that a judge in Chicago was willing to let the Women’s Aid Clinic abortion facility pay a mere $77 instead of the $36,000 it was fined by the Illinois Department of Public Health 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 in 2009.

Since that time, Women’s Aid Clinic owner Larisa Rozansky filed for bankruptcy (but the case was dismissed), closed out the clinic’s 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 came calling to remind Rozansky 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 ...]

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High School Pro-Life Club Stands Up to Unfair Treatment by Administration

Posted by John Jansen (February 19, 2014 at 5:12 pm)

Take a look at the four flyers below.

Two of them were displayed by an extracurricular club at Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, and the administration had no problem with them.

Another extracurricular club at the same school attempted to display the other two flyers, but the administration said no:

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$2 Million Settlement Reached in Woman’s Death Following Abortion at Planned Parenthood

Posted by League Staff (February 12, 2014 at 11:22 am)

Settlement order from Tonya Reaves lawsuitOn July 20, 2012, 24-year old Tonya Reaves had a second trimester abortion at a Planned Parenthood’s facility in Chicago.

Following the abortion, she experienced a series of complications, but Planned Parenthood did not call 911 to help for her.  Five and a half hours later, she was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

A few hours later, Tonya was dead.

Just last week it was revealed [PDF] that a Planned Parenthood and the other plaintiffs in the case are on the hook for a $2 million wrongful death settlement in the lawsuit brought by Alvin Jones, the father of Reaves’ only heir, her son, who is also named Alvin after his father.

Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler commented:

Reading this settlement, I was struck by the impact it will have on young Alvin Jones when he starts receiving money on his 18th birthday. [Continue reading ...]

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TAKE ACTION: Illinois Abortion Clinic’s $36,000 Fine Reduced to $77

Posted by John Jansen (February 10, 2014 at 5:40 pm)

Women's Aid lawsuit

On October 21, 2011 the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) assessed the Women’s Aid Clinic abortion facility with a fine [PDF] of $36,000 for a host of serious violations, including failure to perform CPR on 18-year old Antonesha Ross, who died following an abortion in 2009.

The state also suspended the license of Women’s Aid to operate as a pregnancy termination specialty center (PTSC) and prohibited the facility from performing surgical abortions—although it is still permitted to perform medical abortions (i.e., RU-486).

But now, more than two years later, Women’s Aid still hasn’t paid the fine, and the matter has been turned over to the Illinois Attorney General’s office to collect the money.  But as it stands now, a judge in Chicago is willing to let them off the hook—if they pay a mere $77.

We can’t let that happen.

That’s why the Pro-Life Action League is urging Illinois residents to call the office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan at 312-814-3000 and urge her to appeal the judge’s ruling in the Women’s Aid Clinic case. [Continue reading ...]

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League Calls Senator Durbin Back to His Pro-Life Roots at Planned Parenthood Gala

Posted by Matt Yonke (January 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm)

Protest of Planned Parenthood and Dick DurbinOn Thursday, January 23, the Pro-Life Action League brought out over two dozen stalwart activists came out on a bitterly cold five degree evening to protest of Planned Parenthood’s annual Roe v. Wade gala in Chicago.

In addition to celebrating the tragic court decision that stripped unborn babies of their right to life through all nine months of pregnancy, Planned Parenthood was also giving pro-choice Senator Dick Durbin a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

As horrible as this is by itself, it’s also extremely incongruous, because Senator Durbin used to be a staunch pro-life advocate! The League brought signs reading, Return to Your Pro-Life Roots, Senator Durbin! and Senator Durbin: Unborn Babies Need You Back! [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Activism | 1 Comment »