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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.
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.
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 …]
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.
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.
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 …]
The 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.
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.
To get your Congressman’s phone number, click here.
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 …]