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Spend This Summer Interning with the Pro-Life Action League

Posted by Matt Yonke (April 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm)

Pro-Life Action League internshipWe on the Pro-Life Action League staff are excited to announce an opportunity to intern with America’s premier pro-life activist organization in the nation’s most exciting city, Chicago, from June 9 to August 8, 2014!

This internship is a great chance for any college student or recent graduate interested in a career fighting abortion on the front lines.

For 9 weeks this summer you can work side by side with us and learn about every aspect of our work, from protests and activism to what the day-to-day life of an activist looks like.

Opportunities include sidewalk counseling at several Chicago area abortion facilities, participating in various pro-life demonstrations such as the League’s 8-day summer Face the Truth Tour and much more.

Applicant should be a current college student or recent college graduate and possess excellent communication skills, writing skills and proficiency with word processing software and social media.  Application deadline is this Friday, April 11.  Get all the details on the internship and how you can apply right here.

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League Hits the Streets for Year’s First “Face the Truth” Day

Posted by John Jansen (April 3, 2014 at 4:03 pm)

Face the Truth day south side of ChicagoA team of 20 stalwart pro-life activists came to the South Side of Chicago April 2 to take part in the Pro-Life Action League’s first “Face the Truth” Day of 2014.

Our first site was the high-traffic intersection of Cermak Road and Ashland Avenue in the Pilsen neighborhood. The site proved to be a golden opportunity for distributing large quantities of brochures that explain why we show the photos of abortion victims in the public square, as motorists stopped at the intersection as well as pedestrians accepted our literature far more often than usual.

We then moved on to a site we’d never done before: 31st Street and Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square neighborhood. This site was chosen because of its close proximity to US Cellular Field, which allowed us to reach thousands of fans on their way to the White Sox day game. [Continue reading ...]

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SpeakOut Illinois Draws Crowds Despite Snowstorm

Posted by Ann Scheidler (February 6, 2014 at 5:42 pm)

SpeakOut Illinois conferenceSpeakOut Illinois 2014 faced the challenge of Chicago’s continuing severe winter, but over 350 pro-lifers were undaunted by it, as they gathered at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare on Saturday morning. The streets had not been plowed, nor had the hotel parking lot, but it would take more than an all night snow storm to discourage these folks.

Peter Breen, executive director of the Thomas More Society, serving as master of ceremonies, welcomed all and introduced Fr. Malek Rihani, of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, to light the traditional SpeakOut candle and open the day with prayer.

Four workshop panels were held concurrently, then repeated, so attendees had the opportunity to attend two workshops. All presentations were recorded, so they could purchase the ones they were not able to attend in person. [Continue reading ...]

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League Launches New Online Store with a Christmas Discount!

Posted by Matt Yonke (December 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm)

New League storeThe Pro-Life Action League is proud to announce the launch of our newly redesigned Activism Store, and to celebrate, we’re offering a 20% discount on all orders from now through Christmas. To claim your discount, simply enter the discount code “christmas” when you check out!

On the new store, you’ll find everything you need to learn about the abortion issue and get involved in the fight for life. There are great books like our newly updated Sharing the Pro-Life Message handbook with all the facts, figures and reasoned arguments you need to talk about abortion, all in a 108 page, pocket-sized book.

There are DVDs like the League’s Meet the Abortion Providers featuring former abortion workers exposing the truth about their former profession, or No Greater Joy, the definitive documentary on sidewalk counseling. [Continue reading ...]

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Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at 85 Sites Nationwide, 9/14

Posted by League Staff (September 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm)

Burial of unborn babies in DetroitIn September of 1988, over 1,200 children, victims of legal abortion, were laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On September 14, twenty-five years after that burial, their memory—and the memory of all the 55 million children killed by abortion under Roe v. Wade—will be honored at more than 85 gravesites and memorial sites nationwide on the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.

You can find a memorial service near you at

There are over 40 known sites where aborted babies have been buried across the country and hundreds more memorial markers, plaques and statues in churches, cemeteries and even in public places. [Continue reading ...]

Posted in League News, Pro-Life Events, The Unborn Child | 2 Comments »

Opposition to Planned Parenthood Aurora Continues Despite Zoning Suit Dismissal

Posted by Matt Yonke (August 30, 2013 at 11:31 am)
Planned Parenthood Aurora

Planned Parenthood Aurora in the fall of 2007, shortly after opening [Photo by Eric Scheidler]

Yesterday, DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton dismissed a zoning lawsuit against the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois that has been ongoing for nearly six years.

In 2007, the Pro-Life Action League was notified that Planned Parenthood was building the largest abortion clinic in the nation in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, Illinois. Coincidentally, Aurora is the hometown of League Executive Director Eric Scheidler.

From the moment we heard the news, opposing the opening of this facility became the League’s central project, and opposing their operation with prayer, protest and sidewalk counseling remains a large part of our mission.

One of the avenues we pursued in attempting to shut down this abortion mega-center was a lawsuit against the City of Aurora and Planned Parenthood for improper zoning of the facility. The center sits in a business district where the operation of a non-profit health facility like Planned Parenthood is specifically prohibited. [Continue reading ...]

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Dismissal in Aurora Planned Parenthood Case Deemed ‘Incomprehensible’

Posted by League Staff (August 29, 2013 at 11:00 am)

Chicago, Aug. 29, 2013—Today, Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler responded to DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton’s dismissal of a zoning lawsuit against the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois.

The lawsuit by local residents and Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood has charged that the City of Aurora’s decision to allow the abortion clinic to operate in its chosen location violates the city’s own zoning restrictions. [Continue reading ...]

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Got Abortion Clinic Inspection Reports? Send Them to Us

Posted by League Staff (August 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm)
Planned Parenthood's inspection failure report

Since the discovery of Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” in west Philadelphia in early 2011, many states, starting with Pennsylvania, have once again started inspecting abortion facilities—often for the first time in years.

Nothing airs an abortion clinic’s dirty laundry like an inspection report, so the value of these reports cannot be understated.

Unfortunately, understanding them is not always straightforward. In much the same way as reading through a legal contract, it can sometimes be difficult to read through an inspection report and interpret all of its findings.

Over the past two years the Pro-Life Action League has analyzed inspections from multiple states, and we’re looking for more.

If you have any abortion clinic inspection reports that you would like to have analyzed, please send them to us. We will explain the violations, determine their seriousness, and chart a course for how to proceed—e.g., publicizing the violations, filing formal complaints, pressing the state to revoke the abortionist’s license, or pressing the state to close the facility entirely.

Please send your inspection reports or any questions you have about obtaining them to Inspections may also be sent by mail to our office:

Pro-Life Action League
6160 N. Cicero Ave #600
Chicago, IL 60646

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Walking with Our Lord Jesus Christ on the Sidewalks of Chicago

Posted by Joe Scheidler (June 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm)

Eucharistic Procession downtown ChicagoIt was a very unique experience, to put it mildly.

There we were yesterday, some 200 Catholics and other Christians walking down the sidewalks of Chicago in the physical presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We had just attended Mass on the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist in St. Peter’s Church on Madison Street as part of the Fortnight for Freedom taking place all across America. This time of intense prayer is called for by the Bishops in the face of unjust laws that make a mockery of our Catholic and Christian beliefs. [Continue reading ...]

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“Disciples in the New Evangelization”

Posted by Joe Scheidler (June 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm)

Joe Scheidler speaks to students at the St. John's Summer Conference

On Saturday, June 8, I addressed 150 college students gathered from all across the country at St. John’s Summer Conference in the beautiful rolling hills and woods of Princeville, Illinois.

After a meal in a large white tent, we all gathered in a barn festooned with banners with a large rustic sanctuary and altar where I spoke on “Disciples in the New Evangelization.”

Following my talk, many of the students asked about how to respond to many of the familiar questions that pro-lifers have been asked over the years, and I was prepared by handing out copies of the League’s now famous booklet, Sharing the Pro-Life Message.

The conference is sponsored each year by the Community of St John in conjunction with the Aposotolic Sisters of Saint John. In the past, two of my grand-nieces attended these conferences, and one of them has joined the convent and is now in France.

Ann and I were invited to stay for vespers, which were being sung in he huge barn as we left. On the following day the Bishop of Peoria, Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, offered Mass for the students at the conclusion of the conference.

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