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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.

Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, League News, Our Civil Rights, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Activism | 1 Comment »

Victory Against Planned Parenthood in Illinois Appellate Court

Posted by Matt Yonke (June 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm)
Planned Parenthood's Aurora mega-center

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 …]

Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, League News, Planned Parenthood | 2 Comments »

Pro-Life Action League’s “Handcuffs Project” Spawns Bizarre Art Project

Posted by Matt Yonke (June 4, 2015 at 11:36 am)

Earlier this year, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler mailed a package to every abortion clinic in the country with a picture of recently arrested abortionist Naresh Patel, a note offering help if they wanted to leave the abortion industry, and a pair of plastic handcuffs.

One of those pairs of handcuffs was put to use in a bizarre art project:

handcuffs art

The project is being auctioned off with proceeds going to the Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates.

It’s sad to see such talent being funneled toward such evil. Looking at some of the artist’s other paintings on her Facebook profile, she has quite a gift, but this project has a particular crudeness and anger about it that hide her true skill in creating beautiful reflections of God’s world.

Eric noted in particular the strangely placed rattlesnake at the base of the uterus, reminiscent of a contraceptive coil, among other unpleasant images.

In any event, it’s clear that the Handcuffs Project ruffled some feathers among abortion advocates, and that’s just what it was supposed to do.

Posted in Abortion, League News | 10 Comments »

VIDEO: Eric Scheidler False Arrest at Planned Parenthood Protest

Posted by Matt Yonke (April 16, 2015 at 7:49 pm)

Last night, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was arrested on a bogus trespassing charge during a protest of Planned Parenthood’s “Generations Celebration” at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier.

Eric merely walked down the pier with the permission of the pier’s security staff when he was ambushed by security and police who arrested him for trespassing despite the fact that he was never asked to leave the pier!

The footage above is all the video that remains of the arrest. The memory card from Eric’s camera—which may well have caught the arrest and the events leading up to it—was missing from the camera when it was returned after the arrest! As far as we know, the card is still in police custody or has been destroyed to protect police and Navy Pier staff.

Unfortunately the footage that remains was taken hastily as I was running to Eric’s aid, but it contains the final moments when Eric was put in cuffs and hauled away.

Eric was in police custody for five hours and spent today consulting with attorneys on the way forward, but he will post an in-depth report on this wrongful arrest tomorrow! Stay tuned for more details.

Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, League News, Our Civil Rights, Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life Activism, The Culture War, Videos | 2 Comments »

The League’s Pro-Life Message Reaches All the Way to Uganda

Posted by Ann Scheidler (November 26, 2014 at 1:49 pm)
Students at St. Joseph School in Kyotera, Uganda 

Students at St. Joseph School in Kyotera, Uganda

We usually think of our mission of changing hearts and minds in a relatively parochial sense—reaching the people we encounter in person, or even in a radio or news interview. But sometimes our reach goes way beyond our expectations.

Recently, one of our Chicago area activists, Wanda, asked if we would be willing to contribute some pro-life materials to St. Joseph’s Technical Secondary School, a Catholic high school in Kyotera, Uganda.

While on his annual fundraising trip to the United States, Wanda had met Brother Charles, a member of the Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga, (who run the school) at her part-time parish in Door County, Wisconsin.  Wanda was incredibly impressed with the work that the Brothers are doing to serve their students, many of whom, because they are orphans, live at the school as well. [Continue reading …]

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League Releases “CONVERTED: From Abortion Provider to Pro-Life Activist” Video Series

Posted by Matt Yonke (June 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm)

The Pro-Life Action League is excited to announce the debut of our new video series “CONVERTED: From Abortion Provider to Pro-Life Activist.”

In the tradition of our previous conferences, “Meet the Abortion Providers” and “Abortion: The Inside Story”, the League gathered eight former abortion workers to tell the stories of why they left the abortion industry and became advocates for life.

The speakers at this conference spanned the full range of roles in the abortion business, from receptionist to abortionist, from clinic managers to abortion counselors. Each had a unique testimony that highlights the evil of abortion industry, and the humanity of the people who work in it.

In this first video, Dr. Anthony Levatino shares the tragic series of events that led him to see the humanity of every unborn child and leave his job as an abortionist and to dedicate his medical practice to God.

We’ll be releasing all the videos in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the Pro-Life Action League’s blog to be sure you don’t miss any of these illuminating talks.

To download the audio of this talk to play on your MP3 player, right click this link and choose “Save Link As” (Chrome/Firefox) or “Save Target As” (IE).

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National Organization for Women Defeated: Final Victory for Joe Scheidler in Federal Court

Posted by League Staff (April 30, 2014 at 11:16 am)

Joe Scheidler after Oral Arguments

Joe Scheidler speaks to reporters after oral arguments in NOW v. Scheidler at the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 30, 2005 [Photo by EJS]

Chicago, April 30, 2014 — “This ruling is long-awaited good news,” said Joseph Scheidler, founder of the Pro-Life Action League and the chief defendant in the twenty-eight-year-old RICO lawsuit filed by the National Organization for Women.

The Pro-Life Action League had petitioned for reimbursement of the costs incurred in the seven-week trial and subsequent appeals, which culminated in an unprecedented third hearing at the United States Supreme Court and a unanimous victory for Scheidler.

NOW vehemently opposed the League’s efforts to recover its costs. In May, 2013, Seventh Circuit Judge Charles Norgle awarded $63,391.45 to the Pro-Life Action League in a detailed opinion. NOW appealed, unwilling to acknowledge the League’s legitimate claim. [Continue reading …]

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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 …]

Posted in Face the Truth, League News, Pro-Life Events | 1 Comment »

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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