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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 …]
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:
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.
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.
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).
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 …]
We 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.
A 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 …]