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News and commentary from the Pro-Life Action League
In 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 AbortionMemorials.com.
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 ...]
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 ...]
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 ...]
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.
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 email@example.com. Inspections may also be sent by mail to our office:
Pro-Life Action League
6160 N. Cicero Ave #600
Chicago, IL 60646
It 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 ...]
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.
Activist Eric Bower
Three pro-life greats who were all good friends of the Pro-Life Action League have died in recent months.
Pro-life pioneer and political strategist Mike Schwartz succumbed to Lou Gehrig’s disease on February 3. I knew Mike in the 1970s when he was working in Milwaukee with the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. His boss at the time was Father Virgil Blum, who was also a close friend of mine. Mike and I spent time together working for the pro-life cause during his stay there, and I learned first-hand that he was a dedicated, loyal, and faithful Catholic as well as a fierce but gentle pro-life activist. I liked to call Mike “an activist’s activist.”
Yesterday Relevant Radio’s Sheila Liaugminas interviewed Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler about the Nationwide Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion being held tomorrow—Good Friday—outside abortion clinics across the country.
In the course of the wide-ranging interview, Eric also shared his thoughts about one particular Gospel passage that we as pro-lifers should spend some reflecting on:
I think that the guiding Gospel passage for me as a pro-life activist…is Jesus with the Samaritan woman [John 4:4-42]. Here is Our Lord stopping along the way, to reach out to somebody from an outcast group, the Samaritans. He was not afraid to speak to her about her sin, He was not afraid to expose her to her own sin, but all of it done through tremendous gentleness, through intimacy, through a one-on-one conversation, finding her where she is, speaking to her in language she understood, and filling her heart with a sense of her own worth and hope so that she not only felt like she was loved and cared for and would receive the waters of eternal life, but she felt inspired to share that good news with her whole community, running out to tell everyone about it.
We have to be Christ at the well with that Samaritan woman in these kinds of encounters that we have at the abortion clinics.
You can listen to the entire interview below.
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 10 to August 2, 2013!
This internship is a great chance for any college student or recent graduate interested in a career fighting abortion on the front lines.
For 8 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.
The application deadline is April 12. Get all the details on the internship and how you can apply right here. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to work with you this summer and show you what our brand of hard-hitting, grassroots pro-life activism is all about!
Joe Scheidler speaks to reporters after his Nov. 30, 2005 Supreme Court hearing [Photo by EJS]
The case had been to the Supreme Court three times. Originally filed in 1986, NOW v. Scheidler first reached the high court on December 8, 1993, where justices considered whether the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) law could be used against protesters.
On January 24, 1994 a 9-0 decision allowed the case to go forward to trial as a civil RICO action.
In 2003, the Court ruled 8-1 that a 1998 decision by a Federal District Court against Scheidler and other pro-life defendants must be vacated, but in 2004 the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals refused to implement the decision, buying the arguments of NOW’s lawyers that somehow the Supreme Court had overlooked something in its unequivocal 2003 decision. Scheidler then petitioned the Court for another hearing, and once again got certiorari. [Continue reading ...]