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NOW President: Babies Wouldn’t Die So Much If We’d Just Kill Them Before They Died!

Posted by Matt Yonke (May 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm)

Terry O'NeillNational Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill published an editorial on the Huffington Post today entitled, “Abortion, Like Contraception, Is Essential Health Care That Saves Lives.”

Let that sink in for a second. A procedure that’s taken over 50 million lives in the U.S. alone since 1973 . . . saves lives.

O’Neill’s “life saving” abortions

How does O’Neill get to the conclusion promised in the title, that “abortion care” saves lives? Easy! She ignores 50% of the people involved in every abortion.

The first place she looks for saved lives from abortion is high infant mortality rates. They’d be so much lower if more of those pesky underprivileged women would just get more abortions. That’s right, her solution to high infant mortality rates is to kill the babies before they get the chance to die! [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Our Opposition, The Culture War, The Unborn Child | 1 Comment »

Sign the League’s Petition in Support of New Pro-Life Law in Spain

Posted by Eric Scheidler (May 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm)
Pro-life rally in Madrid

Pro-life rally in Madrid, Spain

The Pro-Life Action League has just launched a petition in support of the government and people of Spain as they strive to enact a new pro-life law. This legislation will save hundreds of babies from abortion every single day in Spain.

In 2010, the governing Socialist Party passed a sweeping new law that created abortion on demand throughout the first trimester of pregnancy. Since then, more than 300 babies a day have been aborted in Spain.

Popular opposition to the abortion law was so great that it carried the pro-life People’s Party to a landslide victory in 2011, promising to restore legal protection to unborn children.

International Radicals Oppose Pro-Life Reforms in Spain

Last year, they followed through by proposing a new law that would severely restrict abortion in Spain. Though not perfect, the new law will save thousands of lives every year.

But now Spain is coming under tremendous pressure from outside forces, including the European Union, to drop the new pro-life bill or water it down until it’s meaningless. [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , , . Posted in Abortion, Law and Politics, Our Opposition, The Culture War | 1 Comment »

Is the Pro-Life Action League “Targeting” Abortion Advocates?

Posted by Eric Scheidler (March 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm)

Eric Scheidler prays at Planned Parenthood in Aurora, IllinoisThis past Friday, the website Religion Dispatches published a story criticizing the Pro-Life Action League’s Lenten prayer and fasting campaign for abortion advocates Robin Marty, Katie Klabusich and Cheryl Chastine. Some of our opponents have characterized this effort as “harassment,” since we named the three and included pictures of them.

Though author Alana Massey makes no secret of her pro-choice position, the piece is fairly even-handed, and I’m grateful for that. I spent nearly an hour on the phone with Massey being interviewed for the story, and she’s kind enough to call me “an exceedingly gracious person.”

For my part, I enjoyed our conversation and look forward to contributing to Massey’s writing on the abortion issue in the future. In fact, I would say that our exchange was marked by the same spirit of sincerity that inspired the League’s controversial prayer campaign.

Massey herself doesn’t quite seem to believe that harassment is our real purpose. She seems more inclined to regard it as misguided or even reckless, given the “history of anti-abortion violence” the article chronicles.

Many other advocates of legal abortion think otherwise, calling the campaign a “thinly veiled” call for violence against the women we’re asking people to fast and pray for. I’ll address that accusation below, but first I want to correct a couple of errors in Massey’s article. [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , , , , , , , , . Posted in Our Opposition, Pro-Life Activism, The Church, The Culture War | 10 Comments »

Pray and Fast for Three Abortion Activists This Lent

Posted by Ann Scheidler (March 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm)
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Last year the Pro-Life Action League encouraged pro-lifers to give up one meal a week for the conversion of an abortion worker. This year, we’re taking it to the next level.

This Lent, we’re encouraging prayer and fasting for three specific abortion activists—three women deeply entrenched and ideologically committed to abortion.

These women are pro-choice journalist Robin Marty, abortion clinic escort Katie Klabusich and abortionist Cheryl Chastine. We’re asking you to pray every day and offer the sacrifice of one meal a week for them during the season of Lent, which begins today. [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , , , , , . Posted in Abortion, Our Opposition | 33 Comments »

Who Is Planned Parenthood’s Newest Member? You’ll Never Guess

Posted by Joe Scheidler (February 17, 2014 at 9:00 am)

For reasons unbeknownst to me, the other day I received at our home address my official Planned Parenthood Membership Card, along with a letter [PDF] from Cecile Richards saying she can’t thank me enough for what I have done for Planned Parenthood this past year.

What I have done is picket their high-dollar fundraising events, protested their conferring of various leadership awards on turncoat politicians, and exposed a pattern of abhorrent practices at their facilities nationwide. But I’m glad they appreciate these contributions enough to confer membership on me.

The letter from Cecile Richards says nothing is going to stop them from making sure women have access to “safe, legal abortion,” but that my support is absolutely critical in 2014 to help them lead the fight.

She admits they’re having trouble: “Five years ago, very few people thought legal access to abortion was really at risk.” Then she goes on to fret about waiting periods, counseling and ultrasound requirements, admitting privileges, and “unnecessary” building code laws for abortion clinics.

Good. It’s nice to know what bothers the nation’s largest abortion chain, so as Member number 1840624, I’ll do everything in my power to concentrate on doing those things every chance I get.

Tags: , . Posted in Our Opposition, Planned Parenthood | 4 Comments »

After Tiller Highlights the Horror and Moral Confusion of Late-Term Abortion

Posted by Matt Yonke (October 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm)

Several of the Pro-Life Action League staff went to Chicago’s Music Box Theatre last night to catch a showing of the film After Tiller, a documentary that follows the four abortionists—LeRoy Carhart, Warren Hern, Shelley Sella, and Susan Robinson—who continue to perform very late-term abortions in the US after the murder of George Tiller in 2009.

It was especially surreal sitting one row in front of a group of hard-core abortion-supporting feminists. Early in the film there is discussion of recent restrictions on abortion, including bans on abortion after 20 weeks. At the mention of the fact that a 20 week old fetus can feel pain, one lady behind us muttered, “Bulls**t!”

But as the camera later panned across a shot of abortionist Leroy Carhart’s horses as he talked of other horses he lost in a fire supposedly started by anti-abortion activists (though this has never been proven), the ladies behind us gasped in horror.

Horror for dying horses, and “bullsh**t” for babies being torn limb from limb. These conflicting sentiments were just one example of the contradictions and moral blindness that were at the root of After Tiller. [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , , , , , , , . Posted in Abortion, Our Opposition, The Culture War, Videos | 5 Comments »

Talking about Abortion: When to Branch from the Head to the Heart

Posted by John Jansen (October 11, 2013 at 9:10 am)

Quicktake

Our friend Stephanie Gray of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform wrote an excellent article this week entitled “Ignorant—Or in Denial?”

She writes:

A whole lot of people we speak with aren’t merely defending a pro-abortion worldview in theory; they are defending their very selves, or their loved ones—their pasts, their deadly choices.

The disposition of these who are in denial is fundamentally different from the disposition of the ignorant. When the latter hear a pro-life argument, they are enlightened—a reaction of the head. But when the former hear it, they are agitated—a reaction of the heart. This different reaction necessitates a fundamentally different response.

It is here where the pro-lifer must learn to master the art of branching from the head to the heart.

The key word is “branch.” We should initially meet the person where they’re at, engaging them on an intellectual level if that’s where the conversation began. But when that fails to break through to them, consider asking questions that could draw things from their heart…

Read the whole thing.

Tags: , . Posted in Our Opposition | 0 Comments »

Florida Abortionist Tries to Intimidate Pro-Life Protesters, Steals Their Sign

Posted by John Jansen (October 8, 2013 at 9:00 am)

Abortionist Emil Felski steals a sign placed outside his office that reads, “Repent Dr. Felski!”

Last week we wrote about a recent Ms. Magazine article that unwittingly proves a point we’ve been making for decades: protesting abortionists works.

It works because abortionists don’t like it. And if the protest is held outside their regular private practice office, then they really don’t like it.

As if to prove this point, the very next day a group of pro-life activists had an unusual experience as they protested outside abortionist Emil Felski’s private Ob/Gyn office in Casselberry, Florida. (Felski kills babies in small numbers at his regular office, and he kills them in large numbers at Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando.)

So upset was Felski by the sight of pro-life protesters that he got out of his car, attempted to intimidate them by taking their picture, and stole their sign that said, “Repent Dr. Felski”: [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , . Posted in Our Opposition, Pro-Life Activism | 1 Comment »

Eric Scheidler Tells Indianapolis Audience What’s at Stake in the Fight against the HHS Mandate

Posted by Eric Scheidler (October 7, 2013 at 11:44 am)
Eric Scheidler speaks at St Barnabas Church in Indianapolis

Eric Scheidler speaks on religious freedom in Indianapolis on Sep 22
[Photo by Bill Spence]

On September 22, it was my great honor to deliver the keynote address at an event at St Barnabas Catholic Church in Indianapolis entitled “Religious Freedom: As American as Apple Pie.” The great program was organized by Chuck Stumpf and the St Barnabas Religious Liberty Action Committee, and featured a Boy Scouts color guard, singing of the national anthem, and four speakers, followed by an apple pie social.

I was preceded at the podium by Sr Rose Marie of the Little Sisters of the Poor, which provides elder care at St Augustine Home and Sr Marlene Shapley, vice president of mission services for the Franciscan Alliance healthcare network, who both spoke about how their charitable work is being undermined by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and its restrictions on religious freedom.

Then the Thomas More Society‘s Kevin White offered an encouraging update on the legal fight against the HHS Mandate, the Obamacare rule that requires employer health plans to provide free contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

The Freedom to Be Faithful

In my talk, I echoed the theme of the event, “freedom to be faithful,” reviewing just how the HHS Mandate tramples religious freedom [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted in Contraception, Law and Politics, Our Opposition, The Culture War | 1 Comment »

Ms. Magazine Article Unwittingly Proves Our Point: Protesting Abortionists Works

Posted by John Jansen (September 30, 2013 at 11:00 am)

Pro-Life Action League-sponsored protest of abortionist Cheryl Chastine at her family practice office in Oak Park, IL on April 17

Pro-Life Action League-sponsored protest of abortionist Cheryl Chastine on April 17 at her family practice office in Oak Park, IL [Photo by Matt Yonke]

We recently came across an article about abortionist Cheryl Chastine that appeared in this past summer’s issue of Ms. Magazine.

When we found out earlier this year from Troy Newman at Operation Rescue that Chastine had recently been hired by South Wind Women’s Center — an abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas — and that she had a family practice in our own backyard, we staged a series of protests outside her office at the Total Wellness Center in Oak Park, Illinois.

The article quotes Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler:

“Troy [Newman] and I are friends and colleagues and we frequently communicate about what’s going on on the ground here [in Illinois] and there [in Kansas],” says the younger Scheidler. The Pro-Life Action League has tried to sully Dr. Chastine’s ratings on physician websites and has distributed flyers and mailed letters to other tenants in her office building, to surrounding businesses and to her landlord. “Our goal is to get [Dr. Chastine] to quit flying into Kansas by making sure her reputation is harmed here in Oak Park. We want abortion to be a stain on her career.”

To be sure, Chastine’s reputation has been sullied. [Continue reading ...]

Tags: , , , , , . Posted in Our Opposition, Pro-Life Activism | 9 Comments »