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I’ve been organizing pro-life street protests for over eight years, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything as strange as the abortionist praying on a public sidewalk that I saw last Monday.
The Pro-Life Action League was holding a protest of the North American Forum on Family Planning at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton, hosted by Planned Parenthood and the Society for Family Planning—a huge, four day conference where the abortion industry’s elite, like Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and notorious late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart, came to see and be seen.
We were outside Chicago’s Palmer House hotel where the conference was being hosted with abortion victim photos and other signs when a woman walked out of the hotel and knelt on the sidewalk right next to League National Director Joe Scheidler, who was holding a poster depicting baby Malachi, aborted at 21 weeks. [Continue reading …]
If anyone in the abortion industry has rock star status right now, it’s Willie Parker.
Over the past few years, Parker has become quite the darling of the pro-choice movement, giving provocative interviews in magazines like Esquire about his “abortion ministry” [sic] and crisscrossing the country to speak at events and be showered with accolades from adoring fans. Indeed, earlier this year he received Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, and the following month he was honored by NARAL.
This Saturday through Monday, Planned Parenthood is co-hosting a conference in downtown Chicago called the North American Forum on Family Planning.
Top abortion practitioners from around the world will gather to discuss everything from mass sterilization to fine-tuning their abortion methods—and they’ll be recruiting and equipping the next generation of abortionists to take the lives of unborn children around the globe for years to come.
They’ll also be honoring some of the “heroes” of the industry, including Mark Nichols, one of the champions of the abortion pill mifepristone (RU-486).
Planned Parenthood and their co-host, the Society of Family Planning, are so determined not to let anyone see what goes on inside the abortion industry that they tried to keep the location of this elite event secret!
But it’s no longer a secret: we now know that the conference will be held at the world-famous Palmer House. [Continue reading …]
Pro-Life Action League founders Joe and Ann Scheidler have prayed and sidewalk counseled outside the Albany Medical-Surgical Center abortion facility for over 25 years, and this afternoon, they paid a visit to the site of the now-empty building and parking lot located just over a mile from the League’s headquarters on Chicago’s Northwest Side:
The last day the Albany clinic was open was Saturday, October 17 — and it has not reopened. Patients are now being referred to another FPA abortion facility in downtown Chicago, and callers are being told that the Albany facility is permanently closed.
We at the League are so grateful to all the faithful pro-life activists who have joined in prayer, protest, and sidewalk counseling outside Albany these last 25 years! This closing would not have been possible without their hard work and dedication day in and day out, in all kinds of weather. And we’re pleased to see that pro-life activist presence moving to the downtown FPA location.
For more information related to Albany’s closing, see this article published on the Pro-Life Action League’s website on October 21.
Empty parking lot of the Albany abortion clinic on Chicago’s Northwest Side [Photo by John Jansen, Oct. 21]
The Pro-Life Action League published a lengthy article earlier this year detailing a notorious Chicago abortion clinic’s repeated failure to comply with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requirements, resulting in fines totaling $50,000.
The Albany Medical-Surgical Center abortion facility, run by the Family Planning Associates (FPA) chain, has long been notorious for not-safe-but-legal abortions, as witnessed chiefly by four (4) women who died following abortions performed there: Maria Rodriguez, Nakia Jorden, Maria Leho, and, most tragically of all, 13-year old Deanna Bell.
Five abortionists are listed on the Albany facility’s latest renewal licensure [PDF]: Steve Lichtenberg, Darwin Jackson, Murray Pelta, Allison Cowett, along with Willie Parker, who was given awards by both Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice New York earlier this year.
The last day the Albany abortion clinic was open was Saturday, October 17. Since then, it’s been closed. A sign on the door now directs people to another FPA abortion facility in downtown Chicago, and the large sign in the facility’s parking lot that formerly said, “Family Planning Associates Medical Group” is now blank. [Continue reading …]
Earlier this year the Pro-Life Action League released 911 audio and video footage of an ambulance transporting a woman from the National Health Care (NHC) abortion facility in Peoria, Illinois.
Now, in looking over documents [PDF] obtained from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), we’ve learned that NHC has been sold to Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Woman’s Health, a small-time abortion clinic chain based in Texas that has a rather notorious history.
The NHC abortion facility was formerly co-owned by an attorney, Eugene Matan, and Jack Miller, a podiatrist, both of whom lived in Columbus, Ohio. After Matan died in June 2014, Jack Miller became the sole owner, and after he died last month at the age of 92, his estate sold the facility to Amy Hagstrom Miller’s The Booyah Group, the parent corporation of the Whole Woman’s Health chain. (It’s unclear whether there is any relation between the two Millers.)
In a letter sent to the IDPH on May 27, NHC administrator Margaret Van Duyn says, referring to Whole Woman’s, “They provide the same quality of care that we do” — which is to say, the same low-quality care. [Continue reading …]
This week at our office we received our 13th missive from Glitter Bombs for Choice, a loose association of abortion advocates that has made something of a name for itself in the past few months.
The idea is simple: send a letter along with a bunch of glitter, and when it’s opened, the glitter falls out. Back in February, the ones we received told us we had “earned” our glitter bombs because of our “fetus fetishism.”
We believe those working to restrict rights of autonomy do so with the sole motivation of controlling the women for whom these restrictions are intended.
To be sure, this is a charge that’s been around for years, and the Glitter Bombers for Choice are hardly alone in giving voice to it.
I can’t help but wonder, though, especially in light of the fact that women make up half (if not more) of the pro-life movement: Do the Glitter Bombers, et al., actually believe that our “sole motivation” is to control women? [Continue reading …]
The other day a strange email from the pro-abortion group NARAL showed up in my inbox. I’m subscribed to all the major pro-abortion groups’ email lists in order to keep tabs on their activities. What was strange about this email was that, in it, NARAL admitted that unborn children feel pain—and even used the word “baby” in reference to an unborn child.
The email was signed by a NARAL supporter, Dana Weinstein, asking for donations to NARAL to fight HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks (5 months). She writes, “When I was more than 20 weeks pregnant, my doctor discovered our baby had horrifying severe fetal anomalies that could not have been discovered earlier in pregnancy.”
It’s strange enough to see NARAL using the term “baby” to describe the “products of conception” that the pro-abortion movement has worked so hard to dehumanize—to the point that the media now frequently refer to abandoned babies as “fetuses.”
But even stranger is what comes next. [Continue reading …]
Chicago Tribune article from April 13, 1974 reports the closing of the Albany abortion clinic in Chicago
Two articles have appeared recently on the Pro-Life Action League website highlighting the license revocation and $50,000 fine assessed to the notorious Albany Medical Surgical Center abortion facility in Chicago.
But looking through some old files in our office the other day, we found that this was not the first time the Albany facility has run afoul of the law.
In March of 1974, abortion had been legal nationwide for just over a year, and at the time, our national director, Joe Scheidler (who would found the Pro-Life Action League six years later), was working for Illinois Right to Life, and led a series of pickets outside the Albany clinic. Leaving no stone unturned, Joe also called the city health department to find out if Albany had a valid license — but they had nothing on file. [Continue reading …]
Just a few hours after the Pro-Life Action League’s Eric Scheidler revealed yesterday that the Albany Medical Surgical Center abortion facility in Chicago has been fined $50,000 and had its license revoked, NARAL Pro-Choice New York gave an award to Willie Parker—one of the clinic’s abortionists:
Over the past few years, Parker has become quite the darling of the pro-choice movement, giving provocative interviews about his “abortion ministry” [sic] where he says things like, “I do abortions because I’m a Christian,” and crisscrossing the country to speak at events. To be sure, NARAL isn’t the only group showering Parker with honors—so too, the nation’s largest abortion chain itself gave Parker their Margaret Sanger Award on March 19: [Continue reading …]