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Will you accept the Pro-Life Action League’s 2015 Lenten Prayer Challenge?

Posted by Eric Scheidler (February 18, 2015 at 1:07 pm)

In past years, the Pro-Life Action League has called on pro-lifers to pray for those involved in the abortion business during the season of Lent. This year, our Lenten prayer campaign has a very special focus.

Response to last year’s Lenten prayer campaign was overwhelming, with thousands of pro-lifers praying and fasting for three women—a pro-choice journalist, abortion clinic escort and a newly-trained abortionist—with whom the League had been involved in the previous year.

These three women needed—and still need—our prayers. But the subjects of this year’s Lenten prayer campaign may need them even more.

With our recent focus on criminality in the abortion industry, I’m calling on pro-lifers to pray for three criminal abortionists this Lent.

The three abortionists in question are Brian Finkel, Kermit Gosnell and the recently arrested Naresh Patel. Will you join me and other pro-lifers across the country in praying for these men each day this Lent, and fasting from one meal a week for their conversion? [Continue reading ...]

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Chicago Tribune Publishes Major Story on Abortion Clinic That Refuses to Pay $36,000 Fine Following Woman’s Death

Posted by John Jansen (February 17, 2015 at 12:24 pm)

women's aid clinic story in chicago tribuneThe Pro-Life Action League has been following the story of the Women’s Aid Clinic abortion facility closely for the past three years, and we’re pleased that it’s finally receiving thorough treatment from a major media outlet.

Today’s Chicago Tribune has a major front-page article on the Women’s Aid facility, whose owner, Larisa Rozansky, still has not paid the $36,000 fine assessed by the State of Illinois in 2011.

Abortion clinic moves, changes name, claims it doesn’t exist

The massive fine was assessed in response to a host of serious violations discovered by state inspectors, including failure to perform CPR on 18-year old Antonesha Ross, who died following an abortion performed there in 2009.

Since that time, Rozansky closed out the Women’s Aid Clinic bank account, dissolved the company, changed its name to Women’s Aid Center and moved to a different location — although the “Center” continued to use the same website and phone number, and for a period of time, even processed credit cards via the same Merchant Services account number as the “Clinic.”

When the state reminded Rozansky that in March 2012 that paying the $36,000 fine wasn’t optional, her response was that Women’s Aid Clinic “does not exist,” and so the state was out of luck. [Continue reading ...]

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League’s “Handcuffs Project” Hits Home

Posted by Eric Scheidler (February 6, 2015 at 5:16 pm)

Handcuffs cartoonWhen I mailed out a package to every abortion clinic in the country a couple weeks ago, including a pair of plastic handcuffs and my phone number, I didn’t really expect to get any calls—at least not from abortion clinics.

I thought most likely the abortion clinics would completely ignore this “care package,” and the best I could expect was some good coverage from friendly media—Christian and pro-life sites that would be interested in a project like this. Still, I was hopeful the project could reach a wider audience and did everything I could to make that happen.

And it all paid off. Not only was I directly contacted by several abortion clinics, but the campaign received outstanding media coverage, including articles in USA Today and Cosmopolitan. Read on for details and links. [Continue reading ...]

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Why did Eric Scheidler send diapers to a Detroit abortion clinic?

Posted by Eric Scheidler (January 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm)

Diapers sent to Summit abortion clinic in DetroitToday I mailed a package of 32 newborn diapers to Summit Medical Center, an abortion clinic in Detroit. Why? Because I promised to.

On Monday, I got a call from a phone number in Michigan from someone who had opened up the “care package” I sent to 569 abortion clinics on January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which included a pair of plastic handcuffs. In my signed note in the package, I linked the handcuffs to abortionist Naresh Patel, arrested last month for fraud, and said to call me for help getting out of the abortion business.

The Michigan caller was angry about the package, and said I should be sending her diapers, not handcuffs, so she can help women coming for prenatal care. I said I would and asked for the address, which proved to be that of Summit Medical Center on McNichols Road in Detroit, Michigan.

Eric's handwritten note to Summit medical director Anise BurrellWe talked for 10 minutes. The caller offered the usual argument that she’s helping women by providing abortion. Several times she declared that this is a “cruel, ugly world.” The despair of that comment really struck me.

With help from Lynn Mills, a pro-life activist in Detroit, I was later able to identify the caller as Summit medical director Anise Burrell. Lynn also confirmed that Summit does see some women for prenatal care.

Today I sent the diapers to Ms. Burrell, along with an ironically appropriate greeting card—on the front, “A new baby changes everything”; inside: “Except its own diapers.” Here’s what I wrote inside: [Continue reading ...]

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Cosmopolitan Covers Pro-Life Action League’s Handcuffs Project

Posted by Matt Yonke (January 29, 2015 at 2:36 pm)

Cosmopolitan magazine logo

On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade last week, the Pro-Life Action League mailed a “care package” to every abortionist in the country. The package contained a photo of recently arrested abortionist Naresh Patel and a pair of plastic handcuffs.

On the back of the photo, League Executive Director Eric Scheidler wrote his phone number and a note saying, “Could you be next? If you want to get out of the abortion business, give me a call.”

The Handcuffs Project has generated more response than we expected—phone calls and text messages from abortion workers, tweets from Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, and a host of media coverage, both friendly and hostile.

Perhaps the most surprising bit of media response was Cosmopolitan magazine asking for an interview with Eric, which lasted 40 minutes and produced a surprisingly fair write up of the project. Read the article here and stay tuned for more news on the incredible response the project has received so far.

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Pro-Life Action League Sends Care Package with Handcuffs inside to Every Abortion Clinic in the Country

Posted by Eric Scheidler (January 22, 2015 at 8:00 am)
Preparing handcuffs care packages

League staffer Urszula and volunteer Kathy prepare the “handcuffs” care package [Photo by John Jansen]

Today—the forty-second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision—the Pro-Life Action League sent an special care package to every abortion clinic in the United States.

Inside: a picture of Naresh Patel, the Oklahoma abortionist arrested last month, along with a pair of plastic handcuffs and a signed note from me reading, “Could you be next? If you want to get out of the abortion business, give me a call.” I also included my cell phone number.

Care Packages Inspired by Patel Arrest

Patel arrested and cuffedThis project was inspired by the arrest of abortionist Naresh Patel last month at his abortion clinic for telling women that they were pregnant when whey weren’t so he could sell them abortion drugs. Patel has been charged with fraud and racketeering, and his Oklahoma clinic remains closed.

Patel first came to public notice in 1992 when he was investigated for burning the bodies of 55 aborted babies in a field east of Shawnee. Despite public outrage, Patel was not charged with a crime because he hadn’t violated any laws. He has also been accused by several women of sexually assaulting them during abortion procedures.

It’s no surprise that someone willing to kill unborn babies for a living would turn to crime, and Patel is not alone. Abortionists have been charged with crimes ranging from tax fraud and dealing drugs to rape and even murder. Some of the most notorious offenders include: [Continue reading ...]

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State Orders Emergency Shutdown of Detroit Area Abortion Clinic

Posted by Monica Migliorino Miller, PhD (December 22, 2014 at 5:58 pm)

The following is a guest blog post by Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D., director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and author of Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars (St. Benedict Press, 2012).

Ambulance at Women's Center of Southfield abortion clinic in Lathrup Village, Michigan, Feb. 28, 2014 

Ambulance at Women’s Center of Southfield abortion clinic in Lathrup Village, Michigan, Feb. 28, 2014

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) ordered the Women’s Center of Southfield in Lathrup Village, Michigan to cease operations beginning November 21 pending the outcome of an investigative hearing by the Attorney General’s Office on March 4, 2015.

The emergency shutdown of this facility owned by abortionist Jacob Kalo was prompted by the official allegation of a botched abortion at 23 weeks that occurred in February 27-28. The woman who underwent the abortion—at the hands of Reginald Sharpe, who is currently under investigation by the State of Michigan—suffered uterine perforation and hemorrhaging resulting in emergency hospital care.

The Women’s Center of Southfield clinic is subject to yearly state inspections. Through investigative work by pro-life leader Lynn Mills and her team at Pro-Life Detroit, it was discovered that the clinic failed no fewer than five (5) inspections within 10 months. [Continue reading ...]

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Abortionist Naresh Patel Arrested: Five Reasons To Celebrate

Posted by Eric Scheidler (December 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm)

In the latest episode of Life at Ground Zero I report on the arrest of abortionist Naresh Patel for fraud, and the closure of his abortion clinic in the suburbs of Oklahoma City.

An arrest like this is a significant victory for the pro-life movement. Watch the video for five reasons why, and what you can do to build on a victory like this.

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Where Does Planned Parenthood’s Money Go? Not into Maintenance

Posted by Eric Scheidler (November 25, 2014 at 10:05 am)

Planned Parenthood inspection report screenshotWhen you go to a doctor’s office or a hospital, there are some subtle hints that you are not at home.

One of the first hints is the furniture. While at home you may have soft cloth upholstery with cozy surfaces, at the hospital or doctor’s office you get the feel of hard vinyl or plastic or metal.

Not too inviting. Why is that?

Because, unlike our homes, hospitals and doctor’s offices have serious concerns about the spread of disease. Vinyl, plastic, and metal are easily cleaned up. Spray with a germicide, wait, wipe, and you’re done. This is particularly important when there is, shall we say, “bodily fluid spillage”.

Cloth, on the other hand, does not allow for cleanup. Once “fluids” are in, they stay. Unless a cloth chair can be steam cleaned on a moment’s notice, there is no way to guarantee it is clean for the next patient.

Vinyl, although easily cleaned, still has to be maintained. When there are rips in vinyl, fluids can leak into the stuffing, rendering the chair uncleanable.

Unsanitary Conditions Rife for Spreading Infections

With this mind, it’s worth taking a look at what state inspectors found during their most recent inspection [PDF] conducted September 16 at Planned Parenthood’s Far Northeast Health Center in Kermit Gosnell’s hometown of Philadelphia. [Continue reading ...]

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“Scam..Scam..Scam!!!” Yelp Reviews Shed Light on Closing of Mandy Gittler’s Chicago Abortion Clinic

Posted by John Jansen (November 7, 2014 at 9:00 am)

allwomensclosedThe Pro-Life Action League’s Matt Yonke reported last week on the recent closing of abortionist Mandy Gittler’s All Women’s Health facility in Chicago.

Mandy Gittler, you may recall, was the abortionist responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves at Planned Parenthood in Chicago in July 2012.

As Matt noted, the League conducted a “Face the Truth” Day outside All Women’s earlier this year. Our large photos of abortion victims rattled the facility’s staff to such an extent that one employee actually posted a sign on the door reading, “All protestors must be 50 ft away from our building.”

This was an obvious but feckless attempt to get us to comply with Chicago’s “bubble zone” law — which, in point of fact, we weren’t even breaking. (Needless to say, we were not deterred.) And they watched us like hawks from their second floor window nearly the whole time we were there.

While we’re not at all unaccustomed to run-ins with volunteer abortion clinic escorts outside those facilities that have them, abortion clinic employees themselves usually ignore us. That’s why the reaction of the All Women’s staff was out of the ordinary.

Clearly, the presence of pro-life activists outside their door made them uneasy, and the spectre of further demonstrations outside their facility may well have played a role in its closing.

But what other factors were at play?  [Continue reading ...]

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