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This 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 ...]
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 ...]
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.
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 ...]
Our friend Stephanie Gray of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform wrote an excellent article this week entitled “Ignorant—Or in Denial?”
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…
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 ...]
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.
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 ...]
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 ...]
Just give them a camera, give them a microphone, and let them talk. And talk. And talk some more.
The more they try to justify their position, the more self-evidently appalling their arguments become.
This is what went through my mind as I read excerpts from “Gosnell’s Babies,” a story released today in Philadelphia Magazine.
In it, the country’s most notorious abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, is quoted as saying:
In an ideal world, we’d have no need for abortion. But bringing a child into the world when it cannot be provided for, that there are not sufficient systems to support, is a greater sin. I considered myself to be in a war against poverty, and I feel comfortable with the things I did and the decisions I made.
There’s a word for Gosnell’s belief system: eugenics.
In fact, note the striking similarity between these words spoken by Gosnell and those spoken by Planned Parenthood founder and eugenicist extraordinaire Margaret Sanger in an eye-opening interview conducted by Mike Wallace in 1957: [Continue reading ...]
The Washington Post published an editorial this week that almost reads like a press release from NARAL or Planned Parenthood.
The WaPo editors say that if Ken Cuccinelli is elected governor of Virginia, “most of the remaining 18 (abortion) clinics are likely to shut their doors within months.”
Would that a governor could actually shut down a double-digit number of abortion clinics, just like that, in one fell swoop!
As pro-life blogger JivinJ points out:
Their evidence for this assertion is nowhere to be found and how Cuccinelli would go about this is left up to the reader’s imagination.
Being in favor [of] regulations which closed a couple of clinics (at the time abortion advocates claimed the regulations would close nearly all the clinics) apparently means Cuccinelli will be able to close more than half of the remaining clinics since they claim they won’t be able to meet Virginia’s standards.
Here’s the editorial’s most outrageous paragraph:
There is no evidence that women are at risk in Virginia’s abortion clinics, nor is there evidence of serious or widespread unsanitary conditions that endanger women’s health. The state’s clinics are pawns in the clash over abortion rights.
“No evidence?” Really?
On the contrary, there is a raft of evidence of “serious [and] widespread unsanitary conditions that endanger women’s health” in Virginia’s abortion clinics. [Continue reading ...]