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Notorious Chicago Abortion Clinic Abandons Hope of Ever Reopening

Posted by John Jansen (April 8, 2016 at 4:07 pm)

Empty parking lot of the Albany abortion clinic on Chicago's Northwest Side

Empty parking lot of the Albany abortion clinic in Chicago, last open for business on Oct. 17, 2015 [Photo by John Jansen, Oct. 21, 2015]

Nearly six months ago the Pro-Life Action League reported the closing of Family Planning Associates’ (FPA) Albany Medical-Surgical Center abortion clinic in Chicago.

October 17 was the last day it was open, and just a few days later, a sign was posted on the door directing people to another FPA abortion facility located in downtown Chicago.

Yet during this same time, the words “Family Planning Associates Medical Group” were removed from the large sign in the facility’s parking lot. (Here is how the sign formerly looked, and here is how it looks now.)

By October 27, callers to Albany were being told that the closing was permanent. But some time later, the Pro-Life Action League obtained information revealing that Albany’s owner, Walter Dragosz, was trying to reopen. [Continue reading …]

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Will You Accept the Pro-Life Action League’s 2016 Lenten Prayer Challenge?

Posted by Matt Yonke (February 10, 2016 at 9:12 am)

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. Last year we asked you to pray for three criminal abortionists in jail.

This year, with the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal so much in the news, we’re calling on the pro-life community to pray for three women at the heart of that scandal and the nation’s largest abortion chain: Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Dr. Mary Gatter and Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards.

Will you commit to join this challenge and pray every day and fast from one meal each week for these women during Lent? [Continue reading …]

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Pro-Life Action League Staffer’s Home Attacked

Posted by John Jansen (February 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm)
One of the windows broken at Pro-Life Action League staffer John Jansen's home, January 28 

One of the windows broken at Pro-Life Action League staffer John Jansen’s home, Jan. 28

Shortly after I left for work last Thursday morning, January 28, my wife Jocelyn went downstairs to the basement of our home and noticed that it was unusually cold.

She then realized that someone had thrown chunks of cinder block through two of our basement windows, one of which was, rather ironically, wrapped inside a black plastic bag with the words, “Thank you.”

Jocelyn immediately called the police to report the incident, and when an officer arrived at our house, one of the first questions he asked was, “Is somebody mad at you?” To which my wife replied, “Well, my husband works for a pro-life organization.” (Which is to say: “Yes.”) [Continue reading …]

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Closed Chicago Abortion Clinic Trying Desperately to Reopen

Posted by John Jansen (January 15, 2016 at 4:55 pm)

Empty parking lot of the Albany abortion clinic on Chicago's Northwest Side

Empty parking lot of the Albany abortion clinic in Chicago, last open for business on Oct. 17 [Photo by John Jansen, Oct. 21]

Nearly three months ago the Pro-Life Action League reported the closing of Family Planning Associates’ (FPA) Albany Medical-Surgical Center abortion clinic in Chicago.

October 17 was the last day it was open, and just a few days later, a sign was posted on the door directing people to another FPA abortion facility located in downtown Chicago.

Yet during this same time, the words “Family Planning Associates Medical Group” were removed from the large sign in the facility’s parking lot. (Here is how the sign formerly looked, and here is how it looks now.)

By October 27, callers to Albany were being told that the closing was permanent. But now the Pro-Life Action League has obtained new information revealing that Albany’s owner, Walter Dragosz, is trying to reopen. [Continue reading …]

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Abortionist’s bizarre prayer outside Planned Parenthood conference

Posted by Matt Yonke (November 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm)

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.

Protest at the Palmer House

Joe Scheidler protesting outside the Palmer House [Photo by Matt Yonke]

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 …]

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Abortionist Skirts Shuttered Clinic’s Legal Woes in NY Times Op-Ed

Posted by John Jansen (November 19, 2015 at 12:18 pm)

Abortionist Willie ParkerIf 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.

Just yesterday, in the New York Times, he wrote an op-ed titled “Why I Provide Abortions.” And oh, did his fans love it: [Continue reading …]

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League to Protest Elite Abortion Conference at No Longer Secret Location

Posted by League Staff (November 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm)

palmer house bannerThis 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 …]

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Joe and Ann Scheidler Visit Site of Closed Abortion Clinic in Chicago

Posted by League Staff (October 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm)

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.

Donate NowWe 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.

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Notorious Chicago Abortion Clinic Quietly Closes

Posted by John Jansen (October 21, 2015 at 12:49 pm)

Empty parking lot of the Albany abortion clinic on Chicago's Northwest Side

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 …]

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Notorious Abortion Clinic Chain Invades Illinois

Posted by John Jansen (June 22, 2015 at 9:41 am)

national health care of peoria licenseEarlier 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.

Low Quality Chain Takes Over Low Quality Abortion Clinic

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 …]

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