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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 ...]
Chicago—Today, Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler responded to DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton’s dismissal of a zoning lawsuit against the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois.
The lawsuit by local residents and Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood has charged that the City of Aurora’s decision to allow the abortion clinic to operate in its chosen location violates the city’s own zoning restrictions.
Judge Fullerton dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that the decision to allow Planned Parenthood to operate at their Aurora location was “legislative”—the act of an elected body—and therefore demanded great deference by the court. However, that decision was not made by the Aurora City Council but solely by the Aurora zoning administrator, appointed by Mayor Tom Weisner. [Continue reading ...]
Planned Parenthood Aurora in the fall of 2007, shortly after opening [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
Yesterday, DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton dismissed a zoning lawsuit against the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois that has been ongoing for nearly six years.
In 2007, the Pro-Life Action League was notified that Planned Parenthood was building the largest abortion clinic in the nation in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, Illinois. Coincidentally, Aurora is the hometown of League Executive Director Eric Scheidler.
From the moment we heard the news, opposing the opening of this facility became the League’s central project, and opposing their operation with prayer, protest and sidewalk counseling remains a large part of our mission.
One of the avenues we pursued in attempting to shut down this abortion mega-center was a lawsuit against the City of Aurora and Planned Parenthood for improper zoning of the facility. The center sits in a business district where the operation of a non-profit health facility like Planned Parenthood is specifically prohibited. [Continue reading ...]
There seems to be a general consensus among the medical community in favor of easy “access” to abortion, but when it comes to actually performing the abortions, most doctors want respectability among their peers and their friends, and so they don’t want to stoop to that level. Even among OB/Gyns, most send their abortion-minded patients to an abortion clinic, rather than do the abortion themselves.
For years, the “pro-choice” movement has been lobbying for non-physicians to do abortions (while all too frequently parroting the tired, old cliché that abortion should be a private matter “between a woman and her doctor”). Now the California State Senate has decided to accommodate the abortion crowd by passing a bill that would permit nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants to perform abortions.
This type of legislation proves that after more than 40 years of legal abortion in the United States, there is still a stigma to being an abortionist. [Continue reading ...]