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History repeats itself: Chicago abortion clinic recently fined $50,000 has had legal troubles for more than 40 years

Posted by John Jansen (May 14, 2015 at 8:50 am)
Chicago Tribune article from April 13, 1974 reports the closing of the Albany abortion clinic in Chicago 

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.

Closed by the State 41 years ago

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 …]

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Pro-choice orgs honor abortionist Willie Parker as Health Department brings down the hammer on his Chicago clinic

Posted by John Jansen (May 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm)

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:

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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 …]

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Notorious Chicago abortion clinic loses license, fined $50,000

Posted by Eric Scheidler (April 30, 2015 at 10:33 am)

Albany FPA abortion clinic in ChicagoThe Pro-Life Action League has just obtained documents revealing that the Illinois Department of Public Health has fined a notorious Chicago abortion clinic $50,000 and revoked its license to operate as an ambulatory surgical treatment facility (ASTC).

The Albany late-term abortion clinic, a part of the Family Planning Associates (FPA) abortion chain, has had ongoing problems with its state license to operate as an ASTC for the past 20 months. As of this writing, Albany is still open for business, despite the fact that on March 10—which is, ironically enough, “National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day”—the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) issued an order [PDF] revoking the clinic’s license, stating, “The Department has found conditions in the Facility that are threatening to the public interest, health, safety, or welfare.”

On this same date, IDPH assessed fines in the amount of $40,000, after having previously assessed a $10,000 fine on February 9.

Anything But “Safe and Legal”

The Albany abortion clinic, run by the Family Planning Associates 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. It’s also worth noting that Albany is a member of the National Abortion Federation, which holds itself up as the gold standard of providers of so-called “safe, legal, and accessible abortion care.” [Continue reading …]

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We’ll be there to protest as Joe Scheidler’s archenemy is honored by Planned Parenthood

Posted by Eric Scheidler (April 9, 2015 at 10:00 am)

pp gala 535Over more than four decades fighting abortion, my father Joe Scheidler has earned quite a few enemies — but none quite so infamous as Fay Clayton.

Fay Clayton, along with her husband, Lowell Sachnoff, served as the lead attorney on the epic NOW v. Scheidler case. Clayton tried to make pro-life activism a federal crime!

Clayton ultimately lost the case in the U.S. Supreme Court — unanimously — but not before dragging my family through the federal court system for more than 20 years.

Despite losing the biggest abortion case since Roe v. Wade, Clayton and Sachnoff are still the darlings of the pro-abortion movement, and next Wednesday they’re getting a big award: the Clayton-Sachnoff family will be honored at Planned Parenthood’s annual “Generations Celebration” at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

Meanwhile, the Scheidler family — along with friends — will be there in protest, showing what Planned Parenthood REALLY does to future generations in its nationwide chain of abortion clinics. [Continue reading …]

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Ambulance Takes Woman Away from Abortion Clinic; Director Says Annual Inspections Unnecessary

Posted by John Jansen (March 19, 2015 at 12:24 pm)

peoria abortion clinic inspection, june 16, 2011It’s been three weeks since a woman was taken away in an ambulance from the National Health Care abortion facility in Peoria, Illinois. And from the 911 audio — “We need somebody very quickly” — it didn’t sound good at all.

You might expect that this incident would prompt the director, Margaret Vanduyn, to keep a low profile. Yet she was eager to be interviewed for an AP story that appeared this week in the Chicago Sun-Times about an Illinois House bill (introduced, coincidentally, on the very same day as the ambulance incident in Peoria) that would require annual unannounced inspections of all abortion facilities in the state:

Margaret Vanduyn, executive director of the National Health Care clinic that offers abortion services in Peoria, said an annual inspection would be unnecessary. The state sends inspectors “every couple of years,” she said, but most of the problems they have found involved paperwork and, in one case, an outdated certification on equipment. Vanduyn said she believed the proposal to increase inspections was “politically motivated.”

Abortion clinic managers bellyaching about the prospect of greater oversight is, of course, nothing new. But Vanduyn, perhaps even more so than most, should be the last to complain. [Continue reading …]

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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)

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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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