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Voice of Choice Website Removes Pro-Life “Bully List”

Posted by Matt Yonke (October 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm)

Voice of Choice bully listFor the last few years, League staffers Ann and Joe Scheidler and myself have all been listed on a “bully list” on a website called Voice of Choice, where pro-lifers’ home addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other personal data were listed without their consent so that pro-choice people could call and harass them.

The irony here is pretty thick—the Scheidlers and myself have never committed violence against any pro-choice person, while pro-choice activists have attacked the Scheidlers and their home, offices and property untold times over their decades of pro-life activism!

In March of last year, I even appeared on National Public Radio’s Air Talk program with the fellow who runs the site, late-term abortion clinic owner Todd Stave. Listen to that debate here:

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Today we were surprised to see that the list had been taken down! [Continue reading ...]

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Calling Out “Pro-Choice” Euphemisms

Posted by John Jansen (October 20, 2014 at 9:00 am)

euphemismSome time in the next few weeks, my wife is planning to have her pregnancy terminated.

Now, lest anyone be scandalized that a Pro-Life Action League employee would say such a thing, let me clarify:

My wife, Jocelyn, and I are expecting our 8th child, and we’re well into the third trimester.

And, as babies growing and developing in the womb have a tendency of doing, our baby will, some time soon, be born. After this happens, suffice it to say, my wife will no longer be pregnant.

Thus, her pregnancy will have been terminated.

Rhetorical Fraud

This occurred to me recently when I came across an article by Life Dynamics’ Mark Crutcher, who was writing about the “rhetorical fraud” on the part of many abortion advocates who have, for years, used the term “pregnancy termination” as a euphemism for the “medical procedure” that they so strenuously believe should remain legal:

The pro-life movement is not now, has never been, and will never be, opposed to pregnancy terminations. We are fully aware that all pregnancies terminate.

Remember this the next time [Continue reading ...]

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Pregnant Women in Crisis Need Authentic Compassion—Not Abortion

Posted by Ann Scheidler (October 1, 2014 at 3:16 pm)

compassionThe Chicago Tribune ran a column by columnist Robin Abcarian earlier this week in which she begins by asking, “Have you ever wondered what a world without abortion might look like?”

Abcarian falls into the all-too-common modern practice of equating women’s equality with a right to abortion. This attitude is disingenuous and, frankly, condescending to women. Women do not need the right to kill their own children in order to assume their proper role in society.

She reports on a study from Amnesty International, with a heartrending story of a woman pregnant with an anencephalic baby. All the attention is directed to the woman who has some health issues of her own and how abortion is the only solution to her problems. There is no thought of the poor baby with a condition that would result in his death—unless he can be killed first. [Continue reading ...]

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Rest in Peace, Sandra Cano

Posted by Ann Scheidler (September 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm)
Sandra Cano (left), Ann Scheidler, and Norma McCorvey at League-sponsored  

Sandra Cano (left), Ann Scheidler, and Norma McCorvey at League-sponsored “Meet the Abortion Providers” conference, 1996

Sandra Cano, also known as Jane Doe from the Doe v. Bolton companion case to Roe v. Wade, which expanded legalized abortion to the full nine months, died today after a battle with cancer.

We at the Pro-Life Action League offer our prayers for the repose of Sandra’s soul. We believe she now knows the peace that she so ardently sought for the past forty years.

Sandra Cano was haunted by the fact that her case had brought about abortion on demand. She herself had never wanted an abortion. She never sought an abortion. What she sought was legal assistance to get her two children back from foster care.

In 1970 Sandra was poor, uneducated and, in her own words, ignorant. She was also pregnant. She went to Atlanta Legal Aid to get help for a divorce and the custody of her children. Instead they handed her off to attorney Margie Pitts Hames, who used Sandra’s situation to bring a lawsuit against Georgia Baptist Hospital and the state of Georgia in her effort to legalize abortion. [Continue reading ...]

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Tell PBS Not to Air Late Term Abortion Propaganda Film “After Tiller”

Posted by Eric Scheidler (August 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm)

POV After TillerThis Monday, the PBS program P.O.V. (Point of View) is scheduled to air the film After Tiller, a blatant propaganda piece that glorifies the work of America’s four remaining late-term abortionists.

When the film first came out, we encouraged pro-lifers to see it. The film provides valuable insights into what we’re up against, not only when it comes to late term abortion and its practitioners, but also in how the abortion industry seeks to justify itself to the public.

PBS Needs to Hear from YOU

But we strongly object to PBS giving this creators of this pro-abortion documentary an opportunity to reach a huge television audience with their propaganda, along with the “imprimatur” that a PBS airing will lend it in the minds of many viewers.

Not surprisingly, the film carefully avoids saying or showing anything about how these babies are killed. Only by hiding the victims of these late-term abortionists can the film hope to portray them in any sympathetic light.

Please tell PBS not to air this pro-abortion film. As always, keep your comments respectful, and remember that pro-life buzz words like “butcher” or “abortion mill” won’t get you very far with this audience. Be sure to emphasize the humanity of the victims and the injustice done to them.

You can also leave comments on the P.O.V. show page dedicated to this episode. [Continue reading ...]

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A Tale of Two Very Different Views of Human Sexuality

Posted by John Jansen (August 8, 2014 at 9:00 am)
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Pro-abortion counter-protester in downtown Chicago, face obscured at the request of the man pictured

“Safe sex is the best sex!”

So said one of the Illinois Choice Action Team members offering free condoms to those walking past our abortion victim signs in downtown Chicago during our recent “Face the Truth” Tour.

It’s times like these that I’m reminded that “The Abortion Debate,” as it’s so often reduced to in everyday conversation, is about much more than whether or not unborn babies deserve the protection of law.  Walking it backward, we see that at its root, it’s about two very, very different attitudes toward human sexuality.

Safe vs. “Safe”

My boss, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler, made an interesting observation about the “Safe sex is the best sex!” comment.  “They’re actually right,” he said. “Except they don’t know what safe sex really is.” [Continue reading ...]

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NOW President: Babies Wouldn’t Die So Much If We’d Just Kill Them Before They Died!

Posted by Matt Yonke (May 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm)

Terry O'NeillNational Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill published an editorial on the Huffington Post today entitled, “Abortion, Like Contraception, Is Essential Health Care That Saves Lives.”

Let that sink in for a second. A procedure that’s taken over 50 million lives in the U.S. alone since 1973 . . . saves lives.

O’Neill’s “life saving” abortions

How does O’Neill get to the conclusion promised in the title, that “abortion care” saves lives? Easy! She ignores 50% of the people involved in every abortion.

The first place she looks for saved lives from abortion is high infant mortality rates. They’d be so much lower if more of those pesky underprivileged women would just get more abortions. That’s right, her solution to high infant mortality rates is to kill the babies before they get the chance to die! [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Abortion, Our Opposition, The Culture War, The Unborn Child | 1 Comment »

Sign the League’s Petition in Support of New Pro-Life Law in Spain

Posted by Eric Scheidler (May 6, 2014 at 4:52 pm)
Pro-life rally in Madrid

Pro-life rally in Madrid, Spain

The Pro-Life Action League has just launched a petition in support of the government and people of Spain as they strive to enact a new pro-life law. This legislation will save hundreds of babies from abortion every single day in Spain.

In 2010, the governing Socialist Party passed a sweeping new law that created abortion on demand throughout the first trimester of pregnancy. Since then, more than 300 babies a day have been aborted in Spain.

Popular opposition to the abortion law was so great that it carried the pro-life People’s Party to a landslide victory in 2011, promising to restore legal protection to unborn children.

International Radicals Oppose Pro-Life Reforms in Spain

Last year, they followed through by proposing a new law that would severely restrict abortion in Spain. Though not perfect, the new law will save thousands of lives every year.

But now Spain is coming under tremendous pressure from outside forces, including the European Union, to drop the new pro-life bill or water it down until it’s meaningless. [Continue reading ...]

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Is the Pro-Life Action League “Targeting” Abortion Advocates?

Posted by Eric Scheidler (March 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm)

Eric Scheidler prays at Planned Parenthood in Aurora, IllinoisThis 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 ...]

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Pray and Fast for Three Abortion Activists This Lent

Posted by Ann Scheidler (March 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm)
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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 ...]

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