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After the incredible protests held on August 22 that drew over 78,000 people, it’s time to hit the streets again for another National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood sites nationwide!
With new PP videos still coming out, Congress deliberating defunding measures, and Planned Parenthood’s misdeeds still making headlines, the time to protest is NOW.
That’s why the Pro-Life Action League — along with our friends at Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Created Equal — are calling for another National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood locations coast-to-coast on October 10.
But this time we want to see pro-lifers standing up at even more Planned Parenthood centers. Last time, we brought protests to 345 Planned Parenthood locations — but there are more than 600 in all!
That means we need even more local leaders to step forward and can organize a protest at a Planned Parenthood facility in their area.
UPDATE: Office Depot has issued an apology to pro-life activist Maria Goldstein.
The Pro-Life Action League has often turned to Office Depot to print larger signs or posters for a pro-life event or protest, as well as to make volume copies of flyers. Maria Goldstein, founder and director of Northwest Families for Life, based in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, has done the same.
But on August 20, Maria submitted an order online to Office Depot for 500 copies of a fact sheet on Planned Parenthood, which also included a prayer for the conversion of those who work for Planned Parenthood, written by Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. (That fact sheet/prayer is here [PDF].)
Maria was stunned to get a call from Office Depot later that day with the message that they could not process her request because it was a violation of their corporate policy. She asked what that policy might be that would preclude printing a prayer and a statement of facts taken directly from Planned Parenthood’s own annual report. [Continue reading …]
I was out on the streets of downtown Chicago with the Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth Tour on July 14 when the first video was released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Pro-life activists posing as representatives of a biomedical firm had caught Planned Parenthood’s senior medical director, Deborah Nucatola, coldly scheming to profit from the sale of aborted babies’ body parts—all while munching on a salad and sipping red wine.
The timing proved providential. As this video went viral, my crew and I began to hear comments about it from pedestrians passing by our Truth Tour display. They were making the connection between Planned Parenthood’s illicit trafficking in fetal tissue and the tragically broken bodies of abortion victims depicted on our signs. It became clear that pro-life activists would have a special role to play in responding to the horrors revealed by that video and the other CMP videos were released soon thereafter.
In the days following, I reached out to two of my closest allies in the pro-life movement—Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Mark Harrington of Created Equal—to consider how we could use public protest to increase the impact of the CMP videos. We soon hit upon the idea of organizing a National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood centers across the country. [Continue reading …]
It is often hard to gauge the response to the Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth displays. Shouts from car windows are usually unintelligible, thumbs ups at 50 miles per hour can be mistaken for middle fingers, and car horns communicate anything from the heartiest support to the most resolute dissent (or occasionally nothing more than an unrelated traffic squabble).
Rockford, IL is perhaps one of the most enigmatic cities in this regard. I noticed more positive than negative reactions on our annual Face the Truth day in Rockford last Tuesday, but I spoke to several volunteers who reported the opposite, and still others who seemed to receive equal levels of each.
One interpretation of this incongruity is that each volunteer may actually be observing different reactions — the response of a driver at the very beginning of the display may vary greatly from that of the driver at the end, who has had more time to process the images and form a concrete position. [Continue reading …]
Two weeks ago, the Pro-Life Action League — along with our friends at Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal, and 40 Days for Life — called for a National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood to take place on Saturday, August 22.
As of this writing, this protest will be happening in over 300 cities from coast to coast and even internationally in places as far away as Ireland and Honduras!
In Planned Parenthood’s almost 100 years of existence, they’ve never seen this kind of pushback. The response to this protest has been unbelievable, and you will not want to miss it.
You can find the location of a protest near you right here.
The incredible sting videos from the Center for Medical Progress have lit a fire in the hearts of pro-lifers like you and me to finally defund and shut down this corrupt organization.
Next Saturday’s protests have the potential to keep the momentum going strong — and that’s just what we need. With this fall’s budget negotiations in Congress on the horizon, we could cut off Planned Parenthood’s massive federal subsidy once and for all!
Find the protest location nearest you, tell your friends, and hit the streets next Saturday. Be a part of something historic!
And if you don’t see a location near you on the list, it’s not too late to host your own protest. Get more details and sign up here.
It’s a good day for justice. Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was found not guilty on the trumped up criminal trespass charge stemming from the League’s protest of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Chicago’s Navy Pier.
The case against Eric was so flimsy that the defense didn’t have to call a single witness or explain their case to the judge. Navy Pier security’s account of the incident was so hazy, contradictory and full of holes that the judge ruled not guilty before our attorneys had to defend Eric.
The memory card from his GoPro camera that contained footage that would have proven that Eric did nothing wrong has unfortunately not been recovered.
Eric and our attorneys at the Thomas More Society are considering civil action against Navy Pier and the city of Chicago. Thanks for your prayers and support, and stay tuned for updates if further legal action is taken.
Planned Parenthood has gone into full damage-control mode in the midst of the controversy created by a series of undercover videos that show top doctors at the organization haggling over the prices of aborted baby parts—and even joking about it.
Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood has tried to shift attention from the heartless greed these videos reveal—shocking even to the average “pro-choice” person—by attacking the pro-life whistleblowers.
Today, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards published an article in the Washington Post today in which she denounces the Center for Medical Progress—the pro-life outfit that produced the videos—for creating a “fake business” and making “misleading corporate filings.”
Well, she ought to know. [Continue reading …]
The Pro-Life Action League will be conducting a protest at the Planned Parenthood mega-center in Aurora, Illinois, on August 22 as part of a National Day of Protest against the abortion giant for its horrific practice of harvesting and selling body parts from aborted babies.
The League, along with Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Created Equal and a growing coalition of pro-life groups, is calling for a National Day of Protest on Saturday, August 22 at Planned Parenthood centers from coast to coast. The protests will declare, “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts!” to raise public awareness of this scandalous practice, which was recently brought to light in a series of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress.
The League is inviting Chicago-area pro-lifers to attend a #PPSellsBabyParts protest at the Planned Parenthood mega-center in Aurora Illinois as part of this nationwide effort:
Signs will be provided for all who attend, and a flyer about this latest Planned Parenthood scandal will be distributed to passersby.
Today, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was back in court again for the bogus criminal trespass charge from his arrest during our protest of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Chicago’s Navy Pier back in April.
Navy Pier finally responded to our subpoena asking for surveillance video and call records, and we’re hopeful that video will show Eric clearly being given permission to walk on the pier by security.
Eric was also given a trial date of August 3, so please keep that date, and the case, in your prayers.
Planned Parenthood’s Aurora, Illinois mega-center [Photo by Matt Yonke]
The Pro-Life Action League is pleased to report a victory in our ongoing zoning lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of Illinois over their Aurora, Illinois mega-center that opened in 2007 under a cloud of controversy and deceit.
When the facility opened, Planned Parenthood openly acknowledged that they had tried to keep the facility’s true identity from the public through the use of front companies that managed the permitting and construction of the facility without Planned Parenthood’s name appearing on any documentation.
Our attorneys at the Thomas More Society quickly deduced that they had not only deceived the public, but also lied to city officials about the purpose of the building, and built the facility in a district whose zoning specifically prohibits the operation of a non-profit healthcare facility, which Planned Parenthood clearly is.
The suit has been through an array of venues and judges since it was first filed in 2007, and was finally dismissed in state court in August of 2013. However, we appealed this ruling to the Illinois 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. They heard the case in April and yesterday handed down their ruling, reversing the lower court’s dismissal of the case and providing a new chance to prove that Planned Parenthood is operating their “abortion fortress” illegally. [Continue reading …]