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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 …]
Protest of Planned Parenthood and Wendy Davis [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
The keynote speaker for the luncheon was none other than Wendy Davis, known in the media as the “Abortion Barbie” after her filibuster of a landmark pro-life bill in the Texas state legislature in 2013.
Ensuring that Planned Parenthood can’t throw an abortion party without protest is a big part of our mission at the Pro-Life Action League, and when we heard Davis would be the keynote speaker at this event, we knew we had to be there. [Continue reading …]
This morning, I was sidewalk counseling at our local Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois when I saw a woman arrive with a male companion. One look was enough to see that something was wrong.
She was slumped in her seat in her car and stumbling as she exited the vehicle. As she approached Planned Parenthood’s door she vomited on the sidewalk.
My friend Sandy was counseling with me and offered her help, saying she looked like she was not well and Planned Parenthood wasn’t equipped to offer the help she needed. We had no idea at the time how right Sandy was. [Continue reading …]
Yesterday, the Pro-Life Action League’s attorneys from Chicago’s Thomas More Society went toe to toe with Planned Parenthood in Illinois’ Second District Appellate Court over the zoning of its massive “Abortion Fortress” in Aurora, Illinois.
The case began when Planned Parenthood opened the Aurora abortion center under a cloud of controversy and deceit back in the fall of 2007. See the Fall 2007 special issue of the League’s Action News for a full recounting of that story.
The day their doors opened the League was in court with a lawsuit alleging that the facility was operating illegally where it stood due to the city’s zoning laws, which prohibit the operation of a not-for-profit health center—which Planned Parenthood claims to be—in that district.
Last year, that suit was dismissed in state court, and the fate of the case now lies with the three justices of the appellate court who are handling this case.
In 2007, we knew that Planned Parenthood was playing both sides when it came to their tax status, but at the time we had no idea how deep that deception really was. [Continue reading …]
Eric Scheidler with his father Joe after being released from jail [Photo by Ann Scheidler]
In my travels around the country, I’m often asked by fellow pro-life activists how many times I’ve been arrested. They know about the many times my father has been arrested—thirteen in all—and how he was dragged through the federal courts for over 20 years in the infamous NOW v. Scheidler case. They assume that I must have been arrested quite a few times, too.
I would always answer that, in fact, I have never been arrested in the course of my pro-life work. I’d been threatened with arrest too many times to count, but had always managed to respectfully reason with police and avoid the handcuffs.
But now I’ll have to give a different answer. This past Wednesday, I was arrested for the first time for my pro-life activism.
The arrest happened at Chicago’s Navy Pier, where the Pro-Life Action League was protesting Planned Parenthood’s “Generations Celebration,” a big annual fundraiser which has been held for several years at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom.
This year’s gala would be honoring Fay Clayton, the lead attorney in NOW v. Scheidler. Clayton ultimately lost the case in the U.S. Supreme Court, which threw out all the charges against my father. I suppose it’s appropriate that my first pro-life arrest would come at an event honoring my father’s archenemy. [Continue reading …]
Last night, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was arrested on a bogus trespassing charge during a protest of Planned Parenthood’s “Generations Celebration” at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier.
Eric merely walked down the pier with the permission of the pier’s security staff when he was ambushed by security and police who arrested him for trespassing despite the fact that he was never asked to leave the pier!
The footage above is all the video that remains of the arrest. The memory card from Eric’s camera—which may well have caught the arrest and the events leading up to it—was missing from the camera when it was returned after the arrest! As far as we know, the card is still in police custody or has been destroyed to protect police and Navy Pier staff.
Unfortunately the footage that remains was taken hastily as I was running to Eric’s aid, but it contains the final moments when Eric was put in cuffs and hauled away.
Eric was in police custody for five hours and spent today consulting with attorneys on the way forward, but he will post an in-depth report on this wrongful arrest tomorrow! Stay tuned for more details.
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 …]
The other day I got an email from the folks organizing the 40 Days for Life vigil outside Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinic in Indianapolis. They had something unusual to report—that a Planned Parenthood staff member had actually referred a woman to a local pregnancy resource center when it became clear she really didn’t want to go through with an abortion.
As odd as this sounds, it is not entirely unknown to happen. As we know from the testimony of former Planned Parenthood workers, there are many in that organization who sincerely want to help women, and believe they are doing so. Though their supervisors might not like it, given how hard Planned Parenthood presses clinic managers to up their abortion numbers, sometimes this means suggesting that a woman not go through with her abortion.
Such cases give us valuable insight into the mentality of some working in the abortion business. [Continue reading …]
Planned Parenthood still hasn’t gotten the memo
Do you believe that the lives of unborn babies deserve the protection of law? Then according to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, you’re a hater.
Yesterday, Richards sent an email complaining about a “health crisis in New Orleans” that’s been brought about by
a measles outbreak the Louisiana Health Department’s refusal to allow the opening of Planned Parenthood’s new $4 million abortion facility in New Orleans. In her message, Richards uses some variation on the phrase “New Orleans needs health care, not hate” no fewer than four (4) times.
From a fundraising standpoint, this is a brilliant move on Richards’ part. What better way to gin up the anger of your hardcore supporters — and get them to send you money — than by painting your opponents with the hate brush? [Continue reading …]
When 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 …]