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It’s become a tradition for the Pro-Life Action League to protest Planned Parenthood Illinois Action’s annual fundraising event celebrating Roe v. Wade. And as soon as we found out that this year’s event would be held on January 21, we immediately made plans to keep that tradition going.
Two dozen hearty pro-life activists joined us last night at City Winery in Chicago to bring a simple message to Planned Parenthood’s supporters: Abortion is nothing to celebrate.
We first set up an LED sign that says, “Abortion takes human life,” along with a 5′ x 9′ banner depicting an abortion victim on the sidewalk directly in front of the front door so that everyone entering would see exactly what it is that they’re supporting.
Orange-vested volunteer escorts with the Illinois Choice Action Team were also on hand, offering to accompany attendees through what one of them referred to as our “circus” — i.e., the sidewalk leading up to the front door, alongside of which were more volunteers holding more pictures of abortion victims as well as signs reading, “Planned Parenthood lies to you.” [Continue reading …]
Yesterday, charges were filed against Robert Lewis Dear, the man who killed three people in an attack on a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility on Black Friday.
In the wake of this horrific shooting, many abortion advocates have attempted to blame the rhetoric of the pro-life movement for the actions of Dear and those like him.
In this video, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler explains why this connection just doesn’t hold up.
I’ve been organizing pro-life street protests for over eight years, and I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything as strange as the abortionist praying on a public sidewalk that I saw last Monday.
The Pro-Life Action League was holding a protest of the North American Forum on Family Planning at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton, hosted by Planned Parenthood and the Society for Family Planning—a huge, four day conference where the abortion industry’s elite, like Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and notorious late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart, came to see and be seen.
We were outside Chicago’s Palmer House hotel where the conference was being hosted with abortion victim photos and other signs when a woman walked out of the hotel and knelt on the sidewalk right next to League National Director Joe Scheidler, who was holding a poster depicting baby Malachi, aborted at 21 weeks. [Continue reading …]
If anyone in the abortion industry has rock star status right now, it’s Willie Parker.
Over the past few years, Parker has become quite the darling of the pro-choice movement, giving provocative interviews in magazines like Esquire about his “abortion ministry” [sic] and crisscrossing the country to speak at events and be showered with accolades from adoring fans. Indeed, earlier this year he received Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award, and the following month he was honored by NARAL.
Protest of Planned P’hood’s Forum on Family Planning in Chicago [Photo by Matt Yonke]
A few weeks ago, the Pro-Life Action League caught wind of a top-secret abortion conference hosted by Planned Parenthood and the Society of Family Planning called the North American Forum on Family Planning.
This forum would gather the abortion industry’s most elite players to recruit new abortionists, train them in new methods, and honor the “heroes” of big abortion. The forum would even help expand the reach of the “family planning” regime of abortion, sterilization and contraception in developing nations.
The conference was slated to take place in Chicago, the League’s headquarter city, but the specific location and schedule were kept deep under wraps. In fact, to even find that information and apply to attend the conference, one had to obtain two letters of recommendation from people affiliated with the organizing groups! [Continue reading …]
Shortly after the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) started released undercover videos this summer, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards sent an email to supporters claiming that her employees “deliver the absolute best care to their patients.” She also used predictable phrases like “dangerous misinformation” and “lies” perpetrated by “extremists.”
No surprise here—after all, what else would we expect Richards to say?
But officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH) didn’t take her word for it. Just a few weeks after CMP started releasing videos, they decided to see for themselves what was going on at all eight Planned Parenthood facilities in the state that perform surgical abortions by conducting “special monitoring” surveys. Six passed, but the two facilities in Philadelphia—Kermit Gosnell’s hometown—both failed.
Pennsylvania law requires abortion facilities to properly store fetal tissue prior to being picked up (that is, in a freezer or refrigerator). But at Planned Parenthood’s Far Northeast Health Center, state health officials found [PDF] on August 13 that aborted fetal remains were being kept unfrozen and without preservative in a janitor’s closet. [Continue reading …]
This Saturday through Monday, Planned Parenthood is co-hosting a conference in downtown Chicago called the North American Forum on Family Planning.
Top abortion practitioners from around the world will gather to discuss everything from mass sterilization to fine-tuning their abortion methods—and they’ll be recruiting and equipping the next generation of abortionists to take the lives of unborn children around the globe for years to come.
They’ll also be honoring some of the “heroes” of the industry, including Mark Nichols, one of the champions of the abortion pill mifepristone (RU-486).
Planned Parenthood and their co-host, the Society of Family Planning, are so determined not to let anyone see what goes on inside the abortion industry that they tried to keep the location of this elite event secret!
But it’s no longer a secret: we now know that the conference will be held at the world-famous Palmer House. [Continue reading …]
Is Planned Parenthood there to help poor women?
If you listen to their propaganda and the mainstream media, you’d probably be under the impression that they’re the last refuge for women who need help and can’t afford healthcare from traditional sources.
But if you’ve spent any time outside a Planned Parenthood clinic praying or sidewalk counseling, chances are you’ve seen, like I have, that one thing motivates Planned Parenthood above all else: their bottom line.
Check out this 30 second video Planned Parenthood tweeted yesterday featuring Dr. Sarah Pentlicky positively glowing about how welcoming Planned Parenthood is to any and all patients: [Continue reading …]
#ProtestPP event in Aurora, Illinois [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
After the hugely successful National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood held on August 22, one of the most common questions participants asked was, “When are we going to do this again?”
So many of those who attended—and, in some cases, even led—one of the hundreds of protests held that day had never before taken part in pro-life activism, and with all the interest in the scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood and its sale of aborted babies’ body parts, we knew there was no way that this highly successful protest effort would be a one-off.
After consulting with our friends at Created Equal and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society—who, along with the Pro-Life Action League, serve as co-sponsors of #ProtestPP—we settled on Saturday, October 10 as the date for the second National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood, and on this day, once again, tens of thousands of pro-lifers came out to their local Planned Parenthood facility to take a stand against the nation’s largest abortion chain.
In some cases—such as Trenton, New Jersey—Saturday marked the first time in years that a pro-life protest had been held outside a Planned Parenthood center. [Continue reading …]
Late last week, we here at the Pro-Life Action League received a tip that Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards would be speaking at Chicago Ideas Week, a weeklong series of talks from leaders in a variety of fields.
Richards was speaking on a panel titled “Leading Under Pressure” along with four other leaders who have had to face various kinds of challenges and setbacks, including retired four-star general David Petraeus.
We knew right away that we weren’t going to let the president of Abortion Incorporated visit Chicago without a protest, so we set the wheels in motion right away. [Continue reading …]