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Over 10,000 join 1st Annual Nationwide Planned Parenthood Protest

Posted by Eric Scheidler (April 29, 2016 at 4:40 pm)
ProtestPP in Westminster, CA

#ProtestPP in Westminster, California

On April 23, the Pro-Life Action League coordinated the first-ever annual nationwide Planned Parenthood protest, in collaboration with our friends at Citizens for a Pro-Life Society (CPLS) and Created Equal (CE). I served as co-director of this effort, along with Monica Migliorino Miller of CPLS and CE’s Mark Harrington.

In all, 228 individual protests were held in 44 states and the District of Columbia, with more than 10,000 pro-lifers coming out to educate the public about the deadly agenda of the nation’s largest abortion chain. More than 60 national, state and local pro-life organizations co-sponsored the event.

Educating Voters on PP

These protests were modeled after the historic wave of protests held in August and October last year under the “ProtestPP” banner in response to the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, in which top Planned Parenthood officials callously discussed harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted children. ProtestPP inspired a new surge of pro-life activism throughout the country, which Monica, Mark and I have been eager to build upon with our network of local leaders. We plan to continue holding a nationwide protest like this on the last Saturday of April in coming years. [Continue reading …]

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Will You Accept the Pro-Life Action League’s 2016 Lenten Prayer Challenge?

Posted by Matt Yonke (February 10, 2016 at 9:12 am)

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. Last year we asked you to pray for three criminal abortionists in jail.

This year, with the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal so much in the news, we’re calling on the pro-life community to pray for three women at the heart of that scandal and the nation’s largest abortion chain: Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Dr. Mary Gatter and Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards.

Will you commit to join this challenge and pray every day and fast from one meal each week for these women during Lent? [Continue reading …]

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Hundreds of Louisville Pro-Lifers Protest New Planned Parenthood Facility

Posted by Matt Yonke (February 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm)

In January, pro-lifers in Louisville, Kentucky reached out to the Pro-Life Action League for help opposing a new Planned Parenthood clinic that had just opened in their town.

We were more than happy to help. Fighting the nation’s largest abortion chain is central to the League’s mission! We consulted on the phone with local activist Nate Robertson to get a handle on the situation and then set to work assisting them with finding out how Planned Parenthood had snuck into town without the pro-life community hearing about it, and finding ways to oppose the new facility.

At first it seemed there was some time to craft a strategy as Planned Parenthood had announced that they would begin performing abortion sometime in the spring. But the day after we spoke with Nate, Planned Parenthood announced that they had, in fact, already begun performing abortions! [Continue reading …]

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Prominent Illinois Politicians See the Victims of Abortion at Swanky Planned Parenthood Gala

Posted by John Jansen (January 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm)

planned parenthood protest in chicago

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 …]

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Are pro-lifers to blame for anti-abortion violence?

Posted by Matt Yonke (December 10, 2015 at 9:57 am)

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.

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Abortionist’s bizarre prayer outside Planned Parenthood conference

Posted by Matt Yonke (November 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm)

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.

Protest at the Palmer House

Joe Scheidler protesting outside the Palmer House [Photo by Matt Yonke]

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 …]

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Abortionist Skirts Shuttered Clinic’s Legal Woes in NY Times Op-Ed

Posted by John Jansen (November 19, 2015 at 12:18 pm)

Abortionist Willie ParkerIf 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.

Just yesterday, in the New York Times, he wrote an op-ed titled “Why I Provide Abortions.” And oh, did his fans love it: [Continue reading …]

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Pro-Life Action League Confronts Secret Planned Parenthood Abortion Conference

Posted by Matt Yonke (November 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm)
Protest of Family Planning Forum

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 …]

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Planned Parenthood Rhetoric vs. Health Department Inspection Reality

Posted by John Jansen (November 17, 2015 at 3:40 pm)

Philadelphia Planned Parenthood inspectionsShortly 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.

Cluelessness about Cleanliness

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 …]

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League to Protest Elite Abortion Conference at No Longer Secret Location

Posted by League Staff (November 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm)

palmer house bannerThis 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 …]

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