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Hotline Archive: Abortion Aftermath

Screaming Woman Transported by Ambulance from Planned Parenthood

Posted by Matt Yonke (April 29, 2015 at 4:05 pm)

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 …]

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“Neither Do I Condemn You”: An Invitation to Post-Abortion Healing

Posted by John Jansen (March 23, 2015 at 11:11 am)

Jesus and the woman caught in adulteryIn the Catholic liturgical calendar, the Gospel for today is the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).

One thing I find amazing about this Gospel passage is that it almost didn’t make it into the Bible. In fact, before the canon of Scripture was finalized in the late 4th century, some copies of St. John’s Gospel didn’t include this story.

St. Augustine tells us (cf. De coniugiis adulterinis, 2, 6) that some early Christians were afraid of keeping this story in John’s Gospel since it showed Jesus as being so merciful that they thought it might lead people to think that the reality of sin wasn’t as serious as the Church made it out to be.

Apparently, the Holy Spirit wasn’t concerned about this, since He made sure the story was kept in there.

The story of the woman caught in adultery was the inspiration behind a post-abortion healing brochure [PDF] the Pro-Life Action League designed a few years ago. On the front is an image of Jesus and the woman, and the words “Neither do I condemn you.” On the back is information on where to find help dealing with post-abortion aftermath, and the message, “Please give this card to someone who needs it.” [Continue reading …]

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“We need someone very quickly,” Peoria Abortion Worker Tells 911 Operator

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 10, 2015 at 3:57 pm)

Today is “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day”, and to mark the occasion, the Pro-Life Action League is releasing yet another video of the aftermath of a botched abortion, this time from February 25 at National Health Care in Peoria, Illinois.

In this case, the abortion client was harmed so badly the abortionist, Yogendra Shah, “couldn’t get a grip” on the blood flow. The clinic employee reiterates several times that they need someone to come “very quickly.”

As we’ve seen in several cases before, the abortion worker on the phone seems more concerned with not giving out too much information than with making sure the emergency workers have all the information they need, much to the 911 operator’s frustration.

We haven’t been able to learn the client’s fate, so please keep her in your prayers for physical and spiritual healing. And share this video to spread the word that, in addition to being morally outrageous, abortion is dangerous for women.

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Why did Eric Scheidler send diapers to a Detroit abortion clinic?

Posted by Eric Scheidler (January 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm)

Diapers sent to Summit abortion clinic in DetroitToday I mailed a package of 32 newborn diapers to Summit Medical Center, an abortion clinic in Detroit. Why? Because I promised to.

On Monday, I got a call from a phone number in Michigan from someone who had opened up the “care package” I sent to 569 abortion clinics on January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which included a pair of plastic handcuffs. In my signed note in the package, I linked the handcuffs to abortionist Naresh Patel, arrested last month for fraud, and said to call me for help getting out of the abortion business.

The Michigan caller was angry about the package, and said I should be sending her diapers, not handcuffs, so she can help women coming for prenatal care. I said I would and asked for the address, which proved to be that of Summit Medical Center on McNichols Road in Detroit, Michigan.

Eric's handwritten note to Summit medical director Anise BurrellWe talked for 10 minutes. The caller offered the usual argument that she’s helping women by providing abortion. Several times she declared that this is a “cruel, ugly world.” The despair of that comment really struck me.

With help from Lynn Mills, a pro-life activist in Detroit, I was later able to identify the caller as Summit medical director Anise Burrell. Lynn also confirmed that Summit does see some women for prenatal care.

Today I sent the diapers to Ms. Burrell, along with an ironically appropriate greeting card—on the front, “A new baby changes everything”; inside: “Except its own diapers.” Here’s what I wrote inside: [Continue reading …]

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Abortionist Naresh Patel Arrested: Five Reasons To Celebrate

Posted by Eric Scheidler (December 19, 2014 at 4:09 pm)

In the latest episode of Life at Ground Zero I report on the arrest of abortionist Naresh Patel for fraud, and the closure of his abortion clinic in the suburbs of Oklahoma City.

An arrest like this is a significant victory for the pro-life movement. Watch the video for five reasons why, and what you can do to build on a victory like this.

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Let Us Come Together To Mourn Our Dead — on 9/11 AND on 9/13

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 11, 2014 at 11:37 am)

R.I.P.This morning I turned on the radio in my kitchen to hear a series of names being solemnly intoned—the names of some of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks we commemorate today.

It’s very good that we do this. It gives me hope to see Americans set aside their differences, rise above the mean-spiritedness that characterizes so much of our politics and culture, and come together to mourn the victims of 9/11. It seems that we’re at our best when we mourn our dead.

Degrees of Separation

I never knew any of the 2,977 people killed on that horrible day. But like so many, in the days and weeks following the tragedy I discovered I was two or three degrees of separation from some of them. Those connections made the horror and injustice of 9/11 that much more real to me.

Hearing those few names on the radio this morning, I had to wonder who I know who knows someone who knows the man still mourning his fiancee, the teenager who has no memory of the father he lost, the widow whose life will never be the same.

But how many more connections must I have—must each of us have—to the 56 million American victims of legal abortion over the past four and more decades? [Continue reading …]

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How Compassion Led Linda Couri into the Abortion Industry, and What Got Her Out

Posted by Sam Scheidler (August 22, 2014 at 10:00 am)

We often think of Planned Parenthood as the enemy. How could we not, considering they are the nation’s largest abortion chain, and aggressively promote promiscuous sexual behavior that leads to unplanned pregnancy and abortion?

As a result, our natural instinct is to demonize them and, in many cases, their employees. So rooted in our pro-life convictions, it can be difficult to conceive of an abortion worker being driven by compassion—however misguided.

Linda Couri was one such worker. Idealistic, big-hearted and lacking real spiritual guidance, she was easily swayed by Planned Parenthood’s mantra of “care.” Also driving her towards Planned Parenthood was the need to reinforce her denial about her own abortion in her early 20’s.

But as a social worker in the clinic, it was only a matter of time before she was forced to face the big questions. A teenage girl asked Linda if she was killing her child. A shaken nurse tearfully asked if they were doing the right thing. Linda struggled to find honest answers. [Continue reading …]

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A Lesson from the Catacombs

Posted by Eric Scheidler (August 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm)
Eric at the catacombs

Eric Scheidler visits the Catacombs of Callixtus, June 2014

If you ever visit the ancient Christian catacombs scattered about the outskirts of Rome, you’ll see countless small tombs dug into the walls, only a foot of two across. These are the burial places of infants, cast out of their pagan homes and left to die of starvation and exposure. Though abortion was practiced in the ancient world, this form of infanticide was a far more common way to get rid of an unwanted child.

Many of these rejected children were rescued by Christians, nursed back to health and given homes, in obedience to Christ’s command to serve the least of his brothers and sisters. But all too often, the only act of love the early Church could offer these children was to bury their little bodies and offer prayers of mourning for them.

Continuing the Work of the Early Church

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to visit the Catacombs of Callixtus while on a pilgrimage to Rome with my wife April. As we walked through the cool, musty corridors of the underground complex, I was struck by the thought that we Christians today are carrying on this work of mercy—rescuing the bodies of abandoned, unwanted children and giving them the only gift we can, the gift of a proper burial.

Again and again, pro-life activists have found the bodies of these children in trash dumpsters, or on the loading docks of medical waste facilities. And just like the early Church, they have spoken out against the injustice, solemnly buried the victims, and mourned over their bodies.

These burial places can be found throughout the United States. In all, there are some 43 gravesites of the aborted unborn, from the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama, where four aborted children are buried to the grave of over 16,000 abortion victims at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Los Angeles. [Continue reading …]

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The Quiet Moment that Shocked an Abortion Worker into Leaving Planned Parenthood

Posted by Sam Scheidler (August 16, 2014 at 10:00 am)

It happens all too often that a person’s ideology and moral conscience are in deep conflict.

This is exemplified in the story of Catherine Adair, who was so entrenched in her “pro-choice” philosophy that she couldn’t see that the guilt and depression she so regularly experienced stemmed from an abortion in her youth.

Her way of dealing with this conflict was to throw herself into radical feminism at an early age—to so fully commit herself to the pro-abortion philosophy that there was simply no way she would have to face the real source or her problems.

The full realization of this commitment came when she joined Planned Parenthood as a counselor, ushering other women through the same process she had gone through years before. [Continue reading …]

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“Neither Do I Condemn You”: An Invitation to Post-Abortion Healing

Posted by John Jansen (April 7, 2014 at 10:36 am)

Jesus and the woman caught in adulteryIn the Catholic liturgical calendar, the Gospel for today is the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).

One thing I find amazing about this Gospel passage is that it almost didn’t make it into the Bible. In fact, before the canon of Scripture was finalized in the late 4th century, some copies of St. John’s Gospel didn’t include this story.

St. Augustine tells us (cf. De coniugiis adulterinis, 2, 6) that some early Christians were afraid of keeping this story in John’s Gospel since it showed Jesus as being so merciful that they thought it might lead people to think that the reality of sin wasn’t as serious as the Church made it out to be.

Apparently, the Holy Spirit wasn’t concerned about this, since He made sure the story was kept in there.

The story of the woman caught in adultery was the inspiration behind a post-abortion healing brochure [PDF] the Pro-Life Action League designed a few years ago. On the front is an image of Jesus and the woman, and the words “Neither do I condemn you.” On the back is information on where to find help dealing with post-abortion aftermath, and the message, “Please give this card to someone who needs it.” [Continue reading …]

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