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The Guttmacher Institute released a study [PDF] earlier this week revealing that the abortion rate in the U.S. has continued to decline in recent years and is now at a level not seen since the 1970s.
And as the Pro-Life Action League’s Matt Yonke pointed out in an article published on Monday, Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers continued going up during this same time period, giving the nation’s largest abortion chain an ever greater share of the industry.
National Right to Life published its own analysis of the study, which observed that the stridently “pro-choice” Guttmacher Institute, not surprisingly, “downplayed the role that public debate over the rights of unborn children have played in this trend.”
In its analysis, NRLC notes that in the study, Guttmacher:
…cites the state of Illinois, which saw an 18% decline in abortion numbers even though the state didn’t enact any pro-life legislation during period covered by the report. This neglects, however, that the state’s parental notice law, which had been enjoined since its passage in 1995, was once again in the news in 2009 and 2010 – precisely during the study period – and again prompted a public discussion and debate [about] parental involvement in a minor daughter’s abortion decision.
Surely, the public policy debate surrounding Illinois’ parental notification law during this time helped to lower the state’s abortion rate.
But what else did? [Continue reading ...]
Eleanor McCullen outside the bubble zone at Planned Parenthood in Boston
Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, the Massachusetts “bubble zone” case. In 2007, the state enacted a law prohibiting speech within 35 feet of the entrance to an abortion facility, making sidewalk counseling at these facilities far more difficult.
Sidewalk counselor Eleanor McCullen, a 77-year old grandmother who has saved hundreds of babies with her peaceful outreach to women entering Massachusetts abortion clinics, challenged the law, saying it unfairly restricts her freedom of speech.
The transcript [PDF] from yesterday’s hearing suggests that the Court is inclined to agree with her. Justices Kennedy, Scalia and Alito, in particular, challenged Massachusetts assistant attorney general Jennifer Miller on her claim that the law does not discriminate based on one’s viewpoint.
Here’s Justice Alito, addressing Miller: [Continue reading ...]
The Pro-Life Action League is calling on all pro-life Christians to pray the Lord’s Prayer each day from January 7 through 15, for the intention that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down all of the restrictive “Bubble Zone” laws that have been enacted to muzzle sidewalk counselors.
On Wednesday, January 15, the high court will hear oral arguments in the case of McCullen v. Coakley. Pro-life activists in Massachusetts are challenging that state’s recently enacted Bubble Zone, the most restrictive in the country. Under the law, pro-lifers may not speak to abortion clinic clients within 35 feet of the entrance, effectively scuttling their life-saving outreach. Clinic staff and “agents”—effectively any pro-choice person—are exempt.
Eleanor McCullen and the other plaintiffs argue that the law is unconstitutional, since in both its intent and its effect it restricts only the speech of pro-lifers. Among the briefs filed with the court is testimony from women who chose life for their babies after speaking with sidewalk counselors.
The pro-life plaintiffs are also asking the court to overturn their ruling in Hill v. Colorado which upheld a less restrictive Bubble Zone in 2000. Since then, similar laws have been enacted in many jurisdictions across the country—including a Bubble Zone enacted in 2009 by the City of Chicago, where the League is headquartered. [Continue reading ...]
Chicago—The Pro-Life Action League is calling on all pro-life Christians to pray daily from now until Wednesday, January 15. The focus of these prayers is that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down all of the restrictive “bubble zone” laws that have deprived pro-life sidewalk counselors of their Constitutional right to freedom of speech.
On January 15, the high court will hear oral arguments in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, challenging Massachusetts’ “bubble zone,” the most restrictive in the country. Under the law, pro-lifers may not speak to abortion clinic clients within 35 feet of the entrance. This prohibition effectively scuttles the life-saving outreach of pro-life sidewalk counselors while exempting clinic staff and “agents” (a term which could apply to any abortion advocate).
The pro-life plaintiffs are also asking the court to overturn their ruling in Hill v. Colorado which upheld a less restrictive “bubble zone” in 2000. Since that time, similar laws have been enacted in many jurisdictions across the country—including a 2009 “bubble zone” in the City of Chicago, where the Pro-Life Action League is headquartered. [Continue reading ...]
Students from Christian Liberty Academy reaching out to clients at the Planned Parenthood facility in Aurora [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
Compassionate pro-lifers ministering outside abortion clinics in Chicago and Aurora have saved two babies—and their mothers—from abortion in recent weeks. The Pro-Life Action League is honored to have provided training and support to the activists whose peaceful presence bore such fruit.
The first save came on a Saturday in September at the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic in downtown Chicago, where students from the Live Pro-Life group at Christian Liberty Academy in Libertyville were passing out special gift bags to clients, as they do every month.
Each of these white gift bags contains a photograph of an infant with a hand-written note on the back from one of the CLA students, a card with a QR code that links to a YouTube video on abortion, a flyer on fetal development and a little pair of baby socks.
A car drove up to the clinic entrance. [Continue reading ...]
Here at the Pro-Life Action League, we put a lot of time and resources into organizing “clinic witness” presence where people stand in prayer outside abortion clinics nationwide. Stories like Maddox’s are why.
Maddox is the adorable baby boy on the left in the photo. The building on the right is where Maddox nearly lost his life.
This is an e-mail I received recently:
Hi, my name is Stacy and I wanted to thank your group for saving my baby. I went to that terrible facility [Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois] on a cold Saturday morning in November, scared to death and the first thing I saw driving in was the pro-life advocates standing in the lawn at 7am. [Continue reading ...]
Last week the trial of Naperville, Illinois resident Michael Fabian (right) concluded with a guilty plea to a charge of “improper lane usage.”
Fabian, 25, was accused of swerving his car at a teenaged sidewalk counselor as he exited the parking lot of Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois last February.
As we reported at the time here and here, local high school student Hannah M. was sidewalk counseling at Planned Parenthood in Aurora after the monthly protest at the facility, when a car exiting the Planned Parenthood lot swerved at Hannah, nearly hitting her.
Aurora police investigated and discovered the driver to be Fabian, but declined to press charges. Fortunately, DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin took up the case and charged Fabian with misdemeanor aggravated assault, which carries penalties as high as one year in jail. [Continue reading ...]
A patient at the Albany Medical Surgical Center abortion facility in Chicago is loaded into an ambulance on July 30
On Tuesday, July 30, we got a call from Andrew S., who regularly sidewalk counsels outside Albany Medical Surgical Center, an abortion facility operated by Family Planning Associates on Chicago’s Northwest Side, about a mile from the Pro-Life Action League’s office.
He called to tell us that a woman had just been taken out of the clinic and placed in an ambulance.
It’s certainly not the first time this has happened. Albany specializes in late-term abortions, and it’s anything but safe. In fact, four women — Maria Rodriguez, Maria Leho, Nakia Jorden, and Deanna Bell (who was only 13 years old) — have actually died there.
Andrew always has a camera with him whenever he sidewalk counsels—just as every sidewalk counselor and pro-life prayer partner should—so he was able to take several pictures.
Although it’s surely obvious enough that it goes without saying, pictures of a woman being taken out of an abortion clinic and loaded into an ambulance provide compelling evidence that said abortion clinic is not a safe place. [Continue reading ...]
On Saturday, May 20, the Pro-Life Action League held a sidewalk counseling seminar at St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Chicago for over 50 counselors and new recruits.
On account of the ongoing challenges over the enforcement of Chicago’s “bubble zone” ordinance, attorneys Tom Brejcha and Tom Olp of the Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Center began the seminar by addressing the group about their First Amendment rights and what to be concerned about in the face of accusations and complaints from abortion clinic personnel and clinic escorts.
Pro-life students from Christian Liberty Academy at Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois [Photo by Matt Yonke]
In the summer of 2007, Aurora, Illinois, became “Ground Zero” in the abortion battle as Pro-Life Action League rallied the local pro-life community to stop Planned Parenthood from opening what was at the time the nation’s largest abortion facility. The facility was constructed under the auspices of a front company and Planned Parenthood created a cloud of deception to keep the city government and the community in the dark about their plans.