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Join Fellow Pro-Lifers in Praying a “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” on Good Friday

Posted by League Staff (March 23, 2016 at 2:57 pm)

On a bleak Friday afternoon nearly 2,000 years ago, our savior Jesus Christ was crucified at Golgotha, “the place of the skull.”

Today, we have our own Golgotha: the abortion clinic, where His image is violently destroyed, again and again, by abortion.

So it is fitting that we pray in mourning for these victims and all those harmed by abortion. On Good Friday, pro-lifers across the country will participate in the “Way for the Cross for Victims of Abortion,” and you’re invited to join them.

Check out the list below to find a Good Friday vigil near you. Or, if you don’t find a local vigil, consider hosting your own Way of the Cross with help from the Pro-Life Action League.

Way of the Cross Locations: March 25, 2016

Alabama

Alaska

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

Posted by John Jansen (March 14, 2016 at 9:19 am)

Jesus and the woman caught in adulteryIn the Catholic liturgical calendar, the Gospel for this past Sunday 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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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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Pro-life caroling day brings the hope of Christmas to abortion clinics nationwide

Posted by Matt Yonke (December 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm)

The Pro-Life Action League has been hosting our “Empty Manger” pro-life Christmas caroling day for 13 years now, and this year’s caroling effort was the largest ever, with over 40 groups taking part from coast to coast!

Here in Illinois, the League hosted two caroling tours, one in Chicago, and the other in suburban DuPage county. At Planned Parenthood Aurora, the largest abortion clinic in the state, a baby was saved from abortion when their parents heard our carols and talked to sidewalk counselors as they entered the clinic!

The Chicago caroling tour began as it has every year since its inception in 2003: with the unfurling of a 10-foot banner saying, “All I want for Christmas is an end to abortion.” [Continue reading …]

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What Does Blessed Miguel Pro Have in Common with Victims of Abortion?

Posted by John Jansen (November 23, 2015 at 9:00 am)

assassination of blessed miguel proWhenever we go out on the streets for a “Face the Truth” Tour, we can always count on someone happening by our display to tell us that by showing the pictures of abortion victims in the public square, we’re doing more harm than good.

This is a charge we’ve heard often enough that we address it as one of the most Common Objections we hear.

In our response to this oft-raised argument, we point out that throughout modern history, any number of successful social reform movements — from the movement to enact child labor laws to the civil rights movement — have used disturbing images that depict victims of maltreatment and violence, and that public support for the reforms these movements sought could not have been garnered without publicly showing these images.

Putting a Human Face on the Victims

The intent behind displaying graphic abortion pictures is the same, of course, for it puts a human face on the victims of what is, for far too many people, merely a theoretical concept or political issue. [Continue reading …]

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Is It Un-Christian to Show the Pictures of Abortion Victims?

Posted by John Jansen (June 30, 2015 at 8:30 am)

On our website is a page that addresses the most common objections we hear during our “Face the Truth” Tours, when we show pictures of abortion victims out on the streets—as we’re preparing to do at 24 sites in and around Chicago starting July 10.

But in this post I’d like to focus on another objection that I must admit I find it hard to get my head around. Namely, the charge that showing abortion victim photos in public is uncharitable — and yea, even un-Christian—especially because of the supposedly damaging effects it has on children.

Personally, I find it understandable that the average secular person might get angry upon seeing a display of pictures of abortion victims.

But I’m gobsmacked when Christians try to claim that showing the victims of abortion in an effort to awaken people’s consciences is actually contrary to our faith.

Showing the Victims of Abortion: Unpopular, But Necessary

As Christians, we know that on that first Good Friday, Our Lord Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be mercilessly scourged, crowned with thorns, and forced to stumble — battered, bloodied, and grotesquely ignominious — through the streets of Jerusalem before being nailed to the Cross. It’s surely safe to assume that there were children among the crowds that day — these were public streets, after all, and the city would have been teeming with families who had come there on pilgrimage for Passover. [Continue reading …]

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Eucharistic Procession Offers Prayers for Religious Freedom in Chicago

Posted by Matt Yonke (June 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm)

Eucharistic Procession in ChicagoOn Monday, June 23, the Pro-Life Action League and the Archdiocese of Chicago sponsored a Eucharistic Procession downtown Chicago to kick off the Fortnight for Freedom, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ effort to encourage awareness and prayer for religious freedom in our country.

The event, which has been held for the last three years, began with Mass celebrated by Fr. James Heyd at St. Peter’s in the Loop, an iconic downtown Chicago parish that serves the huge crowds who work in the city’s center each day. [Continue reading …]

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Rest in Peace, Cardinal George

Posted by League Staff (April 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm)
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Joe Scheidler (left) and Cardinal Francis George, 2011

Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago, died today after a long battle with cancer.  We at the Pro-Life Action League mourn the loss of this man who led the Catholic Church for so many years in our headquarter city of Chicago.

Over the years Cardinal George was a bold defender of all human life, speaking at pro-life events, leading prayer processions to abortion clinics, urging the faithful to become active in the pro-life movement, and much more.

Even in his years as the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a high-profile national figure, his door was always open to us, and we could always count on his close cooperation in events like the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies against President Obama’s HHS Mandate, and so many more pro-life events over the years. [Continue reading …]

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Christ is risen!

Posted by John Jansen (April 6, 2015 at 10:13 am)

paschaIndeed He is risen!

During this Easter Week, we take special consolation in the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. Not only is it the central event of our faith life, but it also provides us with great encouragement in our ongoing battle against abortion.

By conquering death, Jesus has also conquered abortion. As a result, we know that the outcome of the struggle that we carry on — this seemingly endless conflict between life and death — has already been decided.

We have, so to speak, been allowed to read the book’s final chapter before we actually get to it. We know that in the end, Life will be victorious.

From time to time, all of us need to remind ourselves of this, lest we lose heart.

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Will you accept the Pro-Life Action League’s 2015 Lenten Prayer Challenge?

Posted by Eric Scheidler (February 18, 2015 at 1:07 pm)

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. This year, our Lenten prayer campaign has a very special focus.

Response to last year’s Lenten prayer campaign was overwhelming, with thousands of pro-lifers praying and fasting for three women—a pro-choice journalist, abortion clinic escort and a newly-trained abortionist—with whom the League had been involved in the previous year.

These three women needed—and still need—our prayers. But the subjects of this year’s Lenten prayer campaign may need them even more.

With our recent focus on criminality in the abortion industry, I’m calling on pro-lifers to pray for three criminal abortionists this Lent.

The three abortionists in question are Brian Finkel, Kermit Gosnell and the recently arrested Naresh Patel. Will you join me and other pro-lifers across the country in praying for these men each day this Lent, and fasting from one meal a week for their conversion? [Continue reading …]

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