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Join Us March 25 for a LIFE Day in Downtown Chicago

Posted by John Jansen (March 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm)

lifeday535Spring is here, and it’s time to get back out on the streets!

We’re kicking off the pro-life activism season with a “LIFE Day” in downtown Chicago! Join us as we show beautiful signs depicting babies, born and unborn, and leaflets on the developing child in the womb.

And as a bonus, we’ll provide coffee and donuts for everyone at the first site!

The details are listed below and on the Facebook event page. Join us!

LIFE Day in Downtown Chicago: Wednesday, March 25

7:30am – 9:00am: Union Station
Madison Street and Wacker Drive Map
9:30am – 11:00am: City Hall
LaSalle Street and Washington Street Map

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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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Gravestones without Birth Dates

Posted by Eric Scheidler (September 6, 2014 at 9:00 am)

A baby's gravestoneEarlier this week I attended the funeral of one of the founding members of the small Romanian Rite Catholic parish my family and I belong to in Aurora, Illinois, a man named George Todas.

Among his many services to St. George Catholic Church, George had kept alive many of the hymns and prayers of the Romanian immigrants who had founded the parish—including the melodies of the very funeral service held for him this week. He had never married; the parish became his family.

Old George retired from cantoring about a year after my family joined the parish, by which time I had become a cantor myself. A holy and gracious man, George never ceased to express his appreciation that a younger man was carrying on the musical traditions that mattered so much to him. I was honored to celebrate his memory and pray for his eternal repose with my fellow parishioners.

The Tragedy of an Infant’s Death

After the burial service at the corner of a cemetery devoted to the departed of St. George, I (almost literally) stumbled upon the small gravestone of a child. In fact, it marked the grave of a newborn girl, Carol Jean, who had lived only a week: from December 28, 1947 to January 3, 1948. [Continue reading …]

Posted in Abortion, Pro-Life Events, The Unborn Child | 2 Comments »

Catholic Bishops to Attend National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Posted by Matt Yonke (September 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm)
Bishops attending the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Bishops speaking at memorial services for the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, Saturday, Sep. 13

On Saturday, September 13, Americans will gather for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at nearly 100 locations nationwide to remember the more than 50 million children who have been killed by legal abortion in the US since 1973.

Among those who will share reflections on the value of life and the horror of abortion on the Day of remembrance are ten Catholic Bishops.

Their presence at this event is truly an honor and puts on display the Church’s commitment to the necessity of proper burial for human remains, and the intrinsic value of all human life. [Continue reading …]

Posted in Abortion, Pro-Life Events, The Culture War, The Unborn Child | 0 Comments »

NOW President: Babies Wouldn’t Die So Much If We’d Just Kill Them Before They Died!

Posted by Matt Yonke (May 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm)

Terry O'NeillNational Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill published an editorial on the Huffington Post today entitled, “Abortion, Like Contraception, Is Essential Health Care That Saves Lives.”

Let that sink in for a second. A procedure that’s taken over 50 million lives in the U.S. alone since 1973 . . . saves lives.

O’Neill’s “life saving” abortions

How does O’Neill get to the conclusion promised in the title, that “abortion care” saves lives? Easy! She ignores 50% of the people involved in every abortion.

The first place she looks for saved lives from abortion is high infant mortality rates. They’d be so much lower if more of those pesky underprivileged women would just get more abortions. That’s right, her solution to high infant mortality rates is to kill the babies before they get the chance to die! [Continue reading …]

Posted in Abortion, Our Opposition, The Culture War, The Unborn Child | 2 Comments »

Aborted Babies Burned to Heat Hospitals: What’s the Big Deal?

Posted by John Jansen (April 1, 2014 at 10:34 am)

Last week the Telegraph reported that the remains of over 15,000 aborted babies have been incinerated as clinical waste over the past two years in the UK, with some of them having having been used in “waste-to-energy” plants that produce power for heat:

One of the country’s leading hospitals, Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, incinerated 797 babies below 13 weeks gestation at their own ‘waste to energy’ plant. The mothers were told the remains had been ‘cremated.’

In response to the news, the ever outspoken P.Z. Myers wrote the following:

I’m not in the least disturbed by the fact that patients were not consulted on how their dead fetus was disposed. When you go in for an operation, are you concerned about what is done with the bloody towels afterwards, or how your appendix or tonsils or excised cyst are treated? Did you think there was some special room deep in the bowels of the institution where they were reverently interred, attended by a weeping chaplain who said a few kind words over your precious bodily fluids? Nope. They’re sealed up in a bag, dealt with according to appropriate protocols for medical waste, and incinerated.

Get over it.

Myers’ reaction is absolutely the right reaction to have—if the unborn are not human beings. [Continue reading …]

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Tom Herring: Words Fail, but Pictures Show the Truth about Abortion

Posted by Eric Scheidler (February 27, 2014 at 2:42 pm)

Anti-Choice Project logoMy friend Tom Herring of the Anti-Choice Project (ACP) gave an outstanding interview yesterday to KIRO radio in Seattle about his group’s visit to Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington. ACP volunteers brought a display of abortion victim photos to the school after learning that school officials had ordered the remove of some posters put up by the campus pro-life group.

In his interview with host Jason Rantz, Tom articulately defended the public display of abortion victim photos:

There are certain evils, words simply fail us when we try to communicate the gravity of the evil. So for example, I think the Holocaust itself would be an example of something that, if we were to limit ourselves to words to describe it, we would be doing an injustice to what actually happened.

In the same way, we use these pictures to show the true reality, the nature of what abortion does to a baby.

I was particularly impressed with Tom’s response to an objection often raised about these pictures: the mere fact that they upset people doesn’t mean that what they depict is wrong. [Continue reading …]

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Fetal Pain Matters a Great Deal—and Not at All

Posted by Matt Yonke (November 7, 2013 at 5:09 pm)
20 week fetus in the womb 

Twenty week fetus in the womb [Photo courtesy of Life Issues Institute]

Today, Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation nationwide.

Sen. Graham acknowledges from the outset that the bill stands little chance of passing in the Senate at the moment, but stated that he believes it is important to promote debate on the topic among our nation’s leaders because, “the state, the government has a legitimate interest to protect the child at the 20-week period of development, because they can feel pain. That’s what a rational humane society should do.”

It’s great that Sen. Graham is kickstarting this debate, even if the bill’s passage is unlikely. One of the immediate fruits of the bill even being proposed is a face on the floor, kicking and screaming tantrum from pro-abortion forces. Always a good sign.

But some argue that using fetal pain as a benchmark for protecting babies is a bad idea, claiming if we protect babies on that basis, people will think that babies who can’t feel pain aren’t worth protecting. Is there anything to this? Does fetal pain matter? [Continue reading …]

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Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at 85 Sites Nationwide, 9/14

Posted by League Staff (September 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm)

Burial of unborn babies in DetroitIn September of 1988, over 1,200 children, victims of legal abortion, were laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On September 14, twenty-five years after that burial, their memory—and the memory of all the 55 million children killed by abortion under Roe v. Wade—will be honored at more than 85 gravesites and memorial sites nationwide on the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.

You can find a memorial service near you at

There are over 40 known sites where aborted babies have been buried across the country and hundreds more memorial markers, plaques and statues in churches, cemeteries and even in public places. [Continue reading …]

Posted in League News, Pro-Life Events, The Unborn Child | 1 Comment »

Thanks, Bill. We Needed That

Posted by Joe Scheidler (June 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm)

A column by William Saletan who covers science for Slate, appeared in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune as an attack on the U. S. House vote to outlaw abortion at 20 weeks.

His effort is to show that pro-lifers are subtly attempting to push back the cut-off date until we reach the very beginning of fetal life.

But in the attempt he does pro-life and the unborn a great service by trotting out the facts of fetal development that we are always trying to explain to the public.

He says while pain is felt before 20 weeks, this isn’t the point. It’s just a line drawn for the time being, and if pro-lifers can push it back closer to conception they will. [Continue reading …]

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