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Hotline Archive: Youth Outreach

“Do Not Say, ‘I Am Too Young’”: Pro-Life Teens Making National News

Posted by John Jansen (March 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm)

When 16-year old Thrin Short joined Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust for a peaceful campus outreach at the University of California-Santa Barbara earlier this month, she didn’t expect to be assaulted—by a professor—after the professor incited two students to steal one of the group’s signs showing a photo of an abortion victim.

But that’s exactly what happened (language warning):

It didn’t take long before this story became national news.

Last week, Thrin and her older sister Joan appeared on Fox News to talk about the incident, and Thrin knocked it out of the park with this quote:

I’m sorry if these signs offended her in any way but, after all, she does…show porn to her students so she’s not really the one to talk about offending images …. The pictures, yes, show violence after it happened, but what is so much worse than the pictures is the violence itself. And if we have to show what is happening out there to stop it then we have to go there and show it.

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Tags: , , , , , , , , . Posted in Law and Politics, Our Civil Rights, Pro-Life Activism, Videos, Youth Outreach | 4 Comments »

High School Pro-Life Club Stands Up to Unfair Treatment by Administration

Posted by John Jansen (February 19, 2014 at 5:12 pm)

Take a look at the four flyers below.

Two of them were displayed by an extracurricular club at Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, and the administration had no problem with them.

Another extracurricular club at the same school attempted to display the other two flyers, but the administration said no:

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TeenSpeak 2014 a Great Success

Posted by John Jansen (February 5, 2014 at 1:26 pm)

Vicki Thorn at TeenSpeak 2014

“Fascinating!”

“Awesome!”

“I loved it!”

These are just some of the comments that sum up the reaction of the dozens of teens and adults who attended TeenSpeak 2014 pro-life conference held February 1 in Rosemont, Illinois. The day began with an eye-opening talk entitled “The Biochemistry of Attachment and Bonding” by Vicki Thorn, the founder of the international post-abortion outreach Project Rachel.

In her talk, Vicki discussed some of the key differences between the thought processes of men and women generally, and of young men and young women in particular. Among many topics—including the dangers of pornography and the very real harms (both physical and psychological) that women suffer as a result of chemical contraception—Vicki also talked about the biology of abortion, explaining how both the mother and father of an aborted child are haunted by the absence of that child, and how even other children born after an abortion can be affected by the loss of one of their siblings. [Continue reading ...]

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League Highlights Religious Freedom at 2014 March for Life

Posted by Eric Scheidler (January 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm)
League banner at MFL 2014

Pro-Life Action League banner at the 2014 March for Life

The Pro-Life Action League was honored to participate in the 41st annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 22, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton rulings. The League was represented at the March by founders Ann and Joe Scheidler, staff members John Jansen, Matt Yonke and Peter Scheidler, and me.

Standing Ovation for Joe at Youth Rally

The afternoon before the March, it was my great privilege to serve as emcee for the official March for Life Youth Rally, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Speakers included pro-life greats like Fr Frank Pavone, Troy Newman, Lila Rose, Abby Johnson, Pat Mahoney, Ryan Bomberger and many more.

The highlight of the event for me was a standing ovation [Continue reading ...]

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Compassionate Pro-Lifers Save Babies in Chicago and Aurora

Posted by Eric Scheidler (October 10, 2013 at 10:00 am)
CLA students in Aurora

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.

Creative Gift Bags Help Save a Life

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 ...]

Tags: , , , , , , , . Posted in Clinic Witness, Sidewalk Counseling, Youth Outreach | 5 Comments »

Generations for Life Youth Outreach News

Posted by John Jansen (June 7, 2013 at 11:35 pm)

TeenSpeak 2013 Draws Largest Crowd Ever

Teenspeak Conference

“Amazing!” “Really inspiring!” “I loved it!”

These comments sum up the reaction of the more than 150 teens and adults who attended TeenSpeak 2013 on February 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois—the largest crowd we’ve ever had at a TeenSpeak conference!

The day began with an engaging and enthusiastic presentation titled “Designed to Create,” by Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation. Drawing from his experience as an Emmy-Award winning creative professional, Ryan explained that in communicating the pro-life message through visual media, certain principles of design must be followed, or the message will not reach its intended audience. By way of example, Ryan showed several of his most impactful videos, including “We’ve Been Guttmachered,” “Hell Breaks Loose,” “Meet Jonny Moses,” and, last but not least, “Unwanted,” which highlights Ryan’s personal story of having been conceived in rape and placed for adoption in a large, multi-racial family.

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League Protests Planned Parenthood’s “Abortion Fortress” in Aurora, Illinois

Posted by Eric Scheidler (May 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm)
Aurora PP Protest 

Students from Christian Liberty Academy reach out to abortion-bound mothers at Planned Parenthood Aurora [Photo by Eric Scheidler]

It was a beautiful morning for this past Saturday’s monthly protest at the Planned Parenthood mega-center in Aurora, Illinois. The Pro-Life Action League has hosted a protest there every month for the past five years and more since the “Abortion Fortress” opened in 2007.

Among the dozens of stalwart pro-lifers sacrificing time from their weekends to fight abortion was a large group of teens from Christian Liberty Academy, whose youthful zeal for the cause of life has become a regular feature of these monthly protests.

Several months ago, a Planned Parenthood client aggressively swerved his car at one of the CLA students and is now facing aggravated assault charges, as reported in today’s Chicago Sun-Times. The unfortunate incident did nothing to diminish the determination and activism of these dedicated pro-life students.

Aurora PP Protest 

On the picket line at Planned Parenthood Aurora [Photo by Eric Scheidler]

Response from passersby seemed more pronounced than usual, especially from those showing their support, possibly because of the prominence of abortion in the news during the Kermit Gosnell trial and subsequent guilty verdict.

At the conclusion of the protest, I offered prayers of thanksgiving to God for giving each of us the grace not only to recognize the evil of abortion for what it is, but to come out on the street and actively do something about it—as we’ve been doing for more than five years in Aurora.

Posted in Abortion, Clinic Witness, Planned Parenthood, Youth Outreach | 1 Comment »

Abortion, Premarital Sex, and Public Opinion

Posted by John Jansen (February 18, 2013 at 10:21 am)

The University of Michigan’s Dr. Michael New recently wrote:

The best predictor of someone’s attitude toward abortion is his or her opinion on the morality of premarital sex. People who think that premarital sex is morally acceptable are very likely to be pro-choice. Conversely, individuals who think premarital sex is wrong are likely to be pro-life.

The ever-insightful New is, as usual, spot-on.

He then went on to say:

…I always remind pro-lifers that a promiscuous society will never support significant restrictions on abortion. While pro-lifers are good at talking about fetal development and personal responsibility, we are less comfortable with subjects such as sexual activity and contraception. Indeed, it is doubtless more difficult to advocate for sexual restraint than for the unborn. However, this is a battle in which pro-lifers must continue to engage if we are to succeed in our goal of providing legal protection to all unborn children.

In other words, the “Culture of Life” that we envision is unthinkable without chastity.  This is by no means a startlingly new revelation, but we can always use a reminder. [Continue reading ...]

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Largest Crowd Ever for TeenSpeak 2013

Posted by John Jansen (February 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm)

Ryan<br /> Bomberger speaks at TeenSpeak

“Amazing!” “Really inspiring!” “I loved it!”

These are just some of the comments that sum up the reaction of the more than 150 teens and adults who attended TeenSpeak 2013 on February 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois—the largest crowd we’ve ever had at a TeenSpeak conference!

The day began with an engaging and enthusiastic presentation titled “Designed to Create,” by Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation. Drawing from his experience as an Emmy-Award winning creative professional, Ryan explained that in communicating the pro-life message through visual media, certain principles of design must be followed, or else the message will not reach its intended audience.

As examples, Ryan showed several engaging and impactful videos throughout his presentation, including “We’ve Been Guttmachered,” “Hell Breaks Loose,” “Meet Jonny Moses,” and, last but not least, “Unwanted,” which highlights Ryan’s personal story of having been conceived in rape and placed for adoption in a large, multi-racial family.

The audience thoroughly enjoyed Ryan’s presentation. High school student Therese Starasinich commented, “His talk got me more excited to take on action spreading the truth.” Patrick Lechner noted that Ryan’s talk “makes me want to use my job in the future for the pro-life movement.” [Continue reading ...]

Posted in Youth Outreach | 2 Comments »

SpeakOut Illinois: Register TODAY for Early Bird Discount

Posted by League Staff (January 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm)

SpeakOut Illinois, the state’s premiere pro-life and pro-family conference is this Saturday, February 2, and today is your last chance to get discounted early registration pricing.

This year’s theme is “50 Million and Counting: 40 Years of Roe v. Wade” and we’ve got a great lineup of speakers.

Conference speakers include Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation, who will speak on “Fatherhood in the Culture of Abortion,” and Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler, who will give a talk titled “Stand Up for Life: Why Your Witness Matters.”

Other speakers include Star Parker of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), who is this year’s Henry Hyde Life Leadership Award recipient.

If you sign up before midnight tonight, the price is only $55, which includes a banquet lunch, so don’t wait another minute before registering. After today, the registration fee is $65.

Here are the details:

Event: SpeakOut Illinois 2013
When: Saturday, February 2nd, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois [map]

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