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Eric Scheidler with his father Joe after being released from jail [Photo by Ann Scheidler]
In my travels around the country, I’m often asked by fellow pro-life activists how many times I’ve been arrested. They know about the many times my father has been arrested—thirteen in all—and how he was dragged through the federal courts for over 20 years in the infamous NOW v. Scheidler case. They assume that I must have been arrested quite a few times, too.
I would always answer that, in fact, I have never been arrested in the course of my pro-life work. I’d been threatened with arrest too many times to count, but had always managed to respectfully reason with police and avoid the handcuffs.
But now I’ll have to give a different answer. This past Wednesday, I was arrested for the first time for my pro-life activism.
The arrest happened at Chicago’s Navy Pier, where the Pro-Life Action League was protesting Planned Parenthood’s “Generations Celebration,” a big annual fundraiser which has been held for several years at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom.
This year’s gala would be honoring Fay Clayton, the lead attorney in NOW v. Scheidler. Clayton ultimately lost the case in the U.S. Supreme Court, which threw out all the charges against my father. I suppose it’s appropriate that my first pro-life arrest would come at an event honoring my father’s archenemy. [Continue reading …]
Last night, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler was arrested on a bogus trespassing charge during a protest of Planned Parenthood’s “Generations Celebration” at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier.
Eric merely walked down the pier with the permission of the pier’s security staff when he was ambushed by security and police who arrested him for trespassing despite the fact that he was never asked to leave the pier!
The footage above is all the video that remains of the arrest. The memory card from Eric’s camera—which may well have caught the arrest and the events leading up to it—was missing from the camera when it was returned after the arrest! As far as we know, the card is still in police custody or has been destroyed to protect police and Navy Pier staff.
Unfortunately the footage that remains was taken hastily as I was running to Eric’s aid, but it contains the final moments when Eric was put in cuffs and hauled away.
Eric was in police custody for five hours and spent today consulting with attorneys on the way forward, but he will post an in-depth report on this wrongful arrest tomorrow! Stay tuned for more details.
Last week, the Pro-Life Action League published the video above—911 call audio along with video from local sidewalk counselors and prayer partners documenting an ambulance taking a woman away from an abortion clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas after a botched abortion.
The video quickly became one of our most viewed—over 20,000 people have watched it since its launch. But much more important was the impact it had on one woman.
On Friday we learned that a pregnant woman who was considering abortion saw this video. After viewing this video and seeing how little the abortion industry truly cares for women, she chose life for her baby! [Continue reading …]
Fay Clayton, along with her husband, Lowell Sachnoff, served as the lead attorney on the epic NOW v. Scheidler case. Clayton tried to make pro-life activism a federal crime!
Clayton ultimately lost the case in the U.S. Supreme Court — unanimously — but not before dragging my family through the federal court system for more than 20 years.
Despite losing the biggest abortion case since Roe v. Wade, Clayton and Sachnoff are still the darlings of the pro-abortion movement, and next Wednesday they’re getting a big award: the Clayton-Sachnoff family will be honored at Planned Parenthood’s annual “Generations Celebration” at Chicago’s Navy Pier.
Meanwhile, the Scheidler family — along with friends — will be there in protest, showing what Planned Parenthood REALLY does to future generations in its nationwide chain of abortion clinics. [Continue reading …]
You have to see it for yourself to believe it.
On March 11, an employee at the Little Rock Family Planning Services (LRFPS) abortion facility—the only licensed abortion facility in Arkansas and a member of the National Abortion Federation—called 911 to request an ambulance for a woman in need.
But just a few seconds into the call, she abruptly cancelled the request for an ambulance. Then, a minute later, she called 911 again to say they really did need that ambulance after all.
The first 911 call was made by an LRFPS employee at 11:45 a.m., but 13 seconds into the call, another employee can be heard in the background saying, “Stop. He said stop.” The employee who placed the call then told the 911 dispatcher, “Oh, um, actually, the doctor said no,” and the other employee can be heard in the background saying, “No, don’t come, we got it.” [Continue reading …]
Indeed 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.
Imagine you run a shoddy abortion clinic that amasses a $36,000 fine by your state’s health department after an 18-year old patient dies.
You file for bankruptcy, but your case is dismissed.
Then, you close out your bank account, dissolve your old company, change your name, and move to a different location.
When the state comes calling, you say the old company doesn’t exist anymore, so the state’s out of luck.
You couldn’t get away with that, could you?
Believe it or not, the Pro-Life Action League has learned that an Illinois Appellate Court has just decided [PDF] that a Chicago abortion clinic can do just that by requiring the owner to pay a mere $77.
To understand how things got to this point, we have to back up a few years.
On September 6-7, 2011, inspectors with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) visited the Women’s Aid Clinic abortion facility, located in the northern Chicago suburb of Lincolnwood, for the first time in 15 years.
What they found shocked them. [Continue reading …]
The following is a guest blog post by Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D., director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and author of Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars (St. Benedict Press, 2012).
Tens of thousands of medical records, many of them containing details of women who had abortions, were left accessible and unsecured in the defunct Feminine Health Care abortion clinic in Flint, Michigan.
This story begins on Sunday, March 15, 2015 when pro-life activist leader Pro-Life Detroit’s Lynn Mills happened to be driving near Flint. Under what can only be described as an inspiration from God, she decided to take a look at vacant abortion center formerly owned by retired abortionist Alberto Hodari.
After parking her car in the empty lot in front of the building (where the entrances were boarded up), she walked to the left side of the run-down structure and saw that a large opening had been cut in the chain link fence which already posed a security breach to the facility.
Walking right though the large hole, Lynn notice a side door. She decided to tug on its handle and the door did something she never expected—it instantly opened! To her shock, Lynn was immediately confronted by stacks upon stacks of boxes that appeared to contain files of Hodari’s patient records. Many of the boxes were marked with the words “charts” and “records”: [Continue reading …]
Wednesday, March 25th, 7:25am: We start unloading signs from Eric Scheidler’s van at the intersection of of Madison and Wacker in downtown Chicago. A few seconds later, some guy calls out to us, “A****es!”
We’re used to that. But usually when people yell at us, it’s because we’re displaying pictures of abortion victims. Not this time, however.
We decided to switch things up a bit and elected to display only beautiful photos of babies born and unborn to highlight the humanity of children in the womb. Wednesday also happened to be the Feast of the Annunciation, when we recall the conception of Jesus in the womb of His mother Mary — and we thought this was a perfect opportunity to show the beauty of every child from the moment of conception.
Yet even with only “nice” signs, some people, like the fellow mentioned above, were still offended by our message. Many others, however, offered us sincere words of thanks and commended us for our presence.
The first of our two sites is just a block east of Union Station, and so thousands upon thousands of commuters — see a time lapse video here — saw our signs on their way to work. Among them was Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg, who stopped to chat with Pro-Life Action League national director Joe Scheidler. Despite the fact that the two of them don’t agree on much of anything, they’ve always liked each other. [Continue reading …]
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 two thousand years after the Crucifixion, 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.