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On Saturday, June 6, the Pro-Life Action League will conduct a protest outside Albany Medical-Surgical Center, a late-term abortion clinic on Chicago’s northwest side that does abortions up through 6 months of pregnancy.
The Albany facility, operated by Family Planning Associates Medical Group, has also been found by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to be guilty of numerous safety violations. Last year ambulances raced there a dozen times to deal with botched abortions—yet Albany failed to report one single ambulance transfer as required by law.
Over the years, Albany has long been known for not-safe-but-legal abortions, as witnessed chiefly by four (4) women who died following abortions performed there: Maria Rodriguez, Nakia Jorden, Maria Leho, and, most tragically of all, 13-year old Deanna Bell.
The building is a fire trap, and has so many problems that IDPH has fined Albany $50,000 and is now moving to revoke the facility’s license.
There are four ways you can take part in the effort against this infamous late-term abortion clinic: [Continue reading …]
Recently, following our regular stint of sidewalk counseling and praying outside the Albany Medical-Surgical Center abortion facility in Chicago, Pro-Life Action League founders Joe and Ann Scheidler and I decided to ask the pro-choice escorts who were “protecting” the clinic if they knew about the recent actions taken against it by the Illinois Department of Public Health: namely, that the Department has fined Albany $50,000 and moved to revoke the facility’s license.
Despite repeated invitations to look at the evidence contained in the Department’s documents, these escorts—who claim to be all about “women’s health”—had no interest in doing so. But you really have to watch the video for yourself to see how they reacted.
For the record, the documents we offered to show the escorts are available here [PDF]. The screenshots included in the video come from page 4, page 25, and page 30.
The other day a strange email from the pro-abortion group NARAL showed up in my inbox. I’m subscribed to all the major pro-abortion groups’ email lists in order to keep tabs on their activities. What was strange about this email was that, in it, NARAL admitted that unborn children feel pain—and even used the word “baby” in reference to an unborn child.
The email was signed by a NARAL supporter, Dana Weinstein, asking for donations to NARAL to fight HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks (5 months). She writes, “When I was more than 20 weeks pregnant, my doctor discovered our baby had horrifying severe fetal anomalies that could not have been discovered earlier in pregnancy.”
It’s strange enough to see NARAL using the term “baby” to describe the “products of conception” that the pro-abortion movement has worked so hard to dehumanize—to the point that the media now frequently refer to abandoned babies as “fetuses.”
But even stranger is what comes next. [Continue reading …]
Earlier this year, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler mailed a package to every abortion clinic in the country with a picture of recently arrested abortionist Naresh Patel, a note offering help if they wanted to leave the abortion industry, and a pair of plastic handcuffs.
One of those pairs of handcuffs was put to use in a bizarre art project:
The project is being auctioned off with proceeds going to the Alabama Reproductive Rights Advocates.
It’s sad to see such talent being funneled toward such evil. Looking at some of the artist’s other paintings on her Facebook profile, she has quite a gift, but this project has a particular crudeness and anger about it that hide her true skill in creating beautiful reflections of God’s world.
Eric noted in particular the strangely placed rattlesnake at the base of the uterus, reminiscent of a contraceptive coil, among other unpleasant images.
In any event, it’s clear that the Handcuffs Project ruffled some feathers among abortion advocates, and that’s just what it was supposed to do.
The Illinois House closed its spring session this weekend without voting on SB 1564, which would have stripped pro-life doctors of their conscience rights, forcing them to make abortion referrals.
That means the ACLU and Planned Parenthood didn’t have the votes. In other words, our work paid off!
This comes on the heels of defeating HB 4013, the taxpayer funding of abortion bill. That’s two pro-abortion bills defeated this session thanks to countless phone calls to Springfield made by Illinois voters at the urging of the Pro-Life Action League and other Illinois pro-life groups.
A slim chance remains that these two pro-abortion bills could be brought up again during the summer or fall. Watch this space and we’ll sound the alarm when it’s time to take action to stop them.
The State of Illinois has imposed tens of thousands of dollars in fines and moved to revoke their license. Now we have to keep the pressure on!
Inspections by the Illinois Department of Public Health, conducted in response to complaints by the Pro-Life Action League, uncovered a host of health and safety violations at Albany, which aborts babies up to 24 weeks. Now they’re fighting to stay open, with a hearing to be scheduled soon.
Join us as we expose the outrageous conditions at this notorious late-term abortion clinic and call on state authorities to shut it down!
Protest of Planned Parenthood and Wendy Davis [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
The keynote speaker for the luncheon was none other than Wendy Davis, known in the media as the “Abortion Barbie” after her filibuster of a landmark pro-life bill in the Texas state legislature in 2013.
Ensuring that Planned Parenthood can’t throw an abortion party without protest is a big part of our mission at the Pro-Life Action League, and when we heard Davis would be the keynote speaker at this event, we knew we had to be there. [Continue reading …]
Chicago Tribune article from April 13, 1974 reports the closing of the Albany abortion clinic in Chicago
Two articles have appeared recently on the Pro-Life Action League website highlighting the license revocation and $50,000 fine assessed to the notorious Albany Medical Surgical Center abortion facility in Chicago.
But looking through some old files in our office the other day, we found that this was not the first time the Albany facility has run afoul of the law.
In March of 1974, abortion had been legal nationwide for just over a year, and at the time, our national director, Joe Scheidler (who would found the Pro-Life Action League six years later), was working for Illinois Right to Life, and led a series of pickets outside the Albany clinic. Leaving no stone unturned, Joe also called the city health department to find out if Albany had a valid license — but they had nothing on file. [Continue reading …]
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act comes up for a vote in Congress today, and in this video, League Executive Director Eric Scheidler offers five reasons to call your Congressman and urge them to support this landmark pro-life bill.
To get your Congressman’s phone number, click here.
Last week I traveled to Washington D.C. to join a group of pro-life leaders for protest at the Longworth Congressional Office Building, calling on Congress to hold a vote on HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (PDF), commonly known as the “20 Week Abortion Ban.”
The vote on this bill was originally scheduled for January 22, the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court rulings that stripped unborn children of their legal right to life. But at the last minute several members of Congress withdrew their support, concerned about the bill’s reporting requirement for exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
Of course, every child has a right to life, regardless of the circumstances of conception. But the abortion lobby has been very effective at exploiting the issue of rape to justify abortion and demonize pro-lifers. In the current political climate, no bill without such exceptions has any chance of being passed.
It was extremely disheartening to all of us who were gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. that day when the vote was postponed, only hours before the annual March for Life was set to begin. That’s why I jumped at the chance to urge Congress to vote on this bill. [Continue reading …]