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Lena Dunham Is Terrified of Sex

by Matt Yonke (September 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm)

Lena Dunham’s picture in her email from Planned Parenthood

You may have heard of Lena Dunham. She’s the star of HBO’s hit show Girls, which centers around a set of rich, white 20-somethings struggling heroically to figure out what to do with their lives in the face of their crippling privilege and wealth.

If you haven’t, don’t worry. You’re not missing much.

But whether you’ve heard of her or not, her voice carries a lot of weight among her peers, which is why the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, recruited her to send an email to their supporters earlier this week encouraging them to vote in the upcoming elections.

As was noted in the New York Times recently, we are facing a crisis of adulthood in America right now, and young Lena seems to be calling her compatriots to rise to the occasion and take on some adult civic responsibility.

But as she laid out her third reason to vote—the weary old trope that politicians are trying to take away your birth control—she said something that made me stop in my tracks: [Continue reading ...]

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League Shows the Victims of Abortion in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

by John Jansen (September 25, 2014 at 12:41 pm)
High school students see the truth about abortion on Pro-Life Action League's Face the Truth Day Sept. 24 

High school students see the truth about abortion on Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth Day Sept. 24 [Photo by John Jansen]

A crack team of pro-life activists came to Chicago’s western suburbs September 24 to take part in a Pro-Life Action League sponsored “Face the Truth” Day.

Joining some of our longtime stalwart volunteers were two first-timers, including one fellow from Texas who was visiting family in central Illinois and drove over 100 miles to be there!

Our first site was the high-traffic intersection of North Avenue and First Avenue in Melrose Park, which allowed us to show the victims of abortion to thousands of passing motorists.

Full Cooperation from Cook County Forest Preserve Police

We then moved on to the even busier intersection of First Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Forest Park/Maywood.  At one corner of this intersection is a park managed by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC), and when we last visited this site during this year’s weeklong summer Truth Tour, we were threatened with arrest by a forest preserve police officer, who told us that demonstrations are not allowed on forest preserve property. [Continue reading ...]

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Joining 40 Days for Life? Get Your Life Witness Prayer Book

by League Staff (September 18, 2014 at 10:01 am)

Next Wednesday, 40 Days for Life prayer vigils will be starting in hundreds of cities and towns all over the United States and throughout the world.

If you’re planning to take part in one of these 40 Days vigils — and you should! — the Pro-Life Action League has a great prayer book to share with you.

Praying outside an abortion facility is one of the most important pro-life activities we can do. But sometimes it’s a challenge.

Not only can it be tough to fill your vigil time with meaningful prayer, but it’s sometimes easy to get distracted. That’s why the Pro-Life Action League has put together the Life Witness Prayer Book, a tool to help make prayer time outside abortion facilities as constructive and focused as possible. [Continue reading ...]

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Cardinal George Joins Pro-Life Mourners at Gravesite of 2,033 Aborted Babies

by Matt Yonke (September 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm)

Along with offering assistance to the leaders of more than 130 memorial services held this past Saturday, September 13 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, the Pro-Life Action League also spearheaded the planning for the service at the final resting place of 2,033 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

The League’s executive director, Eric Scheidler, served as master of ceremonies and began the event by leading the crowd of 300 faithful pro-lifers in reciting the Prayer at a Gravesite of the Unborn [PDF] composed by Father Frank Pavone specifically for the occasion. The mourners then invoked the intercession of the Mother of God by singing the Salve Regina—an especially appropriate selection, considering the cemetery’s name—led by the Holy Innocents Choir from St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago.

Our first speaker was the League’s Vice President Ann Scheidler. Ann recalled her involvement in the recovery of the bodies of aborted babies like the ones buried at Queen of Heaven Cemetery: [Continue reading ...]

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Thousands Mourn Innocent Victims of Abortion on Second Annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

by John Jansen (September 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm)

On Saturday, September 13, thousands of pro-lifers gathered at 132 locations throughout the United States for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Among these sites were 41 graves where the remains of aborted children are buried.

Over 28,000 aborted babies have been given a proper burial at these sites, but they represent only a fraction of the more than 56 million children aborted since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decision.

Guest speakers at these solemn memorial services included pro-life activists who had rescued abortion victim’s bodies from garbage dumpsters and pathology labs, women and men who regret choosing abortion, and ten Roman Catholic bishops. [Continue reading ...]

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Let Us Come Together To Mourn Our Dead — on 9/11 AND on 9/13

by Eric Scheidler (September 11, 2014 at 11:37 am)

R.I.P.This morning I turned on the radio in my kitchen to hear a series of names being solemnly intoned—the names of some of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks we commemorate today.

It’s very good that we do this. It gives me hope to see Americans set aside their differences, rise above the mean-spiritedness that characterizes so much of our politics and culture, and come together to mourn the victims of 9/11. It seems that we’re at our best when we mourn our dead.

Degrees of Separation

I never knew any of the 2,977 people killed on that horrible day. But like so many, in the days and weeks following the tragedy I discovered I was two or three degrees of separation from some of them. Those connections made the horror and injustice of 9/11 that much more real to me.

Hearing those few names on the radio this morning, I had to wonder who I know who knows someone who knows the man still mourning his fiancee, the teenager who has no memory of the father he lost, the widow whose life will never be the same.

But how many more connections must I have—must each of us have—to the 56 million American victims of legal abortion over the past four and more decades? [Continue reading ...]

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Visit the Gravesites of Aborted Children at Three Locations across Chicagoland This Saturday

Catholic Bishops to Speak at All Three Memorial Services

by John Jansen (September 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm)

hands holding rosary at gravesite of aborted babiesOf the 45 burial sites of aborted babies located across the United States, three are located in the Chicago area, where the Pro-Life Action League is headquartered.

We extend a special invitation to pro-lifers in the region to visit one of these gravesites of aborted babies this Saturday, September 13—the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children—to join in solemn prayer to honor their memory and their humanity.

All three of these memorial services will feature a Catholic bishop, among other guest speakers. The details for each are included below:

Queen of Heaven Cemetery

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Gravestones without Birth Dates

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 ...]

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Burying the Dead: The Recovery and Burial of 500 Victims of Abortion

Let Us Honor Their Memory—and the Memory of All Aborted Children—on September 13

by Ann Scheidler (September 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm)
Headstone at burial site of 500 abortion victims at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Illinois

Headstone at burial site of 500 abortion victims at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Illinois

One morning in early March, 1987 the phone rang at our home on Chicago’s Northwest Side. It was Tom Bresler, founder and director of the Aid for Women pregnancy resource center on Michigan Avenue.

Tom had just received a call from the marketing director of the Michigan Avenue Medical Center, an abortion clinic located just down the street from his pregnancy center. The gentleman from the abortion clinic was disturbed about some of the “protocols” he witnessed at the abortion clinic. He wanted to come and talk to Tom Bresler about it.

Tom was open to meeting with him, but wanted Joe Scheidler (my husband) to join him for the meeting.  Joe, however, was out of town on a speaking tour. So I offered to join Tom for the meeting, and headed down to Aid for Women.

It was an interesting hour.

Victims of Abortion Thrown Out with the Garbage

Our “informant,” Don, told us that he was appalled at the way the staff treated the women who came to them for abortions. He said they had no respect for women. And he was shocked to discover that they threw the aborted babies into the garbage dumpster in the alley behind the clinic. [Continue reading ...]

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Catholic Bishops to Attend National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

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 ...]

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