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#ProtestPP in Westminster, California
On April 23, the Pro-Life Action League coordinated the first-ever annual nationwide Planned Parenthood protest, in collaboration with our friends at Citizens for a Pro-Life Society (CPLS) and Created Equal (CE). I served as co-director of this effort, along with Monica Migliorino Miller of CPLS and CE’s Mark Harrington.
In all, 228 individual protests were held in 44 states and the District of Columbia, with more than 10,000 pro-lifers coming out to educate the public about the deadly agenda of the nation’s largest abortion chain. More than 60 national, state and local pro-life organizations co-sponsored the event.
These protests were modeled after the historic wave of protests held in August and October last year under the “ProtestPP” banner in response to the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, in which top Planned Parenthood officials callously discussed harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted children. ProtestPP inspired a new surge of pro-life activism throughout the country, which Monica, Mark and I have been eager to build upon with our network of local leaders. We plan to continue holding a nationwide protest like this on the last Saturday of April in coming years. [Continue reading …]
This year, they’re honoring the founders of the “Shout Your Abortion” campaign — a social media effort encouraging post-abortive women to celebrate their abortion decision.
Planned Parenthood wants to normalize abortion, but that can only happen if abortion is covered in a veil of euphemism.
That’s why we’re going to bring the reality of abortion — and what it does to its victims — to their abortion gala next Wednesday.
Here are the details:
You can RSVP on the Facebook event page. Let’s not let Planned Parenthood celebrate abortion without a protest!
Empty parking lot of the Albany abortion clinic in Chicago, last open for business on Oct. 17, 2015 [Photo by John Jansen, Oct. 21, 2015]
Nearly six months ago the Pro-Life Action League reported the closing of Family Planning Associates’ (FPA) Albany Medical-Surgical Center abortion clinic in Chicago.
October 17 was the last day it was open, and just a few days later, a sign was posted on the door directing people to another FPA abortion facility located in downtown Chicago.
Yet during this same time, the words “Family Planning Associates Medical Group” were removed from the large sign in the facility’s parking lot. (Here is how the sign formerly looked, and here is how it looks now.)
By October 27, callers to Albany were being told that the closing was permanent. But some time later, the Pro-Life Action League obtained information revealing that Albany’s owner, Walter Dragosz, was trying to reopen. [Continue reading …]
Last year, the Pro-Life Action League joined forces with some of our closest allies in the pro-life movement to launch #ProtestPP — the largest series of nationwide pro-life protests in history.
These protests were held in response to a series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), which exposed Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practice of trafficking in aborted babies’ body parts.
Tens of thousands of pro-lifers came out to denounce these horrors and call on Congress to defund the nation’s largest abortion chain. Millions were reached through hundreds of media stories about the protests, and several states did, in fact, defund Planned Parenthood.
CMP has continued to put out videos — the latest was just released today — and with a critical national election upon us, it’s time to hit the streets again!
On April 23, #ProtestPP will hold a new wave of protests at Planned Parenthood centers — and you can help make it happen.
Protests are already lined up in over 180 cities, but that still leaves hundreds of Planned Parenthood centers uncovered. Are you being called to lead a protest on April 23?
First, check out the list of scheduled protests here. If you don’t see your city on that list, would you be willing to lead a protest in your community on April 23?
Don’t miss out!
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.
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 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.
In the Catholic liturgical calendar, the Gospel for this past Sunday is the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).
One thing I find amazing about this Gospel passage is that it almost didn’t make it into the Bible. In fact, before the canon of Scripture was finalized in the late 4th century, some copies of St. John’s Gospel didn’t include this story.
St. Augustine tells us (cf. De coniugiis adulterinis, 2, 6) that some early Christians were afraid of keeping this story in John’s Gospel since it showed Jesus as being so merciful that they thought it might lead people to think that the reality of sin wasn’t as serious as the Church made it out to be.
Apparently, the Holy Spirit wasn’t concerned about this, since He made sure the story was kept in there.
The story of the woman caught in adultery was the inspiration behind a post-abortion healing brochure [PDF] the Pro-Life Action League designed a few years ago. On the front is an image of Jesus and the woman, and the words “Neither do I condemn you.” On the back is information on where to find help dealing with post-abortion aftermath, and the message, “Please give this card to someone who needs it.” [Continue reading …]
Pepsi is exempt from Obamacare’s HHS Mandate. So are other large corporations, including Exxon and Chevron.
But not the Little Sisters of the Poor. Their consciences notwithstanding, they’re still required to comply with the mandate’s requirement to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees.
In a pathetic attempt to extend an olive branch, the Obama Administration offered the Little Sisters an “accommodation” under which they could fill out a form noting their objection, which would then shift the coverage obligation to their insurance companies.
But this accommodation is a sham, because it still requires religious non-profits like the Little Sisters of the Poor to cooperate in a process that results in coverage of morally objectionable drugs and devices for their employee health plans. So the Little Sisters filed suit against the federal government, and their case will be heard at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 23.
On this date—four years to the day after the first series of nationwide Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies spearheaded by the Pro-Life Action League in opposition to the HHS Mandate—the League is co-sponsoring prayer vigils outside both of the Little Sisters’ facilities in the Chicago area while oral arguments are being heard in our nation’s capital. [Continue reading …]
Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the biggest abortion case since Roe v. Wade, and I’m asking for your prayers.
The case, brought by the Whole Women’s Health abortion chain, is challenging a law in Texas that has shut down most of the abortion clinics in the state.
If we win this case, the doors will be flung open for other states to follow suit, shutting down abortion clinics all over the country and saving thousands of lives.
But if we lose, pro-life laws could be rolled back all over the country, entrenching Roe v. Wade deeper than ever, and spelling death for millions of unborn children.
That’s what’s at stake in this case, and why I’m asking for your prayers. [Continue reading …]
On Good Friday, March 25, pro-lifers across the country will take part in “A Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” at their local abortion facility, and you’re invited to take part!
We’re calling on pro-lifers like you to join us in hosting a “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” at your local abortion facility.
And, we’re providing you with all the tools you need to make it happen in your area, including an ecumenical prayer service book, templates to promote your event through e-mail and in churches, advice on practical considerations and more! [Continue reading …]