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Join Fellow Pro-Lifers in Praying a “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” on Good Friday

by League Staff (March 23, 2016 at 2:57 pm)

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.

Way of the Cross Locations: March 25, 2016

Alabama

Alaska

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“Neither Do I Condemn You”: An Invitation to Post-Abortion Healing

by John Jansen (March 14, 2016 at 9:19 am)

Jesus and the woman caught in adulteryIn 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 …]

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Join Us March 23 in Support of the Little Sisters of the Poor

by John Jansen (March 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm)

little sisters of the poorPepsi 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.

Prayer Vigils at Both Chicago Area Little Sisters’ Homes

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 …]

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Prayers Needed: Our Biggest Case Since Roe v. Wade

by Eric Scheidler (March 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm)

Supreme CourtTomorrow, 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 …]

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Will You Host a Pro-Life Way of the Cross at Your Local Abortion Facility on Good Friday?

by Matt Yonke (February 29, 2016 at 1:44 pm)

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 …]

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Clinic Witness Training from Sidewalk Counselor Karen Black

by Matt Yonke (February 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm)

Witnessing for life outside your local abortion clinic can be difficult work, but highly rewarding. But if you want to be an effective counselor to abortion-bound women, it’s important to know the psychology of the women coming in to the clinic and how to speak to them in a way that they can receive.

That’s just the kind of training you can get from the talk below entitled, “Equipping for Life” by sidewalk counselor Karen Black. Karen has years of experience on the sidewalk saving lives, and research to back up her tactics on the psychology of women seeking abortion.

The talk is about two hours in length, but well worth your time to hear if you are a sidewalk counselor or interested in becoming one. Simply click the play button below to listen. For further information and tools, check out the Pro-Life Action League’s page on sidewalk counseling.

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20 Tips for Ignoring What’s Really Happening When You Get an Abortion

by Matt Yonke (February 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm)

Earlier this month, the website Paper Darts posted an article entitled 20 Tips for Your First Abortion, and they were, predictably, horrendous.

But perhaps most disturbing, many of the tips counsel the abortion-bound mother to at all costs ignore the reality of her pregnancy and what the abortion procedure will do to her unborn child.

From the very first tip, the woman is encouraged to ignore the circumstances of her pregnancy. She’s then told to tell someone “who will support you.” Options include, bizarrely, telling your cat.

She’s also told to “Avoid any website that uses the word ‘life.’ They will not help you. Also avoid all images. All of them. Even if it promises to be a cartoon drawing called ‘Olivia the Ovary.’ They will not help you either.”—a striking testimony to the power of abortion victim photos and the help and real information provided by pro-life websites. [Continue reading …]

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Spend This Summer Interning with the Pro-Life Action League

by League Staff (February 17, 2016 at 1:46 pm)

Pro-Life Action League internshipThe Pro-Life Action League is excited to announce an opportunity to intern with America’s premier pro-life activist organization in our home city of Chicago from June 6 to July 29, 2016!

This internship is a great chance for any college student or recent graduate interested in a career fighting abortion on the front lines.

Opportunities include sidewalk counseling at several Chicago area abortion facilities, participating in various pro-life demonstrations such as the League’s 8-day summer Face the Truth Tour and much more.

Applicant should be a current college student or recent college graduate and possess excellent communication skills, writing skills and proficiency with word processing software and social media. Application deadline is Monday, March 14. Get all the details on the internship and how you can apply right here.

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Rest in Peace, Justice Scalia

by Joe Scheidler (February 15, 2016 at 10:26 am)

I am deeply saddened by the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He was a brilliant mind and a champion of the United States Constitution and a friend to the pro-life movement.

On December 4, 2002, I sat in the Supreme Court chamber as attorneys for me and for the National Organization for Women argued the details of the RICO case against me, NOW v. Scheidler. At one point Justice Scalia interrupted NOW’s attorney, Fay Clayton, with a pointed question about her definition of blockading. “As your argument to the jury indicated, it was enough if they obstructed the entrance and failed to ‘part like the Red Sea’ if somebody wanted to go in. … You told the jury that you could find an offense here under the Hobbs Act by the mere blockade.”

Clayton answered, “Not true, Your Honor.”

At that point Justice Scalia signaled to a clerk, who brought him a copy of the transcript from the 1998 federal district court trial. Scalia read verbatim from the transcript the exact words he had just used: “part like the Red Sea.”

Clayton was momentarily speechless. And I leaned over and said to my attorney, Tom Brejcha, “I think we’ve won.”

And we did in an 8-1 opinion released February 26, 2003. [Continue reading …]

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Will You Accept the Pro-Life Action League’s 2016 Lenten Prayer Challenge?

by Matt Yonke (February 10, 2016 at 9:12 am)

In past years, the Pro-Life Action League has called on pro-lifers to pray for those involved in the abortion business during the season of Lent. Last year we asked you to pray for three criminal abortionists in jail.

This year, with the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal so much in the news, we’re calling on the pro-life community to pray for three women at the heart of that scandal and the nation’s largest abortion chain: Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Dr. Mary Gatter and Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards.

Will you commit to join this challenge and pray every day and fast from one meal each week for these women during Lent? [Continue reading …]

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