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For reasons unbeknownst to me, the other day I received at our home address my official Planned Parenthood Membership Card, along with a letter [PDF] from Cecile Richards saying she can’t thank me enough for what I have done for Planned Parenthood this past year.
What I have done is picket their high-dollar fundraising events, protested their conferring of various leadership awards on turncoat politicians, and exposed a pattern of abhorrent practices at their facilities nationwide. But I’m glad they appreciate these contributions enough to confer membership on me.
The letter from Cecile Richards says nothing is going to stop them from making sure women have access to “safe, legal abortion,” but that my support is absolutely critical in 2014 to help them lead the fight.
She admits they’re having trouble: “Five years ago, very few people thought legal access to abortion was really at risk.” Then she goes on to fret about waiting periods, counseling and ultrasound requirements, admitting privileges, and “unnecessary” building code laws for abortion clinics.
Good. It’s nice to know what bothers the nation’s largest abortion chain, so as Member number 1840624, I’ll do everything in my power to concentrate on doing those things every chance I get.
On July 20, 2012, 24-year old Tonya Reaves had a second trimester abortion at a Planned Parenthood’s facility in Chicago.
Following the abortion, she experienced a series of complications, but Planned Parenthood did not call 911 to help for her. Five and a half hours later, she was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
A few hours later, Tonya was dead.
Just last week it was revealed [PDF] that a Planned Parenthood and the other plaintiffs in the case are on the hook for a $2 million wrongful death settlement in the lawsuit brought by Alvin Jones, the father of Reaves’ only heir, her son, who is also named Alvin after his father.
Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler commented:
Reading this settlement, I was struck by the impact it will have on young Alvin Jones when he starts receiving money on his 18th birthday. [Continue reading ...]
On October 21, 2011 the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) assessed the Women’s Aid Clinic abortion facility with a fine [PDF] of $36,000 for a host of serious violations, including failure to perform CPR on 18-year old Antonesha Ross, who died following an abortion in 2009.
The state also suspended the license of Women’s Aid to operate as a pregnancy termination specialty center (PTSC) and prohibited the facility from performing surgical abortions—although it is still permitted to perform medical abortions (i.e., RU-486).
But now, more than two years later, Women’s Aid still hasn’t paid the fine, and the matter has been turned over to the Illinois Attorney General’s office to collect the money. But as it stands now, a judge in Chicago is willing to let them off the hook—if they pay a mere $77.
We can’t let that happen.
That’s why the Pro-Life Action League is urging Illinois residents to call the office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan at 312-814-3000 and urge her to appeal the judge’s ruling in the Women’s Aid Clinic case. [Continue reading ...]
The Guttmacher Institute released a study [PDF] earlier this week revealing that the abortion rate in the U.S. has continued to decline in recent years and is now at a level not seen since the 1970s.
And as the Pro-Life Action League’s Matt Yonke pointed out in an article published on Monday, Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers continued going up during this same time period, giving the nation’s largest abortion chain an ever greater share of the industry.
National Right to Life published its own analysis of the study, which observed that the stridently “pro-choice” Guttmacher Institute, not surprisingly, “downplayed the role that public debate over the rights of unborn children have played in this trend.”
In its analysis, NRLC notes that in the study, Guttmacher:
…cites the state of Illinois, which saw an 18% decline in abortion numbers even though the state didn’t enact any pro-life legislation during period covered by the report. This neglects, however, that the state’s parental notice law, which had been enjoined since its passage in 1995, was once again in the news in 2009 and 2010 – precisely during the study period – and again prompted a public discussion and debate [about] parental involvement in a minor daughter’s abortion decision.
Surely, the public policy debate surrounding Illinois’ parental notification law during this time helped to lower the state’s abortion rate.
But what else did? [Continue reading ...]
SpeakOut Illinois 2014 faced the challenge of Chicago’s continuing severe winter, but over 350 pro-lifers were undaunted by it, as they gathered at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare on Saturday morning. The streets had not been plowed, nor had the hotel parking lot, but it would take more than an all night snow storm to discourage these folks.
Peter Breen, executive director of the Thomas More Society, serving as master of ceremonies, welcomed all and introduced Fr. Malek Rihani, of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Palos Heights, to light the traditional SpeakOut candle and open the day with prayer.
Four workshop panels were held concurrently, then repeated, so attendees had the opportunity to attend two workshops. All presentations were recorded, so they could purchase the ones they were not able to attend in person. [Continue reading ...]
“I loved it!”
These are just some of the comments that sum up the reaction of the dozens of teens and adults who attended TeenSpeak 2014 pro-life conference held February 1 in Rosemont, Illinois. The day began with an eye-opening talk entitled “The Biochemistry of Attachment and Bonding” by Vicki Thorn, the founder of the international post-abortion outreach Project Rachel.
In her talk, Vicki discussed some of the key differences between the thought processes of men and women generally, and of young men and young women in particular. Among many topics—including the dangers of pornography and the very real harms (both physical and psychological) that women suffer as a result of chemical contraception—Vicki also talked about the biology of abortion, explaining how both the mother and father of an aborted child are haunted by the absence of that child, and how even other children born after an abortion can be affected by the loss of one of their siblings. [Continue reading ...]
A new study [PDF] from the Guttmacher Institute reports that the abortion rate in the US has continued to decline and is now at a level so low it hasn’t been seen since the 1970s.
The study found a rate of 16.9 abortions per thousand women of childbearing age in 2011, though it did not probe the possible causes for the decline.
But even as the abortion rate continues its slow decline, Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion chain—continues to perform more and more abortions and dominate the abortion market.
According to their annual report [PDF], Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions in 2012—almost 80,000 more than they performed in 2005. That’s about one every 95 seconds, every day of the year. [Continue reading ...]
On Thursday, January 23, the Pro-Life Action League brought out over two dozen stalwart activists came out on a bitterly cold five degree evening to protest of Planned Parenthood’s annual Roe v. Wade gala in Chicago.
In addition to celebrating the tragic court decision that stripped unborn babies of their right to life through all nine months of pregnancy, Planned Parenthood was also giving pro-choice Senator Dick Durbin a “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
As horrible as this is by itself, it’s also extremely incongruous, because Senator Durbin used to be a staunch pro-life advocate! The League brought signs reading, Return to Your Pro-Life Roots, Senator Durbin! and Senator Durbin: Unborn Babies Need You Back! [Continue reading ...]
Pro-Life Action League banner at the 2014 March for Life
The Pro-Life Action League was honored to participate in the 41st annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 22, the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s tragic Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton rulings. The League was represented at the March by founders Ann and Joe Scheidler, staff members John Jansen, Matt Yonke and Peter Scheidler, and me.
The afternoon before the March, it was my great privilege to serve as emcee for the official March for Life Youth Rally, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Speakers included pro-life greats like Fr Frank Pavone, Troy Newman, Lila Rose, Abby Johnson, Pat Mahoney, Ryan Bomberger and many more.
The highlight of the event for me was a standing ovation [Continue reading ...]