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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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Hundreds of Louisville Pro-Lifers Protest New Planned Parenthood Facility

by Matt Yonke (February 8, 2016 at 1:31 pm)

In January, pro-lifers in Louisville, Kentucky reached out to the Pro-Life Action League for help opposing a new Planned Parenthood clinic that had just opened in their town.

We were more than happy to help. Fighting the nation’s largest abortion chain is central to the League’s mission! We consulted on the phone with local activist Nate Robertson to get a handle on the situation and then set to work assisting them with finding out how Planned Parenthood had snuck into town without the pro-life community hearing about it, and finding ways to oppose the new facility.

At first it seemed there was some time to craft a strategy as Planned Parenthood had announced that they would begin performing abortion sometime in the spring. But the day after we spoke with Nate, Planned Parenthood announced that they had, in fact, already begun performing abortions! [Continue reading …]

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Pro-Life Action League Staffer’s Home Attacked

by John Jansen (February 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm)
One of the windows broken at Pro-Life Action League staffer John Jansen's home, January 28 

One of the windows broken at Pro-Life Action League staffer John Jansen’s home, Jan. 28

Shortly after I left for work last Thursday morning, January 28, my wife Jocelyn went downstairs to the basement of our home and noticed that it was unusually cold.

She then realized that someone had thrown chunks of cinder block through two of our basement windows, one of which was, rather ironically, wrapped inside a black plastic bag with the words, “Thank you.”

Jocelyn immediately called the police to report the incident, and when an officer arrived at our house, one of the first questions he asked was, “Is somebody mad at you?” To which my wife replied, “Well, my husband works for a pro-life organization.” (Which is to say: “Yes.”) [Continue reading …]

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Pro-Life Action League protests and inspires at 2016 March for Life

by Matt Yonke (January 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm)

Last week, pro-lifers from across the country descended on Washington D.C. for the 43rd annual March for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League was there to help encourage pro-lifers to become more active in the fight against abortion in their own communities.

We touched down in our nation’s capital on Wednesday, January 20 in the evening so we could be ready for our first event: a protest Thursday morning at the new Planned Parenthood mega-center currently under construction in D.C. under the banner of the #ProtestPP movement that had organized nationwide protest of Planned Parenthood centers in the summer and fall of 2015.

Two hundred pro-lifers came out over the course of the protest. Prayers and speeches were offered by the League’s Joe and Eric Scheidler, along with a host of other pro-life leaders including Rev. Pat Mahoney, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Dr. Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Brian Gibson of Pro-Life Action Ministries, Bryan Kemper of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach and many more. [Continue reading …]

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Prominent Illinois Politicians See the Victims of Abortion at Swanky Planned Parenthood Gala

by John Jansen (January 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm)

planned parenthood protest in chicago

It’s become a tradition for the Pro-Life Action League to protest Planned Parenthood Illinois Action’s annual fundraising event celebrating Roe v. Wade. And as soon as we found out that this year’s event would be held on January 21, we immediately made plans to keep that tradition going.

Two dozen hearty pro-life activists joined us last night at City Winery in Chicago to bring a simple message to Planned Parenthood’s supporters: Abortion is nothing to celebrate.

We first set up an LED sign that says, “Abortion takes human life,” along with a 5′ x 9′ banner depicting an abortion victim on the sidewalk directly in front of the front door so that everyone entering would see exactly what it is that they’re supporting.

Orange-vested volunteer escorts with the Illinois Choice Action Team were also on hand, offering to accompany attendees through what one of them referred to as our “circus” — i.e., the sidewalk leading up to the front door, alongside of which were more volunteers holding more pictures of abortion victims as well as signs reading, “Planned Parenthood lies to you.” [Continue reading …]

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Closed Chicago Abortion Clinic Trying Desperately to Reopen

by John Jansen (January 15, 2016 at 4:55 pm)

Empty parking lot of the Albany abortion clinic on Chicago's Northwest Side

Empty parking lot of the Albany abortion clinic in Chicago, last open for business on Oct. 17 [Photo by John Jansen, Oct. 21]

Nearly three 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 now the Pro-Life Action League has obtained new information revealing that Albany’s owner, Walter Dragosz, is trying to reopen. [Continue reading …]

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