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Wednesday, March 25th, 7:25am: We start unloading signs from Eric Scheidler’s van at the intersection of of Madison and Wacker in downtown Chicago. A few seconds later, some guy calls out to us, “A****es!”
We’re used to that. But usually when people yell at us, it’s because we’re displaying pictures of abortion victims. Not this time, however.
We decided to switch things up a bit and elected to display only beautiful photos of babies born and unborn to highlight the humanity of children in the womb. Wednesday also happened to be the Feast of the Annunciation, when we recall the conception of Jesus in the womb of His mother Mary — and we thought this was a perfect opportunity to show the beauty of every child from the moment of conception.
Yet even with only “nice” signs, some people, like the fellow mentioned above, were still offended by our message. Many others, however, offered us sincere words of thanks and commended us for our presence.
The first of our two sites is just a block east of Union Station, and so thousands upon thousands of commuters — see a time lapse video here — saw our signs on their way to work. Among them was Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg, who stopped to chat with Pro-Life Action League national director Joe Scheidler. Despite the fact that the two of them don’t agree on much of anything, they’ve always liked each other. [Continue reading …]
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 two thousand years after the Crucifixion, 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.
Joe Scheidler (back left) with a group of Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and students from Mundelein College in Montgomery, Alabama, March 1965 (see a larger version of this picture here)
March 25 of this year brought back fond memories of 50 years ago to the very day.
While standing in downtown Chicago with a large sign showing a baby eight weeks from conception in an effort to alert the public to the inherent rights of babies to be born, I couldn’t but help think of standing in Montgomery, Alabama in 1965—exactly 50 years before—talking to some Southern gentlemen holding rocks in their hands as I tried to explain that I thought blacks should have the right to vote.
Holding that baby picture in Chicago Wednesday was less dangerous than talking to what may have been members of the Ku Klux Klan who were not at all interested in giving blacks the vote. “Go back up North where you belong, Yank. We’ll take care of our blacks.” [Continue reading …]
In the Catholic liturgical calendar, the Gospel for today 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 …]
We’re kicking off the pro-life activism season with a “LIFE Day” in downtown Chicago! Join us as we show beautiful signs depicting babies, born and unborn, and leaflets on the developing child in the womb.
And as a bonus, we’ll provide coffee and donuts for everyone at the first site!
The details are listed below and on the Facebook event page. Join us!
It’s been three weeks since a woman was taken away in an ambulance from the National Health Care abortion facility in Peoria, Illinois. And from the 911 audio — “We need somebody very quickly” — it didn’t sound good at all.
You might expect that this incident would prompt the director, Margaret Vanduyn, to keep a low profile. Yet she was eager to be interviewed for an AP story that appeared this week in the Chicago Sun-Times about an Illinois House bill (introduced, coincidentally, on the very same day as the ambulance incident in Peoria) that would require annual unannounced inspections of all abortion facilities in the state:
Margaret Vanduyn, executive director of the National Health Care clinic that offers abortion services in Peoria, said an annual inspection would be unnecessary. The state sends inspectors “every couple of years,” she said, but most of the problems they have found involved paperwork and, in one case, an outdated certification on equipment. Vanduyn said she believed the proposal to increase inspections was “politically motivated.”
Abortion clinic managers bellyaching about the prospect of greater oversight is, of course, nothing new. But Vanduyn, perhaps even more so than most, should be the last to complain. [Continue reading …]
Today is “Abortion Provider Appreciation Day”, and to mark the occasion, the Pro-Life Action League is releasing yet another video of the aftermath of a botched abortion, this time from February 25 at National Health Care in Peoria, Illinois.
In this case, the abortion client was harmed so badly the abortionist, Yogendra Shah, “couldn’t get a grip” on the blood flow. The clinic employee reiterates several times that they need someone to come “very quickly.”
As we’ve seen in several cases before, the abortion worker on the phone seems more concerned with not giving out too much information than with making sure the emergency workers have all the information they need, much to the 911 operator’s frustration.
We haven’t been able to learn the client’s fate, so please keep her in your prayers for physical and spiritual healing. And share this video to spread the word that, in addition to being morally outrageous, abortion is dangerous for women.
On February 25, longtime University of Notre Dame law professor Charlie Rice died at the age of 83.
In the late 1970s Charlie Rice and I had an argument at a National Right to Life Committee meeting in Anaheim, California.
I was taking time off from the conferences to picket a nearby abortion clinic, and Charlie thought this was a waste of time. There was a lot of action at the clinic that morning and I nearly got arrested—although I avoided it by joining a wedding party at a nearby church.
But we did talk one young woman out of having an abortion and later in the day I told Charlie this. I said maybe I had an argument for skipping a talk or two after all. From that time on Charlie and I were good friends. [Continue reading …]
The other day I got an email from the folks organizing the 40 Days for Life vigil outside Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinic in Indianapolis. They had something unusual to report—that a Planned Parenthood staff member had actually referred a woman to a local pregnancy resource center when it became clear she really didn’t want to go through with an abortion.
As odd as this sounds, it is not entirely unknown to happen. As we know from the testimony of former Planned Parenthood workers, there are many in that organization who sincerely want to help women, and believe they are doing so. Though their supervisors might not like it, given how hard Planned Parenthood presses clinic managers to up their abortion numbers, sometimes this means suggesting that a woman not go through with her abortion.
Such cases give us valuable insight into the mentality of some working in the abortion business. [Continue reading …]
On Good Friday, April 3, 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 …]