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League Releases “CONVERTED: From Abortion Provider to Pro-Life Activist” Video Series

by Matt Yonke (June 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm)

The Pro-Life Action League is excited to announce the debut of our new video series “CONVERTED: From Abortion Provider to Pro-Life Activist.”

In the tradition of our previous conferences, “Meet the Abortion Providers” and “Abortion: The Inside Story”, the League gathered eight former abortion workers to tell the stories of why they left the abortion industry and became advocates for life.

The speakers at this conference spanned the full range of roles in the abortion business, from receptionist to abortionist, from clinic managers to abortion counselors. Each had a unique testimony that highlights the evil of abortion industry, and the humanity of the people who work in it.

In this first video, Dr. Anthony Levatino shares the tragic series of events that led him to see the humanity of every unborn child and leave his job as an abortionist and to dedicate his medical practice to God.

We’ll be releasing all the videos in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on the Pro-Life Action League’s blog to be sure you don’t miss any of these illuminating talks.

To download the audio of this talk to play on your MP3 player, right click this link and choose “Save Link As” (Chrome/Firefox) or “Save Target As” (IE).

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Illegal Work Being Done at Future Site of Abortion Clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois

by John Jansen (June 6, 2014 at 1:48 pm)

Stop-work order posted June 5 at the future site of Apollo Surgical Center in Des Plaines, IL

Stop-work order posted June 5 at the future site of Apollo Surgical Center in Des Plaines, IL

Since learning that Forest View Medical Center abortion clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois had closed nearly two months ago, the Pro-Life Action League has continued to keep a close eye on the facility.

After the closing, we knew that the building that formerly housed Forest View was still owned by Vinod and Vijay Goyal, a husband-and-wife team who own more abortion clinics (five) than anyone else in the state, so we were obviously concerned that the Goyals might attempt to open another abortion facility at the site.

And, in fact, we’ve recently learned that’s exactly what they’re planning to do.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Pro-Life Action League has learned [PDF] that the Goyals are planning this summer to open a facility called Apollo Surgical Center in the building that formerly housed the Forest View abortion clinic. [Continue reading ...]

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Everything Old Is New Again: The Resurgence of Pro-Life Hospital Pickets

by John Jansen (June 3, 2014 at 9:23 am)

Pro-life activist Lynn Mills protests May 2 outside Providence Park Hospital in Novi, MI

Pro-life activist Lynn Mills protests May 2 outside Providence Park Hospital in Novi, MI [Photo via The Detroit News]

“Anti-Abortion Protesters Are Coming to a Hospital Near You.”

That’s the apt title of an article published last week by pro-choice journalist Robin Marty on the liberal website ThinkProgress.

Noting that the vast majority of abortions are performed in freestanding clinics, Marty says hospitals are “increasingly viewed as the weak link in the battle over abortion access.” She then adds, “And that’s exactly the way medical boards like it.”

But as more and more states are enacting legislation requiring abortionists in freestanding facilities to have admitting privileges at and transfer agreements with a local hospital, the landscape is changing:

Admitting privileges legislation has made hospitals the gatekeeper for abortion clinics’ ability to remain open. That’s allowed protests to move away from the clinics themselves and back to the hospitals, a far more vulnerable target.

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Will Abortion Ever Be “Settled”?

by Joe Scheidler (May 28, 2014 at 11:38 am)

mildred stanley and lawrence welk 240“History will sort out right and wrong,” Josh Noel assures us of this in his May 27 Chicago Tribune column.

Noel’s column features a photo (at right) of bandleader Lawrence Welk and singer Mildred Stanley displaying a sign urging the U.S. to keep out of World War II. Their sign says, “Keep US out of war. Be neutral.”

The photo was taken at Chicago’s Edgewater Beach Hotel on September 11, 1939, just ten days after Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Noel says the sign they are holding and their isolationism now look “…at best, hopelessly naive.”

Of course, we entered the war two years later and crushed Fascism, and that was the right thing to do, just as entering World War I a generation earlier had been the right thing. History says so. Noel points out that being right both times cost the U.S. half a million lives, then lists among other wrongs that were ultimately righted slavery, voting rights for women and Blacks, and inter-racial marriage.

But whatever you get out of Noel’s thesis that history will sort it all out, his most interesting comment is this: “While I suspect the matter of abortion will never be ‘settled,’ gay marriage and marijuana legalization seem likely candidates.”

But why won’t history be able to sort out abortion? [Continue reading ...]

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Make Plans Now to Take Part in the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

by League Staff (May 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm)

NDRAC masthead 535This Monday, we’ll celebate Memorial Day, honoring the sacrifice of all the soldiers who have given up their lives for our country and the cause of freedom.

It says something good about the United States that we dedicate a day each year to remember these soldiers’ lives.

But tragically, there are other lost lives that America would rather forget all about — the 56 million unborn babies who have been killed over the past 41 years of legal abortion.

That’s why the Pro-Life Action League has teamed up with two of our closest allies, Priests for Life and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society — to call for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on September 13.

The Day of Remembrance comprises a series of simultaneous memorial services at more than 40 known gravesites of aborted children throughout the country.

Memorial services will also be held at other memorial sites dedicated to unborn babies, for those who live too far from the burial sites.

Last year prayer vigils were held at over 100 gravesites and memorial sites, and this year we’d like to see that number grow.

There are two ways you help with the Day of Remembrance: [Continue reading ...]

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League Shows the Victims of Abortion on Chicago’s North Side

by John Jansen (May 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm)

ftt chicago 240x180A crack team of committed pro-life activists came to the North Side of Chicago May 21 to take part in a Pro-Life Action League sponsored “Face the Truth” Day.

Our first site was the high-traffic intersection of Fullerton Avenue and Ashland Avenue in the West DePaul neighborhood. The highlight came about halfway through the 90 minute stop when a woman who happened to be passing by asked if she could join us.  Needless to say, we were more than happy to oblige her, and she held a sign until our time was up.

We then moved on to a site we’d never done before: Addison Street and Elston Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood. We chose this site in large part because it allowed us to reach thousands of fans making their way from the Kennedy Expressway along Addison Street en route to Wrigley Field for the Cubs-Yankees day game. [Continue reading ...]

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Join Us May 21 for a “Face the Truth” Day on Chicago’s North Side

by John Jansen (May 15, 2014 at 9:00 am)

Face the truth north side
Last month we visited the South Side of Chicago for our first “Face the Truth” Day of 2014, and now it’s time to hit the North Side!

For our first site, we’ll be holding signs showing the victims of abortion at the high-traffic intersection of Fullerton Avenue and Ashland Avenue, just a stone’s throw from DePaul University.

Our second site is one we’re doing for the first time ever: Addison Street and Elston Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood.  There’s a Cubs game that day, so our signs will be seen by thousands making their way along Addison after exiting the Kennedy Expressway en route to Wrigley Field.

The details are listed below and on the Facebook event page. Join us!

North Side of Chicago “Face the Truth Day”: Wednesday, May 21

9:30am – 11:00am: West DePaul
Fullerton Avenue and Ashland Avenue Map
11:30am – 1:00pm: Avondale
Addison Street and Elston Avenue Map

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NOW President: Babies Wouldn’t Die So Much If We’d Just Kill Them Before They Died!

by Matt Yonke (May 13, 2014 at 4:38 pm)

Terry O'NeillNational Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill published an editorial on the Huffington Post today entitled, “Abortion, Like Contraception, Is Essential Health Care That Saves Lives.”

Let that sink in for a second. A procedure that’s taken over 50 million lives in the U.S. alone since 1973 . . . saves lives.

O’Neill’s “life saving” abortions

How does O’Neill get to the conclusion promised in the title, that “abortion care” saves lives? Easy! She ignores 50% of the people involved in every abortion.

The first place she looks for saved lives from abortion is high infant mortality rates. They’d be so much lower if more of those pesky underprivileged women would just get more abortions. That’s right, her solution to high infant mortality rates is to kill the babies before they get the chance to die! [Continue reading ...]

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“Rosary of the Unborn”: Heaven Sent or Hoax?

by Matt Yonke (May 13, 2014 at 10:00 am)

Rosary of the UnbornHere at the Pro-Life Action League, we often receive inquiries about pro-life ministries or devotions from people around the world.

But the post on our blog that has received more comments than any other over the years is a post about the “Rosary of the Unborn,” a rosary produced by Holy Love Ministries in Elyria, Ohio that claims to bear certain promises from the Blessed Virgin Mary through messages given to purported visionary Maureen Sweeney Kyle.

Specifically, Maureen was allegedly promised that “. . . each Hail Mary prayed [on a Rosary for the Unborn] from a loving heart will rescue one of these innocent lives from death by abortion.”

It’s not hard to see why people of faith, especially Catholics, would be attracted to such promises. But the sad truth is that the Church has declared that these promises do not have a supernatural origin.

Since we continue to receive inquiries about this devotion, we thought it would be helpful to link our readers to our exhaustive examination of the Rosary of the Unborn and the Catholic Church’s response to it. [Continue reading ...]

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Did Planned Parenthood Abortionist Mandy Gittler Commit Perjury in Tonya Reaves Deposition?

by John Jansen (May 8, 2014 at 10:32 am)

mandy gittler depositionPlanned Parenthood abortionist Mandy Gittler was responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves in Chicago on July 20, 2012.

And with the recent release of her 165-page deposition [PDF] as part of a civil suit filed against Planned Parenthood, et al., on behalf of Reaves’ sole heir, there is much more that we now know about the case — but there is still much that we do not know.

Early News Stories, Autopsy Report Listed Wrong Planned Parenthood Location

CBS Radio’s Chicago affiliate, News Radio 780 WBBM, broke the story of Tonya Reaves’ death the following day, July 21, 2012. Citing evidence from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, WBBM’s Steve Miller reported that Reaves’ abortion had occurred at 18 S. Michigan Avenue, which is the location of Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center.

That detail came as a surprise to us, since the website for the Loop Health Center indicated [PDF] — in a passage that was later deleted — that only limited services (birth control, emergency contraception, and medication abortion; i.e., the abortion pill, or RU-486) were available at that facility. [Continue reading ...]

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