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Msgr. Philip Reilly to Visit Chicago November 6-7

by League Staff (October 29, 2015 at 12:04 pm)

Msgr. Philip Reilly

Monsignor Philip Reilly

Indomitable pro-life veteran and world renowned sidewalk counselor Monsignor Philip Reilly will visit the Chicago area on November 6-7 for a series of events focusing on the spiritual battle against abortion.

You are especially encouraged to take part in the Saturday morning Mass and Rosary procession to the downtown Family Planning Associates abortion facility, where callers to FPA’s recently closed Albany abortion clinic are now being referred.

Msgr. Reilly has been active in the pro-life movement since 1967 — six years before Roe v. Wade — and in 1989, along with just four volunteers, he founded the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants outside the infamous Choices abortion center in Brooklyn, New York. Helpers Chapters now span across the United States and 18 countries worldwide.

Don’t miss this chance to learn from and pray with this holy priest!  The schedule for Msgr. Reilly’s visit is as follows: [Continue reading …]

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Joe and Ann Scheidler Visit Site of Closed Abortion Clinic in Chicago

by League Staff (October 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm)

Pro-Life Action League founders Joe and Ann Scheidler have prayed and sidewalk counseled outside the Albany Medical-Surgical Center abortion facility for over 25 years, and this afternoon, they paid a visit to the site of the now-empty building and parking lot located just over a mile from the League’s headquarters on Chicago’s Northwest Side:

The last day the Albany clinic was open was Saturday, October 17 — and it has not reopened. Patients are now being referred to another FPA abortion facility in downtown Chicago, and callers are being told that the Albany facility is permanently closed.

Donate NowWe at the League are so grateful to all the faithful pro-life activists who have joined in prayer, protest, and sidewalk counseling outside Albany these last 25 years! This closing would not have been possible without their hard work and dedication day in and day out, in all kinds of weather. And we’re pleased to see that pro-life activist presence moving to the downtown FPA location.

For more information related to Albany’s closing, see this article published on the Pro-Life Action League’s website on October 21.

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Notorious Chicago Abortion Clinic Quietly Closes

by John Jansen (October 21, 2015 at 12:49 pm)

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

Empty parking lot of the Albany abortion clinic on Chicago’s Northwest Side [Photo by John Jansen, Oct. 21]

The Pro-Life Action League published a lengthy article earlier this year detailing a notorious Chicago abortion clinic’s repeated failure to comply with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requirements, resulting in fines totaling $50,000.

The Albany Medical-Surgical Center abortion facility, run by the Family Planning Associates (FPA) chain, has long been notorious for not-safe-but-legal abortions, as witnessed chiefly by four (4) women who died following abortions performed there: Maria Rodriguez, Nakia Jorden, Maria Leho, and, most tragically of all, 13-year old Deanna Bell.

Five abortionists are listed on the Albany facility’s latest renewal licensure [PDF]: Steve Lichtenberg, Darwin Jackson, Murray Pelta, Allison Cowett, along with Willie Parker, who was given awards by both Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice New York earlier this year.

The last day the Albany abortion clinic was open was Saturday, October 17. Since then, it’s been closed. A sign on the door now directs people to another FPA abortion facility in downtown Chicago, and the large sign in the facility’s parking lot that formerly said, “Family Planning Associates Medical Group” is now blank. [Continue reading …]

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Second National #ProtestPP Event Hits Hundreds of Planned Parenthood Centers

Tens of Thousands Rally Coast to Coast for Second Time in Two Months

by John Jansen (October 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm)
ProtestPP in Aurora, IL

#ProtestPP event in Aurora, Illinois [Photo by Sam Scheidler]

After the hugely successful National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood held on August 22, one of the most common questions participants asked was, “When are we going to do this again?”

So many of those who attended—and, in some cases, even led—one of the hundreds of protests held that day had never before taken part in pro-life activism, and with all the interest in the scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood and its sale of aborted babies’ body parts, we knew there was no way that this highly successful protest effort would be a one-off.

After consulting with our friends at Created Equal and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society—who, along with the Pro-Life Action League, serve as co-sponsors of #ProtestPP—we settled on Saturday, October 10 as the date for the second National Day of Protest against Planned Parenthood, and on this day, once again, tens of thousands of pro-lifers came out to their local Planned Parenthood facility to take a stand against the nation’s largest abortion chain.

In some cases—such as Trenton, New Jersey—Saturday marked the first time in years that a pro-life protest had been held outside a Planned Parenthood center. [Continue reading …]

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At Chicago Ideas Week, Pro-Lifers Tell Cecile Richards, “Abortion Is Always a BAD Idea”

by Matt Yonke (October 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm)

Late last week, we here at the Pro-Life Action League received a tip that Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards would be speaking at Chicago Ideas Week, a weeklong series of talks from leaders in a variety of fields.

Richards was speaking on a panel titled “Leading Under Pressure” along with four other leaders who have had to face various kinds of challenges and setbacks, including retired four-star general David Petraeus.

We knew right away that we weren’t going to let the president of Abortion Incorporated visit Chicago without a protest, so we set the wheels in motion right away. [Continue reading …]

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League to Protest Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards in Chicago Tuesday

by League Staff (October 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm)

Cecile RichardsOnly days after coordinating the second wave of nationwide protests at Planned Parenthood facilities, the Pro-Life Action League will picket a talk by Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards in downtown Chicago. Richards is speaking at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Tuesday October 13, on the topic of “Leading under Pressure” during Chicago Ideas Week.

The League will be there to protest, with signs reading “Cecile Richards: Abortion is always a BAD idea,” and a large banner reading, “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts.” Also on display will be large signs depicting abortion’s innocent unborn victims.

Richards has been in damage control mode for months, thanks to the string of undercover videos showing top Planned Parenthood doctors scheming to harvest and sell aborted babies’ body parts.

“Why is the head of the nation’s largest abortion chain speaking during Chicago Ideas Week?” asks Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League. “What new idea has Cecile Richards got to offer—other than harvesting the body parts of abortion victims in order to maximize Planned Parenthood’s profits?”

The League’s protest will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Central Time at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph Street in Chicago (map). RSVP on the Facebook event page.

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#ProtestPP October 10 in Chicago and Aurora

by Eric Scheidler (October 9, 2015 at 11:20 am)

signs 533In August, tens of thousands of pro-lifers hit the streets at hundreds of Planned Parenthood locations nationwide for an historic day of protests.

Tomorrow, October 10, we’re hitting the streets again.

The scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood’s illicit trafficking in aborted babies’ body parts is still raging, and we need to keep the pressure on.

When Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards testified before Congress last week, she spun a web of lies, desperate to keep her massive taxpayer
subsidy. It’s up to us to expose those lies!

Meanwhile, David Daleiden from the Center for Medical Progress — the man behind the undercover videos — has been blocked by the courts from releasing hours of footage. You and I have to step up and keep this injustice before the American people!

That’s what the National Day of Protest on October 10 is all about and we’ve got four locations in the Chicagoland area for you to choose from: [Continue reading …]

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#ProtestPP Nationwide on October 10 — This is Going to Be BIG

by Eric Scheidler (September 25, 2015 at 8:45 am)

Eric Scheidler Rallies a Crowd in Aurora

After the incredible protests held on August 22 that drew over 78,000 people, it’s time to hit the streets again for another National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood sites nationwide!

With new PP videos still coming out, Congress deliberating defunding measures, and Planned Parenthood’s misdeeds still making headlines, the time to protest is NOW.

That’s why the Pro-Life Action League — along with our friends at Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Created Equal — are calling for another National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood locations coast-to-coast on October 10.

But this time we want to see pro-lifers standing up at even more Planned Parenthood centers. Last time, we brought protests to 345 Planned Parenthood locations — but there are more than 600 in all!

That means we need even more local leaders to step forward and can organize a protest at a Planned Parenthood facility in their area.

First, I’d like to ask you to check out the list of protest sites to see if there’s one near you. [Continue reading …]

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Joining 40 Days for Life? Get Your Life Witness Prayer Book Today!

by League Staff (September 16, 2015 at 8:37 am)

One week from today, 40 Days for Life prayer vigils will be starting in hundreds of cities and towns all over the United States and throughout the world.

If you’re planning to take part in one of these 40 Days vigils — and you should! — the Pro-Life Action League has a great prayer book to share with you.

Praying outside an abortion facility is one of the most important pro-life activities we can do. But sometimes it’s a challenge.

Not only can it be tough to fill your vigil time with meaningful prayer, but it’s sometimes easy to get distracted. That’s why the Pro-Life Action League has put together the Life Witness Prayer Book, a tool to help make prayer time outside abortion facilities as constructive and focused as possible. [Continue reading …]

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Thousands Mourn Innocent Victims of Abortion on Largest Ever National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

by John Jansen (September 14, 2015 at 4:59 pm)

On Saturday, September 12, thousands of pro-lifers gathered at over 140 gravesites of aborted babies or other locations throughout the United States for the third annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.

This year’s Day of Remembrance took on special significance in light of the eye-opening #PPSellsBabyParts videos that have been released over the past several weeks, and the tidal wave of action in response to these videos no doubt played a significant role in making this year’s Day of Remembrance the largest of the past three years.

Several memorial services featured reflections given by clergymen, including seven Catholic bishops, among whom were Archbishop Allen Vigneron (Detroit, Michigan), Bishop Joseph Kopacz (Jackson, Missippi), and Bishop R. Walker Nickless (Sioux City, Iowa).

Many post-abortive women also spoke at memorial services, including Jessica Schuessler, who spoke at at service held at the gravesite of 2,033 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Jessica told her very personal story of how she was coerced by her mother to have an abortion when she was only 14 years old, despite the fact that neither she nor the baby’s father wanted to go through with it. Now active as a sidewalk counselor at Planned Parenthood’s large abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois, she exhorted those in attendance to become involved in sidewalk counseling and praying at their local abortion clinic. [Continue reading …]

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