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Last Updated 07/18/2016

2016 Face the Truth Tour concludes

by Matt Yonke (July 18, 2016 at 3:31 pm)

Last week the Pro-Life Action League held our 17th annual “Face the Truth” Tour where we bring images of the victims of abortion into the public square at to busy intersections across our home state of Illinois.

Invariably, when controversial images like these are shown to the public, reactions run the gamut from agreement to outrage, and this year League Executive Director Eric Scheidler made a short video each day to share some of these reactions as well as other insights about the abortion issue.

Take a look through the videos below to get a taste of what it’s like on the front lines of pro-life activism and check below the videos for some of the fantastic news coverage we received on the Tour!

Day One: So why do we show abortion victim photos in public?

Day Two: Who’s with STUPID? Pro-choicers can be MEAN.

Day Three: Amazing story of a mom who chose LIFE!

Day Four: Time lapse video shows 1000’s reached in Chicago Loop.

Day Five: Do abortion victim photos harm children?

Day Six: What kind of person holds abortion victim photos on a busy street?

Day Seven: Why it’s so important to meet the public one-on-one.

Day Eight: A post-abortive Face the Truth volunteer shares her story.

Truth Tour Press Coverage

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Join the Pro-Life Action League’s “Face the Truth” Tour, July 8-16

by Matt Yonke (July 5, 2016 at 2:48 pm)

On Friday, July 8, the Pro-Life Action League will kick off our 17th annual “Face the Truth” Tour across northeastern Illinois.

This powerful campaign brings the victims of abortion to the public square so people can come face to face with the brutal reality of abortion.

We’ll be visiting three sites a day from July 8-16, so join us on the streets if you can! Here’s the full Tour schedule:

Friday, July 8: Joliet Area

9:00-10:30 Joliet
W Jefferson Street and N Larkin Avenue Map
11:30-1:00 Shorewood
Route 59 and Black Road Map
3:00-4:30 Joliet
Route 59 and Caton Farm Road Map

Saturday, July 9: Western Suburbs

9:00-10:30 Villa Park
Roosevelt Road and Summit Avenue Map

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Is It Un-Christian to Show the Victims of Abortion?

by John Jansen (June 30, 2016 at 9:00 am)

On our website is a page that addresses the most common objections we hear during our “Face the Truth” Tours, when we show pictures of abortion victims out on the streets—as we’re preparing to do at 24 sites in and around Chicago starting July 8.

But in this post I’d like to focus on another objection that I must admit I find it hard to get my head around. Namely, the charge that showing abortion victim photos in public is uncharitable — and yea, even un-Christian — especially because of the supposedly damaging effects it has on children.

Personally, I find it understandable that the average secular person might get angry upon seeing a display of pictures of abortion victims.

But I’m gobsmacked when Christians try to claim that showing the victims of abortion in an effort to awaken people’s consciences is actually contrary to our faith.

Showing the Victims of Abortion: Unpopular, But Necessary

As Christians, we know that on that first Good Friday, Our Lord Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be mercilessly scourged, crowned with thorns, and forced to stumble — battered, bloodied, and grotesquely ignominious — through the streets of Jerusalem before being nailed to the Cross. It’s surely safe to assume that there were children among the crowds that day — these were public streets, after all, and the city would have been teeming with families who had come there on pilgrimage for Passover. [Continue reading …]

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Eric Scheidler Comments on Today’s Supreme Court Decision

by League Staff (June 27, 2016 at 9:51 am)

Supreme CourtThis morning the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that a Texas law restricting abortion clinics was unconstitutional.

In response, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler issued the following statement:

It is shameful to see a majority of the Supreme Court sacrificing public health and safety to prop up the abortion industry in Texas. If this case were about anything other than abortion, this law would have been upheld. Indeed, it would never have been challenged. Only the abortion industry balks at adhering to the same standards considered routine by legitimate health care providers.

How many Kermit Gosnells will it take for public officials to uphold common sense health and safety standards for the abortion industry? In the wake of this irresponsible ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, pro-life activists will be redoubling our efforts to highlight the dangerous conditions at America’s abortion clinics — like the ambulances we see turning up regularly at abortion clinics around the country — in hopes that one day the abortion industry will be held accountable for endangering public health.

A few days later, Eric recorded this video outside the Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois, one of the largest abortion facilities in the country, with some thoughts on where to go from here in the wake of Monday’s decision:

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VIDEO: Eric Scheidler Comments on Meeting with Donald Trump

by League Staff (June 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm)

Yesterday, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler attended a large meeting of conservative Christian leaders and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in New York City.

Upon returning to his home in Aurora, Illinois, Eric recorded this video reflection on how Mr. Trump addressed his primary concerns as a pro-life activist, for whom abortion is the central electoral issue:

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If Stericycle isn’t hauling fetal remains, why do they keep showing up at abortion clinics?

by Matt Yonke (June 16, 2016 at 4:47 pm)

Stericycle truck outside a Grand Rapids abortion facility, June 15 [Photo courtesy of Leisa Snow]

For the last few months, the Pro-Life Action League has been keeping close tabs on Stericycle, the largest medical waste hauler in the country.

Though the company claims that it does not accept human remains [PDF], Stericycle is known to serve Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics across the country, and evidence is mounting—including some photos taken just yesterday—that they may be taking much more than they’re letting on.

The Pro-Life Action League has partnered with our friends at Created Equal in their Project Weak Link to expose Stericycle’s connection to the abortion industry to pressure them to cut ties with Planned Parenthood.

This would leave the nation’s largest abortion chain without a medical waste disposal company—a situation that has crippled abortionists in the past and terrifies them today, as you can see in Created Equal’s video promo for the project: [Continue reading …]

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Chicago Area “Face the Truth” Tour Kicks Off July 8

by John Jansen (June 16, 2016 at 9:00 am)

On Friday, July 8, the Pro-Life Action League will kick off our 17th annual “Face the Truth” Tour across northeastern Illinois.

Since 2000, the League has conducted a week-long tour covering a large swath of territory across the Chicagoland area. At each stop, League staff and volunteers line a busy intersection with pictures of abortion victims to show the public the truth about what is all too often characterized merely as a “choice.”

This year we will be visiting 24 sites in and around Chicago. Get the full Tour itinerary here, and RSVP on the Facebook event page. [Continue reading …]

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URGENT: Tell Gov. Rauner to Veto Attack on Conscience Rights

by Eric Scheidler (May 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm)

Illinois abortionYesterday, the Illinois House of Representatives narrowly passed SB 1564, a pernicious piece of legislation that would force pro-life doctors and pregnancy centers to refer for abortion.

We’ve been fighting this bill for over two years. You’ve probably made calls to your State Representative trying to stop it. But all is not lost!

The bill now goes to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk. If, like me, you live in Illinois, I’m asking you to reach out to the governor in two ways today:

1. Call Gov. Rauner’s Chicago and Springfield offices

We need to pull out all the stops this time, so please call both offices and say: [Continue reading …]

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Our Message to Stericycle Shareholders: Dump Planned Parenthood

by John Jansen (May 25, 2016 at 4:59 pm)

Today the Pro-Life Action League teamed up with our friends at Created Equal for a robust protest of the annual shareholders meeting of Stericycle, held in Rosemont, Illinois.

As the nation’s largest medical waste disposal company, Stericycle enables child killing by partnering with the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood. Moreover, there is evidence that Stericycle is directly involved in abortion by disposing of fetal remains, as the attorney general of Ohio has implicated Stericycle in an investigation of the illegal dumping of fetal remains in landfills.

As shareholders arrived at the Doubletree hotel this morning, they were greeted by two dozen pro-life activists, along with numerous signs bearing the messages “Stericycle: DUMP Planned Parenthood,” “Stericycle enables child killing,” and “Stericycle enables this,” juxtaposed with a picture of an abortion victim. [Continue reading …]

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Pro-Life Action League Files Lawsuits after City, State Refuse to Comply with FOIA Requests

by John Jansen (May 24, 2016 at 4:29 pm)

Pro-Life Action League v. City of ChicagoOn June 28, 2014 — nearly two years ago — pro-life sidewalk counselors outside the American Women’s Medical Center abortion facility in Chicago witnessed a woman being transported into an Chicago Fire Department ambulance.

The following week, they sent pictures of the ambulance to the Pro-Life Action League, and I submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the audio of the 911 call that requested the ambulance.

Although the Pro-Life Action League and other pro-life organizations routinely submit FOIA requests for 911 calls made to abortion clinics and have no problems obtaining them, the City of Chicago denied the request, citing federal HIPAA law.

A few months later, on October 11, 2014, pro-life sidewalk counselors outside the Family Planning Associates abortion facility in downtown Chicago witnessed a woman being transported into an ambulance:

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