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Last Updated 11/17/2014

“Empty Manger” Caroling to Bring the Joy and Hope of Christmas to Abortuaries

by Matt Yonke (November 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm)

Christmas caroling outside Albany abortion clinic in AuroraEvery year the Pro-Life Action League brings the joy and hope of Christmas to the darkness of the abortuary with our “Empty Manger” Christmas Caroling day.

Now more than ever, we need to be actively engaged in fighting abortion on the ground outside our nation’s abortion facilities.

Sometimes that means sidewalk counseling, sometimes that means protesting, and sometimes that means bringing the good news of the birth of Jesus Christ to the doors of the abortion clinic with peaceful Christmas caroling.

Host an “Empty Manger” Caroling Day in Your Town

In recent years, more and more pro-life activists around the country have started holding their own Christmas caroling events at abortion clinics, and now it’s your turn to get involved in this Advent pro-life ministry.

To help you do just that, the Pro-Life Action League has put together some resources that will make your caroling day a success: [Continue reading ...]

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Another Botched Abortion at Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois

by Eric Scheidler (November 17, 2014 at 10:43 am)

On October 25, 2014, an ambulance was called to the massive Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois. The Pro-Life Action League obtained the audio of the 911 call through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Video of the ambulance departing Planned Parenthood was shot by a local activist.

The 911 call reveals that a client of Planned Parenthood was hemorrhaging after her abortion—a rare instance of Planned Parenthood actually admitting the medical problem they’re calling about.

Earlier this year, a 911 operator rebuked a Planned Parenthood staffer at this same facility for not providing adequate patient information. In 2012, the Planned Parenthood center in Chicago didn’t even bother to call 911 after botching an abortion on a woman named Tonya Reaves so badly that she died.

Planned Parenthood Well Known to 911 Call Center

Also notable on this 911 call is that the operator already knows Planned Parenthood’s address, and is clearly familiar with Planned Parenthood preference for EMTs to use their back entrance. These calls are all too frequent.

She also seems to have learned not to expect much patient information when Planned Parenthood calls.

The fate of the woman transported from Planned Parenthood by this ambulance is unknown. Her child is dead.

The Pro-Life Action League has coordinated the pro-life ministry at this Planned Parenthood facility since it opened in 2007 under a cloud of controversy.

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The Pro-Life Action League Thanks Cardinal George for His Courageous Leadership

by Matt Yonke (November 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm)

Next week, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, will retire from a long and fruitful ministry, and we at the Pro-Life Action League wish to share our profound gratitude for his work in our headquarter city of Chicago.

Over the years Cardinal George has been a bold defender of all human life, speaking at pro-life events, leading prayer processions to abortion clinics, urging the faithful to become active in the pro-life movement and much more.

Thank you Cardinal George!

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Even in his years as the President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and a high-profile national figure, his door was always open to us and we could always count on his close cooperation in events like the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies against President Obama’s HHS Mandate, and so many more pro-life events over the years.

By way of tribute to this great man of God and his decades of service to the Church, in the video above we offer his remarks from last year’s National Day of Remembrance at the gravesite of 2,033 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

Thank you, Cardinal George! You will be missed.

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How Would Jesus Do Sidewalk Counseling?

by Matt Yonke (November 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm)

When Jesus walked the earth there were no abortion clinics, but all the same His ministry does reveal a great deal about how we should approach women in sidewalk counseling outside the abortion facility.

In this new video, Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler shares his perspective on two passages from John’s gospel that shed light on how Jesus ministered to women in situations very similar to that of the abortion-bound woman.

It’s crucial that we take the right approach in the life and death work of sidewalk counseling, and Our Lord gives us a template that leads mercy and love for women. Check out Eric’s video and let us know what you think in the comments!

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“Scam..Scam..Scam!!!” Yelp Reviews Shed Light on Closing of Mandy Gittler’s Chicago Abortion Clinic

by John Jansen (November 7, 2014 at 9:00 am)

allwomensclosedThe Pro-Life Action League’s Matt Yonke reported last week on the recent closing of abortionist Mandy Gittler’s All Women’s Health facility in Chicago.

Mandy Gittler, you may recall, was the abortionist responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves at Planned Parenthood in Chicago in July 2012.

As Matt noted, the League conducted a “Face the Truth” Day outside All Women’s earlier this year. Our large photos of abortion victims rattled the facility’s staff to such an extent that one employee actually posted a sign on the door reading, “All protestors must be 50 ft away from our building.”

This was an obvious but feckless attempt to get us to comply with Chicago’s “bubble zone” law — which, in point of fact, we weren’t even breaking. (Needless to say, we were not deterred.) And they watched us like hawks from their second floor window nearly the whole time we were there.

While we’re not at all unaccustomed to run-ins with volunteer abortion clinic escorts outside those facilities that have them, abortion clinic employees themselves usually ignore us. That’s why the reaction of the All Women’s staff was out of the ordinary.

Clearly, the presence of pro-life activists outside their door made them uneasy, and the spectre of further demonstrations outside their facility may well have played a role in its closing.

But what other factors were at play?  [Continue reading ...]

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Germ Theory Denialism at “Clinic” Owned by Embattled Abortionist Steven Brigham

by League Staff (November 6, 2014 at 9:00 am)

virginiawomenswellness2_260We reported last week that the Pro-Life Action League recently filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Health, asking them to shut down the Virginia Women’s Wellness (VWW) abortion facility in located in Virginia Beach.

We have since filed two additional complaints against the facility, which is one of 16 abortion clinics owned by embattled abortionist Steven Brigham. One of these complaints focused exclusively on VWW’s stunning lack of adherence to basic sanitation and infection prevention protocols.

The Non-Handwashing Abortionist

When state inspectors conducted an unannounced inspection [PDF] in March of this year, they observed the abortionist (presumably Craig Cropp, although no employees’ names are listed) perform a surgical abortion on a woman before which he did not wash his hands. [Continue reading ...]

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Abortionist Mandy Gittler’s Chicago Clinic CLOSED!

by Matt Yonke (October 31, 2014 at 1:14 pm)
Eric Scheidler outside the now closed All Women's Health clinic

Eric Scheidler outside the now closed All Women’s Health abortion clinic

On Wednesday, the Pro-Life Action League took to the streets of Chicago for a “Face the Truth” Day outside three abortion clinics, bringing the reality of what abortion does to its victims into the public square.

When we reached our second site, All Women’s Health Clinic, we were shocked to find that it was closed!

Seeing “For Rent” on the door, my colleague John Jansen called the number on the sign and they confirmed that All Women’s was indeed no longer in business and the space was up for rent.

All Women’s was formerly owned and operated by abortionist Mandy Gittler, who killed young Tonya Reaves in a botched abortion in July of 2012 at Planned Parenthood in Chicago, where she also performs abortions. [Continue reading ...]

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League Files Complaint against Virginia Facility Owned by Embattled Abortionist Steven Brigham

by League Staff (October 30, 2014 at 4:59 pm)

virginiawomenswellnessThis week the Pro-Life Action League filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Health, asking them to shut down the Virginia Women’s Wellness abortion facility in located in Virginia Beach.

The facility is one of 16 abortion clinics owned by embattled abortionist Steven Brigham. When state officials conducted an unannounced inspection [PDF] in March of this year, they discovered that in the month of January alone, there were a total of 18 complications, 15 of which involved medical abortions which were incomplete and required either an increase in the medication given or a surgical procedure.

The number of medical abortions at Virginia Women’s Wellness (VWW) during the entire month was 44, yielding a “success” rate of 63.4% or a “failure” rate of 36.6%.

Astoundingly, these “failures” were not brought up for discussion during VWW’s subsequent Quality Assessment meetings. [Continue reading ...]

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Despite “Diversification,” an Abortion Clinic Is Still an Abortion Clinic

by League Staff (October 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm)
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Does the Advantage abortion clinic in Wood Dale, Illinois really perform all these procedures?

Earlier this year, the Pro-Life Action League reported that the Forest View abortion facility, located in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, had closed. But the owners of the building, Vinod and Vijay Goyal, have recently opened another facility—Apollo Surgical Center—in the location that formerly housed Forest View.

Apollo bills itself as specializing in gastroenterology, urology, pain management—and, of course, gynecology.

Why the move to diversify away from all abortions, all the time? It seems that the motive is increased profit during times when the clinic lies unused. When Forest View was open, it was only used two days per week. By renting out the space in the clinic on non-abortion days, there is an increase in profits, and the veneer of respectability.

Clearly, utilizing this clinic for legitimate surgery only increases profits for the Goyal empire and subsidizes their abortion business. (The Goyals own more abortion clinics—five—than anyone else in Illinois.)

So, how is this diversification working out?  [Continue reading ...]

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League Co-Sponsors Dynamic Sidewalk Counseling Workshop

by Ann Scheidler (October 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm)
Coalition for Life St. Louis director Brian Westbrook (second from right) joins pro-lifers at 40 Days for Life site in Chicago 

Coalition for Life St. Louis director Brian Westbrook (second from right) joins pro-lifers at 40 Days for Life site in Chicago, October 25

The Pro-Life Action League teamed up with the Women’s Centers of Greater Chicagoland and the Respect Life Committee of St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Hinsdale, Illinois to present a sidewalk counseling workshop at the parish on Saturday, Oct 25.

The seminar, attended by 40 eager-to-learn pro-life activists, featured Coalition for Life St. Louis founder and director Brian Westbrook, who has done extensive research on best practices for reaching abortion-bound women and their companions.

At the seminar, Brian provided plenty of great ideas for sidewalk counselors to increase their chances of reaching those women who so desperately need hope and compassion if they are to choose life for their unborn babies. He also emphasized projecting a joyful countenance, greeting clients, clinic staff and escorts with a smile.

Brian has been very successful with this approach at the only abortion clinic in the entire state of Missouri, Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. He also works with a mobile ultrasound unit on site. Mobile ultrasound is relatively new in the Chicago area and was the motivation for inviting Brian to come to Chicago to teach his technique.

While in Chicago, Brian visited five area abortion clinics in order to get a sense of what challenges the local sidewalk counselors face. [Continue reading ...]

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