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Only 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?”
In 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 …]
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.
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 …]
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 …]
UPDATE: Office Depot has issued an apology to pro-life activist Maria Goldstein.
The Pro-Life Action League has often turned to Office Depot to print larger signs or posters for a pro-life event or protest, as well as to make volume copies of flyers. Maria Goldstein, founder and director of Northwest Families for Life, based in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, has done the same.
But on August 20, Maria submitted an order online to Office Depot for 500 copies of a fact sheet on Planned Parenthood, which also included a prayer for the conversion of those who work for Planned Parenthood, written by Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. (That fact sheet/prayer is here [PDF].)
Maria was stunned to get a call from Office Depot later that day with the message that they could not process her request because it was a violation of their corporate policy. She asked what that policy might be that would preclude printing a prayer and a statement of facts taken directly from Planned Parenthood’s own annual report. [Continue reading …]
On August 22, over 78,000 pro-lifers responded to the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal by protesting at hundreds of Planned Parenthood centers all over the country.
It was the Pro-Life Action League’s honor to play a major role in organizing these protests, but now I’d like to invite you to respond to this scandal in a completely different way: by mourning for the victims.
This Saturday, September 12, is the third annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, being held at the burial places of aborted children and other memorial sites erected in their honor nationwide.
The timing of this event is providential. Those undercover videos have broken our hearts anew for aborted children, in a truly singular way. Let us mourn for them together on Saturday.
I was out on the streets of downtown Chicago with the Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth Tour on July 14 when the first video was released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). Pro-life activists posing as representatives of a biomedical firm had caught Planned Parenthood’s senior medical director, Deborah Nucatola, coldly scheming to profit from the sale of aborted babies’ body parts—all while munching on a salad and sipping red wine.
The timing proved providential. As this video went viral, my crew and I began to hear comments about it from pedestrians passing by our Truth Tour display. They were making the connection between Planned Parenthood’s illicit trafficking in fetal tissue and the tragically broken bodies of abortion victims depicted on our signs. It became clear that pro-life activists would have a special role to play in responding to the horrors revealed by that video and the other CMP videos were released soon thereafter.
In the days following, I reached out to two of my closest allies in the pro-life movement—Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Mark Harrington of Created Equal—to consider how we could use public protest to increase the impact of the CMP videos. We soon hit upon the idea of organizing a National Day of Protest at Planned Parenthood centers across the country. [Continue reading …]
Of the 47 burial sites of aborted babies located across the United States, three are located in the Chicago area, where the Pro-Life Action League is headquartered.
We extend a special invitation to pro-lifers in the region to visit one of these gravesites of aborted babies this Saturday, September 12—the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children—to join in solemn prayer to honor their memory and their humanity.
The details for each are included below:
It is often hard to gauge the response to the Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth displays. Shouts from car windows are usually unintelligible, thumbs ups at 50 miles per hour can be mistaken for middle fingers, and car horns communicate anything from the heartiest support to the most resolute dissent (or occasionally nothing more than an unrelated traffic squabble).
Rockford, IL is perhaps one of the most enigmatic cities in this regard. I noticed more positive than negative reactions on our annual Face the Truth day in Rockford last Tuesday, but I spoke to several volunteers who reported the opposite, and still others who seemed to receive equal levels of each.
One interpretation of this incongruity is that each volunteer may actually be observing different reactions — the response of a driver at the very beginning of the display may vary greatly from that of the driver at the end, who has had more time to process the images and form a concrete position. [Continue reading …]