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Sandra Cano (left), Ann Scheidler, and Norma McCorvey at League-sponsored “Meet the Abortion Providers” conference, 1996
Sandra Cano, also known as Jane Doe from the Doe v. Bolton companion case to Roe v. Wade, which expanded legalized abortion to the full nine months, died today after a battle with cancer.
We at the Pro-Life Action League offer our prayers for the repose of Sandra’s soul. We believe she now knows the peace that she so ardently sought for the past forty years.
Sandra Cano was haunted by the fact that her case had brought about abortion on demand. She herself had never wanted an abortion. She never sought an abortion. What she sought was legal assistance to get her two children back from foster care.
In 1970 Sandra was poor, uneducated and, in her own words, ignorant. She was also pregnant. She went to Atlanta Legal Aid to get help for a divorce and the custody of her children. Instead they handed her off to attorney Margie Pitts Hames, who used Sandra’s situation to bring a lawsuit against Georgia Baptist Hospital and the state of Georgia in her effort to legalize abortion. [Continue reading ...]
Eric Scheidler and his six daughters in 2007
Yesterday the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new recommendation [PDF] that physicians promote the progestin implant and the intrauterine device (IUD) for teen girls. As the father of six girls—including three teenagers—I find this new recommendation particularly disturbing.
It’s not just that I bristle at the thought of a doctor asking my daughters a battery of questions about sex, as the AAP recommends. It’s that I know how upset they would be to hear sexual acts they’ve never given a thought to presented as perfectly normal, or even expected of them.
Some might accuse me of being naïve, but they don’t know my girls. And that points to the first of four reasons the new AAP recommendations are wrong-headed:
In the new AAP recommendation, doctors are strongly discouraged from involving parents in their daughters’ contraceptive use, even in states where the law doesn’t require such “confidentiality.” Though a nod is give to abstinence, moral questions about sex have no place in this private discussion between doctors and young girls, according to the AAP.
The message to teen girls is that—contrary to what their parents, church community and even their own well-formed consciences may have told them—there is no moral choice involved in whether or not to have sex. [Continue reading ...]
An article appeared recently on the Pro-Life Action League website encouraging anyone participating in 40 Days for Life to get a copy of our Life Witness Prayer Book, a resource to help make prayer time outside abortion facilities as constructive and focused as possible.
Since that time, we’re pleased to have filled orders for hundreds of these prayer books—and we hope to soon fill hundreds more.
The other day I was praying some of the prayers in the book outside of the Albany Medical/Surgical Center abortion facility near our office on Chicago’s Northwest Side, one of hundreds of abortion clinics across the country and around the world where 40 Days for Life vigils are currently being held. One prayer, the Litany of Humility, I found particularly hard to pray.
The first part of the prayer consists of several intercessions, each of which is followed by the plea, “Deliver me, Jesus”: [Continue reading ...]
Lena Dunham’s picture in her email from Planned Parenthood
You may have heard of Lena Dunham. She’s the star of HBO’s hit show Girls, which centers around a set of rich, white 20-somethings struggling heroically to figure out what to do with their lives in the face of their crippling privilege and wealth.
If you haven’t, don’t worry. You’re not missing much.
But whether you’ve heard of her or not, her voice carries a lot of weight among her peers, which is why the nation’s largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, recruited her to send an email to their supporters earlier this week encouraging them to vote in the upcoming elections.
As was noted in the New York Times recently, we are facing a crisis of adulthood in America right now, and young Lena seems to be calling her compatriots to rise to the occasion and take on some adult civic responsibility.
But as she laid out her third reason to vote—the weary old trope that politicians are trying to take away your birth control—she said something that made me stop in my tracks: [Continue reading ...]
High school students see the truth about abortion on Pro-Life Action League’s Face the Truth Day Sept. 24 [Photo by John Jansen]
A crack team of pro-life activists came to Chicago’s western suburbs September 24 to take part in a Pro-Life Action League sponsored “Face the Truth” Day.
Joining some of our longtime stalwart volunteers were two first-timers, including one fellow from Texas who was visiting family in central Illinois and drove over 100 miles to be there!
Our first site was the high-traffic intersection of North Avenue and First Avenue in Melrose Park, which allowed us to show the victims of abortion to thousands of passing motorists.
We then moved on to the even busier intersection of First Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Forest Park/Maywood. At one corner of this intersection is a park managed by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC), and when we last visited this site during this year’s weeklong summer Truth Tour, we were threatened with arrest by a forest preserve police officer, who told us that demonstrations are not allowed on forest preserve property. [Continue reading ...]
Next Wednesday, 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 ...]
Along with offering assistance to the leaders of more than 130 memorial services held this past Saturday, September 13 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, the Pro-Life Action League also spearheaded the planning for the service at the final resting place of 2,033 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.
The League’s executive director, Eric Scheidler, served as master of ceremonies and began the event by leading the crowd of 300 faithful pro-lifers in reciting the Prayer at a Gravesite of the Unborn [PDF] composed by Father Frank Pavone specifically for the occasion. The mourners then invoked the intercession of the Mother of God by singing the Salve Regina—an especially appropriate selection, considering the cemetery’s name—led by the Holy Innocents Choir from St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago.
Our first speaker was the League’s Vice President Ann Scheidler. Ann recalled her involvement in the recovery of the bodies of aborted babies like the ones buried at Queen of Heaven Cemetery: [Continue reading ...]
On Saturday, September 13, thousands of pro-lifers gathered at 132 locations throughout the United States for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Among these sites were 41 graves where the remains of aborted children are buried.
Over 28,000 aborted babies have been given a proper burial at these sites, but they represent only a fraction of the more than 56 million children aborted since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decision.
Guest speakers at these solemn memorial services included pro-life activists who had rescued abortion victim’s bodies from garbage dumpsters and pathology labs, women and men who regret choosing abortion, and ten Roman Catholic bishops. [Continue reading ...]
This morning I turned on the radio in my kitchen to hear a series of names being solemnly intoned—the names of some of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks we commemorate today.
It’s very good that we do this. It gives me hope to see Americans set aside their differences, rise above the mean-spiritedness that characterizes so much of our politics and culture, and come together to mourn the victims of 9/11. It seems that we’re at our best when we mourn our dead.
I never knew any of the 2,977 people killed on that horrible day. But like so many, in the days and weeks following the tragedy I discovered I was two or three degrees of separation from some of them. Those connections made the horror and injustice of 9/11 that much more real to me.
Hearing those few names on the radio this morning, I had to wonder who I know who knows someone who knows the man still mourning his fiancee, the teenager who has no memory of the father he lost, the widow whose life will never be the same.
But how many more connections must I have—must each of us have—to the 56 million American victims of legal abortion over the past four and more decades? [Continue reading ...]
Of the 45 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 13—the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children—to join in solemn prayer to honor their memory and their humanity.
All three of these memorial services will feature a Catholic bishop, among other guest speakers. The details for each are included below: