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Last Updated 05/20/2015

Pro-Lifers Tell Wendy Davis: Aborted Baby Girls Will Never Get to Wear Pink Shoes

by Matt Yonke (May 20, 2015 at 5:07 pm)
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Protest of Planned Parenthood and Wendy Davis [Photo by Sam Scheidler]

On Monday, May 18, the Pro-Life Action League joined Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Pro-Life Detroit to protest a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Dearborn, Michigan.

The keynote speaker for the luncheon was none other than Wendy Davis, known in the media as the “Abortion Barbie” after her filibuster of a landmark pro-life bill in the Texas state legislature in 2013.

Ensuring that Planned Parenthood can’t throw an abortion party without protest is a big part of our mission at the Pro-Life Action League, and when we heard Davis would be the keynote speaker at this event, we knew we had to be there. [Continue reading …]

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History repeats itself: Chicago abortion clinic recently fined $50,000 has had legal troubles for more than 40 years

by John Jansen (May 14, 2015 at 8:50 am)
Chicago Tribune article from April 13, 1974 reports the closing of the Albany abortion clinic in Chicago 

Chicago Tribune article from April 13, 1974 reports the closing of the Albany abortion clinic in Chicago

Two articles have appeared recently on the Pro-Life Action League website highlighting the license revocation and $50,000 fine assessed to the notorious Albany Medical Surgical Center abortion facility in Chicago.

But looking through some old files in our office the other day, we found that this was not the first time the Albany facility has run afoul of the law.

Closed by the State 41 years ago

In March of 1974, abortion had been legal nationwide for just over a year, and at the time, our national director, Joe Scheidler (who would found the Pro-Life Action League six years later), was working for Illinois Right to Life, and led a series of pickets outside the Albany clinic. Leaving no stone unturned, Joe also called the city health department to find out if Albany had a valid license — but they had nothing on file. [Continue reading …]

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Five Reasons to Urge Your Congressman to Support the Pain-Capable Act

by Matt Yonke (May 13, 2015 at 10:02 am)

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act comes up for a vote in Congress today, and in this video, League Executive Director Eric Scheidler offers five reasons to call your Congressman and urge them to support this landmark pro-life bill.

To get your Congressman’s phone number, click here.

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Congress Schedules Vote on Pain Capable Bill the Day after Pro-Lifers Protest on Capitol Hill

by Eric Scheidler (May 11, 2015 at 5:15 pm)

Last week I traveled to Washington D.C. to join a group of pro-life leaders for protest at the Longworth Congressional Office Building, calling on Congress to hold a vote on HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (PDF), commonly known as the “20 Week Abortion Ban.”

The vote on this bill was originally scheduled for January 22, the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court rulings that stripped unborn children of their legal right to life. But at the last minute several members of Congress withdrew their support, concerned about the bill’s reporting requirement for exceptions in cases of rape or incest.

Of course, every child has a right to life, regardless of the circumstances of conception. But the abortion lobby has been very effective at exploiting the issue of rape to justify abortion and demonize pro-lifers. In the current political climate, no bill without such exceptions has any chance of being passed.

It was extremely disheartening to all of us who were gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. that day when the vote was postponed, only hours before the annual March for Life was set to begin. That’s why I jumped at the chance to urge Congress to vote on this bill. [Continue reading …]

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Pro-choice orgs honor abortionist Willie Parker as Health Department brings down the hammer on his Chicago clinic

by John Jansen (May 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm)

Just a few hours after the Pro-Life Action League’s Eric Scheidler revealed yesterday that the Albany Medical Surgical Center abortion facility in Chicago has been fined $50,000 and had its license revoked, NARAL Pro-Choice New York gave an award to Willie Parker—one of the clinic’s abortionists:

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Over the past few years, Parker has become quite the darling of the pro-choice movement, giving provocative interviews about his “abortion ministry” [sic] where he says things like, “I do abortions because I’m a Christian,” and crisscrossing the country to speak at events. To be sure, NARAL isn’t the only group showering Parker with honors—so too, the nation’s largest abortion chain itself gave Parker their Margaret Sanger Award on March 19: [Continue reading …]

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Notorious Chicago abortion clinic loses license, fined $50,000

by Eric Scheidler (April 30, 2015 at 10:33 am)

Albany FPA abortion clinic in ChicagoThe Pro-Life Action League has just obtained documents revealing that the Illinois Department of Public Health has fined a notorious Chicago abortion clinic $50,000 and revoked its license to operate as an ambulatory surgical treatment facility (ASTC).

The Albany late-term abortion clinic, a part of the Family Planning Associates (FPA) abortion chain, has had ongoing problems with its state license to operate as an ASTC for the past 20 months. As of this writing, Albany is still open for business, despite the fact that on March 10—which is, ironically enough, “National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day”—the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) issued an order [PDF] revoking the clinic’s license, stating, “The Department has found conditions in the Facility that are threatening to the public interest, health, safety, or welfare.”

On this same date, IDPH assessed fines in the amount of $40,000, after having previously assessed a $10,000 fine on February 9.

Anything But “Safe and Legal”

The Albany abortion clinic, run by the Family Planning Associates 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. It’s also worth noting that Albany is a member of the National Abortion Federation, which holds itself up as the gold standard of providers of so-called “safe, legal, and accessible abortion care.” [Continue reading …]

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Screaming Woman Transported by Ambulance from Planned Parenthood

by Matt Yonke (April 29, 2015 at 4:05 pm)

This morning, I was sidewalk counseling at our local Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois when I saw a woman arrive with a male companion. One look was enough to see that something was wrong.

She was slumped in her seat in her car and stumbling as she exited the vehicle. As she approached Planned Parenthood’s door she vomited on the sidewalk.

My friend Sandy was counseling with me and offered her help, saying she looked like she was not well and Planned Parenthood wasn’t equipped to offer the help she needed. We had no idea at the time how right Sandy was. [Continue reading …]

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League’s Attorneys Expose Planned Parenthood Fraud in Illinois Appeals Court

by Matt Yonke (April 28, 2015 at 4:50 pm)

Yesterday, the Pro-Life Action League’s attorneys from Chicago’s Thomas More Society went toe to toe with Planned Parenthood in Illinois’ Second District Appellate Court over the zoning of its massive “Abortion Fortress” in Aurora, Illinois.

The case began when Planned Parenthood opened the Aurora abortion center under a cloud of controversy and deceit back in the fall of 2007. See the Fall 2007 special issue of the League’s Action News for a full recounting of that story.

The day their doors opened the League was in court with a lawsuit alleging that the facility was operating illegally where it stood due to the city’s zoning laws, which prohibit the operation of a not-for-profit health center—which Planned Parenthood claims to be—in that district.

Last year, that suit was dismissed in state court, and the fate of the case now lies with the three justices of the appellate court who are handling this case.

Planned Parenthood’s Tax Deception Bombshell

In 2007, we knew that Planned Parenthood was playing both sides when it came to their tax status, but at the time we had no idea how deep that deception really was. [Continue reading …]

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Protect Doctors’ Rights of Conscience in Illinois—Call Your State Senator TODAY

by Matt Yonke (April 21, 2015 at 12:19 pm)

Illinois abortionA new bill in the Illinois Senate which could be voted on any day now, would force healthcare providers to refer for abortions and have disastrous results for the state.

The Pro-Life Action League is urging you to call your State Senator at their Springfield office and tell them to Vote NO on SB 1564! Get the Springfield office numbers right here.

Under current Illinois law, which has been in place for nearly 20 years, healthcare providers have the right not to counsel or refer for any services which would violate their conscience.

SB 1564 uses the force of government to impose new and unnecessary obligations that are contrary to this longstanding law that appropriately protects both the freedom of conscience and patient care.

If passed, SB 1564 would: [Continue reading …]

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Rest in Peace, Cardinal George

by League Staff (April 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm)
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Joe Scheidler (left) and Cardinal Francis George, 2011

Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago, died today after a long battle with cancer.  We at the Pro-Life Action League mourn the loss of this man who led the Catholic Church for so many years in our headquarter city of Chicago.

Over the years Cardinal George was 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.

Even in his years as the President of the U.S. 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. [Continue reading …]

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