Abortion Mill Picket Offers Witness

On Saturday, Nov. 13, the Pro-Life Action League led fifty activists in an “Old-Time Picket” at the new location of notorious abortionist Jan Barton’s Des Plaines, IL clinic. The American Women’s Medical Center moved earlier in the year from another location in Des Plaines.

We held “Stop Abortion Now” signs along with large graphic signs of first and second trimester abortions. Three large arrow-shaped “Abortionist” signs alerted passers-by to the fact that there is an abortionist operating in their neighborhood.

In February of this year, the abortion mill was forced out of its previous location by the building owners, who along with nearby businesses objected to having an abortion facility on the property. Sidewalk counselors at the old site were responsible for bringing the abortion mill to the attention of the local community.

The former site was across the street from Maine East High School. The move makes it somewhat more difficult for abortionist Barton to prey on desperate teens.

Though few clients drove into the abortion mill lot while our group was there, a dozen cars were already in the lot when we arrived. Several picketers saw heart-breaking scenes in some of the cars leaving the clinic, clearly after abortions had taken place. To our knowledge no babies were saved while we were at the mill.

Their Brief Lives Matter

Before offering a final prayer, League National Director Joe Scheidler told the pro-life group that even when babies are not saved, it’s important for us to be out at the abortion mills. “We want God to know that we care about these babies,” Scheidler said. “We don’t want them to die without anyone ever saying that their lives have value.”

The event was billed as an “Old-Time Picket” since such pickets were much more common in previous decades. The pro-life presence at abortion mills is now predominately small groups counseling and praying. The occasional picket by a larger group calls greater attention to the presence of an abortion mill.

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