League leaflets at Union Station [Photo by EJS]
On Wednesday, March 23, members of the Pro-Life Action League took to the chilly streets of downtown Chicago to spread the truth about Terri Schiavo and debunk the myths surrounding her situation. Thousands of “The Truth about Terri Schiavo” leaflets distributed to Chicagoans.
The group began at 7:30 a.m. at Madison Street and Wacker Drive and fanned out around the area to pass out over 3000 leaflets to the throngs of commuters walking to work. Some also held signs reading, “Save Terri” with a picture of Terri Schiavo before she was stricken with brain damage.
Group Prays Sorrowful Mysteries for Terri
The group then headed to Daley Plaza and other sites downtown, including the Wrigley Buildling, with many stopping along the way to pray and warm up at St. Peter’s Church on Madison. Before long, the supply of leaflets began to run thin and additional copies had to be made at a nearby copy shop.
Group prays a Rosary for Terri at Daley Plaza [Photo by Dan Gura]
When the group at Daley Plaza ran out of fliers, they prayed the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary for Terri and her family and all the judges and officials involved, as well as Michael Schiavo. At the very moment the Rosary concluded, the Leageu’s John Jansen arrived with 500 additional fliers.
Many Passers-By Grateful, Some Hateful
The leafleting group received many positive remarks and thumbs-up from passers-by, as well as a few donations. One man stopped to speak with Eric Scheidler about his son who suffers from spina bifida and the mother he lost to Alzheimers. “Every life is precious,” he said.
Some downtowners were less appreciative, including one man who walked by and called out, “She deserves to die.”
One volunteer commented that even the negative remarks are in a way encouraging, because they show so clearly the moral vacuum that people are living in, and re-affirm the need to take to the streets to spread the truth.