On top of the ongoing pro-life presence at Planned Parenthood—which needs your help—the upcoming week presents no less than sixfive opportunities for pro-lifers to take action against Planned Parenthood:
- Protest at Waubonsee College at 10 a.m. Tuesday—CANCELLED
- G.O. Commitee discussion of Parental Notice at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
- City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday
- Monthly Planned Parenthood protest at 9 a.m. Saturday
- Clinic witness training seminar at 11:30 a.m. Saturday
- Benefit screening of Bella at 2:50 p.m. Saturday
Note: This article previously made mention of a talk by NOW’s Bonnie Grabenhofer in Naperville this week. The talk was last week, as reported in the 11/13 Beacon.
Victory! Planned Parenthood has canceled their appearance at Waubonsee, citing “security” concerns. Either they believe their own propaganda about us or, more likely, they’re afraid we’ll expose the truth about them. Our counter-protest is therefore canceled.
From their headquarters at the Abortion Fortress, Planned Parenthood is now reaching out with their pro-abortion, anti-family propaganda. We’ve already heard report of their appeal to some local church groups. This week they’re targeting local college students.
At 11 a.m. Tuesday, a Planned Parenthood representative will speak in the Auditorium at Waubonsee Community College (map), promoting their program of sexual license and abortion at 11:00 a.m. in the Auditorium. Our protest will begin at 10 a.m. outside the Auditorium and will include graphic abortion signs, picket signs and a leafleting campaign. We’ll meet at the south end of the north parking lot, between the Erikson Building and Science Building.
Alternatively, you could attend the Planned Parenthood talk and ask some tough questions—like why they don’t report statutory rape, why they think thirteen year olds should get abortions without their parent’s knowledge and what they do with the bodies of unborn babies aborted at their Aurora center.
Now that the largest abortion facility in the country is operating in Aurora, a group of concerned aldermen led by Rick Lawrence of the 4th Ward have proposed a parental notice ordinance, requiring that parents be informed if their minor child undergoes any medical procedure. The proposed ordinance, also backed by Aldermen Richard Irvin and Chris Beykirch, was introduced at the Government Operations Committee meeting three weeks ago. They punted it to the legal department. They also “punted to legal” a simple non-binding resolution proposed by Beykirch that would call on the state to enact an enforceable parental notice law (a 1995 law is stuck in federal court). On Tuesday the committee meets again, and this time the parental notice issue will not just be a “discussion item” but an actual agenda item. I’ll be there live blogging, but you may wish to sit in on this meeting, too.
For our sixth visit to City Hall, 44 E. Downer (map), we will focus on two issues:
Please call the City Clerk at 630-844-3615 to sign up to speak for three minutes during the public comment period (especially Aurora residents). You are encouraged to choose only one of the two topics listed above for your remarks. If you have had a personal experience with a free speech issue—such as police giving contradictory directives, telling you what you can or can’t say to abortion-bound women, showing up in unwarranted numbers or otherwise hampering freedom of speech—please share that story with the council. Encourage the City Council to get serious about respecting our rights. If Aurora will be host to the nation’s largest abortuary, Aurora will also be host to pro-life activists. We’re not going away. And if it will take a federal court settlement for First Amendment violations to make that clear, so be it. Otherwise, you may wish to address the parental notice issue. Several resources to help you formulate your remarks are available here.
Inspired by the tremendous success of last month’s “We’re Here for Life” rally, we will now conduct a protest every third Saturday of the month at Planned Parenthood, 3051 E. New York Street (map). Picket signs will be provided. These monthly protests punctuate the ongoing Life Support effort, offering prayer and assistance for Planned Parenthood clients every hour the facility is open. If you missed the October 27 Rally, don’t miss the first monthly protest.
Our ongoing pro-life presence at Planned Parenthood depends on a core group well-trained in clinic ministry. At this two-hour seminar sponsored by Our Lady of Mercy Church at 801 S. Eola Rd. in Aurora (map), the Pro-Life Action League’s Ann Scheidler will teach you how to reach out to abortion-bound women and offer them the choice for life. The seminar by will include a Power Point presentation, role playing, sample literature and more, and is not only for those interested in sidewalk counseling. It is important for prayer warriors to understand the counselor’s role and how best to offer support. Also discussed will be important legal questions that we face on a daily basis at the site. Registration is $10 for materials and refreshments and advance registration is strongly encouraged; call 773-777-2900 to sign up.
If a morning protest and mid-day seminar aren’t enough to fill your Saturday with pro-life activities, come to a free screening of Bella at the Cantera Theatre at 2:50 p.m, provided by the generosity of Republican congressional candidate Jim Oberweis. If you haven’t seen the inspiring pro-life film Bella yet, this is your chance to do so—and to support the efforts of Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood too. You will have the opportunity to offer a donation for your free ticket—a donation of $10 is suggested. All proceeds will benefit the ongoing efforts of Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood.