Pro-Life Activist Joe Scheidler Finally Cleared of Racketeering Charges

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Joe Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, 773-777-2900, 312-965-1030 (cell)

Chicago, May 8—”I’ve waited twenty-one years for this news!” said Joseph M. Scheidler, National Director of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League.

On May 8, 2007, Federal Judge David Coar issued his Final Judgment in NOW v. Scheidler, the federal lawsuit brought by the National Organization for Women under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act in June 1986.

“In spite of an 8-1 victory in the United States Supreme Court on February 26, 2003 and a unanimous victory from the High Court on February 28, 2006, the Final Judgment was delayed until today,” said Scheidler. “I am no longer a federal racketeer.

“Throughout the twenty-one year battle, we never allowed the legal issues to interfere with our mission of saving lives,” said Scheidler. “Our capable legal team, led by Thomas Brejcha of the Thomas More Society, Pro-Life Law Center, handled the Courts, while we remained on the front lines of the fight for life.

“NOW and the abortion centers tried everything they could to stop us,” said Scheidler, “but in the past twenty-one years, hundreds of abortion providers have quit, over a thousand abortion clinics have closed, numbers of abortions have dropped significantly and public opinion has shifted to pro-life. We have won in every quarter. And our mission continues until abortion becomes history.”

The Pro-Life Action League is the nation’s largest direct action pro-life organization, founded in 1980 to save babies and their mothers from abortion. For more information on the League, visit www.prolifeaction.org.

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