Picket line at the April 26 pro-life rally in Aurora [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
Chilly winds ripped across the vacant lot outside Planned Parenthood Aurora the morning of Saturday, April 26, as the Fox Valley’s pro-life community came out in droves for Families Against Planned Parenthood’s “It’s a Matter of Life and Death”. The over 400 participants picketed in front of the abortuary, manned huge displays showing the beauty of life and the horror of abortion on New York Street and prayed along Oakhurst for an end to abortion.
A Cemetery of Choice memorializes women killed by legal abortion [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
On Oakhurst Drive just north of Planned Parenthood a “Cemetery for Choice” was on display, with tombstones memorializing fifty of the 347 women known to have been killed by legal abortion in the U.S. Members of the public were invited to mourn these women and pray that no more mothers or babies will lose their lives at the hands of abortionists.
Like every day Planned Parenthood is open, sidewalk counselors were stationed across the street from the facility to try to reach women patronizing Planned Parenthood in the crucial moments before they enter the building, and to offer help and healing when they come out.
The rally concluded with a gathering along Oakhurst Drive. League Communications Director Eric Scheidler asked for a show of hands of all those who were attending a protest at Planned Praenthood Aurora for the first time, as well as those who had been out many times. He welcomed the many newcomers and thanked the stalwarts, recalling Jesus’ parable of the workers in the vineyard: “Some have been coming here for months, others are here for the first time today. The important thing is that when God called, you answered—and I know you’ll all be coming back!”
Scheidler also gave interviews to WBBM and WLS radio, the Aurora Beacon News, the St. Charles Republican and the Naperville Sun.
Hundreds of balloons are launched to celebrate babes saved from abortion [Photo by Sam Scheidler]
The rally ended on a high note with a commemoration of babies saved from abortion through pro-life ministry, including at least a dozen whose mothers chose life due to intervention by counselors at Planned Parenthood Aurora. Hundreds of Pink and blue helium balloons, each tagged with baby name and ID number, were released a beautiful display.
When Planned Parenthood Aurora first opened its doors, Planned Parenthood Illinoi’s Steve Trombley predicted that in a few months, everyone would forget about Planned Parenthood and go back to the normal activities that fill their Saturdays. The April 26, rally showed that he was wrong.
For Trombley and the abortionists, abortion is a matter of business, but pro-lifers know the truth: Abortion is “a matter of Life and Death”.