Pro-lifers protest Governor Quinn and Personal PAC [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
Illinois “Catholic” pro-abortion governor Pat Quinn presented the “Pro-Choice Leadership Award” at Personal PAC’s annual fundraising luncheon, and the Pro-Life Action League was there to protest.
Despite being called out by all six Illinois Catholic bishops, Quinn obstinately disobeyed and presented the award.
Bearing protest signs reading, Shame on Pro-Abort “Catholic” Quinn and Personal PAC = Abortion, League staff and volunteers staked positions outside all the entrances to the Chicago Hilton and Towers where the event was held.
The League also brought graphic images of aborted babies to make it absolutely clear what the euphemism of “choice” is covering up.
Sidewalk Chalk Puts Abortion on Guests’ Minds
Prior to the protest, League staff wrote, “Abortion Is Murder” in chalk on all the sidewalks approaching the Hilton so that anyone coming on foot would have the reality of abortion firmly in their minds.
Liza Scheidler chalks, “Abortion Is Murder” on the sidewalk [Photo by Matt Yonke]
The protest kicked off at 10:30 a.m. with 2nd trimester abortion signs around the entrance to the Hilton’s garage and a contingent of protesters at the front entrance where many of the guests would arrive.
The Hilton staff were visibly edgy about the presence of protesters and even went so far as to send their janitorial staff to mop up the League’s chalk art—a clear violation of our freedom of speech. Not only that, they sent their staff off their own property to wipe away our message on adjoining streets!
Fortunately, the signs and the huge presence of pro-lifers got the message through loud and clear.
Media Get Firsthand Story of Pregnancy Resulting from Rape
Governor Quinn was giving the “Pro-Choice Leadership Award” to one Jennie Goodman. Goodman, whose mother is a Personal PAC board member, was raped many years ago and did not become pregnant.
Mary Higgins talks to Fox News [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
She did, however, record an ad sponsored by Personal PAC for Quinn’s campaign for governor last year stating that she didn’t know what she would have done if she had been raped and become pregnant in an Illinois governed by Quinn’s pro-life opponent Bill Brady.
Given that Brady had a solid lead in the polls before the ad ran, many believe the ad swayed enough voters on the fence to hand the election to Quinn. He was essentially presenting her an award for using the sensitive issue of rape to make him governor.
But the League brought the other side of the story. Mary Higgins was raped at age 18 and did become pregnant. She was actually faced with the choice that Goodman never had to make—what to do with her rapist’s baby.
Mary chose life for her baby, placed her for adoption, and came to have a loving relationship with her years later. This was the story she shared with the media who came to the protest. It was a story of life and hope and it was great to hear a firsthand witness against the common assumption that every rape victim desires abortion.
Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, Mary said:
I am here to represent women who are victims of sexual assault who chose life and to point out that the decision to take the life of a human being is never the answer to a violent crime. Where in the world do we punish innocent children for the sins and the violence of their father?
Reporters also spoke with League National Director Joe Scheidler for his perspective on the issue.
Virulent Outbursts and Paltry Counter-Measures
The League’s peaceful, effective pro-life presence was met with bizarre outbursts and laughably ineffective counter-measures from pro-choicers.
Personal PAC’s paltry counter-protest [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
Many attending the fundraiser lashed out at pro-lifers as they walked the gauntlet of graphic images, being forced to recognize the real victims of abortion. Some yelled at pro-lifers to get a job, or get off the streets, among other all too common retorts.
Others threw out the old non-sequitur of asking how many babies pro-lifers have adopted, as if adopting born babies is somehow a requirement to stand up for the right of babies in the womb to not be dismembered and killed.
Two Personal PAC operatives came out with signs reading, Cardinal George: Stop Attacking Rape Victims. These referred to Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, who led the Illinois bishops in calling Quinn to avoid this pro-abortion event.
Some in the press tried to make it out as if the Cardinal was attacking Goodman, the rape victim, instead of calling Quinn, a soul in his charge, to repent of his sin. George made his position clear in many media interviews, but Personal PAC continued to twist the truth to their advantage.
But their ranks did not grow and their signs were the only two amidst the sea of pro-lifers. Even those were misinterpreted by some passersby as being on our side!
League Debuts New Pro-Life Literature
The League was happy to debut a new piece of pro-life literature we’ve been working on for some time at today’s protest.
Box of new literature ready to distribute [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
A brochure, entitled, Abortion for Victims of Rape and Incest? No! They Deserve Better was stapled to a flyer explaining the reasons for the protest [PDF] and handed out to passersby and media. A PDF of the brochure can be seen here.
The brochure contains testimony of victims of rape and incest who testify that they did not want to abort their baby since it was the only good thing to come out of the horrible experience.
It reports that a shockingly low 6% of rape and incest victims believe abortion would be a good solution to their problems. In fact, 93% of those who chose abortion said it had not been a good solution to their problems and that they would not recommend it to others in their situation!
I was happy at the end of the protest to see that our entire first run of the brochure had been distributed!
Protest Showed the Truth, Called Quinn to Account
The protest was a great success all in all. Though Governor Quinn did not arrive during the protest, doubtless hoping to avoid it, the League accomplished our objectives.
The media and Personal PAC’s guests saw the truth of abortion and the lie was put to the pro-choice myth that abortion helps rape and incest victims.
Governor Quinn doubtless heard about the protest, but if the public opprobrium of every bishop in the state of Illinois was not enough to call him to his senses and to repentance, it’s hard to say if anything could.
Thanks to all the stalwart volunteers who made this protest a great success. Check back to this post for media reports. We’ll post them as they become available.
- Quinn gets standing ovation at abortion rights event despite protest—Chicago Sun-Times
- Quinn presents award at abortion-rights luncheon—ABC TV News Channel 7
- Pro-lifers protest Illinois governor’s pro-abortion event—LifeNews.com
- Opponents picket as Quinn presents award for abortion-rights group—WBBM AM Radio
- Pat Quinn To Meet With Catholic Bishops, Will Discuss Abortion Stance—Huffington Post
- Quinn Presents Pro-Choice Leadership Award, Catholic Bishops Ask for Face-to-Face Meeting—Fox News Chicago
- Slideshow of Pictures from the Protest