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Joining 40 Days for Life? Get Your Life Witness Prayer Book

by League Staff (September 18, 2014 at 10:01 am)

Next Wednesday, 40 Days for Life prayer vigils will be starting in hundreds of cities and towns all over the United States and throughout the world.

If you’re planning to take part in one of these 40 Days vigils — and you should! — the Pro-Life Action League has a great prayer book to share with you.

Praying outside an abortion facility is one of the most important pro-life activities we can do. But sometimes it’s a challenge.

Not only can it be tough to fill your vigil time with meaningful prayer, but it’s sometimes easy to get distracted. That’s why the Pro-Life Action League has put together the Life Witness Prayer Book, a tool to help make prayer time outside abortion facilities as constructive and focused as possible. [Continue reading ...]

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Cardinal George Joins Pro-Life Mourners at Gravesite of 2,033 Aborted Babies

by Matt Yonke (September 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm)

Along with offering assistance to the leaders of more than 130 memorial services held this past Saturday, September 13 to mark the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, the Pro-Life Action League also spearheaded the planning for the service at the final resting place of 2,033 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

The League’s executive director, Eric Scheidler, served as master of ceremonies and began the event by leading the crowd of 300 faithful pro-lifers in reciting the Prayer at a Gravesite of the Unborn [PDF] composed by Father Frank Pavone specifically for the occasion. The mourners then invoked the intercession of the Mother of God by singing the Salve Regina—an especially appropriate selection, considering the cemetery’s name—led by the Holy Innocents Choir from St. John Cantius Parish in Chicago.

Our first speaker was the League’s Vice President Ann Scheidler. Ann recalled her involvement in the recovery of the bodies of aborted babies like the ones buried at Queen of Heaven Cemetery: [Continue reading ...]

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Thousands Mourn Innocent Victims of Abortion on Second Annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

by John Jansen (September 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm)

On Saturday, September 13, thousands of pro-lifers gathered at 132 locations throughout the United States for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Among these sites were 41 graves where the remains of aborted children are buried.

Over 28,000 aborted babies have been given a proper burial at these sites, but they represent only a fraction of the more than 56 million children aborted since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decision.

Guest speakers at these solemn memorial services included pro-life activists who had rescued abortion victim’s bodies from garbage dumpsters and pathology labs, women and men who regret choosing abortion, and ten Roman Catholic bishops. [Continue reading ...]

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Let Us Come Together To Mourn Our Dead — on 9/11 AND on 9/13

by Eric Scheidler (September 11, 2014 at 11:37 am)

R.I.P.This morning I turned on the radio in my kitchen to hear a series of names being solemnly intoned—the names of some of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks we commemorate today.

It’s very good that we do this. It gives me hope to see Americans set aside their differences, rise above the mean-spiritedness that characterizes so much of our politics and culture, and come together to mourn the victims of 9/11. It seems that we’re at our best when we mourn our dead.

Degrees of Separation

I never knew any of the 2,977 people killed on that horrible day. But like so many, in the days and weeks following the tragedy I discovered I was two or three degrees of separation from some of them. Those connections made the horror and injustice of 9/11 that much more real to me.

Hearing those few names on the radio this morning, I had to wonder who I know who knows someone who knows the man still mourning his fiancee, the teenager who has no memory of the father he lost, the widow whose life will never be the same.

But how many more connections must I have—must each of us have—to the 56 million American victims of legal abortion over the past four and more decades? [Continue reading ...]

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Visit the Gravesites of Aborted Children at Three Locations across Chicagoland This Saturday

Catholic Bishops to Speak at All Three Memorial Services

by John Jansen (September 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm)

hands holding rosary at gravesite of aborted babiesOf the 45 burial sites of aborted babies located across the United States, three are located in the Chicago area, where the Pro-Life Action League is headquartered.

We extend a special invitation to pro-lifers in the region to visit one of these gravesites of aborted babies this Saturday, September 13—the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children—to join in solemn prayer to honor their memory and their humanity.

All three of these memorial services will feature a Catholic bishop, among other guest speakers. The details for each are included below:

Queen of Heaven Cemetery

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Gravestones without Birth Dates

by Eric Scheidler (September 6, 2014 at 9:00 am)

A baby's gravestoneEarlier this week I attended the funeral of one of the founding members of the small Romanian Rite Catholic parish my family and I belong to in Aurora, Illinois, a man named George Todas.

Among his many services to St. George Catholic Church, George had kept alive many of the hymns and prayers of the Romanian immigrants who had founded the parish—including the melodies of the very funeral service held for him this week. He had never married; the parish became his family.

Old George retired from cantoring about a year after my family joined the parish, by which time I had become a cantor myself. A holy and gracious man, George never ceased to express his appreciation that a younger man was carrying on the musical traditions that mattered so much to him. I was honored to celebrate his memory and pray for his eternal repose with my fellow parishioners.

The Tragedy of an Infant’s Death

After the burial service at the corner of a cemetery devoted to the departed of St. George, I (almost literally) stumbled upon the small gravestone of a child. In fact, it marked the grave of a newborn girl, Carol Jean, who had lived only a week: from December 28, 1947 to January 3, 1948. [Continue reading ...]

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Burying the Dead: The Recovery and Burial of 500 Victims of Abortion

Let Us Honor Their Memory—and the Memory of All Aborted Children—on September 13

by Ann Scheidler (September 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm)
Headstone at burial site of 500 abortion victims at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Illinois

Headstone at burial site of 500 abortion victims at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Illinois

One morning in early March, 1987 the phone rang at our home on Chicago’s Northwest Side. It was Tom Bresler, founder and director of the Aid for Women pregnancy resource center on Michigan Avenue.

Tom had just received a call from the marketing director of the Michigan Avenue Medical Center, an abortion clinic located just down the street from his pregnancy center. The gentleman from the abortion clinic was disturbed about some of the “protocols” he witnessed at the abortion clinic. He wanted to come and talk to Tom Bresler about it.

Tom was open to meeting with him, but wanted Joe Scheidler (my husband) to join him for the meeting.  Joe, however, was out of town on a speaking tour. So I offered to join Tom for the meeting, and headed down to Aid for Women.

It was an interesting hour.

Victims of Abortion Thrown Out with the Garbage

Our “informant,” Don, told us that he was appalled at the way the staff treated the women who came to them for abortions. He said they had no respect for women. And he was shocked to discover that they threw the aborted babies into the garbage dumpster in the alley behind the clinic. [Continue reading ...]

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Catholic Bishops to Attend National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

by Matt Yonke (September 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm)
Bishops attending the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Bishops speaking at memorial services for the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, Saturday, Sep. 13

On Saturday, September 13, Americans will gather for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at nearly 100 locations nationwide to remember the more than 50 million children who have been killed by legal abortion in the US since 1973.

Among those who will share reflections on the value of life and the horror of abortion on the Day of remembrance are ten Catholic Bishops.

Their presence at this event is truly an honor and puts on display the Church’s commitment to the necessity of proper burial for human remains, and the intrinsic value of all human life. [Continue reading ...]

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Tell PBS Not to Air Late Term Abortion Propaganda Film “After Tiller”

by Eric Scheidler (August 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm)

POV After TillerThis Monday, the PBS program P.O.V. (Point of View) is scheduled to air the film After Tiller, a blatant propaganda piece that glorifies the work of America’s four remaining late-term abortionists.

When the film first came out, we encouraged pro-lifers to see it. The film provides valuable insights into what we’re up against, not only when it comes to late term abortion and its practitioners, but also in how the abortion industry seeks to justify itself to the public.

PBS Needs to Hear from YOU

But we strongly object to PBS giving this creators of this pro-abortion documentary an opportunity to reach a huge television audience with their propaganda, along with the “imprimatur” that a PBS airing will lend it in the minds of many viewers.

Not surprisingly, the film carefully avoids saying or showing anything about how these babies are killed. Only by hiding the victims of these late-term abortionists can the film hope to portray them in any sympathetic light.

Please tell PBS not to air this pro-abortion film. As always, keep your comments respectful, and remember that pro-life buzz words like “butcher” or “abortion mill” won’t get you very far with this audience. Be sure to emphasize the humanity of the victims and the injustice done to them.

You can also leave comments on the P.O.V. show page dedicated to this episode. [Continue reading ...]

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Obama Administration Shell Game on HHS Mandate Continues

by Eric Scheidler (August 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm)

Shell GameAfter losing in the Hobby Lobby v Burwell Supreme Court case earlier this summer, the Obama administration has just issued new rules for the notorious “HHS Mandate,” the Obamacare provision that requires all employee health plans to include free contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

This marks the eighth time the Obama administration has modified the HHS Mandate. Once again, they’re refusing to listen to the American people—or even the U.S. Supreme Court—and truly respect the employers’ conscience rights.

The new rules are nothing more than a slight variation of the so-called “accommodation” first announced in February 2012, whereby some “third party” will provide the objectionable services. I called that scheme a shell game at the time, and the description still fits. Others have called it an “accounting gimmick.”

All that’s changed is the paperwork involved in the process, which still requires employers to cooperate in providing contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans—or face annual fines up up to $36,500 per employee for refusing to go along. [Continue reading ...]

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