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Join Fellow Pro-Lifers in Praying a “Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion” on Good Friday

by League Staff (April 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm)

On a bleak Friday afternoon nearly 2,000 years ago, our savior Jesus Christ was crucified at Golgotha, “the place of the skull.”

Today, we have our own Golgotha: the abortion clinic, where two thousand years after the Crucifixion, His image is violently destroyed, again and again, by abortion.

So it is fitting that we pray in mourning for these victims and all those harmed by abortion. On Good Friday, pro-lifers across the country will participate in the “Way for the Cross for Victims of Abortion,” and you’re invited to join them. [Continue reading ...]

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Jesus and the Samaritan Woman: An Instructive Gospel Passage for Pro-Life Activists

by John Jansen (April 17, 2014 at 11:24 am)

St. PhotinaDuring Holy Week last year, Relevant Radio’s Sheila Liaugminas interviewed Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler about the Good Friday Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion, which is being held again this year outside abortion clinics across the country. (See the list of locations here.)

In the course of the wide-ranging interview, Eric also shared his thoughts about one particular Gospel passage that we as pro-lifers should spend some time reflecting on:

I think that the guiding Gospel passage for me as a pro-life activist…is Jesus with the Samaritan woman [John 4:4-42]. Here is Our Lord stopping along the way, to reach out to somebody from an outcast group, the Samaritans. He was not afraid to speak to her about her sin, He was not afraid to expose her to her own sin, but all of it done through tremendous gentleness, through intimacy, through a one-on-one conversation, finding her where she is, speaking to her in language she understood, and filling her heart with a sense of her own worth and hope so that she not only felt like she was loved and cared for and would receive the waters of eternal life, but she felt inspired to share that good news with her whole community, running out to tell everyone about it.

We have to be Christ at the well with that Samaritan woman in these kinds of encounters that we have at the abortion clinics.

You can listen to the entire interview below.

Eric Scheidler on “A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas”

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CLOSED: Forest View Abortion Clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois

by John Jansen (April 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm)
Maria Goldstein outside of the closed Forest View abortion facility

Maria Goldstein of Northwest Families for Life stands outside the now closed Forest View abortion clinic in Des Plaines, IL

Earlier this year the Pro-Life Action League reported that notorious Chicago area abortionists Vinod and Vijay Goyal had recently sent a cold-call mailing [PDF] to local physicians inviting them to consider working at one of the husband-and-wife team’s six abortion clinics.

The letter also tried to drum up business for the financially troubled Goyals.  Their business has been down in recent years — which means their abortions have been down, reflecting a statewide trend across Illinois — and just this morning, we heard some great news: one of the Goyals’ abortion clinics, Forest View Medical Center in northwest suburban Des Plaines, is now permanently closed!

Grassroots Pro-Life Activism Closed This Abortion Clinic

The closing of the Forest View abortion clinic is a textbook example that proves grassroots pro-life activism works. [Continue reading ...]

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League Celebrates Ouster of Abortion Champ Kathleen Sebelius at HHS

by Eric Scheidler (April 11, 2014 at 4:13 pm)
Kathleen Sebelius

Disgraced, departing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

The Pro-Life Action League is heartened to hear that Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a post she has held since the early days of the Obama administration.

As HHS head, Sebelius was responsible for implementing the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” and came under fire from both the right and left for the program’s horribly botched launch last year.

Sebelius was responsible for enacting the notorious HHS Mandate that forces employers to provide free abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives in their employees’ health plans. She also helped to keep health care consumers in the dark about whether their plans cover abortion, despite agreeing in a Congressional hearing that all coverage should be transparent. [Continue reading ...]

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911 Call Shows How Little Planned Parenthood Cares about Women’s Health

by Eric Scheidler (April 10, 2014 at 6:30 am)

The recordings of a 911 call and a dispatcher’s ambulance call reveal Planned Parenthood’s diligence—but only when it comes to protecting their business from public scrutiny.

On Saturday, January 18, 2014, an ambulance appeared at the huge Planned Parenthood facility in Aurora, Illinois, during the Pro-Life Action League’s monthly protest there. I caught the incident on camera, as did volunteers with the Live Pro-Life youth group. The recordings were later obtained with help from the Thomas More Society through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

911 Operator Rebukes Planned Parenthood Staffer

The ambulance arrived at approximately 9:40 a.m. Shortly after 10:00 a.m., paramedics exited the main doors with a patient on a gurney and loaded it into the ambulance. They left about 10:10 a.m.

On both the 911 call and on the radio with paramedics, the dispatcher is clearly frustrated at how little information Planned Parenthood has given her about the status of their patient. The Planned Parenthood employee on the phone even seems reluctant to give the name of the business she’s calling from: [Continue reading ...]

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Spend This Summer Interning with the Pro-Life Action League

by Matt Yonke (April 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm)

Pro-Life Action League internshipWe on the Pro-Life Action League staff are excited to announce an opportunity to intern with America’s premier pro-life activist organization in the nation’s most exciting city, Chicago, from June 9 to August 8, 2014!

This internship is a great chance for any college student or recent graduate interested in a career fighting abortion on the front lines.

For 9 weeks this summer you can work side by side with us and learn about every aspect of our work, from protests and activism to what the day-to-day life of an activist looks like.

Opportunities include sidewalk counseling at several Chicago area abortion facilities, participating in various pro-life demonstrations such as the League’s 8-day summer Face the Truth Tour and much more.

Applicant should be a current college student or recent college graduate and possess excellent communication skills, writing skills and proficiency with word processing software and social media.  Application deadline is this Friday, April 11.  Get all the details on the internship and how you can apply right here.

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“Neither Do I Condemn You”: An Invitation to Post-Abortion Healing

by John Jansen (April 7, 2014 at 10:36 am)

Jesus and the woman caught in adulteryIn the Catholic liturgical calendar, the Gospel for today is the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).

One thing I find amazing about this Gospel passage is that it almost didn’t make it into the Bible. In fact, before the canon of Scripture was finalized in the late 4th century, some copies of St. John’s Gospel didn’t include this story.

St. Augustine tells us (cf. De coniugiis adulterinis, 2, 6) that some early Christians were afraid of keeping this story in John’s Gospel since it showed Jesus as being so merciful that they thought it might lead people to think that the reality of sin wasn’t as serious as the Church made it out to be.

Apparently, the Holy Spirit wasn’t concerned about this, since He made sure the story was kept in there.

The story of the woman caught in adultery was the inspiration behind a post-abortion healing brochure [PDF] the Pro-Life Action League designed a few years ago. On the front is an image of Jesus and the woman, and the words “Neither do I condemn you.” On the back is information on where to find help dealing with post-abortion aftermath, and the message, “Please give this card to someone who needs it.” [Continue reading ...]

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League Hits the Streets for Year’s First “Face the Truth” Day

by John Jansen (April 3, 2014 at 4:03 pm)

Face the Truth day south side of ChicagoA team of 20 stalwart pro-life activists came to the South Side of Chicago April 2 to take part in the Pro-Life Action League’s first “Face the Truth” Day of 2014.

Our first site was the high-traffic intersection of Cermak Road and Ashland Avenue in the Pilsen neighborhood. The site proved to be a golden opportunity for distributing large quantities of brochures that explain why we show the photos of abortion victims in the public square, as motorists stopped at the intersection as well as pedestrians accepted our literature far more often than usual.

We then moved on to a site we’d never done before: 31st Street and Wentworth Avenue in the Armour Square neighborhood. This site was chosen because of its close proximity to US Cellular Field, which allowed us to reach thousands of fans on their way to the White Sox day game. [Continue reading ...]

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Aborted Babies Burned to Heat Hospitals: What’s the Big Deal?

by John Jansen (April 1, 2014 at 10:34 am)

Last week the Telegraph reported that the remains of over 15,000 aborted babies have been incinerated as clinical waste over the past two years in the UK, with some of them having having been used in “waste-to-energy” plants that produce power for heat:

One of the country’s leading hospitals, Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, incinerated 797 babies below 13 weeks gestation at their own ‘waste to energy’ plant. The mothers were told the remains had been ‘cremated.’

In response to the news, the ever outspoken P.Z. Myers wrote the following:

I’m not in the least disturbed by the fact that patients were not consulted on how their dead fetus was disposed. When you go in for an operation, are you concerned about what is done with the bloody towels afterwards, or how your appendix or tonsils or excised cyst are treated? Did you think there was some special room deep in the bowels of the institution where they were reverently interred, attended by a weeping chaplain who said a few kind words over your precious bodily fluids? Nope. They’re sealed up in a bag, dealt with according to appropriate protocols for medical waste, and incinerated.

Get over it.

Myers’ reaction is absolutely the right reaction to have—if the unborn are not human beings. [Continue reading ...]

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Eric Scheidler speaks at Rally for Hobby Lobby outside Supreme Court

by Eric Scheidler (March 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm)

It was my great honor to speak at a rally yesterday held outside the Supreme Court as oral arguments were being heard in the Sebelius v Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v Sebelius HHS Mandate cases. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga are challenging the mandate, enacted under Obamacare, which compels them to provide free abortion-inducing drugs through their employee health plans.

Other speakers at the rally included Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life, Lila Rose of Life Action and Meg McDonnell of Women Speak for Themselves, and several more articulate, outspoken women. The only men to speak were Fr Frank Pavone and me—a point I remarked on in my comments, which you can hear in full in the above video.

Father of Six Daughters Speaks Out

After declaring that women’s wellbeing is especially important to me as the father of six daughters, [Continue reading ...]

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