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Last Updated 09/28/2016

Confront Planned Parenthood with Prayer on Their 100th Anniversary

by League Staff (September 28, 2016 at 1:37 pm)

candlelightfbeventcover_535Next month, Planned Parenthood turns 100. That’s 100 years of preying on our families, polluting our culture, and, since 1970, killing our children by the millions.

Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country have already begun holding big fundraising parties in “celebration” of their big anniversary and using the opportunity to spread their lies and propaganda in the media.

Pro-lifers can’t match Planned Parenthood dollar for dollar. We don’t have a big government subsidy. We don’t have the mainstream media or Hollywood in our pockets.

But we have God, and we have the power of prayer.

And along with our friends at Created Equal and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, we’re going to use that power to confront Planned Parenthood on their 100th anniversary by holding prayer vigils at over 100 Planned Parenthood centers across the country on October 15, and we want you to be a part of this important prayer campaign.

Check here to find out if a vigil is already planned in your area.  If you don’t see a prayer vigil near you, please consider hosting one at a Planned Parenthood facility in your area. You can sign as a local leader here.

You won’t want to miss this chance to confront Planned Parenthood with the power of prayer on October 15!

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Thousands Mourn the Victims of Abortion on Largest Ever National Day of Remembrance

by John Jansen (September 12, 2016 at 4:55 pm)

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, Hillside, IL Sept. 10, 2016On Saturday, September 10, thousands of pro-lifers gathered at over 160 gravesites of aborted babies or other locations throughout the United States for the fourth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.

Several memorial services featured reflections given by clergymen, including seven Catholic bishops, among whom were Bishop David Ricken (Kaukauna, Wisconsin), Bishop Thomas Tobin (Riverside, Rhode Island), Bishop Joseph Binzer (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Bishop Peter Byrne (Hopewell Junction, New York).  Numerous other prominent figures in the pro-life movement also spoke at services around the country, including Father Frank Pavone (Orlando, Florida), Alveda King (Decatur, Georgia), Rev. Walter Hoye (Fremont, California), Sandra Merritt (Southfield, Michigan), and Father Mitch Pacwa (Montgomery, Alabama).

Many post-abortive women also spoke at memorial services, including Maureen Deitche, who, along with her husband Paul, gave a moving testimony at a service held at the gravesite of 2,033 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. Maureen gave a heartbreaking account of an abortion she had when she was a 14-year old high school freshman who had gotten pregnant by her then-boyfriend Paul, a senior who was three years older.

Less than a year later, Maureen and Paul found themselves pregnant again, but this time, she refused to have an abortion, despite pressure from her family, who never knew about her previous abortion.  Maureen and Paul were married on her 16th birthday, and eventually gave birth to four children.  More than 40 years later, even after Maureen suffered terribly from bouts of depression stemming from post-abortion aftermath, they are still married.

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We Must Not Forget the Victims of Abortion

by Eric Scheidler (September 9, 2016 at 4:48 pm)

hands holding rosary at gravesite of aborted babiesLast month, a landscaping crew in a Chicago suburb discovered a black backpack left beside the roadway of the house where they were working. Inside, wrapped in a brown bath mat, was the lifeless body of a newborn baby girl, blue and swollen.

Local police launched an investigation to find the baby’s mother, and community members stepped forward to cover funeral and burial expenses—the only act of human kindness they could offer to this abandoned child. Though initially referred to as “Baby Doe,” the police began to call her “Baby Hope,” inspired by the hope that her mother could be found and the mystery of her brief life revealed.

As horrible as the tragedy that befell Baby Hope is, the way our society responded to it reveals our best instincts as a people. The community rallied together to return this abandoned child to our human family: to give her a name, to find her mother, to provide her a proper burial. Someone even went out and set up a memorial cross where the backpack was found.

What a stark contrast to the way we treat those other abandoned children, the unborn victims of abortion. [Continue reading …]

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

by League Staff (September 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm)

In less than two weeks, 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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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 6, 2016 at 9:00 am)

hands holding rosary at gravesite of aborted babiesOf the 50 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 10—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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Lawsuit against Chicago “Bubble Zone” Gets National Media Attention

by John Jansen (August 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm)

PLAL founder Joe Scheidler talks to WBEZ’s Dan Weissman outside Chicago Planned Parenthood [Photo by John Jansen]

In our previous article about yesterday’s press conference and protest held outside Planned Parenthood’s Near North abortion facility in support of our lawsuit against Chicago’s “bubble zone” ordinance, we said that this case was sure to receive a great deal of media attention.

And, indeed, it already has.

Here is a partial list of news stories covering the lawsuit that have appeared in the past 24 hours:

See also the video below by Armando Sanchez of the Chicago Tribune, which includes remarks by Pro-Life Action League vice president Ann Scheidler and volunteer sidewalk counselor Veronica Price: [Continue reading …]

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Pro-Life Action League Sues the City of Chicago over “Bubble Zone” Law

by John Jansen (August 23, 2016 at 5:01 pm)

Today the Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Pro-Life Action League that seeks to overturn the City of Chicago’s hopelessly confusing “bubble zone” law, which has grossly infringed on the rights of pro-life sidewalk counselors to reach out to abortion-bound mothers since it was enacted in 2009.

To help launch this lawsuit, the League held a noon press conference and protest outside Planned Parenthood’s Near North abortion facility near downtown Chicago, which was attended by dozens of grassroots pro-life activists holding signs reading, “Protect Free Speech” and “No Bubble Zone.” [Continue reading …]

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Pro-Life Action League to File Suit against City of Chicago over “Bubble Zone” Law

by Eric Scheidler (August 17, 2016 at 12:49 pm)

bubble zone protest in chicago

Next Tuesday, the Pro-Life Action League is filing a lawsuit against the City of Chicago over the unjust “Bubble Zone” law that has been making it harder for pro-life sidewalk counselors to reach abortion-bound mothers for nearly seven years.

The law makes it illegal to approach within eight feet of someone walking towards an abortion clinic without their consent, once they’re within 50 feet of the entrance.

Sound confusing? That’s because it is. This law was designed to be confusing, and the Chicago police have been misapplying it from Day One, and it’s caused endless problems for our faithful sidewalk counselors.

Pro-Life Action League staff and volunteers have been carefully gathering evidence of First Amendment violations by police wrongly applying the Bubble Zone ordinance, and now our attorneys at the Thomas More Society are ready to go to court.

To draw media attention to this important case, we’re holding a protest and press conference outside Planned Parenthood on Chicago’s north side on Tuesday. [Continue reading …]

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Join Us As We Show the Victims of Abortion in Rockford, Illinois

by League Staff (August 3, 2016 at 2:18 pm)

rockford truth day

In early 2011, Northern Illinois Women’s Center, the notoriously creepy abortion center in Rockford, Illinois, closed its doors for good after the state found deplorable health conditions inside.

The local pro-life community was overjoyed at the victory God had granted them after many years of hard work, but even now, they’re not about to rest on their laurels.

In addition to praying and sidewalk counseling at other abortion facilities in northern Illinois, the pro-lifers in Illinois’ third largest city are continuing their longstanding tradition of a summer Face the Truth day, which the Pro-Life Action League will sponsor on Wednesday, August 10.

Face the Truth Day, Rockford, IL • Wednesday, August 10

The Tour will visit three sites over the course of the day: [Continue reading …]

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Rauner Signs SB1564 into Law: A Blow to Conscience Rights in Illinois

by Ann Scheidler (July 29, 2016 at 5:57 pm)

Illinois abortionToday Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law SB 1564, which will force medical personnel and pro-life pregnancy resource centers to refer their patients for abortion and to discuss the “benefits” of abortion with them, in spite of the fact that for all pro-life pregnancy centers and for many doctors and other medical professionals doing so is in direct conflict with their consciences.

Gov. Rauner had promised during his campaign for office that he would steer clear of social issues. We knew he was not with us on abortion, but we trusted that he would not undermine efforts to protect conscience rights and to enact measures that ensured the safety of women. Not one Republican voted for this anti-conscience bill. Sadly, Rauner has chosen to side with the pro-abortion Democrats in Springfield rather than his own party.

The pro-life movement in Illinois mounted a massive phone, email and letter writing campaign urging Rauner to veto SB 1564, while Planned Parenthood and its pro-abortion cronies ran their own campaign to get him to sign the bill into law. Evidently, Rauner would rather cater to the nation’s largest abortion chain than stand with his own party and the pro-lifers who believed him when he ran for governor.

This is sad and tragic news. It will result in lawsuits filed against the State of Illinois, which is in a dismal financial state and can ill afford to take on unnecessary legal battles. The medical professionals in the state of Illinois deserve to practice their healing art and have their freedom of conscience respected. The pro-life pregnancy centers should be protected from giving exactly the advice that goes against everything they stand for. They will not do it.

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