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Last Updated 11/26/2014

The Power of the Pro-Life Message at Work in Uganda

by Ann Scheidler (November 26, 2014 at 1:49 pm)
Students at St. Joseph School in Kyotera, Uganda 

Students at St. Joseph School in Kyotera, Uganda

We usually think of our mission of changing hearts and minds in a relatively parochial sense—reaching the people we encounter in person, or even in a radio or news interview. But sometimes our reach goes way beyond our expectations.

Recently, one of our Chicago area activists, Wanda, asked if we would be willing to contribute some pro-life materials to St. Joseph’s Technical Secondary School, a Catholic high school in Kyotera, Uganda.

While on his annual fundraising trip to the United States, Wanda had met Brother Charles, a member of the Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga, (who run the school) at her part-time parish in Door County, Wisconsin.  Wanda was incredibly impressed with the work that the Brothers are doing to serve their students, many of whom, because they are orphans, live at the school as well. [Continue reading ...]

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Where Does Planned Parenthood’s Money Go? Not into Maintenance

by Eric Scheidler (November 25, 2014 at 10:05 am)

Planned Parenthood inspection report screenshotWhen you go to a doctor’s office or a hospital, there are some subtle hints that you are not at home.

One of the first hints is the furniture. While at home you may have soft cloth upholstery with cozy surfaces, at the hospital or doctor’s office you get the feel of hard vinyl or plastic or metal.

Not too inviting. Why is that?

Because, unlike our homes, hospitals and doctor’s offices have serious concerns about the spread of disease. Vinyl, plastic, and metal are easily cleaned up. Spray with a germicide, wait, wipe, and you’re done. This is particularly important when there is, shall we say, “bodily fluid spillage”.

Cloth, on the other hand, does not allow for cleanup. Once “fluids” are in, they stay. Unless a cloth chair can be steam cleaned on a moment’s notice, there is no way to guarantee it is clean for the next patient.

Vinyl, although easily cleaned, still has to be maintained. When there are rips in vinyl, fluids can leak into the stuffing, rendering the chair uncleanable.

Unsanitary Conditions Rife for Spreading Infections

With this mind, it’s worth taking a look at what state inspectors found during their most recent inspection [PDF] conducted September 16 at Planned Parenthood’s Far Northeast Health Center in Kermit Gosnell’s hometown of Philadelphia. [Continue reading ...]

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“Empty Manger” Caroling to Bring the Joy and Hope of Christmas to Abortuaries

by Matt Yonke (November 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm)

Christmas caroling outside Albany abortion clinic in AuroraEvery year the Pro-Life Action League brings the joy and hope of Christmas to the darkness of the abortuary with our “Empty Manger” Christmas Caroling day.

Now more than ever, we need to be actively engaged in fighting abortion on the ground outside our nation’s abortion facilities.

Sometimes that means sidewalk counseling, sometimes that means protesting, and sometimes that means bringing the good news of the birth of Jesus Christ to the doors of the abortion clinic with peaceful Christmas caroling.

Host an “Empty Manger” Caroling Day in Your Town

In recent years, more and more pro-life activists around the country have started holding their own Christmas caroling events at abortion clinics, and now it’s your turn to get involved in this Advent pro-life ministry.

To help you do just that, the Pro-Life Action League has put together some resources that will make your caroling day a success: [Continue reading ...]

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Another Botched Abortion at Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois

by Eric Scheidler (November 17, 2014 at 10:43 am)

On October 25, 2014, an ambulance was called to the massive Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois. The Pro-Life Action League obtained the audio of the 911 call through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Video of the ambulance departing Planned Parenthood was shot by a local activist.

The 911 call reveals that a client of Planned Parenthood was hemorrhaging after her abortion—a rare instance of Planned Parenthood actually admitting the medical problem they’re calling about.

Earlier this year, a 911 operator rebuked a Planned Parenthood staffer at this same facility for not providing adequate patient information. In 2012, the Planned Parenthood center in Chicago didn’t even bother to call 911 after botching an abortion on a woman named Tonya Reaves so badly that she died.

Planned Parenthood Well Known to 911 Call Center

Also notable on this 911 call is that the operator already knows Planned Parenthood’s address, and is clearly familiar with Planned Parenthood preference for EMTs to use their back entrance. These calls are all too frequent.

She also seems to have learned not to expect much patient information when Planned Parenthood calls.

The fate of the woman transported from Planned Parenthood by this ambulance is unknown. Her child is dead.

The Pro-Life Action League has coordinated the pro-life ministry at this Planned Parenthood facility since it opened in 2007 under a cloud of controversy.

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The Pro-Life Action League Thanks Cardinal George for His Courageous Leadership

by Matt Yonke (November 13, 2014 at 1:34 pm)

Next week, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, will retire from a long and fruitful ministry, and we at the Pro-Life Action League wish to share our profound gratitude for his work in our headquarter city of Chicago.

Over the years Cardinal George has been a bold defender of all human life, speaking at pro-life events, leading prayer processions to abortion clinics, urging the faithful to become active in the pro-life movement and much more.

Thank you Cardinal George!

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Even in his years as the President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and a high-profile national figure, his door was always open to us and we could always count on his close cooperation in events like the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies against President Obama’s HHS Mandate, and so many more pro-life events over the years.

By way of tribute to this great man of God and his decades of service to the Church, in the video above we offer his remarks from last year’s National Day of Remembrance at the gravesite of 2,033 aborted babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

Thank you, Cardinal George! You will be missed.

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How Would Jesus Do Sidewalk Counseling?

by Matt Yonke (November 10, 2014 at 4:47 pm)

When Jesus walked the earth there were no abortion clinics, but all the same His ministry does reveal a great deal about how we should approach women in sidewalk counseling outside the abortion facility.

In this new video, Pro-Life Action League Executive Director Eric Scheidler shares his perspective on two passages from John’s gospel that shed light on how Jesus ministered to women in situations very similar to that of the abortion-bound woman.

It’s crucial that we take the right approach in the life and death work of sidewalk counseling, and Our Lord gives us a template that leads mercy and love for women. Check out Eric’s video and let us know what you think in the comments!

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“Scam..Scam..Scam!!!” Yelp Reviews Shed Light on Closing of Mandy Gittler’s Chicago Abortion Clinic

by John Jansen (November 7, 2014 at 9:00 am)

allwomensclosedThe Pro-Life Action League’s Matt Yonke reported last week on the recent closing of abortionist Mandy Gittler’s All Women’s Health facility in Chicago.

Mandy Gittler, you may recall, was the abortionist responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves at Planned Parenthood in Chicago in July 2012.

As Matt noted, the League conducted a “Face the Truth” Day outside All Women’s earlier this year. Our large photos of abortion victims rattled the facility’s staff to such an extent that one employee actually posted a sign on the door reading, “All protestors must be 50 ft away from our building.”

This was an obvious but feckless attempt to get us to comply with Chicago’s “bubble zone” law — which, in point of fact, we weren’t even breaking. (Needless to say, we were not deterred.) And they watched us like hawks from their second floor window nearly the whole time we were there.

While we’re not at all unaccustomed to run-ins with volunteer abortion clinic escorts outside those facilities that have them, abortion clinic employees themselves usually ignore us. That’s why the reaction of the All Women’s staff was out of the ordinary.

Clearly, the presence of pro-life activists outside their door made them uneasy, and the spectre of further demonstrations outside their facility may well have played a role in its closing.

But what other factors were at play?  [Continue reading ...]

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Germ Theory Denialism at “Clinic” Owned by Embattled Abortionist Steven Brigham

by League Staff (November 6, 2014 at 9:00 am)

virginiawomenswellness2_260We reported last week that the Pro-Life Action League recently filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Health, asking them to shut down the Virginia Women’s Wellness (VWW) abortion facility in located in Virginia Beach.

We have since filed two additional complaints against the facility, which is one of 16 abortion clinics owned by embattled abortionist Steven Brigham. One of these complaints focused exclusively on VWW’s stunning lack of adherence to basic sanitation and infection prevention protocols.

The Non-Handwashing Abortionist

When state inspectors conducted an unannounced inspection [PDF] in March of this year, they observed the abortionist (presumably Craig Cropp, although no employees’ names are listed) perform a surgical abortion on a woman before which he did not wash his hands. [Continue reading ...]

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Abortionist Mandy Gittler’s Chicago Clinic CLOSED!

by Matt Yonke (October 31, 2014 at 1:14 pm)
Eric Scheidler outside the now closed All Women's Health clinic

Eric Scheidler outside the now closed All Women’s Health abortion clinic

On Wednesday, the Pro-Life Action League took to the streets of Chicago for a “Face the Truth” Day outside three abortion clinics, bringing the reality of what abortion does to its victims into the public square.

When we reached our second site, All Women’s Health Clinic, we were shocked to find that it was closed!

Seeing “For Rent” on the door, my colleague John Jansen called the number on the sign and they confirmed that All Women’s was indeed no longer in business and the space was up for rent.

All Women’s was formerly owned and operated by abortionist Mandy Gittler, who killed young Tonya Reaves in a botched abortion in July of 2012 at Planned Parenthood in Chicago, where she also performs abortions. [Continue reading ...]

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League Files Complaint against Virginia Facility Owned by Embattled Abortionist Steven Brigham

by League Staff (October 30, 2014 at 4:59 pm)

virginiawomenswellnessThis week the Pro-Life Action League filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Health, asking them to shut down the Virginia Women’s Wellness abortion facility in located in Virginia Beach.

The facility is one of 16 abortion clinics owned by embattled abortionist Steven Brigham. When state officials conducted an unannounced inspection [PDF] in March of this year, they discovered that in the month of January alone, there were a total of 18 complications, 15 of which involved medical abortions which were incomplete and required either an increase in the medication given or a surgical procedure.

The number of medical abortions at Virginia Women’s Wellness (VWW) during the entire month was 44, yielding a “success” rate of 63.4% or a “failure” rate of 36.6%.

Astoundingly, these “failures” were not brought up for discussion during VWW’s subsequent Quality Assessment meetings. [Continue reading ...]

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