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Last Updated 02/02/2016

Pro-Life Action League Staffer’s Home Attacked

by John Jansen (February 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm)
One of the windows broken at Pro-Life Action League staffer John Jansen's home, January 28 

One of the windows broken at Pro-Life Action League staffer John Jansen’s home, Jan. 28

Shortly after I left for work last Thursday morning, January 28, my wife Jocelyn went downstairs to the basement of our home and noticed that it was unusually cold.

She then realized that someone had thrown chunks of cinder block through two of our basement windows, one of which was, rather ironically, wrapped inside a black plastic bag with the words, “Thank you.”

Jocelyn immediately called the police to report the incident, and when an officer arrived at our house, one of the first questions he asked was, “Is somebody mad at you?” To which my wife replied, “Well, my husband works for a pro-life organization.” (Which is to say: “Yes.”) [Continue reading …]

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Pro-Life Action League protests and inspires at 2016 March for Life

by Matt Yonke (January 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm)

Last week, pro-lifers from across the country descended on Washington D.C. for the 43rd annual March for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League was there to help encourage pro-lifers to become more active in the fight against abortion in their own communities.

We touched down in our nation’s capital on Wednesday, January 20 in the evening so we could be ready for our first event: a protest Thursday morning at the new Planned Parenthood mega-center currently under construction in D.C. under the banner of the #ProtestPP movement that had organized nationwide protest of Planned Parenthood centers in the summer and fall of 2015.

Two hundred pro-lifers came out over the course of the protest. Prayers and speeches were offered by the League’s Joe and Eric Scheidler, along with a host of other pro-life leaders including Rev. Pat Mahoney, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, Dr. Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Brian Gibson of Pro-Life Action Ministries, Bryan Kemper of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach and many more. [Continue reading …]

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Prominent Illinois Politicians See the Victims of Abortion at Swanky Planned Parenthood Gala

by John Jansen (January 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm)

planned parenthood protest in chicago

It’s become a tradition for the Pro-Life Action League to protest Planned Parenthood Illinois Action’s annual fundraising event celebrating Roe v. Wade. And as soon as we found out that this year’s event would be held on January 21, we immediately made plans to keep that tradition going.

Two dozen hearty pro-life activists joined us last night at City Winery in Chicago to bring a simple message to Planned Parenthood’s supporters: Abortion is nothing to celebrate.

We first set up an LED sign that says, “Abortion takes human life,” along with a 5′ x 9′ banner depicting an abortion victim on the sidewalk directly in front of the front door so that everyone entering would see exactly what it is that they’re supporting.

Orange-vested volunteer escorts with the Illinois Choice Action Team were also on hand, offering to accompany attendees through what one of them referred to as our “circus” — i.e., the sidewalk leading up to the front door, alongside of which were more volunteers holding more pictures of abortion victims as well as signs reading, “Planned Parenthood lies to you.” [Continue reading …]

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Closed Chicago Abortion Clinic Trying Desperately to Reopen

by John Jansen (January 15, 2016 at 4:55 pm)

Empty parking lot of the Albany abortion clinic on Chicago's Northwest Side

Empty parking lot of the Albany abortion clinic in Chicago, last open for business on Oct. 17 [Photo by John Jansen, Oct. 21]

Nearly three months ago the Pro-Life Action League reported the closing of Family Planning Associates’ (FPA) Albany Medical-Surgical Center abortion clinic in Chicago.

October 17 was the last day it was open, and just a few days later, a sign was posted on the door directing people to another FPA abortion facility located in downtown Chicago.

Yet during this same time, the words “Family Planning Associates Medical Group” were removed from the large sign in the facility’s parking lot. (Here is how the sign formerly looked, and here is how it looks now.)

By October 27, callers to Albany were being told that the closing was permanent. But now the Pro-Life Action League has obtained new information revealing that Albany’s owner, Walter Dragosz, is trying to reopen. [Continue reading …]

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Remember the Victims of Abortion by Visiting Their Gravesites

by John Jansen (January 12, 2016 at 9:54 am)

Gravesite of 2,033 babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL

Gravesite of 2,033 babies at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL [Photo by John Jansen]

The other day I happened to be in the vicinity of Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois, so I decided to pay a visit.

I don’t have any relatives or friends interred at this cemetery, but it does contain one rather unique gravesite that I’ve visited on a number of occasions over the past few years: namely, the final resting place of 2,033 babies killed by abortion, who were laid to by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in 1988.

I hadn’t been there since last year’s National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children in September, when 130 of us placed flowers on the victims’ gravesite as an ensemble from the Magnificat Choir at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago sang the hauntingly beautiful Coventry Carol: [Continue reading …]

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What do you say when a caller asks, “Do you do abortions?”

by Eric Scheidler (January 8, 2016 at 3:48 pm)

Phone callThis morning I took a call on our office phone from a woman looking for an abortion. But it took a moment to figure out that was what she was calling about. At first she was mumbling. I had to ask her to repeat her question.

So she did: “Do you do abortions?”

It was a strange question, especially considering that I always answer the phone by stating our organization’s name: “Eric Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League.”

We get calls like this from time to time, and they’re always surprising—and revealing. How does a person manage to call a pro-life organization, of all things, when looking for an abortion? And how do you not realize your mistake when the person who answers says “pro-life” to identify himself?

A call like this shows just how far out of touch your average person is with the pro-life movement. [Continue reading …]

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Protest Planned Parenthood’s Roe v. Wade Celebration in Chicago January 21

by League Staff (January 8, 2016 at 9:00 am)

pp gala cover photoOn Thursday, January 21, Planned Parenthood of Illinois is hosting a fundraising gala to celebrate the horrific anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. And the Pro-Life Action League will be there to protest!

Join us as we show Planned Parenthood’s supporters what abortion really looks like, and send the message that abortion is nothing to celebrate:

You can RSVP on the Facebook event page. Bring your friends and your warm clothes, we’ll provide the signs. Mark the 43rd anniversary of Roe by being a voice for the babies who cannot speak for themselves!

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Join #ProtestPP January 21 in Washington, DC

by League Staff (December 28, 2015 at 9:55 am)

cover dc_535_marginsIn connection with the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, the Pro-Life Action League is teaming up with our friends at Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Created Equal to host a rally and prayer vigil at the construction site of a new Planned Parenthood mega-center in the nation’s capital.

Join us Thursday, January 21 at 9:00 a.m. at 1225 4th St NE in Washington, DC (map) for this special event. Guest speakers include #ProtestPP co-directors Monica Miller, Mark Harrington and Pro-Life Action League director Eric Scheidler, along with Father Frank Pavone, Lila Rose and David Daleiden, the man behind the undercover videos.

Even if you can’t make it to Washington, please help spread the word about this next big #ProtestPP action — especially anyone you know is planning to attend the March for Life.

If you’ll be going by Metro (subway), take the Red Line toward Silver Spring/Glemont and get off at NoMa/Gallaudet U (map). Get more information and RSVP on the Facebook event page.

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Pro-life caroling day brings the hope of Christmas to abortion clinics nationwide

by Matt Yonke (December 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm)

The Pro-Life Action League has been hosting our “Empty Manger” pro-life Christmas caroling day for 13 years now, and this year’s caroling effort was the largest ever, with over 40 groups taking part from coast to coast!

Here in Illinois, the League hosted two caroling tours, one in Chicago, and the other in suburban DuPage county. At Planned Parenthood Aurora, the largest abortion clinic in the state, a baby was saved from abortion when their parents heard our carols and talked to sidewalk counselors as they entered the clinic!

The Chicago caroling tour began as it has every year since its inception in 2003: with the unfurling of a 10-foot banner saying, “All I want for Christmas is an end to abortion.” [Continue reading …]

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Are pro-lifers to blame for anti-abortion violence?

by Matt Yonke (December 10, 2015 at 9:57 am)

Yesterday, charges were filed against Robert Lewis Dear, the man who killed three people in an attack on a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility on Black Friday.

In the wake of this horrific shooting, many abortion advocates have attempted to blame the rhetoric of the pro-life movement for the actions of Dear and those like him.

In this video, Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler explains why this connection just doesn’t hold up.

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