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Last Updated 05/18/2016

Join Us to Protest Stericycle’s Annual Shareholders Meeting

by Eric Scheidler (May 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm)

stericycle protestOn May 25, the shareholders of Stericycle, Planned Parenthood’s largest medical waste provider, will meet in Rosemont, Illinois, near O’Hare Airport.

The Pro-Life Action League will be there to protest Stericycle’s partnership with Planned Parenthood and to call upon the shareholders to stop aiding and abetting the abortion industry.

If Stericycle drops Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain would be dealt a crushing blow!

Join us for this important protest on May 25 at 9:00 a.m.  Park at the nearby Cook County Forest Preserve at 4601 N. River Road in Schiller Park (see map here) for a shuttle up the road to the Doubletree Rosemont, where the shareholders meeting will be held.

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League Protests award to Joe Biden at Notre Dame Commencement

by Eric Scheidler (May 17, 2016 at 2:48 pm)

Protest grout at Notre DameDozens of pro-life volunteers turned out this past Sunday at the entrance of the University of Notre Dame to protest reception of the prestigious Laetare Medal to Vice President Joe Biden.

The protest at the intersection of Angela Boulevard and Notre Dame Avenue was co-sponsored by the Pro-Life Action League, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and the Apostolate of Divine Mercy, which runs a local pregnancy center. In addition to the protest at the University entrance, full-page ads [PDF] were placed in the South Bend Tribune and Notre Dame Observer denouncing the Biden award. CPLS’s Monica Miller distributed 300 copies of the ad on campus during the protest.

The event was well covered by the local media, including the South Bend Tribune, Fox TV 28, CBS TV 22 and ABC TV 57.

As I said to the South Bend Tribune, “The idea that our unborn brothers and sisters would be without a voice today is unconscionable. That’s why we are here.” Joe Biden and Notre Dame have may have turned their backs on the unborn victims of abortion, but the Pro-Life Action League was there to speak for them—as we always will be.

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Protest Joe Biden at Notre Dame

by Eric Scheidler (May 3, 2016 at 4:38 pm)

Shame on Notre Dame protestWhen the University of Notre Dame honored President Obama at their commencement ceremony in 2009, the Pro-Life Action League hosted a huge protest of that scandalous event.

I’m sad, if not surprised, to say that Notre Dame is at it again. This time, they’re giving their highest honor, the Laetare Medal, to Obama’s pro-abortion vice president Joe Biden.

It’s bad enough that Biden is a professing Catholic who claims to be “personally” opposed to abortion, but even worse, he used to be pro-life. When Roe v. Wade came down, he denounced it—and he even joined the March for Life in its early years! But when it came politically expedient, he turned his back on our unborn brothers and sisters.

Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins has turned a deaf ear to our appeals to rescind the award, so we have no choice but to once again protest the university’s commencement ceremony. [Continue reading …]

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Over 10,000 join 1st Annual Nationwide Planned Parenthood Protest

by Eric Scheidler (April 29, 2016 at 4:40 pm)
ProtestPP in Westminster, CA

#ProtestPP in Westminster, California

On April 23, the Pro-Life Action League coordinated the first-ever annual nationwide Planned Parenthood protest, in collaboration with our friends at Citizens for a Pro-Life Society (CPLS) and Created Equal (CE). I served as co-director of this effort, along with Monica Migliorino Miller of CPLS and CE’s Mark Harrington.

In all, 228 individual protests were held in 44 states and the District of Columbia, with more than 10,000 pro-lifers coming out to educate the public about the deadly agenda of the nation’s largest abortion chain. More than 60 national, state and local pro-life organizations co-sponsored the event.

Educating Voters on PP

These protests were modeled after the historic wave of protests held in August and October last year under the “ProtestPP” banner in response to the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, in which top Planned Parenthood officials callously discussed harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted children. ProtestPP inspired a new surge of pro-life activism throughout the country, which Monica, Mark and I have been eager to build upon with our network of local leaders. We plan to continue holding a nationwide protest like this on the last Saturday of April in coming years. [Continue reading …]

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Show Planned Parenthood’s Donors: Abortion Is Nothing to Celebrate

by Eric Scheidler (April 14, 2016 at 3:57 pm)

cover photo_blogNext Wednesday, Planned Parenthood is holding their annual “Generations Celebration” fundraiser at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers downtown Chicago.

This year, they’re honoring the founders of the “Shout Your Abortion” campaign — a social media effort encouraging post-abortive women to celebrate their abortion decision.

Planned Parenthood wants to normalize abortion, but that can only happen if abortion is covered in a veil of euphemism.

That’s why we’re going to bring the reality of abortion — and what it does to its victims — to their abortion gala next Wednesday.

Here are the details:

You can RSVP on the Facebook event page.  Let’s not let Planned Parenthood celebrate abortion without a protest!

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Notorious Chicago Abortion Clinic Abandons Hope of Ever Reopening

by John Jansen (April 8, 2016 at 4:07 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, 2015 [Photo by John Jansen, Oct. 21, 2015]

Nearly six 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 some time later, the Pro-Life Action League obtained information revealing that Albany’s owner, Walter Dragosz, was trying to reopen. [Continue reading …]

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#ProtestPP Nationwide on April 23

by Eric Scheidler (April 5, 2016 at 4:26 pm)

Eric Scheidler Rallies a Crowd in Aurora

Last year, the Pro-Life Action League joined forces with some of our closest allies in the pro-life movement to launch #ProtestPP — the largest series of nationwide pro-life protests in history.

These protests were held in response to a series of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), which exposed Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practice of trafficking in aborted babies’ body parts.

Tens of thousands of pro-lifers came out to denounce these horrors and call on Congress to defund the nation’s largest abortion chain. Millions were reached through hundreds of media stories about the protests, and several states did, in fact, defund Planned Parenthood.

CMP has continued to put out videos — the latest was just released today — and with a critical national election upon us, it’s time to hit the streets again!

On April 23, #ProtestPP will hold a new wave of protests at Planned Parenthood centers — and you can help make it happen.

Consider Leading a Protest on April 23

Protests are already lined up in over 180 cities, but that still leaves hundreds of Planned Parenthood centers uncovered. Are you being called to lead a protest on April 23?

First, check out the list of scheduled protests here. If you don’t see your city on that list, would you be willing to lead a protest in your community on April 23?

We’ll be there to help you every step of the way with expert advice and a host of resources. You can sign on as a local leader here.

Don’t miss out!

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Christ is Risen!

by John Jansen (March 28, 2016 at 9:24 am)

paschaIndeed He is risen!

During this Easter Week, we take special consolation in the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. Not only is it the central event of our faith life, but it also provides us with great encouragement in our ongoing battle against abortion.

By conquering death, Jesus has also conquered abortion. As a result, we know that the outcome of the struggle that we carry on — this seemingly endless conflict between life and death — has already been decided.

We have, so to speak, been allowed to read the book’s final chapter before we actually get to it. We know that in the end, Life will be victorious.

From time to time, all of us need to remind ourselves of this, lest we lose heart.

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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 (March 23, 2016 at 2:57 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 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.

Check out the list below to find a Good Friday vigil near you. Or, if you don’t find a local vigil, consider hosting your own Way of the Cross with help from the Pro-Life Action League.

Way of the Cross Locations: March 25, 2016

Alabama

Alaska

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

by John Jansen (March 14, 2016 at 9:19 am)

Jesus and the woman caught in adulteryIn the Catholic liturgical calendar, the Gospel for this past Sunday 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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