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Candlelight vigil outside Planned Parenthood in Bakersfield, CA [Photo courtesy of Marina Audelo]
A recent article at Bustle — a website that is no friend to the pro-life movement — opened with this:
In the lead up to Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary on Sunday, there was an astonishingly organized protest movement ready to make sure that the women’s health organization couldn’t enjoy its special day without a reminder that a healthy chunk of people would love to see it completely dismantled.
The article was about the nationwide network of prayer vigils organized this past weekend by the #ProtestPP coalition led by the Pro-Life Action League along with our friends at Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Created Equal.
Thousands of pro-lifers took part in a Jericho March, prayer vigil, or other event at over 120 Planned Parenthood locations across the nation. Pro-Life Action League director Eric Scheidler spoke at two of these events: a candlelight vigil outside the Planned Parenthood mega-center in Aurora, Illinois and earlier in a the day at a prayer vigil outside the Planned Parenthood in Silver Spring, Maryland, after having just completed a speaking tour in the Baltimore area sponsored by Defend Life. Scheidler was also interviewed by the Washington Times for an article on Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary. [Continue reading …]
Two days after an ambulance showed up at the Family Planning Associates (FPA) abortion facility in downtown Chicago on October 11, 2014 — two years ago today — the Pro-Life Action League submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the audio of the 911 call that requested the ambulance.
Although the Pro-Life Action League and other pro-life organizations routinely submit FOIA requests for 911 calls made to abortion clinics and have no problems obtaining them, the City of Chicago denied our request.
Our attorneys at the Thomas More Society (TMS) appealed our denial to the Public Access Counselor of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, which eventually determined there was “no clear and convincing evidence” for denying the release of the 911 calls. Still, the City of Chicago refused to comply with the Public Access Counselor’s judgment, which the City maintained was “non-binding.”
That meant our only remaining recourse was to sue [PDF], which we did on May 19. And realizing that they don’t have a leg to stand on, the City’s lawyers finally released the audio of that chilling 911 call, which we are making public for the first time in the video above. [Continue reading …]
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!
On 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.
Last 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 …]
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 …]
Of 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:
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 …]
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 …]
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 …]