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Free Speech Threatened, Eric Scheidler Speaks Up

Posted by Matt Yonke on Monday, October 25th, 2010

On October 19, the city of Aurora held a hearing asking for public input on proposed changes to their "Peddling Ordinance." The problem stems from a glut of unwanted advertising newspapers piling up on local citizens' porches.

But rather than restricting unwanted newspapers, the solution the city has proposed for this problem stands to muzzle free speech in our community by requiring citizens to seek the government's permission to exercise their 1st Amendment rights!

Find out more about the egregiously unconstitutional and undemocratic changes in Eric Scheidler's comments in the YouTube video above and in my blog post on the previous hearing on this topic. Also be sure to check out the local news coverage linked below and leave your feedback in the comments sections, both here and at the newspapers' websites.

Press Coverage

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Protestants, Catholics Unite to Fight Planned Parenthood

Posted by Matt Yonke on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Pro-lifers at the October 2010 protest of Planned Parenthood in Aurora, IllinoisThe pro-life community of the Illinois Fox Valley came out again in force this month to protest the mid-west's largest abortion facility, the "Abortion Fortress" of Aurora, Illinois.

One of the most striking aspects of the pro-life community in the Fox Valley is the ecumenical spirit that has been foundational to the pro-life efforts here since the Planned Parenthood controversy erupted in the summer of 2007. Though there can often be ire and resentment between Protestants and Catholics even in the pro-life movement, God has blessed the community here with a spirit of unity in fighting for unborn babies and their mothers. [Continue reading . . . »]

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Pro-Lifers Continue to Protest Planned Parenthood Aurora

Posted by Matt Yonke on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Protest of Planned Parenthood in Aurora, IllinoisAfter the grueling heat of August, the protest of Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois in the mild September air was a welcome change of pace.

Pro-lifers gathered outside the mid-west's largest abortion facility at 9 a.m., as they have every month for nearly three years.

It's interesting to see what a routine folks have settled into after such a long time of protesting. Our stalwart protesters know just which sign they like to hold and where the picket line should go. Some have even picked up on the little tricks for keeping the picket line full when there are gaps from people walking at different speeds. It really is a well-oiled machine that keeps the clinic's presence in our town on everybody's mind. [Continue reading . . . »]

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Fox Valley Pro-Lifers Show Their Stuff

Posted by Eric Scheidler on Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Monthly protest at PP Aurora, August 2010 [Photo by Sam Scheidler]The pro-life community of Illinois' Fox Valley showed what it's made of this past Saturday during the monthly protest at Planned Parenthood Aurora, with a strong showing of 70 activists. We've held this protest every third Saturday of the month since November 2007.

August can be a tough time for pro-life activism, with summer vacations, high temperatures and back-to-school responsibilities tending to dampen participation. [Continue reading . . . »]

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What brought a police forensics unit to Planned Parenthood?

Posted by Matt Yonke on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Aurora Police forensics unit outside Planned Parenthood AuroraToday I got a call from Marie and Margo, two of our sidewalk counselors at Planned Parenthood Aurora. They told me that a police car with "Forensics Unit" on the side had pulled into Planned Parenthood's parking lot a few minutes prior. Two officers got out of the car and entered Planned Parenthood with a white box.

I hurried over to the clinic to see what was up. A few minutes after I got there, the officers exited Planned Parenthood with the same white box, got in their cruiser and pulled away. [Continue reading . . . »]

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June protest celebrates fatherhood

Posted by Matt Yonke on Monday, June 21st, 2010

Pro-life men march at the June protest of Planned Parenthood in Aurora, IllinoisGod graced us with perfect weather for a protest this Saturday, June 19. It was the day before Father's Day and it was great to see a strong turnout of pro-life fathers to show their opposition to Planned Parenthood's presence in Aurora.

Over 50 pro-lifers gathered over the course of the protest holding signs reading "Stop Abortion Now", "Planned Parenthood BAD for Aurora", and the most popular by far at this protest, "Dads for Life".

It was great to be joined again by local Knights of Columbus, who have started a regular rosary during our monthly protest. Their emphasis on fatherhood and family fit perfectly with the mood of the day. [Continue reading . . . »]

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Eric Scheidler Encourages Crowd at May Planned Parenthood Protest

Posted by Eric Scheidler on Monday, May 24th, 2010

At this month's protest of Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois, League Executive Director Eric Scheidler encouraged the crowd with news of 3 babies that had been saved from abortion in the previous week by the peaceful outreach of pro-lifers praying and counseling outside area abortuaries.

Over 70 people came out to protest the facility, one of the largest in the country. The monthly protests have been taking place since before the facility opened back in October of 2007.

Check out the video to hear more about the saves as well as important news about some events coming up this week that need your support in prayer: the "Face the Truth" Day on Wednesday, May 19, the protest of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday, May 20 and the ruling in the zoning case against Planned Parenthood Aurora on Friday, May 21.

Be sure to leave some encouragement for Eric and the rest of his crew in the comments section as they head into this whirlwind of a week!

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New Signs Debut at April Planned Parenthood Protest

Posted by Matt Yonke on Monday, April 19th, 2010

April protest at Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois

The client parking lot was nearly full at Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois when I arrived for Saturday's protest. Abortions are all they do on Saturday mornings, so likely every car in the lot represented a mother and a baby in peril.

On my way to the corner of New York Street and Oakhurst Drive, where we protest, I staked some new signs in the ground.

These signs read "Pregnant? Free Help 1 Block West" followed by the phone number and web address for Waterleaf Women's Center, the Pregnancy Resource Center just a block down the road. This protest would be the first time many of our supporters, who generously funded the purchase of the signs, would see them in action. [Continue reading . . . »]

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Baby Saved at Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Posted by Matt Yonke on Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Man kneeling in prayer at the Stations of the Cross outside Planned Parenthood AuroraIt was an unseasonably warm morning on Good Friday as Eric Scheidler and I set up the Stations of the Cross along the perimeter of the vacant lot across the street from Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois. We've prayed the stations there on Good Friday for the last three years since Planned Parenthood came to town.

Though we welcome challenges to our mettle, it's nice when the Holy Spirit gives our spirits a boost in the form of nice weather. Little did I know how much my spirits would be lifted by the end of this remarkable morning.

At 10 a.m. people were beginning to gather on the vacant lot. Planned Parenthood's lot was sadly full of clients. Earlier I wondered how many people would really be coming in for abortions on Good Friday, of all days. The answer was, surprisingly, quite a lot. [Continue reading . . . »]

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Project Love to honor pro-life attorney Thomas Brejcha

Posted by Matt Yonke on Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Thomas Brejcha Esq.Project Love, the charitable arm of Illinois Citizens for Life, will host a benefit breakfast Sunday, April 25th at 11 a.m. at the Naperville Country Club, 25W570 Chicago Avenue, Naperville (map) to further its work in support of young mothers.

Proceeds from this breakfast will allow us to continue to help these moms who greatly need our care and support.

This year the Caritas Award, given to individuals for outstanding service in defense of life, will be presented to Thomas Brejcha, President and Chief Counsel for the Thomas More Society. Please come and give him your support and gratitude. [Continue reading . . . »]

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