A few years ago, four brothers—all under age 10—raised hundreds of dollars for the Pro-Life Action League by pooling all their Halloween candy and giving it away for donations.
Now their big sister, 15-year old Jessica, has come up with her own creative way to support the pro-life cause.
Jessica is throwing a Mother's Day "Baby Shower" for pregnancy centers in Aurora to coincide with the monthly protest outside Aurora Planned Parenthood this Saturday:
The biggest needs are for diapers and gift cards to stores like Target, Jewel, or Babies "R" Us for moms in need. [Continue reading . . . »]
A statue of St. Gianna Molla was blessed by His Excellency Bishop Joseph Siegel during Mass at St. Patrick Church in Yorkville this Sunday as the next step in an exciting new project, and Eric Scheidler and I were blessed to be a part of the celebration.
The statue is the centerpiece of the St. Gianna Shrine on St. Patrick's grounds, which aims to be place of hope and healing for women who have suffered the loss of a child through miscarriage or abortion, or just want to find hope in the life and intercession of this holy and courageous woman.
The shrine will consist of a gazebo covering the statue set in a beautifully landscaped garden, and a pathway leading from the church to the shrine paved with bricks donated by supporters of the effort. [Continue reading . . . »]
There were weeks of prayer and protest, candlelight vigils, City Council meetings lasting until the wee hours of the morning, court hearings, and nationwide news coverage.
And Planned Parenthood's Steve Trombley famously said that once their "health center" opened, we'd all give up and go away.
He was wrong.
Six years later, we're still there. We're still praying outside Planned Parenthood's doors, still protesting their illegal abortion center, still reaching out to their clients with real help.
Please join us on Wednesday, October 2, to thank God for giving blessing us with the grace to continue this life-saving pro-life work in Aurora.
Joining us will be Most Reverend Daniel Conlon, Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet, along with other special guests. Here are all the details: [Continue reading . . . »]
A local maternity home the League has supported made the Aurora Beacon News today with its stories of hope for pregnant teens.
Maternity Homes of the Fox Valley (MHFV) opened their doors in Aurora, Illinois last September and the League was there because the project was in part a response to the League's epic battle with Planned Parenthood over their deceptive entry into Aurora with the first of their abortion "mega-mills".
Since then, MHFV have been making it easier for teen moms in bad situations to choose life for their babies and we've been privileged to partner with them.
It's great to see MHFV getting the recognition they deserve for their work. Here's hoping the operation continues to provide hope and alternatives for years to com. Check out their website for more details about their unique method for helping girls in need.
Last night, after more than two hours of public comment, the City Council of Naperville, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, voted 7-2 to approve the construction of the Naperville Fertility Clinic at Benton and Washington Streets on the north side of the city's posh downtown.
In March, I was part of a group of concerned citizens who spoke out against both the moral and zoning related problems related to the IVF clinic, as covered by the Chicago Sun Times. We came to bring a simple message: IVF involves the freezing and destruction of human beings in the earliest stages of life, and that is not a stain that we want to see on downtown Naperville.
Dr. Randy Morris was the first to speak last night. Contrary to his claims at the previous meeting that his clinic had nothing to do with religion, Dr. Morris came with a cadre of people from the inter-religious group One Naperville, including a number of people who had undergone IVF treatments with Dr. Morris or elsewhere. [Continue reading . . . »]
Planned Parenthood is on the defensive. Just yesterday, they showed up to counter-protest against the Defund Planned Parenthood Truth Tour, led by Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave and Lila Rose of Live Action, held at the offices of Rep. Randy Hultgren (who voted in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood). [Continue reading . . . »]
After 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 . . . »]
God 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 . . . »]
I was thrilled when I woke up Saturday morning to temperatures in the 30's. I've been involved in protests outside of the "Abortion Fortress" of Aurora Illinois for over two and a half years now and February has brought some of the most brutal weather we've encountered—often with temperatures dipping below zero—so 30's were a welcome change.
Out at the clinic a little before 9 a.m., there already were four stalwart pro-lifers engaged in clinic witness ministry, sidewalk counseling and praying, when I arrived. It's always a great encouragement to see those dedicated folks outside the abortuary, even in February's snow and winds. [Continue reading . . . »]
Today, being Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I read his long letter titled "Letter from Birmingham Jail". In it, I noticed that the man we honor today was called an "extremist" in his day by his contemporaries.
Isn't that funny? How may people have called those who peacefully pray and counsel outside the Aurora Planned Parenthood "extremists"?
Perhaps we are in good company. Perhaps it will take a few years for people to see the value of our peaceful, non-violent actions?
Here are a few excerpts from the letter: [Continue reading . . . »]
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