Every year since Planned Parenthood opened here in Aurora, it has been part of the Pro-Life Action League's "Empty Manger" pro-life Christmas caroling day. 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 . . . »]
Last Saturday, I received an e-mail from Mary Ann, a sidewalk counselor at Planned Parenthood Aurora.
She filled me in on the story of a young man who received the courage and exhortation he needed from Mary Ann and our other counselors to go into Planned Parenthood and stop his girlfriend from going through with the abortion.
Here's the story in Mary Ann's own words:
When I got [to Planned Parenthood] at 8:30 a.m., Mark, another sidewalk counselor, filled me in on a man who arrived after his girlfriend. The man didn't want her to abort their baby. [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 . . . »]
Julia, a member of Christian Liberty Academy's Live Pro-Life group, shows the goody bags the group gives out, March 15 [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
I'm happy to report that since the beginning of this month, five babies have been saved from abortion at the huge Planned Parenthood's mega-center in Aurora, Illinois, where the Pro-Life Action League is especially active. This is especially joyous news considering how difficult it is to speak to clients at this location, which was deliberately designed to hinder pro-life outreach.
The first came March 1 during a kickoff rally for 40 Days for Life. Sidewalk counselors Karen N. reports that a couple came out from Planned Parenthood and approached her as they were driving away. The woman nodded when Karen asked her if she was pregnant, and nodded again when she asked whether they'd changed their minds. Karen gave them information on the nearby Waterleaf pregnancy center. The man said they had to get a bite first—further indication they had had an abortion scheduled, since clients are instructed not to eat the morning before.
On Ash Wednesday, March 5, a car pulled out of the Planned Parenthood parking lot and pulled up beside sidewalk counselor Susan S. The passenger, a young woman, told Susan she had decided to keep her baby. Only minutes later, another car pulled up to Susan S. and counselor Randy M. and a beaming young woman told them about a previously unknown save: her daughter would soon turn one year old. [Continue reading . . . »]
Bishop Daniel Conlon calls the faithful to conduct pro-life activism with love. [Photo by Matt Yonke]
October 2 marked the sixth anniversary of the dark day when Planned Parenthood opened their first "mega-clinic" in Aurora, Illinois.
The Pro-Life Action League was there with over 150 local pro-lifers to mark the anniversary and re-commit ourselves to the ongoing fight against the facility.
Back in the summer of 2007, the League learned that a building under construction in Aurora—the same town where our Executive Director Eric Scheidler lives—was to be the site of a new abortion clinic.
Not only was there a new clinic in the works, only months from opening, but it was the first of Planned Parenthood's new mega-centers—large, regional clinics meant to replace multiple other abortion facilities in an area and consolidate their business.
Over the next several months the League directed a massive wave of public outcry against the facility with thousands coming out to pray, protest and speak to the City Council. In the end, the facility was allowed to open, but opposition to its presence in Aurora has continued steadily ever since. [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 . . . »]
Students from Christian Liberty Academy reach out to abortion-bound mothers at Planned Parenthood Aurora [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
It was a beautiful morning for this past Saturday's monthly protest at the Planned Parenthood mega-center in Aurora, Illinois. The Pro-Life Action League has hosted a protest there every month for the past five years and more since the "Abortion Fortress" opened in 2007.
Among the dozens of stalwart pro-lifers sacrificing time from their weekends to fight abortion was a large group of teens from Christian Liberty Academy, whose youthful zeal for the cause of life has become a regular feature of these monthly protests.
Several months ago, a Planned Parenthood client aggressively swerved his car at one of the CLA students and is now facing aggravated assault charges, as reported in today's Chicago Sun-Times. The unfortunate incident did nothing to diminish the determination and activism of these dedicated pro-life students.
On the picket line at Planned Parenthood Aurora [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
Response from passersby seemed more pronounced than usual, especially from those showing their support, possibly because of the prominence of abortion in the news during the Kermit Gosnell trial and subsequent guilty verdict.
At the conclusion of the protest, I offered prayers of thanksgiving to God for giving each of us the grace not only to recognize the evil of abortion for what it is, but to come out on the street and actively do something about it—as we've been doing for more than five years in Aurora.
On Good Friday, pro-lifers from every Christian background gathered at their local abortion facilities to pray "A Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion."
This moving ecumenical service offers prayers for children in the womb, mothers, fathers, abortion workers and our whole nation in union with the suffering of Christ in His Passion.
As we celebrate the Easter season, check out some pictures from these services from across the country. If you attended a Way of the Cross on Good Friday and don't see pictures here, e-mail them to us and we'll add them to the slideshow! (Take the slideshow into fullscreen mode and click "Show Info" to see the location of each photo):
On a bleak Friday afternoon, our savior Jesus Christ was crucified at Golgotha, "the place of the skull." Today, we have our own Golgotha: the abortion clinic, where two thousand years after the Crucifixion, His image is violently destroyed, again and again, by abortion.
That's why, for the last five years, the Pro-Life Action League has marked Good Friday with a pro-life "Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion" at our local Planned Parenthood.
We've found this activity to be such a blessing, one of our favorite pro-life activities of the year. So this year we're calling on pro-lifers like you nationwide to join us in hosting a "Way of the Cross for Victims of Abortion" at your local abortion facility.
And, we're providing you with all the tools you need to make it happen in your area, including an ecumenical prayer service book, templates to promote your event through e-mail and in churches, advice on practical considerations and more!
Though the devotion of the Stations of the Cross has Catholic roots, the service we conduct is completely ecumenical. People of every denomination join us every year and there is no material in the book that would be offensive to non-Catholics to pray. Please feel free to join or host a Way of the Cross no matter what your denomination. [Continue reading . . . »]
The Pro-Life Action League is proud to announce our 10th annual "Empty Manger" Christmas Caroling day Saturday, December 22.
Each year, the League brings the light of Christmas to the darkness of the abortion facility by singing the songs of Christmas right outside their doors.
Join us this year for two tours, one in Chicago and one in DuPage county to make your Advent a pro-life one. [Continue reading . . . »]
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