Planned Parenthood Aurora in the fall of 2007, shortly after opening [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
Yesterday, DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton dismissed a zoning lawsuit against the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois that has been ongoing for nearly six years.
In 2007, the Pro-Life Action League was notified that Planned Parenthood was building the largest abortion clinic in the nation in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, Illinois. Coincidentally, Aurora is the hometown of League Executive Director Eric Scheidler.
From the moment we heard the news, opposing the opening of this facility became the League's central project, and opposing their operation with prayer, protest and sidewalk counseling remains a large part of our mission.
One of the avenues we pursued in attempting to shut down this abortion mega-center was a lawsuit against the City of Aurora and Planned Parenthood for improper zoning of the facility. The center sits in a business district where the operation of a non-profit health facility like Planned Parenthood is specifically prohibited. [Continue reading . . . »]
The massive Planned Parenthood abortuary in Aurora, Illinois, was the scene of a dynamic, multi-faceted protest Saturday morning. It was my privilege to coordinate the monthly picket of the facility at the corner of New York Street and Oakhurst Avenue, dedicated this month to the conversion of abortion workers. The League has invited pro-lifers across the country to dedicate special prayers and fasting for this intention.
Meanwhile, in front of the Planned Parenthood facility two busloads of students from Christian Liberty Academy under the direction of David Berquist fanned out with beautiful LIFE signs and offered goodie bags to Planned Parenthood clients, including baby booties and information on the nearby Waterleaf Women's Center.
Among the students was the courageous Hannah M., who was threatened by a speeding motorist at last month's protest. The motorist—a Planned Parenthood client—has been charged with aggravated assault.
As the CLA students and regular sidewalk counseling team reached out to Planned Parenthood clients, a large group with the Knights of Columbus Council 1369 from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville prayed a Rosary for Life.
All told, about sixty pro-lifers were on the scene Saturday, braving chilly winds to share the pro-life message, offer help to Planned Parenthood clients and keep the abortion issue before the public eye.
This incident took place at Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois. I'll let sidewalk counselor Joe B. tell the story in his own words:
On Saturday October 13, 2012, while sidewalk counseling, I and several others observed an Aurora Fire Department ambulance arrive with its emergency lights on at about 12:50 pm at Planned Parenthood 3051 E. New York Avenue. [Continue reading . . . »]
It was six years ago on August 25, 2007 that the first protest was held at the site of Planned Parenthood's massive abortion facility in Aurora, Illinois. Pro-lifers had already been praying at the site for weeks, beginning shortly after it was learned the building—represented to city officials as a multi-use medical office—would house one of the largest abortion clinics in the country.
A protest has been held on the third Saturday of every month since Planned Parenthood opened their doors in Aurora later that fall. This past Saturday, August 18, the sixth year of of these protests began with a great turnout. These protests will continue until Planned Parenthood shuts its doors in Aurora for good.
Joining us this month was Lynda Weis, and Aurora resident and amateur photographer, who took some great shots of the protest:
Planned Parenthood's Aurora mega-center [Photo by Eric Scheidler]
Pro-life activism is work where you don't always see the fruits of your labor right away.
Sidewalk counseling is a perfect example of that. You may not know till you get to heaven how many people chose not to abort their babies simply by your presence and your peaceful outreach.
But sometimes God gives us the gift of seeing our work pay off here and now. That happened to sidewalk counselor Joe B. last weekend in Aurora, Illinois. [Continue reading . . . »]
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.
Today 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 . . . »]
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!
It 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 . . . »]
Roger Earl beat me to it with the exciting news that three babies were saved from abortion the day after the Aurora City Council met our (very low) expectations by granting Planned Parenthood's request to expand their parking lot. This is an especially significant number, since precisely three aldermen voted against PP's petition.
On the City Council agenda for Tuesday evening, October 27, was a petition by Planned Parenthood to expand their parking lot. The petition had been approved by the Planning and Development Committee, but then appealed by 4th Ward Alderman Rick Lawrence to the full Council. [Continue reading . . . »]
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