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 . . . »]
Posted by Matt Yonke on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Fr. Thomas Milota leads pro-lifers in prayer at Planned Parenthood [Photo by Matt Yonke]
As the sun set on Monday, October 1, pro-lifers gathered outside Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois to mark the fifth anniversary of the day the "Abortion Fortress" opened its doors.
Candles were lit and the faithful came together to mourn the babies and mothers hurt by abortion as well as to thank God for his ongoing kindness to the pro-life movement in our struggle against this facility.
Aurora Megacenter Opened Under Cloud of Deception
In 2007, Planned Parenthood brought the facility to Aurora under a cloud of secrecy and outright deceit. They brought in a front company to buy the property and oversee construction and they outright lied to the Aurora City Council saying it would be a general, multi-tenant medical facility and that they didn't know who their tenants would be. [Continue reading . . . »]
Posted by Eric Scheidler on Friday, August 24th, 2012
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:
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.
Posted by Matt Yonke on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
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.
IVF Doc Insists Issue Is Not Religion—Then Gives Lecture on Religion
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 . . . »]
Posted by Matt Yonke on Monday, December 5th, 2011
Every year the Pro-Life Action League brings the light of Christ to the darkness of the abortuary with our "Empty Manger" Christmas caroling day. The video of last year's event shows just how moving this effective pro-life witness can be.
More and more groups around the country have started holding their own Christmas caroling events at abortion clinics, and now it's your turn to get involved in this Advent pro-life ministry.
To help you do just that, the League has put together some critical resources that will make your caroling day a success.
Posted by Matt Yonke on Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington
A strange story emerges out of Seattle, brought to our attention by Catholic blogger Mark Shea, that finds Planned Parenthood pitted against their longtime allies at the National Organization for Women (NOW) as well as the hospital establishment.
Swedish Health Services, a secular healthcare organization, and Providence Health & Services, a Catholic healthcare organization, have tried over the last decade to find a way to join forces to provide the best possible medical services at Seattle's Swedish Hospital. A detailed account of the situation can be found here.
They're poised to come to a historic agreement that would allow both organizations to do the most good for everyone, but controversy has crept in because, as part of the agreement, Swedish is committing to not perform elective abortions.
NOW is in an uproar that any hospital anywhere would dare to not provide abortions. But Planned Parenthood is actually excited about the move. Why? Why else: money. [Continue reading . . . »]
Posted by Matt Yonke on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
Eric Scheidler leads pro-lifers in song outside Planned Parenthood in Aurora, IL [Photo by Matt Yonke]
This past Sunday, October 2, marked the 4th anniversary of the dark day that Planned Parenthood opened the doors of their "Abortion Fortress," the first of their mega-centers which are now spreading across the nation.
Though it might seem counter-intuitive, the Pro-Life Action League marked this grim day with a "Do-it Yourself" pro-life concert on the vacant lot across the street from the midwest's largest abortion clinic.
The DIY concert is an idea League Executive Director Eric Scheidler came up with to celebrate the closing of the second 40 Days for Life vigil in 2008 and we've held them several times since. Pro-lifers bring a lawn chair and copies of their favorite hymn or praise song and an instrument if they play one, and we sing praises to God thanking Him for the victories He's granted us as a movement. [Continue reading . . . »]
Posted by Matt Yonke on Thursday, September 29th, 2011
I was thrilled to receive an e-mail from Waterleaf Women's Center with the story of the first baby saved from abortion after the mother saw her baby on Waterleaf's ultrasound machine!
I'll let Waterleaf tell the story for themselves:
We were thrilled to receive the following text message recently from one of our Waterleaf clients in the hospital delivery room…
"Thank you for helping me not make a quick decision to abort. I can't wait to hold my daughter in my arms."
Though all of our births are special, Baby "Anna" (who weighed in at a healthy 8 lbs 9 oz.) was our first baby saved from abortion through the power of ultrasound. Her mother, who was determined to visit Planned Parenthood for an abortion, could not overcome the emotions of seeing her baby girl on Waterleaf's full-size TV monitor.
Since our January medical clinic conversion, dozens of Waterleaf's clients have experienced the powerful impact of ultrasound. Many were unprepared for the fact that their baby was a living, moving, human being with a heartbeat and fingers and toes!
Thanks to your prayers and financial support, we continue to witness the power of ultrasound and God's grace daily. May God bless each of you for sharing in our lifesaving ministry.
The Waterleaf team
Such great news! Learn more about Waterleaf and contribute to their work at their website.