Pro-Life Action League

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The Pro-Life Action League is an American anti-abortion organization founded by Joseph M. Scheidler in Chicago in 1980. It describes its type of activism as "non-violent direct action".[1] The organization's primary goal to end abortion. Joe Scheidler is the national director, and his son, Eric Scheidler, is the executive director. Joe Scheidler's wife, Ann, is the vice-president of the organization.

It was prominently involved in the Scheidler v. NOW 2006 Supreme Court decision, which was ultimately decided in favor of Scheidler in an 9-0 vote.[2]


Face the Truth[edit]

The organization is perhaps most widely known for their Face the Truth displays, in which they display large images of abortion victims in public areas, such as largely inhabited cities or busy intersections. The tours are generally held monthly around the Chicago area and occasionally in other areas of the country.[1]

These displays have been known to elicit a strong response from passing drivers and pedestrians, ranging from words of support to angry protestations and violent action in rare cases. The League's goal is to educate the public and "to show what abortion does to the unborn child."[1]

Abortion Clinic Presence[edit]

Another major facet of the League's activism is its presence at abortion clinics, which may include protests, prayer vigils, or sidewalk counseling. According to the League's philosophy, presence outside clinics is crucial to ending abortion, both on a national and individual basis — a steady clinic presence across the country maintains the idea that abortion is not universally supported, and alternative services can be provided to women seeking abortions.[1]

The League holds pickets and protests and abortion facilities as a way to let the community know that abortions are being performed at these locations.

The League gained attention for its campaign to stop an Aurora Planned Parenthood clinic from opening in September 2007, and their efforts resulted in the clinic's opening being delayed for over two weeks.[3] The league has since maintained a constant presence at this facility.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Official PLAL website
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