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. The organization's sole mission is to end abortion. Joe Scheidler is the national director, his son, Eric Scheidler, is the executive director, and his wife, Ann Scheidler, is the vice-president of the organization.

It was prominently involved in the Scheidler v. NOW 2006 Supreme Court decision.[1]


Face the Truth[edit]

The organization is known for their Face the Truth displays, in which they display large, graphic images of fetuses 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.

These displays have been known to elicit strong negative responses from passing drivers and pedestrians, ranging from minor disapproval to angry protestations.

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.[2]

The League holds pickets and protests of abortion facilities and gained attention for its unsuccessful campaign to stop an Aurora Planned Parenthood clinic from opening in September 2007.[3]

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