March for Life Sellout

While a half million pro-lifer were gathering in our nation’s capitol for the March for Life last week, several of our “pro-life” Congresswomen were conspiring in secret to once again betray the unborn and those who represent them.

Leading up to the March there had been hearings and evidence presented confirming the undisputed fact that human beings, at least 20 weeks into their life, FEEL PAIN. Which would make what an abortionist does to these human beings not only “legalized” murder, but also torture.

Actually there’s ample evidence that human beings feel pain at a much younger age since science tells us that at 9 weeks all the structures necessary to feel pain are in place. But the House decided to limit this protection to what we know from caring for low birth weight babies in neonatal intensive care units: they feel pain. So they prepared a bill to outlaw the killing of human beings beginning at the age of 20 weeks. And promised the bill would pass the House when we were in town.” This one was a no-brainer.

Who would be in favor of torture?

Well apparently those who put the bill together as they included “exceptions”. Of course there was no exception to feeling pain for the abortionists’ victims, being tortured that is.No, having firmly established that these human beings feel pain, the House decided that those whose fathers were rapists, deserved no protection. In other words deserved no protection. As if that wasn’t reprehensible enough some “pro-life” members, almost literally at the 11th hour, sabotaged this terribly flawed bill on the basis that the rape “exception” was too restrictive.

For those of you reading this who are survivors of a holocaust that took up to a third of your peers, welcome to why we’re 42 years into this holocaust and still well over a million human beings continued to be “legally” killed every year. Keep in mind these are our “friends” in Congress, those who allegedly are there to protect the unborn. But this is what you get when you put all your eggs in the political basket: compromise. And make no mistake about it, these “friends” compromise with the lives of others. Betraying them to a torturous death.

Here’s the bottom line: innocent human beings don’t deserve to be killed. Period. And pursuant to this proposed legislation: human beings whose fathers happened to be rapists, don’t deserve to be tortured to death. Period. That fact is only difficult if you are an abortionist, a deathscort, or in this case among the turncoat “pro-lifers” in the House.

Think it’s time we revise our strategy?

I do.

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Our Lord Speaks To Us About Abortion

As you read this entry, I ask your prayers for Vertik. I’ll tell you more about her later.

I also ask that you keep three numbers in mind: 42, 56, and 1.

1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19 …..The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
Getting up and going to Eli, he said, “Here I am. You called me.”
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
So he said to Samuel, “Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”

We are just 3 days from the 42nd anniversary of the infamous Roe and Doe Supreme Court decisions that claimed to legalize what an abortionist does to a human being.

What that means is that anyone who reads this, and who is under the age of 42, is a survivor of a holocaust that took the lives of up to a third of your peers. Abortionists decimated your respective generations. Survivors have a special voice in this conversation. Has your voice been heard? Are you listening?
We are also just a week removed from the end of the Season celebrating the birth of Jesus who first came to us as an unborn child. Mother Theresa reminded us that the now 56 million victims of abortionists in our country were in fact Christ in His distressing disguise.

With numbers so big it’s easy to become discouraged.

I live in a relatively small parish in St. Louis.  But our parish, small though we are, helped end abortion. We participated in the Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Campaign that financed a Thrive mobile ultrasound center that now sits across the street from the only remaining free-standing abortion mill in Missouri. Because that van is there we have been able to redirect many abortion bound parents to Thrive. It is a fact that children are alive today because of the generosity of a small parish in St. Louis County.  And the presence of believers on the front lines to direct parents to that van.

Vertik is one such parent. I encountered her a week ago Saturday at that abortion mill. I pleaded with her as she went in while Deathscorts blocked her view of me- not the least bit interested in “choice”. But they couldn’t block my voice. Soon she came back out and agreed to leave the mill and cross the street with me to Thrive. Her child was spared the abortionist’s deadly intent. Pray for her for she is under much pressure.

56/42/one.

56 million victims over 42 years.

But what of the one?

You and I are the one.

We are the “Samuel” the Lord keeps calling.

Are we listening?

It is a scandalous fact, that the first time most Christians make it to an abortion mill is to have their child killed.

So first we need to show up. We need to be on the front lines to help rescue those being dragged to the slaughter. To end abortion one child at a time.

We need to open our hearts, so our ears can hear the Lord’s call.

Not sure what you’ll say at the mill? The Holy Spirit will give you the words.

Or just let your presence speak for you.

Pray, yes! Unceasingly. But this is a prayer that requires action. We need to hear the Lord and “get up” as Samuel did.  Praying with our actions as well as our words for all those involved in this affront to our Creator.

Be a voice for the voiceless wherever you are: at work, in school, at a family gathering. A friend recently told me about a hair stylist who displayed her grandchild’s first picture at work: an ultrasound. She told him of a mother who, upon seeing that picture began to cry and telling the stylist that her child was the same age when she was killed by an abortionist. That stylist was a voice before she even opened her mouth.

May we echo and live Samuel’s words and put into action our Lord’s response:

“Speak, for your servant is listening.”

Margaret Sanger and Soccer Practice

My Brothers Keeper

http://www.lifenews.com/2014/04/21/unearthed-video-shows-planned-parenthood-founder-margaret-sanger-no-more-babies-in-starving-countries/

The voice of a woman who unleashed a holocaust that coincided with, and in scope and brutality far eclipsed, the horror of the Nazi holocaust.

And that’s not even counting the untold millions or more who succumbed to the chemical warfare of artificial “contraceptives”/abortifacients!

Human beings whose deaths can only be estimated as there are no piles of shoes to represent their numbers.

holocaust shoes

We are FOOLS  to think this massive bloodletting does not overshadow every moment of our lives.

And is THE legacy we are PASSING ON to our children who lost as many as a third of their peers to Sanger’s holocaust.

Pass on soccer practice to stand for the Gospel of Life at Planned Barrenhood?

You tell me.

We have to end this madness.

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No Greater Love

My Brothers Keeper

A tale of two worlds.

I encountered two abortion involved moms over a 72 hour period this past week. The experience says it all about abortion. And has my head swirling.

One mom was willing to sacrifice her life for her child.

The other sacrificed her child’s life for her own.

I met her at the entrance of Planned Barrenhood on Saturday morning. She was Hindu, complete with tilaka and sari.  She was there to have her child killed.  I had encountered her husband two weeks before as he pushed their one year old in a stroller on this same sidewalk.  That day, while we spoke, his wife was inside the mill working out the contract for today’s “hit”. Safely nestled in her womb was her son’s sibling. Neither child aware of what their mom and dad were conspiring to do.

I know all this because I spoke at length with their dad. Twice. Each time he began with…

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No Greater Love

A tale of two worlds.

I encountered two abortion involved moms over a 72 hour period this past week. The experience says it all about abortion. And has my head swirling.

One mom was willing to sacrifice her life for her child.

The other sacrificed her child’s life for her own.

I met her at the entrance of Planned Barrenhood on Saturday morning. She was Hindu, complete with tilaka and sari.  She was there to have her child killed.  I had encountered her husband two weeks before as he pushed their one year old in a stroller on this same sidewalk.  That day, while we spoke, his wife was inside the mill working out the contract for today’s “hit”. Safely nestled in her womb was her son’s sibling. Neither child aware of what their mom and dad were conspiring to do.

I know all this because I spoke at length with their dad. Twice. Each time he began with a lie, It seems truth is the first victim of the war on unborn as well. “We’re not here for that (abortion)”. When I called him on it he immediately came clean.

It seems this child had come along a bit sooner than they wanted. “Too soon” he pleaded, pointing to his older child and noting he was “only one year old.”  That was the sum and substance of his argument. Bad timing. That was it. No “hard case” here. Just bad timing. Cold blooded selfishness. And a child dies.

72 hours later I met a mom from the baby boom generation.

Hers was a remarkable story.

It seems 35 years ago when three months pregnant she was diagnosed with cancer.

It was a Catholic hospital she said but the doctor pointed to the abortion mill across the street, recommending she kill her son to save her life.

She noted even her parents failed her.

But she knew what she had to do.

There was no question that leaving this aggressive cancer unchecked would be a death sentence for her. She and her husband planned for that eventuality.

She spent the next 6 months in a hospital bed. All for the sake of her son.

She carried him the full 9 months.

His delivery was complicated but eventually successful.

He was healthy.

She was not.

Near death in fact. Soon after the birth she began receiving what was to be too many blood transfusions to count. Somehow after many surgeries and much treatment she survived. She was to have multiple related near death experiences through the years and still endures many serious medical issues, constant pain, and will likely lose years off her life for her willing sacrifice for her son.

But no regrets here.

She had not heard of St. Gianna. I recommended she look up her story. She is the modern equivalent of St. Gianna’s witness for life.

What an honor it was to meet such an awesome human being.

“No greater love…”

So there you have it.

What kind of a world do you want to live in:

One in which parents kill their young so they can live as they choose?

or

One in which parent(s) would willingly give THEIR lives for the life of their children?

These world’s are an eternity apart. Hell and Heaven respectively.

We have to end this madness.

Joe Scheidler’s “Closed” Tour 2014

A history lesson.

My Brothers Keeper

Joe Scheidler, the godfather of Pro life activism came to town several weeks ago to see his partner in crime Gianna Jessen, survivor of an abortionists attempt on her life.  Joe met Gianna when she was just a teen and honored her at that time for all she had been through and for her courage in speaking out on behalf of her peers who even today are under assault in abortion mills around the world. Gianna is a formidable opponent of those who would perpetrate such a holocaust. Joe is no slouch in that category either. Sued many times by abortionists and their cohorts. Dragged thru courts for DECADES in the ultimate tribute to his efforts to stop abortionists and protect those being dragged to the slaughter.   Joe literally wrote the book on how to stop the abortionists dead in their tracks regardless of what Congress, our partial birth…

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Joe Scheidler’s “Closed” Tour 2014

Joe Scheidler, the godfather of Pro life activism came to town several weeks ago to see his partner in crime Gianna Jessen, survivor of an abortionists attempt on her life.  Joe met Gianna when she was just a teen and honored her at that time for all she had been through and for her courage in speaking out on behalf of her peers who even today are under assault in abortion mills around the world. Gianna is a formidable opponent of those who would perpetrate such a holocaust. Joe is no slouch in that category either. Sued many times by abortionists and their cohorts. Dragged thru courts for DECADES in the ultimate tribute to his efforts to stop abortionists and protect those being dragged to the slaughter.   Joe literally wrote the book on how to stop the abortionists dead in their tracks regardless of what Congress, our partial birth abortion President, or even the Supremes might think: “Closed. 99 Ways To Stop Abortion”. Closed WomenScare Joe with name 2014 And effective he has been. As have been the tens of thousands who practiced what he preached around the country. Many learned those ideas many times removed from Joe and to this day have no idea of his influence on their actions. We have done a terrible job of telling our history. But abortion mills continue to close.

Like the widow and the unjust judge, Joe knew from the git go that persistence would convince many of the unjust that it’s just not worth it. And make no mistake about it, every mom turned away from a mill is a net loss on the abortionists’ balance sheet.

Joe made abortionists uncomfortable in many ways. After all abortionists never figured their neighbors would be alerted by picketers as to how they make their mortgage payments. Nor that their legitimate business would be visited by those who would warn their patients that their “doctor” was also an abortionist.

At first abortionists sought refuge by nestling in amongst other legitimate businesses. But over time, as those businesses became inconvenienced by the picketers, sidewalk counselors, graphic signs, etc., abortionists became less welcome in the neighborhood.  Eventually they became more and more isolated.

Abortionists sued Joe and those of us who followed his strategy because they could see the handwriting on their ledger books. They knew first hand that if Joe’s ideas caught on it spelled the beginning of the end for their lucrative business. They readily  admitted as much in their court filings and depositions. In fact It was the basis of their Rico lawsuit.

And for many that’s exactly what happened. And abortion mills continue to close. And for those who survived they found that even landlords and businesses that at first sided with the abortionists, when THEIR bottom line began going south, left abortionists further isolated. Eventually many had to spend their profits on stand alone, concentration camp fortresses like the windowless blockhouse that is  Planned Barrenhood’s mill in St. Louis. In addition, the number of abortion mills in this country, since the expansion of activism in 1980 has been in a steady decline.

Imagine if the entire Christian church and ALL people of good will had embraced the wisdom Joe represented? Keep in mind Joe managed this feat with the tiniest remnant of the tiniest fraction of the Church. To make matters worse, many instead followed Peter’s example “I do not know that man!” and betrayed Joe (and more importantly the unborn) with their words and inaction.

But Joe persisted, as the head of a most eclectic loosely affiliated group of independents who had in common our faith and the persistence of that widow. So while we will not be satisfied until EVERY abortion mill is closed and the THIRD Nuremberg Trial is held  (The second was organized by Joe in 1985 in Nuremberg, Pennsylvania), it’s well past time that we claim the ground that we, with God’s help, have taken back from the Enemy.

Which is the reason for this entry. And the OTHER reason I invited Joe to St. Louis a few weeks ago.  I told him to bring a copy of his book, as we were going to go on a most unique book tour. And tour we did: the sites of 5 of the 7 area mills we managed to close in St. Louis as well as the single remaining free-standing abortion mill in Missouri.

What follows is the narration of that tour, mill by mill.

I picked up Joe from the airport and he decided to hit the ground running. Our first stop on the tour was the former site of WomenScare abortion mill in nearby Bridgeton. Hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings were butchered here. Hundreds of arrests occurred at this site in the 80’s. This was the same mill where we retrieved the remains of some of the victims from the trash and provided them a proper burial. Closed 2014 WomenScare Joe

Proving yet again that my ways are not Gods, as we pulled up I thought we ought to bulldoze these sites. I was to learn God had other ideas. Joe posed with his book for pictures first outside the office condominium and then inside the atrium by the door to the actual mill.

Inside were the new owners. Soon one was outside. Eric Harris. I explained that it used to be an abortion mill. He said he was told it was a medical office and that the owner was unable to sell it for the longest time. I asked if he was a believer, recommending his pastor come to pray over the site. He said theirs is a Christian group and one of the owners IS a pastor. It seems God decided to forgo my idea of the bulldozer and instead bring His blessing upon this terrible site. To sanctify this desecrated ground with His work. The owner retrieved the old nameplate for the mill and took our pictures. We had a most amazing visit. Closed WomenScare 2014 Joe & John (2)

As we drove away I explained to Joe that this was the mill where Judge Harold Johnson wrote his own chapter of “Closed”. You see, Judge Johnson knew what to do when confronted with a holocaust. When hundreds of cases against Pro-life activists came before him, Judge Johnson threw them out. Every one. Writing the 100th way to stop abortion, by refusing to check his  faith in as he put on his robes. Take note Notre Dame! Judge Johnson didn’t wait on the Supremes to give him the green light to do the right thing.

Our next stop was the site of the now defunct Ladies Center abortion mill a few miles away. Also the site of hundreds of arrests. Activists lived out many of the chapters from Joe’s book here including sidewalk counseling and picketing, not only the mill, but also the manager’s and later the judge’s home. Closed Ladies Center 2014 Joe Big sign

We stood at the exact spot where decades before I sat in a paddy wagon with Joan and Muriam Andrews as we hatched a plan that was later to become Our Ladies Inn (a home for expectant moms and their families that has since expanded to two locations and has served thousands of moms)…more on that later.

Unlike Bridgeton, this location remains unoccupied. Perhaps it’s haunted by the actions of another Catholic judge, Richard Provasnic, who did not follow Judge Johnson’s example. Instead Provasnik took his que from the judges of the Third Reich, protecting and enabling the perpetrators by JAILING, among others, the Corrie ten Boom of the abortion holocaust: Joan Andrews for almost a year. Later another Christian judge followed Provasnic into the pit by superseding the example of Judge Johnson and jailing several activists for our rescue work at the Bridgeton mill. It seems the docket will be quite full at the Nuremberg III.

It seems the spirit of Evil continues to haunt this location as we were there only a few minutes, long enough to take a few pictures, and up pulled the property manager. His first words were “You need to leave!” Now this location is a strip mall, and we could have easily been prospective renters. But perhaps he sensed goodness. I explained why we were there. Closed Ladies Center 2014 Joe & Manager “I’m calling the police.” he barked. I was flooded with memories. It was like being in a time warp. “I’m dialing!” he said with an eerie scowl on his face. There was no reasoning with him.  And there stood Joe, as the car inched forward, still holding a graphic of his  book “Closed”. Our mission complete, we left.

Next stop was a visit with the a man who was on the front lines before there were front lines: Orville Burkemper. Orville’s been at it since 1967. A man whose physical strength was matched only by his strength of character. A man whose actions wrote the preface to Joe’s book long before it was written. Once he single-handedly emptied Planned Barrenhood’s abortion mill waiting room. Orville entered that waiting room that Christmas Eve morning dressed as Santa. He offered each of the 14 moms a gift for their child. Instructing them to open the gift with their child next Christmas. He said one by one, gift in hand, the moms left. Until the room was empty. And so was Santa’s bag. Closed tour 2014 Orville Burkemper  (2)

These are men who helped end abortion one child, one abortion mill at a time.

Next we visited the Thrive mobile medical center parked across the street from Planned Barrenhood. Purchased with the fruits of the St. Louis area Knights of Columbus’ Baby Bottle Campaign. A grass roots effort which raised a half a million dollars in two years as part of an effort to end abortion in Missouri.

Working hand in hand with our sidewalk counselors, Thrive has been the refuge in the midst of the holocaust. In fact the next day, when Joe returned to the front lines, he would experience first hand just how successful his strategy had become.   Thrive St. Louis Mobile Medical Center

Next, Joe and I then toured Our Lady’s Inn, the thriving maternal aid home(s) which were born out of the rescue movement in St. Louis. The brick and mortar answer to critics who sought to distract from the murderous reality of what abortionists do to human beings by insisting that we don’t do anything for the moms. Odd isn’t it that the “choice” people operate exactly zero maternal aid homes. That job is the job of the “anti-choice” people. Go figure.

Our Ladys Inn

That night we were off to see Gianna Jessen speaking at the Crisis Pregnancy Center’s annual banquet. If you’ve never heard her speak put it on your bucket list. It was a wonderful reunion of two greats of the pro-life movement. Gianna a hero for surviving the unsurvivable, and Joe for his relentless pursuit of those who would attack Gianna’s peers. It was an inspiring evening.

Early the next morning Joe was practicing what he preaches on the front lines at the only remaining free-standing abortion mill in Missouri: Planned Barrenhood in St. Louis. And with the presence of Joe Scheidler and Gianna Jessen in our city, our efforts were rewarded that Saturday as four moms left that terrible place. Three crossed the street to the Thrive mobile medical center. The fourth mom, Shirrell,  literally ended up in the arms of Mary Maschmeier of Defenders of the Unborn. Together they worked out a plan to rescue both mom and her child. Shirrell told Mary that the baby’s father was trying to force her to kill their child. He sat in his Cadillac SUV on the lot and as Mary and Shirrell met, circled the block around them. The mother explained that as she sat in the waiting room, next to be called back to have her child killed, she decided to accept our help. She and her child saved, literally at the 11th hour, thanks to the faithful presence of the Christian Church on the front lines.

From there the tour continued as Joe visited my personal favorite: the hole in the ground that used to be Planned Barrenhood. Forced to retreat to their current stand alone fortress, no longer welcome to hide among legitimate businesses. The almost four decades of Christian presence at Planned Barrenhood has taken its toll.

The presence at Planned Barrenhood was first organized by Mildred Tickacheck, a visionary who knew from the beginning that the Church belonged on the front lines. Mildred set the standard upon which Joe, Sam Lee, and other activists were later to build.

Joe’s final stop was Regency Park, the former site of no less than THREE abortion mills. All of which were closed thanks to the efforts of activists utilizing many of Joe’s strategies. This location was the site of the highest and lowest moment of the Church in St. Louis. The former represented by Sam Lee’s success in finally getting Christians by the hundreds to the front lines, planting themselves between the abortionists and their intended victims. Countless lives were saved thanks to that activism.

Add to that this. This location was the scene of the (then) largest rescue in the history of the movement. A rescue on which  Randy Terry cut his activist teeth. Randy was to later organize Operation Rescue which spread large scale activism around the country. And continues his defense of life to this day.

The low point was perhaps the most shameful incident in the history of the Church in St. Louis. In 1980, the then newly arrived Archbishop May stood in front of the doors of these abortion mill, with local news cameras filming, and instructed the activists to leave. That’s right: LEAVE! And obey “just laws of a municipality.” As the video played out on the news that night, I watched in disbelief as behind the Archbishop (God rest his soul) could be seen parents entering the mill to have their children killed! Like a trainload of holocaust victims filing in behind him. I was stunned. Stunned!

Fortunately, while many followed the Archbishop’s direction, many others continued our faithful presence and after hundreds of arrests and many jailed for their life saving work, ALL of these mills were CLOSED.

Joe ended his whirlwind tour of St. Louis that day  at the Liferunners picnic (www.liferunners.org). Faithful to his chapter calling on activists to end each day of rescue with some celebration, Joe celebrated with fellow activists. Supporting the efforts of Liferunners who seek to keep the abortion holocaust ever-present in the psyche of America.

From there it was off to the airport to return to his native Chicago where his son Eric continues the work his father pioneered.  Not bad for a WWII veteran who knew, when he encountered the abortion holocaust, that all people of good will belong on the front lines. And provided others who might choose to follow him the ultimate road map: “Closed: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion.”

We have to end this madness.