'We need to keep fighting'
Joseph Scheidler takes active approach in fight against abortion
By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor
The next time you see three children together, think about the
devastating effects of abortion, said Joseph Scheidler, founder of
Pro-Life Action League.
"For every three children there should be four," said Scheidler
who will speak at a benefit for the Bay Area Pregnancy Center in
Marinette on Oct. 10. "We kill 5,000 babies a day. We live in a
culture that kills. If we don't stop abortion, we are not only
going to continue to lose children, but we're going to lose our
Scheidler founded Pro-Life Action League in 1980 to save babies
through non-violent means. Among the League's efforts is sidewalk
counseling where life supporters talk to people considering
"When you go to a clinic and talk to women, they don't want to
have an abortion," said Scheidler. "It's the worst day of their
life. It's a nightmare. It may be the boyfriend who is forcing her
to do it. She may feel that she doesn't have another choice. We try
to educate them and help them. During two weeks in June, there were
20 women who we had discussions with who said they couldn't go
through with it. We've been able to save a lot of babies."
Scheidler, who is based in Chicago, wrote a book entitled
CLOSED: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion, as a resource for pro-life
activists. Stopping abortionists is an important step, he said.
"We go to schools and talk to young medics who may someday be
asked to perform abortions," he said. "We picket abortion
facilities, demonstrate at the homes of doctors and publish
malpractice information about doctors performing abortions, which
really angers them. We need to keep fighting."
Scheidler, who has appeared on numerous television programs
including Nightline and Good Morning America, won a
landmark Supreme Court case for the pro-life movement in February.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) filed suit against
Scheidler and the Pro-Life Action League in 1986 on charges of
racketeering. NOW hoped to end sidewalk counseling and other forms
of pro-life activism including Face the Truth tours, which expose
abortion methods through photographs.
"Showing what happens when a baby is aborted has proven to be
successful," said Scheidler. "I remember a couple that was arguing
about abortion. The women wanted to have the baby, but her
boyfriend didn't. Abortion has a picture. When he saw what happens,
he decided against it. We live in a visual society."
Pro-Life Action League representatives also conduct seminars and
conferences, address student groups, speak at pro-life rallies and
debate at colleges and universities. The League recruits activists
in cities to carry out programs.
"We have many good people including a group in Appleton," said
Scheidler. "I'm a recruiter. I'm not Bob Hope, so I'm not going to
entertain you. There are funny things that happen along the way
that I talk about, but my goal is to get people to take
The children are the reward, said Scheidler.
"I love seeing the babies," he said. "I love these kids. We have
a big Christmas party with as many as 1,000 moms and their babies.
They were going to abort, so you may think they wouldn't be good
parents. They are some of the best parents, and they couldn't
imagine their lives without their children."
For more information about Joseph Scheidler and the Pro-Life
Action League visit www.prolifeaction.org.