The Pro-Life Minute from the Chicago Branch of Catholics United for Life

Submitted by Kevin Banet

Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 Subject: Pro-Life Techniques
Below are a few notes from the lecture on Sidewalk Counseling given Friday, Sept. 12 by Sr. Dorothy Rothar, of the Helpers of God's Precious Infants. These are ideas gained from her lecture that I think we are lacking in Catholics United for Life and could well incorporate into our methods. Please ask for my classroom notes for more depth.

A. More holistic approach

  • Spiritual. Address their need for God's forgiveness
  • Emotional. Recognize their feeling of having wasted their life. Despair. Offer hope and "spiritual virginity."
  • Guilt. Don't minimize their wrongdoing. "Why do you want to destroy your child?"
  • Psychology. From their words, know where they are coming from. Verbal approaches appropriate to their situation. Good counseling techniques (See notes)

B. Techniques

  • Get them to stop, but don't block way. "May I talk to you for a minute?"
  • Get their attention before pro-aborts do. Go a block or two away to anticipate their coming. (feasible??)
  • Work with the mean accomplice. Get a second person to invite them to look at the display.
  • Give away rosaries. Ask them to pray it.

C. Visual Displays

  • Small stand-up displays and those that lay flat on sidewalk
  • Both aborted and normal babies
  • Fetal models showing progression of various stages

D. Get a priest to come. Offer confessions to the women.

Sister Rothar is a very compassionate and prayerful person, and has worked as a teacher. She works with Msgr. Reilly. Their approach combines prayer and good counseling techniques. Our biggest problem is working around the pro-aborts. They have pro-aborts, but their death-scorts have given up trying to reach the women and just stand at the wall. If only we could have such success!

Date: Tue, 21 Oct 1997 Subject: Getting New Pro-Life Volunteers
Pro-Life volunteers are a special breed, and you have to approach finding these "catches" with a bit of marketing as well as prayer. My method for finding Sidewalk Counselors and Prayer Partners:
  1. Make a simple flyer describing when and where your next "Day of Prayer and Observation" for newcomers will be.
  2. Find Catholic churches where the liturgy is correct and devout. Find churches within a 20-min. Sat. morning drive to the abortuary.
  3. Wait until most of the people have left after Mass. Try both Sunday and daily Masses. When the people who pray afterward, or those who linger around the literature rack, come to the vestibule, approach them with your flyer. Say, "Did you get one of these?" Then explain that you are looking for people to pray the rosary in front of an abortion mill, and that you have a monthly day for newcomers.
  4. Suggest that you call them a few days before that day, and ask for their phone number.
  5. You can also attend prayer meetings and other events where those interested in living a prayerful life are to be found.
  6. Keep a 3" X 5" card file system, and make your calls the week before the event.
  7. Pray that the Holy Spirit will send workers to the vineyard!
You can also send bulletin announcements to cooperative churches two weeks before the event.
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 Subject: Catholic pro-life mutual fund

A mutual fund company that opposes abortion and contraception and is based on Catholic values has reached a level of investment returns equal to many of their secular counterparts.

The Aquinas Funds, of Dallas, boasts that their Equity Income Fund has returned a 26 percent annualized return for three years and has recently earned Morningstar's four-star (out of five) rating.

The new family of four funds was begun in 1994. It obtained a statement from six major drug companies that they would not be involved in the RU-486 French abortion pill. They have also screened all companies that contributed to Planned Parenthood.

Aquinas Funds tells its invested companies of its ethical goals. An information sheet says that their funds have a "commitment to the values of the Catholic Church in areas of moral and social action." Their semi-annual report lists companies invested so that stocks themselves can be purchased directly.

I recommend this family of funds. For more information, call 800-423-6369.

Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 Subject: Pro-life "angel" dies courageously

Angela Baird was a 19-year-old college girl at Thomas Aquinas College in California who slipped off a cliff while rock climbing and died. One thing that made her different was that she offered her sufferings for aborted babies and for her dad, who had diabetes and was out of a job.

Angela was a pro-life sidewalk counselor and completely devoted to the unborn. Although she suffered greatly while waiting three hours for a helicopter to arrive, she did not complain, and offered her sufferings for others. Her sad but inspiring story can be read on her family's web page:

The web page, which carries touching letters from two of her friends, has been visited more than a thousand times since her death Nov. 6.

Date: Wed, 24 Dec 1997 Subject: Christmas Greetings from Chicago!

To the Sons of the Church and the whole of humanity as well...

The the Christian vision has been created and is sustained by the love of its Maker, which has been freed from the slavery of sin by Christ, who was crucified and rose again in order to break the stranglehold of the evil one, so that it might be fashioned anew....

cf. Gaudium et Spes (Joy & Hope) N. 2, Vatican II


Date: Mon, 2 Feb 1998 Subject: New--pro-life CyberNews
CUL Pro-Life CyberNews


Troubled women and girls, some of whom are not even Catholic, are accepting rosaries as gifts from concerned pro-lifers outside Concord Medical Center in Chicago. More than a dozen rosaries were handed out by Catholics United for Life of Chicago members at a downtown abortuary recently, president Kevin Banet said. ----

Want to be informed about pro-life in Chicago? If you would like to be put on a cyber-mailing list of short monthly pro-life reports on the activities of Catholics United for Life of Chicago, please respond to this message with "Yes--pro-life" on your subject line.

Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 Subject: Your prayers asked for

This Sat., Feb. 7, the Chicago affiliate of Catholics United for Life will hold a Day of Prayer at Concord Medical (abortion) Center, 17 W. Grand Ave., downtown Chicago, from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Newcomers will be given an orientation if they arrive before 9 a.m. If you can't come, please add us to your daily prayers.

Pro-Lifers pray and counsel every Saturday at Concord Medical Center in Chicago. To learn more about Witnessing for Life in downtown Chicago, call Kevin Banet, 773-267-1195.

-- Next: What Was Missing at the March for Life

Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 Subject: What Was Missing at March for Life

The crowd was great, the speeches grand, the homilies inspiring, but there was something missing at the 25th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 22: talk about the importance of purity, especially when it comes to birth control.

There is a subtle but real connection between contraception and abortion, which even some Protestants are now recognizing. In the recently-issued encyclical "The Gospel of Life," Pope John Paul II speaks of the "negative values inherent in the 'contraceptive mentality'" that strengthen the temptation to abortion when an unwanted life is conceived. (N. 13)

The pro-life movement in this country to an embarrassing degree has eschewed the contraception issue, in an attempt to either avoid the prospect of the movement appearing "too Catholic," or from reacting out of fear of being accused of wanting to outlaw contraception.

As for being "too Catholic," let's proclaim the truth in season and out! And while at this time it would be impossible to forbid the sale and distribution of contraceptives (too bad they don't cause lung cancer), we should at least encourage our flock of the merits of living "in respect of the full truth of conjugal love" ("Gospel of Life," N. 13). That means the doctrine of non- contraception.


Next: "Deathscorts Make a Surprise Disappearance"

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 Subject: Deathscorts Make Surprise Disappearance

For no humanly known reason, the half-dozen or more pro-abortion "deathscorts" that usually appear at Concord Medical Center in downtown Chicago were absent Saturday, allowing pro-life counselors to spend more time talking to troubled women contemplating abortion.

The four known turn-arounds was a high number for a day's prayer and action. "We did ask them [the women seeking abortions] if they changed their minds after they came out," said one veteran pro-life counselor at the scene. "You could tell - they were very happy."

Eleven pro-lifers, some of them new volunteers, came to the "mill" between 6:30 and 11 a.m. on this first Saturday of the month. At least a dozen gift rosaries were accepted by the women and girls.

"There was no earthly explanation for the lack of pro-aborts," said Kevin Banet, president of Catholics United for Life of Chicago. "However, they might have been at a feminist convention or some other such meeting."


--CUL of Chicago would like to thank the many prayer partners, whose intercession surely helped their efforts.

Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 Subject: "Deathscorts" Absent Again

For the second week in a row "deathscorts" on a Saturday morning were absent at Concord Medical Center abortion mill in downtown Chicago, for no apparent reason. One pro-life sidewalk counselor said that in the several weeks previous to their disappearance their activity had been lackluster as they gabbed among themselves instead of going out to meet abortion-bound women and girls at their cars as they usually do.

"All we can say is thanks be to God," said Kevin Banet, Catholics United for Life of Chicago president, in response to the absence of pro-aborts on Feb. 14. "Of course, we kind of miss them - in the sense we knew who to pray for when they were there."

From 1986, when Catholics United for Life began its pro-life ministry at Concord Medical Center at 17 W. Grand Ave., until 1992, there was no weekly pro-abort presence on the sidewalk at the mill. That year, a group of persons, donned in green vests bearing the words "Pro-Choice Escort," came each Saturday to compete with pro-lifers for the attention of abortion-bound customers.

One known turn-around occurred that Saturday.

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Please take a moment now to pray this prayer of Fr. Frank Pavone, president of Priests for Life:

"Dear God, please help all pregnant women everywhere to accept the life of the child within them, and that that life may be protected always and everywhere. Amen."

Pro-lifers are invited to come to Witness for Life this Saturday, Feb. 21, at Concord Medical Center, 17 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. Call Kevin at 773-267-1195.

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Date: Mon, 23 Feb 1998 Subject: Abortuary Fenced In

A new sturdy fence has recently been built in front of Concord Medical Center in downtown Chicago, making a fearsome sight for women and girls seeking abortions.

"It looks like a prison," said Catholics United for Life of Chicago President Kevin Banet. "I visited Auschwitz this past fall and the new fence made me think of the barbed wire fences that kept prisoners inside the concentration camp before their deaths."

The fence, some seven feet high and made with vertical steel bars, is no barrier to prayer partners or counselors, Banet said. The fence was erected about the same time that pro-abortion "death-scorts" disappeared about three weeks ago.

About a dozen pro-lifers came to pray and counsel in front of Concord Medical Center on Chicago's near north side Feb. 21.

This week's prayer intentions are for the conversion of the abortionists and their assistants at Concord, especially a woman who identified herself today as an ob-gyn nurse.

Thank you for your prayers!


Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 Subject: Pro-Life Prayer
Please pray this prayer now:

"Dear God, please save the life of the unborn child who is threatened by abortion whom I have spiritually adopted. Amen."

Make a killing on Wall Street? You're not alone. Coming soon: Pro-life mutual funds.

Date: Sun, 1 Mar 1998 Subject: Investing the Pro-Life Way
Make A Killing on Wall Street?

Would you buy stock in Planned Parenthood? No way, you say! However, many pro-life people invest in the stock market not knowing that some of their investment dollars are paying for such ventures as fetal tissue research, or for abortion-causing drugs, such as the birth control pill.

Several investment vehicles that promote pro-life and family values are available today. Two that are available are Aquinas Funds, which is a family of mutual funds, and Guardian Investments, a full-service investment company that promotes "clean" funds that pass their pro-life criteria. The companies represent two different philosophies.

Aquinas Funds calls attention to their four "Catholic values" no-load mutual funds that follow the guidelines for social responsibility as outlined by the U.S. Bishops. The funds are concerned with abortion, wholesome TV, affordable housing, affirmative action, contraception and other issues.

Aquinas avoids investing in Hoescht, the German drug giant that plans to produce the RU-486 abortion drug. They then invest in other companies and then communicate with them, encouraging them to alter their social policy in order to conform to moral standards according to the above issues. Aquinas invests in companies, then uses its leverage along with 275 other organizations as major stockholders to effect social policy in those companies. For a prospectus, contact Aquinas Funds at 800-423-6369 or

Guardian Investments, on the other hand, believes in simply avoiding investments in companies that mitigate against human life or their stated values. Guardian promotes the Timothy Fund, which will not invest in companies that promote abortion, pornography, alcohol, tobacco or casino gambling. Timothy works with three organizations for guidance: Pro-Vita Advisors, American Family Association, and Life Decisions International.

The Timothy Fund excludes manufacturers of abortifacients, insurance companies and hospitals involved in abortion, and contributors to Planned Parenthood. For a prospectus, contact Guardian Investments at 888-764-2423 or

It seems that each organization is effective in its goals. Judging from literature from both companies, the Timothy Plan seems to focus more on abortion than does Aquinas.

Concerning Aquinas, one disconcerting point is that the word "abortifacient" could not be found in any of their literature; one would hope that they put more effort in protecting lives from early-gestation abortions, through abortifacients, than in getting Mrs. Jones a seat in the corporate boardroom.

A rather good discussion of the moral arguments of direct involvement in companies that promote evil is found in the March 15, 1997 issue of The Remnant, written by John Clark, a Catholic broker and founder of Guardian Investments. This article is part of Guardian's information packet.

On the profit side, the Aquinas Funds come out on top; its highest- performing fund is Aquinas Equity Income, with 28 % for 1997, and 26% average each year for three years. It received a four-star Morningstar rating (out of five). (data as of 1/31/98)

The Timothy Plan "A," slightly more successful than their "B" fund, returned 21% for 1997, and 13% average each year for three years. This fund received a two-star Morningstar rating. (data as of 1/31/98)

Contact each company for their IRA, Seps, 401k or 403(b) plans.

While there is much effort nowadays to invest in "green funds" that avoid offense to whales or the environment, why not make your market investments truly socially responsible?


Date: Thu, 05 Mar 1998 Subject: Pro-Life Case Against Chicagoans Begins
RICO Case Begins

Just about the only weapon the devil doesn't have is prayer.

That certainly must have been going through the mind of Joe Scheidler, head of the Pro-Life Action League in Chicago, on the first day of a trial accusing him of racketeering simply for trying to prevent abortions.

Joe held his rosary and the other pro-lifers in the courtroom prayed silently as the judge postponed the trial for an hour before it even began in downtown Chicago.

The National Organization for Women must prove that Joe conspired to stop abortion mills around the country from killing unborn children. The RICO law, designed to put gangsters behind bars, has been widely criticized for being too vague.

A lengthy article on the trial appeared in Monday's Chicago Tribune. Pray for Joe and the other defendants, that true justice will prevail.


Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 Subject: Tickers, Pro-Life Mutuals
Ticker Symbols for Two Pro-Life Mutual Funds

For those inquiring about the ticker symbols of the two pro-life mutual fund families discussed here on Feb. 28.

  • Aquinas Equity Income: AQEIX
  • Aquinas Equity Growth: AQEGX
  • Aquinas Balanced: AQBLX
  • Timothy Plan Instl (Class A): TPLNX
  • Timothy Plan Ret (Class B): (none; same as Class A, I think)
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 Subject: Four babies saved!
Four Turn-Arounds!

Pro-Lifers were giving thanks to God for four women and girls who turned away from appointments for abortion at Concord Medical Center in downtown Chicago recently.

Please pray the following prayer so that these women will have the fortitude to stick with their decision to choose life:

"We pray that all mothers may accept the life within them, and that that life may be protected always and everywhere. Amen." Fr. Frank Pavone, President, Priests for Life


Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 Subject: Pro-Life Info Days in Chicago
Pro-Life Information Days

Two pro-life information days, designed to educate parishioners about the apostolate of Witnessing for Life in front of abortuaries, will be held in the Chicago area. The first will be held Sun., March 15, after all the Masses, at St. John Cantius Church, at the corner of Chicago, Milwaukee and Ogden Aves. in Chicago. A poster display and brochures will be set up in the San Giovanni Café in the lower level of the church.

The second information day will be held at St. Mary of the Angels church, 1850 N. Hermitage Ave., on Sun., Mar. 29, after the 9:30 am and 11 am Masses, in the breezeway.

Members of Catholics United for Life will be on hand to answer questions.

You are welcome! Pray that we get new volunteers who will pray the Rosary in front of Concord Medical Center.


Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 Subject: Pro-Life info day at St. J. Cantius
Pro-Life Info Day a Success

Seven new people were signed up as pro-life volunteer prayer partners yesterday after Masses at a pro-life info day at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago.

The info day was held to invite people to come to the Family Day of Prayer to be held April 11 at Concord Medical (abortion) Center, 17 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago.

Many more people at the church picked up pro-life literature and looked over the new "Gospel of life" poster designed to motivate Catholics toward getting involved in pro-life work.

The next pro-life information day will be at St. Mary of the Angels, 1850 N. Hermitage, Chicago on March 29 after the 9:30 am and 11 am Masses.

Thanks for your prayers!

March 19 is the Feast of St. Joseph. Pray this prayer with us now:

"St. Joseph, husband of Mary, move the hearts of fathers toward their children. Amen."


Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 Subject: St. Joseph, a Pro-Life Saint!
St. Joseph, a Pro-Life Saint!

Today is the feast of St. Joseph, a protector of the Holy Family and truly a pro-life saint! Upon the command of an angel, St. Joseph took his family out of Nazareth and fled to Egypt.

"St. Joseph, protector of innocents, pray for us."


Date: Sat, 21 Mar 1998 Subject: New Counselor Saves Baby from Abortion
New Counselor Shows Her Stuff

God's grace works in surprising ways.

On her first day as a pro-life helper, a young woman offered kind words and help today and convinced a 30-year-old woman not to get an abortion. While most newcomers to baby-saving work pray and quietly observe others at an abortion mill, the new counselor, Elia, talked sympathetically and earnestly to women entering Concord Medical Center in downtown Chicago in her first experience with pro-life work.

The woman getting the abortion, Yvonne, and her mother left the scene without even going into the abortion mill at 17 W. Grand Ave. on Chicago's near north side. Elia, who has had no formal pro-life training, won the woman's heart as a new friend, promising to hold a baby shower for her. The two hugged each other and exchanged phone numbers before leaving.

Pray that Yvonne overcomes any temptation to change her mind, and keeps her decision to have her baby.

Thanks go to four other prayer partners and counselors who came that morning, as well as all of you cyberspace prayer supporters!

COMING SOON: An abortionist shows signs of regret....


Date: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 Subject: Abortion Debate Mon., Mar. 30, Loyola
Helen Alvare to Debate Sarah Weddington

Helen Alvare, the U.S. Bishops' spokeswoman on pro-life, will debate feminist leader Sarah Weddington Mon., Mar. 30 at 7 pm in the Rambler Room, LSC, of the Loyola campus, 6525 N. Sheridan Rd.

Helen Alvare has appeared on many media programs defending pro-life. Ms. Weddington successfully argued "Roe vs. Wade" of 1973, in which the U.S. Supreme Court legalized baby-killing by abortion.

This notice comes from Annie Scheidler, a Loyola student who is helping to sponsor the talk.


Date: Tue, 24 Mar 1998 Subject: Far-fetched yarns in NOW vs. Joe Scheidler Case
Goofy Arguments Used Against Pro-Lifers

Some of the arguments made against Joe Scheidler in the NOW vs. Scheidler case would be laughable if they weren't true. Here is an excerpt from Joe's web page for Thur., March 12:

Linda Taggert, director of the Pensacola Women's Center took the stand on Thursday, March12th. She testified that Joe Scheidler came to her clinic, and upon realizing she was not there, left his business card. On the card he wrote "Choose Life". Ms. Taggert testified she did not know how to interpret the phrase. It was quite apparent she claimed to take it as a threat. However, every pro-lifer knows that the phrase means just that... Choose Life!


If it doesn't work, call up Joe's home web:, or call 773-777-2525.

Pray that true justice be done, and that charitable efforts to help moms and unborn babies will be respected by law.


Date: Sat, 4 Apr 1998 Subject: Emergency plea for prayer
Emergency Call for Prayer

Special prayers are needed now for Yvonne, a single woman who was talked out of abortion two weeks ago at Concord abortion mill in Chicago, but whose resolve is now faltering.

Please pray this prayer with us now:

"Dear Jesus, you who shed your blood on the cross on Good Friday for us weak creatures, help this woman, beset by problems, become steadfast in her decision to choose life for her baby. Amen."


Date: Sun, 5 Apr 1998 Subject: Abortion Employees Ask for Rosaries
Abortion Employees Ask for Rosaries

Two employees of an abortion mill in downtown Chicago asked for blessed rosaries from pro-lifers yesterday, the latest pleasant surprise since rosaries were first passed out at the mill some two months ago.

A cleaning woman, who has boasted that she was baptized by the priest who became Pope John Paul II, and a guard, both Catholic, asked for the rosaries from a sidewalk counselor who is a member of Catholics United for Life of Chicago.

Meanwhile that day pro-lifers witnessed three turn-arounds of women who decided not to get abortions.

Another development was that of Yvonne, who two weeks ago was talked out of abortion, returned to the abortion mill Saturday with her mother, but left, apparently without getting the abortion. Please pray that she keeps her baby! We are keeping in touch with her by phone.


Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 Subject: Holy Saturday Family Day of Prayer
Family Day of Prayer for Pro-Life

On Saturday, April 11 (Holy Saturday), Catholics United for Life of Chicago will sponsor its first Family Day for Pro-Life at Concord Medical (abortion) Center, 17 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. Parents will bring their tots and teens to pray the rosary from 7-10 am. This activity is prayerful, peaceful and legal. Come and pray with us for one hour on this day before Our Lord's Resurrection.

The event will be held on the second Saturday of each month.

Call Kevin 773-267-1195


Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 Subject: Big Turnout on Family Day
Easter Sunday 4/12/98

Family Day Is Largest Turnout in Years

About 30 moms, dads, children and others came to witness for life on the first Family Day of Prayer at a downtown Chicago abortion mill, on Holy Saturday, adding an avalanche of prayer for mothers coming for abortion appointments.

There was possibly one turn-around that day, when a mother and daughter came and left without getting an abortion. A total of 25-30 women and girls came to get abortions, with a traffic flow that seemed to pro-life veterans to be lower than normal for a Saturday.

It was the largest crowd gathered to pray and counsel in front of the Concord abortion mill since 1986, when Catholics United for Life began its work in Chicago.

The Family Day of Prayer for Pro-Life will be held on the second Saturday of each month at Concord Medical Center, 17 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. The next Family Day will be Sat., May 9, between 7-10 am.

Resurrection meditation:
"Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’ and showed them his hands and his side." (John 20:19-20)


Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 Subject: Pregnant Mom Doing Better
Easter Monday 4/12/98

Counselors Make First Visit to Yvonne

Those who prayed for Yvonne are to be thanked for good news. Two Catholics United for Life counselors visited Yvonne on Holy Thursday, bringing her a knitted baby blanket made especially for a needy mother, and other gifts. The counselors saw the woman and her mother for the first time since Yvonne was counseled against abortion at Concord Medical Center three weeks ago.

Yvonne saw her doctor on Thursday, who made an appointment with a local Catholic hospital for an ultrasound. The counselors report that it looks as if she is headed in the right direction. Keep up your prayers for her!

Easter meditation:
"Now I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, as He said He would." (Matt. 28:5-6)


Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 Subject: AP story on Scheidler Court Loss
Jury Finds for Abortion Clinics

By MIKE ROBINSON .c The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal jury today found that three national leaders of the anti-abortion movement committed acts of extortion against abortion clinics and awarded more than $85,000 in damages.

The jury of two men and four women, which had deliberated since Thursday, found that the defendants damaged two clinics' ability to do business over more than 15 years.

``If they had a message that was good enough, they wouldn't have to barricade doors. It's only because their message is so weak that they have to resort to these tactics,'' said Fay Clayton, the attorney for the National Organization for Women and two abortion clinics that brought the lawsuit.

The jury of two men and four women, which had deliberated since Thursday, awarded the two clinics $85,926.92 in damages. The judge is expected to automatically triple that figure under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law, under which the civil lawsuit was filed.

The amount also could grow considerably since other clinics now can seek damages under the class action suit if they can prove in court that they, too, were harmed by the defendants. The jurors determined there was a nationwide enterprise involving 21 acts of extortion, including threats of physical violence. Most involved blackades of clinic doorways.

The lawsuit named as defendants two of the most militant anti-abortion groups, Operation Rescue and the Pro-Life Action League, as well as three of the league's top leaders.

It accused the groups and defendants Joseph Scheidler, Timothy Murphy and Andrew Scholberg of waging a campaign to shut the clinics through fear and violence.

``This wasn't my best day,'' Scheidler said. ``We wanted to come out as a legitimate force in America and not as racketeers. There's no honor in being a racketeer, and we're not racketeers.''

Later, he released a statement denouncing the plaintiffs' case as ``full of lies and misstatements.'' He said he planned to appeal.

Susan Hill, president of the company that owns the two clinics in Milwaukee and Wilmington, Del., said she expected hundred of clinics to seek damages under the RICO act.

G. Robert Blakey, the Notre Dame University law professor who was a chief architect of the racketeering statute, has said the act was intended only for use against organized crime and drug cartels.

``This case is a nightmare for anybody who wants to picket,'' Blakey said recently, adding that groups who don't profit financially should not be penalized.

Scheidler had maintained he always advocated pursuing an end to abortion ``by legal means.''

Attorneys for NOW and the clinics, however, told jurors that anti-abortion leaders claimed to advocate legal methods but actually encouraged criminal conduct.

Clayton told jurors Scheidler and his co-defendants did not actually engage in arsons and bombings but created an atmosphere in which others carried out these acts.

She quoted Scheidler as telling his followers: ``You can try for 50 years to do it the nice way or you can do it next week the nasty way.''

Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry originally was named in the lawsuit. But already facing $169,000 in court awards from two other abortion lawsuits, he settled with NOW in January and was no longer part of the case.

He agreed not to participate in any criminal activity against abortion clinics, their staffs or patients or belong to any group that does; violation of that agreement could cost him $15,000 and allow NOW to reinstate him as a defendant.

The NOW suit had churned through the court system for a dozen years before coming to trial last month.


Date: Mon, 20 Apr 1998 Subject: Counseling Not Affected by Court Loss

Pro-Life Counseling Not Affected by Court Decision

Pro-life works of mercy at abortion mills will not be affected by the recent finding by a federal court that the Pro-Life Action League and Operation Rescue are guilty of racketeering.

However, the future picture looks worse for pro-lifers such as sidewalk counselors who offer a choice for life. "Acts of mercy many times are dependent on a free society, and our country is fast losing its freedom," said Kevin Banet, president of Catholics United for Life of Chicago.

A law passed several years ago, the Freedom of Access to Clinics Act, to outlaw intimidation and threats in front of abortion mills has had little or no effect on prayer and counseling outside abortion mills in Chicago, Banet said. Another factor is that Catholics United for Life as well as nearly all other groups throughout the country were not named in the lawsuit, Banet said.

With that in mind, Catholics United for Life invites others to the Sat., May 9 Mother's Day Weekend Day of Prayer for Life at 17 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, to be held from 7-10 am. For more information, call Kevin Banet at 773-267-1195.

Catholics United for Life is a national organization based in New Hope, Ky. that trains and encourages sidewalk counseling, which is peaceful and legal. Its Chicago Affiliate has been active since 1986.


Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 Subject: Scheidler Verdict a Sham
Scheidler Case a Sham

The recent federal case against the Pro-Life Action League and Operation Rescue is summed up at the League's web site:

A quote from the web site's summary of the trial:
"The entire case was far too complicated for a jury of laymen to understand, and both the attorneys and the witnesses for the plaintiffs blatantly lied throughout the seven week trial, as well as during pre-trial hearings and in the press."

We'll pray for you, Joe and the others.


Date: Sun, 26 Apr 1998 Subject: Compliment from an Unexpected Corner
Abortionist Favors Pro-Life Sign

A man asked a pro-life counselor at Concord abortion center in downtown Chicago yesterday where the huge "Adoption Not Abortion" sign was and said that "that is your best sign."

What was surprising was that the man asking the question was the abortionist who had come for the day's work.

The abortionist then told the counselor "these women don't know anything," a comment the counselor interpreted to mean that the women who come there are brainwashed about the abortion decision.

God's grace is often active behind the scenes. Conversions of abortion providers usually come step by step. Your prayers are helping to bring about an end to abortion and a healing of souls. Keep the prayers coming!

Please pray this prayer now:
"Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn child whom I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion."
(Prayer of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen)

Security note: your employer can read your e-mails, both coming and going.


Date: Sat, 2 May 1998 Subject: Two turn-arounds

Two Turn-arounds at Concord Abortuary

Two women left the abortion mill at 17 W. Grand Ave. amidst pro-life witnessers on Sat., Apr. 25 in Chicago, but the women didn't look as if they had really changed their minds. Please pray for courage on their part.

All are invited to the Mother's Day Weekend Day of Prayer for Families, on Sat., May 9, from 7-10 am at Concord Medical Center, 17 W. Grand Ave., Chicago. Come for only one hour, and bring your children, from tots to teens. About 30 persons came to last month's event. The Family Day of Prayer is held on the second Saturday of each month at Concord abortuary.


Prayer of a Sidewalk Counselor: "Oh Jesus, Who gave your life for ours, give me words of love and wisdom to say to pregnant mothers who are thinking about abortion, the courage to speak, and perseverance in witnessing to life." (from Catholics United for Life, New Hope, KY)

Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 Subject: Fr. Hardon Comes to Chicago Sept. 26
Sunday, 6/7/98 Talk Postponed
The pro-life Day of Recollection at which Fr. John Hardon was scheduled to speak on Sept. 26 (described below) has been postponed. The date was cancelled by Fr. Hardon's office due to another commitment on the same day him. A date in February 1999 is now being planned for. We will keep you informed.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Pro-Life Theologian to Speak Sept. 26

One of the most prominent Catholic pro-life theologians in the country will talk at a conference Sat. Sept. 26 in Chicago.

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., author of more than 30 books and advisor to the Holy See for more than 20 years, will give a pro-life conference along with Fr. Edmund McCaffrey of South Carolina. The Day of Reflection is sponsored by pro-life group Eternal Life of Bardstown, Ky. and Chicago-area pro-lifers, including Catholics United for Life of Chicago.

The event is planned for Sept. 26 at St. Mary of the Angels Parish, 1850 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago.

Volunteers are needed to sell tickets to the event, which will be $5 each for the half-day event. The fee includes lunch. Each volunteer will be asked to sell five tickets. This will be a lot of fun as we gear up for an event that promises to boost the pro-life presence in Chicago. Those interested please contact Kevin Banet at 773-267-1195. Stay tuned.

Quote of the Day: "Only big babies believe in abortion."

Date: Wed, 6 May 1998 Subject: Last call--Pro-Life Day of Prayer Sat. May 9!
This Saturday, May 9, join us as we Witness for Life at the Mother's Day Weekend Day of Prayer at the Concord abortion center at 17 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, from 7 am to 10 am. Come for one hour. Bring your rosary.

If you can't go, pray that the moms will not abort their babies, but choose life on this day before Mother's Day!

For information, call Kevin 773-267-1195.


Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 Subject: Past Abortion Strengthens Pro-Life Conviction
Abortion Experience Strengthens Pro-Life Worker

Michaelene Jenkins is a busy woman in the pro-life movement. She is a Vice- President for the California Pro-Life Council, and works with other pro-life projects.

Q: What first led you to get involved in the pro-life movement in a significant way?

Jenkins: During high school I thought legalized abortion was necessary for women to reach their career and educational goals. When I became pregnant at 19, I aborted my pregnancy to keep my job as a ballroom dance instructor and competitor. Instead of feeling liberated by the abortion, I felt ashamed and guilty. I moved from MN to Hawaii in a desperate attempt to cope.

My life continued to crumble and I felt compelled to warn other women about the possible emotional fallout from abortion. Even though I still thought women should have the option to abort, they deserved more information. I went to a local pregnancy center and offered to help. Since I wasn't exactly pro- life, they let me file and occasionally invited me into a counseling session when a client wanted to know what it's like to have an abortion.

Q: How, then, did you make the transformation to supporting the right to life?

One day while I was filing I came across an 8-week miscarriage in a jar. I still remember the shock as I looked at a fully formed baby - the fingers, the toes, the eyes, the face. I freaked out! I went home and cried for days. Now I knew why I felt so guilty - I had killed my child. In an instant I was passionately pro-life, but my life continued to tail-spin. An eating disorder that I had battled from my teenage years got completely out of control. When I wasn't numb from eating, the pain was so great that I fantasized about committing suicide.

It frightens me when I think back to that time. Things did not significantly improve until the director at a pregnancy center in San Diego (where I had moved) insisted I go to a PAS [post-abortion syndrome] healing workshop. That weekend gave me the courage to deal with the abortion and the trauma that surrounded it.

Through several years of individual and group counseling and a lot of work, I was able to take responsibility for what I had done and to find forgiveness and peace. I also realized that God could use me to influence others for life.

The old guilt and urgency to do penance disappeared and was replaced by the confidence that I must speak up simply because it's the right thing to do!

If you would like to contact Michaelene Jenkins, e-mail her at


Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 Subject: Christian Lawyer Defends Rights on Radio
"Yes, You Have the Right to do That"

If your company requires you to watch perverted films as a part of "diversity training," what can you do?

You can legally refuse to do so without fear of reprisal, according to the eloquent and glib-lipped lawyer Jay Sekulow, whose question and answer program is broadcast every weekday on 106.7 FM from 11-11:30 am in Chicago.

Mr. Sekulow answers questions on prayer in public school, Christian witness in the workplace and in public places, as well as pro-life issues. Some of the restrictions put upon people with moral values around the country are frightening, but Jay almost always has a good answer, grounded on a thorough knowledge of constitutional law.

Mr. Sekulow, a convert from Judaism to evangelical Christianity, works with Protestant as well as Catholic lawyers for the American Center for Law and Justice, based in Washington, D.C. Your Pro-Life Minute editor met Jay in New Hope, Kentucky, headquarters for Catholics United for Life, and Jay is firm in his faith, spunky, and worth listening to.


Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 Subject: Pro-Life Day of Prayer Sat. June 13
Family Pro-Life Day of Prayer

On Saturday, June 13, Catholics United for Life of Chicago will sponsor a Family Pro-Life Day of Prayer at Concord Medical (abortion) Center, 17 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, from 7 am to 10 am. Bring your Rosary, and your children, from tots to teens! This activity is peaceful and legal. Call Kevin at 773-267-1195.

QUOTE: "It is not enough to discover Christ -- you must bring Him to others! The world today is one great mission land, even in countries of long-standing Christian tradition." -- Pope John Paul II


Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 Subject: A slap and a save...
Hand Slapped, Baby Saved

A hand slap that was somewhere between affection and assertiveness signaled a baby saved from abortion on May 30 in downtown Chicago.

One of the pregnant mothers who had come for an abortion appointment and then resisted a pro-life counselor's words came out later, slapped the hand of the counselor and drove off, the counselor said. The counselor, a member of Catholics United for Life of Chicago, described it as a "good-bye slap" and said the woman came out of the abortion mill too early to get an abortion.

Please pray that the mother persevere in her decision for life.

We will take a baby saved any way it comes.

QUOTE: "The greatest destroyer of peace in the world is abortion." --Mother Teresa


Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 Subject: Pray for us this Sat.!
Please remember us at our monthly Family Day of Prayer this Saturday at 17 W. Grand Ave. in Chicago. Please pray this prayer now: (Thank you!)

Pro-Life Prayer to God the Father

Dear Lord, I offer you my prayers, sacrifices and fasts of this day. I offer them to you, Heavenly Father, because I sorrow over the abortions done today, and beg You to intercede.
Father, I desire to do more, even in little ways, to stop this dreaded sin. I seek your guidance and grace, to help me restore a respect for all innocent life in danger of unjust death. Amen.

(adapted from a prayer by American Life League)


Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 Subject: Pro-Life Success
Smiling Turnaround

One well-dressed young couple smiled as they left a downtown abortion mill and acknowledged that they had changed their mind about getting an abortion

Pro-Life members of Catholics United for Life of Chicago at the site rejoiced when they heard the news. Pro-Life counselors had approached the couple when they arrived earlier.

Fifteen pro-lifers came for the Pro-Life Day of Prayer, held between 7-10 am at Concord Medical Center at 17 W. Grand Ave., Chicago.

Thank you for your prayers!

QUOTE: "It is a poverty when a child must die so that you may live as you want." - Mother Teresa


Date: Mon, 22 Jun 1998 Subject: Immaculate Heart of Mary Pro-Life Success
Four Turn-Arounds on Our Lady's Day

Our Lady seems to intercede in special ways on her feast days, and June 20, the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, was no exception. Four persons turned away from Concord Medical Center in downtown Chicago, and one young couple "was really on cloud nine" after choosing life for their baby, according to a pro-life counselor.

The young couple, who were married and had a two-year old at home, were first counseled by a pro-life high school girl who helped get them to the pro- life Aid for Women center about a mile away. The appreciative father tried to offer the pro-lifers money, but was politely refused.

Three other persons were turned away that day, including a woman who had come for a tubal sterilization.

Thank you for your prayers!

Date: Thu, 9 Jul 1998 Subject: Abortion/cancer expert to speak Aug. 22
Abortion/cancer Expert to Speak Aug. 22

When a 15-year-old girl enters an abortion mill to abort the first child she conceives, the idea that it could lead to cancer is probably the furthest thing from her mind. And yet there is a direct connection, proved by science, that is almost universally ignored by the medical profession and the media.

When a woman is pregnant for the first time, her breast cells develop in a special way. An abortion abnormally halts the flow of hormones that bring about the change in breast cells and the stage is set for breast cancer.

Dr. Joel Brynd, Ph.D., an expert in the abortion/breast cancer relationship, will speak on this topic at noon Sat., Aug. 22 at the Wilmette, IL Public Library, at the corner of Central and Park.

Please pray this prayer with us now:

Pro-Life Prayer to God the Father

Dear Lord, I offer you my prayers, sacrifices and fasts of this day. I offer them to you, Heavenly Father, because I sorrow over the abortions done today, and beg You to intercede.
Father, I desire to do more to stop this dreaded sin. I seek your guidance and grace, to help me restore a respect for all innocent life in danger of unjust death. Amen.

adapted from American Life League


Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 Subject: Fr. Frank Pavone in Chicago
Fr. Frank Pavone in Chicago Aug. 19

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 pm, one of the country's most promising pro- life leaders, Fr. Frank Pavone, will celebrate Mass at the Women's Center, 5116 N. Cicero, Chicago. Fr. Pavone is the president of Priests for Life, and was recently promoted by the Vatican to be the worldwide coordinator of Priests for Life. For info, call the Women's Center at 773-794-1313.

Sterilization Turn-Around

On Saturday, July 18, one woman was turned around from a sterilization at Concord Medical Center in Chicago. Thank you for your prayers! Catholics United for Life of Chicago,


Date: Tue, 25 Aug 1998 Subject: Novena Coincides with Partial Birth Vote
Novena for Life Sept. 7-15

Catholics throughout the United States are being asked to join in a novena for life from Sept. 7, the vigil of the feast of the birth of Mary, to Sept. 15, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

At least one of the nine days is likely to coincide with debate in the U.S. Senate on overriding President Clinton's veto last October of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. The House overrode the veto July 23 by a 296-132 vote.

The ``9 Days for Life'' novena, prepared by Father James Moroney, executive director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for the Liturgy, asks Mary to bless ``all mothers, especially those wearied by life and overcome by the suffering they bear for their children.''

If the Pro-Life Minute comes across the actual prayers for the novena, we will send them to you.

Information from Catholic News Service


Date: Sun, 6 Sep 1998 Subject: Novena for Life Prayer text (begins Labor Day)
Here is the Novena for Life, which begins Monday, Sept. 7, the vigil of the feast of the birth of Mary, to Sept. 15, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. We apologize for taking such a long time to get this to you.


Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 Subject: Bishop Goedert to Lead Pro-Life March
Bishop Goedert to Lead Pro-Life March

For the first time in Chicago history, a Catholic bishop will lead a pro- life march from a downtown church to an infamous abortion mill that has killed thousands of innocent lives.

Most Rev. Raymond Goedert, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, has agreed to march with the Helpers of God's Precious Infants on Sat., Oct. 17, from Old St. Pat's Church, 700 W. Adams St. to Family Planning Associates abortion mill, 659 W. Washington St.

The news was greeted by pro-life workers with joy and hope that this clear sign of leadership on the part of the Catholic hierarchy will inspire many more Christians and people of good will to join in the work of saving lives from the horror of abortion. Many veteran pro-lifers recall the 3,000 Catholics who turned out in front of an abortion mill in Toronto years ago when the Catholic bishop commanded his flock to appear there for a peaceful protest.

Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 am at Old St. Patrick's Church, and a peaceful prayer procession with Bishop Goedert will begin at 9:30 am.

For more information, call Julie McCreevy, 773-777-5303.

Catholics United for Life of Chicago,


Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1998 Subject: Impeachment Lawyer Once Helped Pro-Lifers
Top Impeachment Lawyer Once Helped Chicago CUL

A Chicago lawyer who is coming to prominence as the head of legal work in the White House impeachment proceedings once helped Catholics United for Life in Chicago.

David Schippers, who 30 years ago gained fame by battling Chicago mobsters in court, is the chief prosecutor working under Hon. Henry Hyde, the Illinois representative who is head of the Judicial Committee which will vote this week on whether to hold an impeachment trial of Bill Clinton.

Schippers, who made an impassioned public appeal for justice during committee meetings in the case Tuesday, quoted St. Thomas More, the 16th century saint and lawyer who died rather than compromise the truth.

Schippers defended a Catholics United for Life sidewalk counselor in September 1994 when the counselor was accused by an abortionist at Concord Medical Center in Chicago of yelling obscenities in front of the killing center. The case was dismissed when the abortionist failed to show up in court for the hearing.


Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 Subject: Chicago baby saved is born!
Baby Saved by Counselor is Born

The baby whose mother was counseled at a Chicago abortion mill minutes before her appointment with death was born Wed., Oct. 7.

The mother, Yvonne, was approached by a Catholics United for Life sidewalk counselor on Sat. March 21, and promised help for her and her baby if she would not get the abortion she was planning. The mother agreed, and the baby was born one day after her due date.

The good news came just weeks after Pope John Paul II told U.S. bishops visiting Rome to do more pro-life work. The Holy Father said that pro-lifers should make greater efforts to provide women with alternatives to abortion, to make those alternatives known and to provide counseling to women who have had an abortion.

"The unconditional defense of life must always include the message that true healing is possible through reconciliation with the Body of Christ," the Pope said.

Catholics United for Life would like to thank you for your prayers to save unborn babies from abortion!

(some information from Catholic News Service)


Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 Subject: Bishop Goedert Marches for Life this Sat.
A reminder -- Bishop Goedert to Lead Pro-Life March

Most Rev. Raymond Goedert, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will march with the Helpers of God's Precious Infants on Sat., Oct. 17, from Old St. Pat's Church, 700 W. Adams St. to Family Planning Associates abortion mill, 659 W. Washington St.

Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 am at Old St. Patrick's Church, and a peaceful prayer procession with Bishop Goedert will begin at 9:30 am. The abortion mill is three blocks away from the church.

The event is sponsored by Helpers of God's Precious Infants. For more information, call Julie McCreevy, 773-777-5303.

Catholics United for Life of Chicago,


Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998 Subject: Baby Saved While 600 Pray
Baby Saved from Abortion While a Bishop and Others Pray

A baby was saved from abortion at a Chicago abortion mill today while six hundred persons, including a Catholic bishop, quietly prayed the rosary while standing in the rain.

Pro-life counselors reported that a woman went in for an abortion, then came out crying and said that she had changed her mind. The abortion mill, Family Planning Associates, at 659 W. Washington, saw very few women this day coming for abortions, meaning that either the pregnant mothers were turned away at the sight of the huge crowd or the mill scheduled only a few appointments in anticipation of the pro-life presence. There were no pro-abortion protestors in sight.

Fr. Robert Goedert, a 28-year Air Force veteran, gave a ringing and forceful call for America to respect life at a Mass held at Old St. Pat's Church, just before the crowd marched three blocks to the mill. "How did the Nazis run their campaign of death?" he asked, drawing a parallel between abortion and the Nazi holocaust. He said that it was through peoples' "indifference and timidity."

"We have an obligation to stand for life. This betrayal of America must be stopped," he said. His homily received a standing ovation. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Raymond Goedert, of the Chicago Archdiocese and brother of the homilist, and by six priests. The event was sponsored by the Helpers of God's Precious Infants.

Those wishing to pray and witness for life this Saturday morning, Oct. 24 at Concord Medical Center, 17 W. Grand Ave., Chicago are asked to e-mail


Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 Subject: Two babies saved from abortion
Two Babies Saved from Chicago Abortion Mill

Two babies were saved from abortion minutes before their scheduled appointments with death at a Chicago abortion mill Oct. 28.

Catholics United for Life prayer partners and counselors at Concord Medical Center in downtown Chicago witnessed two couples driving away from the abortion mill after arriving at the mill. One couple took a rosary offered by a pro-life counselor on the way in. Upon leaving, the male friend said that they had changed their mind about the abortion.

Another couple drove away with the male companion angry, apparently after having disagreed with his female friend about her choice for life for her baby.

(Thank you for your prayers, and pray that these two remain committed to having their babies.)

"Love says, 'I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person.' Abortion says, 'I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself.'"
-- Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life


Date: Sat, 21 Nov 1998 Subject: Fr. Hardon comes Feb. 6!
Help the Faith grow in Chicago!

On Sat., Feb. 6, Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., will speak on pro-life at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Chicago. You are being invited to be a Promoter and try to sell five tickets at $5 each, which includes lunch.

The well-known theologian, author and consultor to the Vatican for the recent Catechism of the Catholic Church will be speaking with Fr. Edmund McCaffrey, a popular retreat master and speaker. Although the topic will be pro-life, the effort will be to strengthen and encourage others in the Catholic faith.

The event is called "Make a Moral Miracle Happen," and will run from about 9 to 3 pm. It is sponsored by Eternal Life, of Bardstown, KY, a well-organized and successful organization which sponsors these events.

As a promoter, you will receive mailings that update you on the progress of the event. We hope to bring in at least 500 persons. Promoters have the option of having their name and phone number listed on a brochure that will be mailed to thousands of Catholics in Chicago. (Don't worry - if you can't sell all the tickets, we won't twist your thumbs.)

If interested in becoming a promoter, please contact me, sending me your phone and address. Let me know whether you'd like your phone number listed.

This is a great way to promote the faith among your family and friends, and it promises to be one of the biggest Catholic events in Chicago in 1999! There are key pro-life people organizing this, and we expect it will really take off! Become a part of it! Contact me right away because the brochure will be printed soon!

--Kevin B.

Date: Tue, 1 Dec 1998 Subject: Can you stay awake with Me for one hour?
Perpetual Adoration People Needed

Perpetual Adoration worshippers are now being sought at the Women's Center in Chicago in order to keep the chapel occupied at all times. Each person is asked to pledge one hour of prayer each week at the chapel.

Interested persons are invited to call Lynn Mary Hughes at the Women's Center, 773-794-8807. The St. Jude Chapel at the Women's Center is at 5116 N. Cicero Ave., on Chicago's northwest side. This is a tremendous opportunity to provide the spiritual weapons necessary for the pro-life battle.


Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 Subject: Encouragement for Mom Who Chose Life
Mom Who Chose Life Needs You

Jordan Arnold, a little girl born Sept. 12 almost a month prematurely, was rescued from death minutes before her scheduled abortion. Her mother was met at an abortion center in Chicago in March by a Catholics United for Life pro- life counselor who offered help to the single woman to have her baby.

Now the mother, Yvonne, needs your encouragement that she has made the right decision. Yvonne, who also has a five-year-old girl from a previous marriage, lives with her own mother in an apartment.

Gifts such as diapers or something as simple as a card would encourage her very much.

If you would like to write or send her a gift, please reply to this e-mail with the words "Yes to Yvonne."

(And thank you for your prayers for our pro-life efforts!)

Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 Subject: Pray for Fr. Hardon
Fr. Hardon Admitted to Hospital

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., who is scheduled to give two talks on pro-life Feb. 6 in Chicago as part of the half-day conference, is resting in a hospital as a result of collapsing last week.

Fr. Hardon, in his mid-eighties, has experienced similar lapses, and plans are nevertheless still underway to hold the conference with him as the main speaker, according to Eternal Life, a pro-life organization based in Bardstown, KY which is sponsoring the event.

Pray for Fr. Hardon's speedy recovery!


An internet web maker is needed to create a simple four or five page web page for the upcoming pro-life conference Feb. 6 in Chicago at St. Mary of the Angels Church. The page need not be complicated, but links to other Catholic and pro-life organizations are essential. The web-maker needs to contact those organizations for permission for the links.


Date: Thu, 17 Dec 1998 Subject: Typesetters Needed for Religious Book
Catholics United for Life of Chicago in cooperation with the Institute on Religious Life:

Volunteer Typesetters Needed to Promote Religious Life!

Volunteer typesetters are needed to help assemble the Ad Book for the Institute on Religious Life's 1999 National Meeting. This huge conference, at which 500 people will attend, will be held in Mundelein, IL April 9-11 and is attended by religious, priests, bishops, sisters, brothers and laity from all over the country.

The volunteer work that is needed is a great opportunity for homemakers, computer buffs, or anyone who would like to serve the Church in promoting religious life. This is a great Lenten project.

Experienced typesetters who can make double columns, who can size pictures and draw boxes are needed. You may use any typesetting software program. Your camera-ready pages will be mailed to us, or e-mailed if you use PageMaker 6.5, or Publisher 98.

You will be putting together fifteen 8.5 X 11-inch pages (about 30 ads). You need not live near Chicago. We will mail you your working packet on Wed., Feb. 10 (or before if possible) and you will have two and one-half weeks, until Wed., March 3, to send the completed pages back to us.

Tell us of your qualifications and we will contact you. Send to:

(Pass this message along to your friends)

Date: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 Subject: Fr. Hardon Better
Hopes are Higher for Priest's Feb. 6 Chicago Conference

As determined as ever, Fr. John Hardon, S.J. is up on his feet and walking with a cane in the Jesuit rest home in Detroit where he has been confined since his collapse nearly three weeks ago.

Fr. Hardon is the keynote speaker in a Feb. 6 conference at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Chicago. This retreat master, author and teacher, who travels from Calcutta to Chicago despite his more than 80 years of age, has always bounced back from every infirmity. This morning he was making requests from the rest home to prepare for an upcoming conference on the Ten Commandments.

The titles of the two talks he will give on Feb. 6 have been determined. They are: "The Real Physical Presence," a reference to Christ's actual presence in the Blessed Sacrament, and "It's Up to the Loyal Laity," an indication that laity are to sanctify the world and bring a return to true Catholic teaching.

Keep up your prayers for him!

For more information on the conference, call 847-784-8776 and leave your phone number.


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 Subject: Grateful Mom & a Close Call With Abortion
Yvonne Says Thanks

Every Saturday, a small group of people pray the rosary outside of one of Chicago's busiest abortion mills. It's often discouraging to put up with freezing weather, early hours and an occasional insult from an angry boyfriend.

That's why Yvonne's note was so welcome when it arrived the day after Christmas.

"Hi, Kevin," it began. "I really want to thank you for everything -- because of you, Elia and the others I now have another beautiful daughter. I am forever in your debt and would like to let you know that I deeply appreciate everything that you have done! Thank you. Love, Yvonne and Jordan."

Yvonne was one of the pregnant moms we meet outside of Concord Medical Center in downtown Chicago. We befriended her on March 21, convinced her not to go through with the abortion, and then welcomed her baby into the world on Sept. 12.

Yvonne's thanks goes to all of you who enable us to do our work through your prayers and sacrifices. God bless you and Merry Christmas!

Please pray this prayer with us now:

"Dear Lord, I offer you my prayers, sacrifices and fasts of this day. "I offer them to you, Heavenly Father, because I sorrow over the abortions done today, and beg You to intercede. "Father, I desire to do more to stop this dreaded sin. I seek your guidance and grace, to help me restore a respect for all innocent life in danger of unjust death. Amen."

Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 Subject: Fr. Hardon Ready for Feb. 6
Make a Moral Miracle Conference Going Strong

With only three weeks remaining before his Chicago appearance, Fr. John Hardon, S.J. is as determined as ever to help give a successful conference.

Eternal Life, the pro-life organization sponsoring the day-long conference, said that the famous theologian was contacted recently and has taken on the job of chaplain at a Carmelite rest home where he has recently moved. He has also moved his office there.

Fr. Hardon will speak on Sat., Feb. 6 at St. Mary of the Angels Church, 1850 N. Hermitage, Chicago. Also speaking will be Fr. Edmund McCaffrey. More than 500 persons are expected. The conference begins with Mass at 9 am and will continue until 3:30 pm. Cost is $5, which includes lunch. The cost has been kept deliberately low to allow all to attend. Those who wish to give more are heartily encouraged.

Those interested in going should make a check to Eternal Life, PO Box 787, Bardstown, KY 40004. After Jan. 27, however, please register by contacting a committee member, which will be listed on brochures that will soon be mailed to area Catholics and which should arrive about Jan. 20. If that is not possible, please register by calling 847-784-8776 and pay at the door. (A lunch count is needed.)

For more information, see the conference web site:


Help Pro-Life charities by buying pre-paid calling cards at $5 or $10. Only 17 cents per minute. Contact Fr. Tom Koys at

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 Subject: Fr. Hardon to Give Audio Conference
Top-Quality Audio Transmission from Detroit

Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., will give two live audio talks at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Chicago Sat., Feb. 6. In failing health and on the advice of three doctors, Fr. Hardon decided not to travel but rather to give the same talks with digital technology from his home in Detroit. Fr. Edmund McCaffrey, who will give one talk, will be present at the Church.

The conference begins with Mass at 9 am and will continue until 3:30 pm. Cost is $5, which includes lunch. The cost has been kept deliberately low to allow all to attend. Those who wish to give more are heartily encouraged.

Make a check and send to Eternal Life, PO Box 787, Bardstown, KY 40004. After Jan. 29, however, please register by contacting a committee member, which will be listed on. If that is not possible, please register by calling 847-784-8776 and pay at the door. (A lunch count is needed.)


Note for the day: Only big babies believe in abortion!

Date: Thu, 11 Feb 1999 Subject: Fr. Hardon Conference a Success
More Than 800 Come to St. Mary of the Angels

Chastity and charity on the part of devout Christians willing to become martyrs for the faith is what converted the Roman empire nearly two thousand years ago. That is a familiar message of noted theologian Fr. John Hardon, S.J., but the more than 800 persons at a Chicago church Feb. 6 welcomed it as if it were new.

People from all walks of life attended the day-long Make a Moral Miracle Happen conference, sponsored by Eternal Life held at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Chicago. Eternal Life is a pro-life organization based in Bardstown, KY.

The confession lines were long all day and many attendees who had never been to the huge Baroque-Romanesque church gazed upward in admiration at its many arches and paintings.

"Many persons were given a real boost in their faith," noted Kevin Banet, one of the event's organizers. "We hope that these people will go forth and live courageous lives for Christ."

Fr. Hardon gave two talks, "The Real Physical Presence", and "It's up to the Loyal Laity." The talks had to be recorded several days before the conference since doctors prohibited the 84-year-old priest from travelling from his home in Detroit because of poor health. Another talk was given by Fr. Edmund McCaffrey, "We Must Be Altar Lovers and Tabernacle Huggers."

Audio tapes of the three talks will be available in two to three months. To be put on a mailing list announcing the tapes, write to Eternal Life, PO Box 787, Bardstown, KY 40004.


Date: Fri, 5 Mar 1999 Subject: Little girl born
The Fruit of Our Work

Last June a couple named Eddie and Marissa arrived at Concord Medical Center in downtown Chicago to destroy the life of their unborn child by abortion. After talking with a sidewalk counselor, they decided to have their baby instead. On Feb. 13, they had a baby girl of seven pounds.

Thank you for your prayers!

"Evangelization doesn't mean beating people over the head with a Bible or a Catechism or our own spiritual experience stridently repeated; but it does mean more than the quiet witness of Gospel living and Christian service."
--Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Becoming an Evangelizing People, 1997


Date: Thu, 18 Mar 1999 Subject: Abortion/Breast Cancer Link Exposed
Dr. Joel Brind Speaks in Chicago area March 27

Recent studies have drawn a definite link between breast cancer and abortion, a finding that will surely shock the promoters of the abortion culture. Eleven out of twelve studies of American women show an increase in the risk of breast cancer associated with induced abortion.

On Sat., March 27, Dr. Joel Brind, professor of biology and endocrinology at City University of New York, will speak on "The Breast Cancer Connection" at Loyola University Medical Center, near Roosevelt Road and First Avenue in the southwest suburban area of Chicago.

The lecture, sure to draw many persons, will be from 1 to 3 pm and will be held in Room 2701 Bldg. 101 (the Old Medical School) which is attached to the hospital. Go to the second floor of the Russo Building. Parking is available in lot 4 in front of the Russo Building. For more information, call 312-422-9300.


Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 Subject: From Hippies to Catholics
A CUL Founder to Speak in Chicago April 16

In the early 1970's a group of young people in Califonia formed a community to live in harmony and seek the truth. Their path led them to the Catholic Church and they became activists in the pro-life movement. One of their founders, Mark Drogin, will speak about the experiences of the community April 16 as a lunch guest of the Serra Club, which sponsors religious vocations in the Catholic Church.

When the community became Catholic they became Third Order Dominicans and eventually moved to New Hope, KY. Their apostolate is pro-life sidewalk counseling under the name of Catholics United for Life (CUL) and printing Catholic literature.

The luncheon will be held Friday, April 16, from noon to 1:15 pm at the Chicago Athletic Club, 12 South Michigan Ave. Cost is $20 payable at the door. RSVP with Mary Beth at 312-853-8707.

Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 Subject: From Timothy Leary to Pro-Life Catholicism
One Man’s Journey with his Friends into the Catholic Church

In the heady days of ideals, drugs and dropping-out in California in the late 1960’s, a college senior heard Timothy Leary speak. A few years later, Mark Drogin, raised in an “atheistic socialist” Jewish family in Los Angeles, joined a hippie commune to form an “ideal society.” That search eventually led Mr. Drogin and his friends to the Catholic Church.

Mr. Drogin, whose community is called St. Martin de Porres Lay Dominican Community, based in New Hope, Ky., told members of the Serra Club in downtown Chicago today how an earnest search for the truth led him and others to embrace Catholicism and to become active in a number of Catholic apostolates.

While others in the early 1970’s rejected authority and institutions, this small group of people from diverse religious backgrounds did what few other hippy communes did: they embraced the idea of absolute truth. Their community, which Mr. Drogin said began thirty years ago almost to the day in 1969, adopted four rules: 1) there were to be no drugs (not even tobacco or alcohol), 2) members made a permanent commitment to each other, 3) members believed that “everything was for the children,” and 4) they believed that objective truth exists, and that it can be known.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision of 1973, which struck down laws in all fifty states against abortion, was ironically one of the catalysts that propelled the small group into the Catholic Church a year later.

Mr. Drogin today is the father of ten children, and others in the community have similar-sized families, he said.

Since then, one of the community’s apostolates, Catholics United for Life, helped to form affiliates around the country, one of which is Catholics United for Life of Chicago. The Chicago group maintains a vigil of prayer and sidewalk counseling each Saturday at a downtown abortion mill. For information, contact

St. Martin de Porres Lay Dominican Communty 3050 Gap Knob Rd. New Hope, KY 40052 502-325-3061


Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 Subject: Shooting Mourned While Atheists Rule Schools
Littleton Tragedy Fails to Focus on Moral Bankruptcy

EDITORIAL by Kevin J. Banet

While much attention surrounding the dozen victims of the school shooting in Littleton, Colo. put emphasis on a lack of gun control laws, there is one cause of this tragedy that has received little focus: the concerted efforts of a few to secularize today’s public school system.

Four days before the shooting, a federal appeals panel put an end to a program in a public school in Beaumont, TX that brought in clergymen to counsel students about morality and civic virtues, but not religion. The program was called “Clergy in the Schools.” Seven students and parents brought action against the school, citing the need for a separation of church and state. In its decision, the federal panel said that the school’s program “favors religion over non-religion.”

One must admit that there are many causes of the tragic shooting at the public high school in Colorado, but one of them is surely the concerted and persistent removal from the nation's schools of morals and religion, which began through federal court decisions in the early 1960’s.

Special-interest groups, such as the Americans for Separation of Church and State, which filed a brief with the federal panel in the Texas case, seem to be driven by one theme: Christianity is dangerous to society. And yet how many times has Christianity, truly lived out in its teachings and example, resulted in bombs and guns being used to kill children?

Today in our public schools we try to teach kids to be “nice,” but without a moral grounding in why. This approach is a farce, and the kids know it. We must teach that we are made in the image and likeness of God, from whom we receive our right to life. Why is this considered dangerous?

Please pray for two couples who were turned around from abortion by Catholics United for Life counselors at the Concord Medical Center in downtown Chicago Sat., April 17. One couple stills seems to be wavering.


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Date: Tue, 4 May 1999 Subject: Pope John Paul II on Life/Family
Putting Into Effect the Holy Father’s Message During His January Visit to St. Louis

The following is an excerpt from the Holy Father’s Jan. homily during his Jan. 27 visit to St. Louis. It is taken from the newsletter of Catholics United for Life headquarters in New Hope, Ky.

As the new evangelization unfolds, it must include a special emphasis on the family and the renewal of Christian marriage. In their primary mission of communicating love to each other, of being co-creators with God of human life, and of transmitting the love of God to their children, parents must know that they re fully supported by the Church and by society....

The new evangelization must also bring out the truth that the Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the peson and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisuble Gospel.” As believers, how can we fail to see that abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide are a terrible rejection of God’s gift of life and love?

+++ Please pray for the pro-life efforts of Catholics United for Life, in Chicago and other cities as we offer help and prayer to pregnant mothers planning to abort their children.

Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 Subject: Too Many People?
by The Sleepy Eye

On May 6 Alan Greenspan, the head of the Federal Reserve Board, told a group of economists that the nation’s economy might be headed for an inflation-driven downward spiral because of the labor shortage in the country. On the heels of that news, the Sleepy Eye happened to overhear a conversation recently between a teacher in a local public high school and one of his pupils:

"As we all know, students, overpopulation is a serious problem in the world," Prof. Fright said to his class. "Two hundred years ago Thomas Malthus first pointed out that population grows faster than the means to produce food."

"Is that why I have to wait so long in line to buy a Big Mac?" a student, Laptop, replied.

"Now, there will be no wisecracks here," Prof. Fright said sternly. "This subject is serious. Everyone on earth is in a lifeboat, and there are just too many people." This time Laptop raised his hand politely and said, "I’d like to ask a question. If there are too many people in the world, why are there so many ‘help wanted’ signs in businesses all over the place? And ads for jobs on the radio and TV?"

"There’s an answer to that," Prof. Fright replied. "We may not see it now, but it’s catching up to us. Thirty years ago, Paul Ehrlich wrote a book ‘The Population Bomb,’ in which he pointed out that world population is increasing at a rate of two percent a year, and the food supply is increasing at only one percent a year. Doesn’t that make sense?"

"If people were starving, why did my parents have me and my brothers and sisters?"

"You should just listen to the experts," the teacher said, feeling challenged. "Who are you or I to argue? It’s true. We are running out of space. We are running out of energy. People who are driven by starvation have been known to eat dogs, cats, and even their own children."

"But haven’t inventions like the farm tractor and mechanized farming increased food productivity a lot in this century?"

"Young man, I think you should look up to a guy like Ted Turner, who gave a billion dollars to the United Nations for its population control programs."

"Yeah, and that money is used for the forced abortion program in China. Big hero."

"But that’s what China needs to do – have less people."

"I think I know what there are too much of in this world -- too many scared teachers," the student replied boldly.

"You know what, Laptop? You think too much. Shut up and get ready for next week. We’re studying condoms."

***If you want a book that blows the lid off the idea of the so-called population bomb, read Jacqueline Kasun’s "The War Against Population," Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1988.***

PRAY for the life-saving efforts of Catholics United for Life throughout the country as we talk to pregnant mothers outside of abortion mills and offer them help so that they can have their babies.

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Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 Subject: Wal-Mart Battles Planned Parenthood
Wal-Mart Refuses to Stock Abortion Pill

Planned Parenthood has attacked Wal-Mart for a company policy, issued to its pharmacists in the fall of 1998, that they are not to stock, order or dispense PREVEN (the morning after abortion-causing pill). Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer and the second largest pharmacy chain in the country and Planned Parenthood's president, Alexander Sanger, is applying pressure to get them to change their policy.

When a business takes a pro-life stance it is very important that we let them know how much we support their policy. We can do that in three ways:

1. E-Mail the president of Wal-Mart today at: Thank him for refusing to dispense PREVEN, a drug that prevents a developing baby from attaching to the uterine wall and causes him to die from lack of nourishment, resulting in an early abortion.

2. Shop at Wal-Mart. Even if you have to go a little bit out of your way, support their pro-life policy with your dollars.

3. When you visit the store, ask to speak to the manager. Tell him why you are shopping at Wal-Mart and that you appreciate Wal-Mart's rejection of PREVEN, the chemical that kills.

***CATHOLIC FAMILY RADIO can be heard in Chicago’s western suburbs at 930 on your AM dial. It will move to 820 on the AM dial in about two months, with a stronger signal that will be heard in the city as well.


Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 Subject: Cardinal George in Pro-Life Procession June 26

Chicago Shepherd Inspires Pro-Life Movement

Chicago’s new archbishop is standing up for the unborn. Francis Cardinal George will lead a prayer procession to a Chicago abortuary on Saturday, June 26. At 8 am he will celebrate Mass at St. Sylvester Church, 2157 N. Humbolt Blvd., Chicago, and at 9 am he and others will process to Centro Medico Pan Americano abortion mill, 3412 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago. We’ll be there -- please come!

Please refrain from bringing signs and/or pickets. Sponsored by Volunteer Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, 773-777-5303.

***Learn about how the 17-year-old girl whose heroic profession of Christian faith before being shot to death at Columbine High School is inspiring the nation. Call Pro-Life Action League (Chicago) 773-777-2525.

Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 Subject: Thousands Expected to March with Cardinal
Cardinal’s Pro-Life Vigil Draws Advance Media Coverage

Top media coverage by the Chicago Sun-Times and other media guarantee a huge crowd at Cardinal Francis George’s prayer vigil at a Chicago abortuary Saturday. Thousands are expected to pray with Cardinal George, who is probably the first Chicago Archbishop to march in a pro-life procession in front of an abortion mill.

Catholics United for Life has counselled in front of the northwest side mill, a low-volume killing center that caters to Hispanics.

The day will begin on Sat., June 26, with Holy Mass at 8 am at St. Sylvester Church, 2157 N. Humbolt Blvd., Chicago. A prayer procession will begin at the church at 9 am to Centro Medico Pan Americano abortion mill, 3412 W. Fullerton Ave. The event is sponsored by Volunteer Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, which asks that signs not be brought. Call 773-777-5303.

****Pray the rosary and save babies from abortion on Saturday mornings with members of Catholics United for Life of Chicago.

Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 Subject: Cardinal's Vigil Inspires Many
Media Coverage Good Even Though They Miss the Point

About a thousand peaceful pro-lifers led by Cardinal Francis George prayed the rosary and filled up a major Chicago street in front of an abortion mill Saturday. It was the first time a Chicago cardinal publicly witnessed for life in front of an abortion chamber.

The media gave the pro-life event wider than usual coverage, although print, TV and radio talk shows tended to focus on the question of whether a Catholic leader should publicly protest abortion. The media seemed to have missed the real point of the event, which was to save the lives of unborn children and turn people toward a moral lifestyle.

That empahsis wasn’t missed by the rank and file Christian, however, as seen by a woman named Maria who called WLS’s Deborah Roe’s Sunday morning talk show. The caller praised the cardinal’s vigil and called it a “spiritual slap in the face” for her. The caller said that while most Catholic preachers don’t talk about sin, she needed to hear about the cardinal’s action because she herself was committing adultery.

The simple act of Chicago’s Catholic shepherd taking a strong stand against a henious evil, one that is brought about by an impure lifestyle, has a wide range of good effects, which we are bound to see in the days to come.

Perhaps one good effect in the order of grace was a turn-around seen by Catholics United for Life counselors at Concord Medical (abortion) Center in downtown Chicago on the same day. A couple entering the mill left after passing by pro-life prayer supporters and counselors.

****Please pray the following prayer with us now so that this couple will have the fortitude in their decision to choose life:

<“>Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn child whom I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.
(Bishop Fulton J. Sheen)


Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 Subject: Tuesday's Saint - a Pro-Life Martyr
St. Maria Goretti, a Model of Purity

Ninety-seven years ago today an eleven-year-old girl refused to give in to the immoral advances of an angry young man. She told him, "It is a sin. You will go to hell." He stabbed her 14 times, but before she died, she told those listening that she forgave the man and hoped that he would join her in heaven someday.

Her name is Maria Goretti, and the man who killed her repented years later and attended her canonization in Rome.

This writer remembers attending a movie on the life of St. Maria Goretti as part of a field trip of a fifth grade class at a Catholic grammar school. I had forgotten my 50 cents, but it was supplied by one of the sisters. The message of the movie, though only dimly understood by me at the time, made a great impression later.

Today, this story was told by this writer to teens in the neighbhorhood, who listened with admiration.

****For brochures, books and other information on chastity, contact Couple to Couple League International:

****Please pray with us now to this patron saint of the pro-life movement: "St. Maria Goretti, help me be pure in thought, word and action. Amen."

Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2000 Subject: Pro-Lifers Exposes Medical Cover-up
Doctor Exposes Abortion-Breast Cancer Cover-up

The abortion-breast cancer cover-up is widespread and it has gotten worse since the mid 1980's, reported cancer expert Dr. Joel Brind at the Speak Out Illinois pro-life conference in suburban Chicago yesterday.

Twelve studies out of 13 published in the United States show a high correlation between abortion and breast cancer. The chances are worse if the woman has a family history of breast cancer, he said. Also, over 80% of 32 studies done throughout the world show the same increased risk, stated Dr. Brind, who is professor of biology and endocrinology at Baruch College of the City University of NY.

Up until the mid-80's, doctors were willing to admit the connection, Dr. Brind said. "Now they don't want to say anything at all."

On the bright side, however, the National Cancer Institute recently took away a statement on their web site denying the cause and effect between abortion and breast cancer. Dr. Brind and others have been appealing to th Institute to face the results of medical research.

"The National Cancer Institute would rather cover it up with phoney research," he said.

Dr. Brind has an informative web site at

Some 400 persons attended the one-day conference and nearly double came for the lunch at which Illinois Congressman Henry Hyde spoke. Hyde is the most prominent and one of the strongest pro-life congressmen on Capitol Hill.

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