Pro-Life Group to Display Graphic Images in Evanston

The group will be running a campaign in towns Chicagoland through July 16.

The Pro-Life Action League's "Missionaries to the Preborn" tour will hit Evanston July 16, displaying graphic images and "offering the Word of Life through Jesus Christ our Lord," according to the group's website.

“We hope to foster a deeper awareness of the disturbing reality of abortion,” Scheidler told TribLocal. “We hope to enlighten our fellow citizens about the injustice that is being done to children of the womb. We are simply a witness to the injustice and we aim to provide the voice of the unborn children.”

The group is expected to hold their demonstration at Davis Street and Ridge Avenue.

They will be showing the images in a number of high-traffic areas in towns throughout Chicagoland, including Aurora, Naperville, Wheaton, and Niles.

Scheidler told TribLocal that even though the group goes to high-traffic areas, the group is trained to not disrupt traffic and will maintain a peaceful atmosphere.

Joan K. Raisner July 09, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Education about abortion is important. Each choice to end a pregnancy should be a fully informed choice. Holding up shocking pictures where motorists cannot avoid them is more like an invasion and traumatic to children who are also in the car. I don't like it.
Martha King July 09, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Make a donation to Planned Parenthood "in honor" of their Evanston appearance. Education and access to birth control is the best way to minimize abortions. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/illinois/
Richard Schulte July 10, 2011 at 03:49 AM
This is America and this group has a right to express its views. You don't have to listen if you don't want to hear what they have to say and you can avoid the demonstration if you don't want to see it. It's my opinion that this demonstration is unlikely to change anyone's mind on the subject and like the McDonald's shooting get together, it is a waste of time. My view on the issue changed when my son was born. The experience of child birth is a miracle. Raising a child was the most rewarding thing that I have ever done. Since the Constitution doesn't address the subject, it was unfortunate that the Supreme Court decided to rule on the issue. The issue of abortion should have been left for each state to decide and if citizens of a state don't like the laws in a state, they can always vote with their feet. That's the beauty of our constitutional government. (I'm in the process of abandoning Illinois for greener pastures because of the state income tax increase and the recession.) Children are a blessing. Nothing brings a bigger smile to my face than talking to a young child. Having children was the most rewarding endeavor in my life. . .
Marci July 10, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Thanks for reporting on this. I will know exactly what intersection to avoid with my four year old daughter in the car. I support free speech AND the right to choose, but this is not a topic nor images I am ready to discuss with my child. Hearing my baby's heartbeat at six weeks pregnant will forever change my personal stance on abortion. Yet, I also was fortunate enough to have access to birth control to make the informed choice to avoid pregnancy. Thank you, Planned Parenthood of Indiana. I am glad you were there when I was younger, and it saddens me that the state of Indiana is taking away such important access to birth control and education for the next generation of young people.
victoria smith July 10, 2011 at 02:32 PM
I think that most of the country knows all albout the pro choice organization, they certainly have had their share of media coverage,but I am not in support to having them show graphic pictures in our town. When our children were little we all have had that "talk" of where babies come from, and when they got older, at least in my family the question was asked about "abortion" which my husband and I gave the reasons why a woman made the choice to terminate her pregnancy. We had some very interesting comments from both of them, and even today as teenagers they feel a woman has a right to choose. Pictures of aborted fetuses can really send a very disturbing picture to young children although it is a reality none the less, it is in poor taste. At a later age they most likely will be exsposed to pictures of this nature one way or another. Nine years ago at the 4TH of July parade this organization threw out colored wrapped condoms in the audience, our sons gathered up these pretty colored packets thinking they were just another float throwing out candy...not ! That was the last time we went to the parade. Save the marches and protests for downtown Chicago where children will not be as likely to be and stop bombarding us. We know about, we read about it and it is our choice to be exsposed to it!
Carrie Bodman July 16, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Well, I had not heard of this display going on. I was driving down the street with my 11 year old in the car today and we get stuck at a red light smack in the middle of this display. 2 girls, Im guessing 8 and 10, were holding a huge poster of a bloody aborted fetus. A woman approached my car, and I told her I was not interested in this and she offered me a brochure on how to "cope" with the situation. My 11 year old was asking me, "What is that"? I told the woman I didn want want her brochure and I was leaving to try to explain to my daughter what was going on. She calmly pointed at the 2 girls who were holding the bloddy poster and said, "These are children too". Wow. Not how I choose to have my children help the community. We choose soup kitchens and homeless shelters. I am so offended and. appalled. I personally am pro-life. But these people need and education on how to inform the public without causing damage to the people in the community and debate. I also made a post about it on Facebook. Noone I know who saw it (pro-choice of pro-life) appreciated this crude display. If they had spent the $ counceling some pregant women who are on the fence instead of the thousands on these signs, I bet they would have had more of the efect they wanted.
Sully July 16, 2011 at 10:42 PM
I wonder how this "Christian" group feels about the murder of abortion providers and the bombing of clinics across the country. How do they feel about those unfortunate women who even if they lose their baby through a miscarriage, can now be arrested in certain states and spend years in jail. How do they feel about the huge number of women who will lose access to birth control, mammograms, and other health screenings as a result of the defunding of planned parenthood. How will they feel when women have to result to back alley abortions because they can't afford or can't find a qualified medical doctor, and either become ill or die as a result?
Jill July 18, 2011 at 04:37 PM
I wish I had known that this was happening. No, I wish this hadn't happened, but if it had to happen, I wish I had known. I was driving with my three kids - 5, 3 and 1 - in the car. I was blown away that I was forced to look at these horribly graphic images and that I had no way of blocking my children's view of them. And above all, I was shocked that anyone thought that this kind of display would be productive. I understand their view of reproductive rights, but I do not condone this kind of graphic display in public. Is there a way to block these horrible demonstrations in the future? My children are too young to be exposed to these images, and I should have a right to protect them.
Sully July 18, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Well, in my cynical opinion, I don't think there's much you can do. They will scream infringement on free speech if they are not allowed to do this (although these groups don't seem to mind infringing on others' rights) and make themselves martyrs. It would be nice though, if the community were given several advanced warnings through the media before the actual display takes place.


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