Joe Schiedler is known as the father of pro-life activism. An acclaimed and memorable speaker who has saved countless mothers and babies from abortion. Author of Closed: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion, the essential handbook for the pro-life activist. Joe also produced Meet the Abortion Providers, the first video to give an insight into the grisly business of abortion.
Joe Scheidler has been featured in the US media as the chief defendant in a RICO lawsuit brought against him, the League and other pro-life activists by the National Organization for Women and two abortion clinics. The RICO case, NOW v. Scheidler, was filed in 1986. He originally won in the lower courts, but the case was sent back to the Federal Court by the Supreme Court in January, 1994. It went to trial March 2, 1998. Scheidler and the other defendants were found guilty of racketeering by a six-member jury. That finding was finally overturned by the Supreme Court in February 2003.
Unwilling to concede defeat, NOW appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to undo the Supreme Court's mandate. The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case again in November 2005 and issued a unanimous decision in favor of Scheidler in February 2006. However, NOW has continued to wrangle over the details of the final judgment in district court and the case remains open.
Before his sister's death, Bobby Schindler was an average citizen. He taught math and science in a Catholic high school in Tampa, FL. He had moved to Florida from his native Pennsylvania in order to stay close to his family: his parents, his sister, Suzanne and his older sister, Theresa or Terri. The Schindler family was always very close and the relationship between Bobby and Terri was exceptionally strong.
Since his sister's death on March 31, 2005, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed by court order, Bobby left his teaching position and as spokesman for the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation, travels across the country, appearing in numerous speaking engagements, devoting himself to protecting other people with disabilities and raising public awareness about the growing threat of euthanasia.
Terri sustained serious brain damage in an unexplained collapse in February 1990 that left her incapacitated. In the years to follow as the Schindler family battled her husband, Michael Schiavo in the courts to keep Terri alive, Bobby became the family spokesman. He addressed the nation through countless television, radio and print media interviews---the mainstream media, which misreported the situation and was "less than sympathetic." As the urgency of Terri's situation grew, so did Bobby's efforts. After the feeding tube was removed from Terri, (March 18, 2005) at Woodside Hospice where she had been for five years - although not terminal - Bobby traveled to Washington to personally intercede with members of Congress to try to save his sister's life
Through his unique experience, Bobby illustrates the inadequacy of our nation's justice system and its diminishing respect for vulnerable human life. He speaks sincerely and plainly, with no agenda other than to honor the memory of his sister and to share his concerns and desire for a more compassionate society.
Martin Sheen, is a film actor best known for his performances in the films Badlands and Apocalypse Now, and for his role in the television series The West Wing. During an interview in 2011, Sheen proclaimed that he is Catholic and has publically stands against abortion.
His wife Janet was conceived through rape. Then, when his wife was pregnant with their third child, they were struggling financially and were considering the "options". Janet went to a therapist who said "you have three children and what do you think of them?" Janet said, "I love them to bits!" The therapist said, "we'll that's your choice then, you know what you're giving up." Sheen said, "and that was Renee, another light in our life!"
Then, years later, his children became parents and Sheen said there were three separate situations where his sons considered abortion for his grandchildren thankfully they chose life and "now we have three grandchildren that are lights in our lives."
When asked if his activism and his morals have cost him, Sheen said, "I hope so!" He continued, "If you believe in an issue and you're willing to sacrifice yourself for it and you are willing to accept the consequences, there is nothing better than that. If you believe in something that's worthy, something that's important to you. It's got to cost you something and if it doesn't cost you something, you're really left to question it's value."
Actress and Supermodel, Brooke Shields, said in an interview with Redbook Magazine in August 1991: "Too many people use abortion as a form of birth control. And that's very wrong. I could never, ever have an abortion."
Bernie Smyth is the Chairwoman of Precious Life. She lives in Ballymena, Co. Antrim with her husband Derick and their four children. She is co-founder of Precious Life - a direct action group in the North of Ireland dedicated to fighting against the extension of the British Abortion Act to the North of Ireland.
Bernie has raised the issue of abortion throughout the North and recently was instrumental in the establishment of the All Party Pro-Life Committee in Stormont which voted unanimously not to allow legalisation of abortion in the North of Ireland.
Kevin Sorbo, is an American actor best known for the roles of Hercules and playing Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda. His characters are certainly not ashamed to take a leadership role and Sorbo, when it comes to abortion isn’t afraid to be outspokenly pro-life. READ MORE HERE
Jill Stanek was a registered nurse in the Labor & Delivery Department at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL, when she discovered that not only were abortions being committed there, but babies were surviving the abortions and were being left to die without medical care.
One night Jill was told that another nurse was taking a Down's syndrome baby, who had survived an abortion, to the Soiled Utility Room because his parents did not want to hold him, and the nurse did not have time to hold the baby until he died. Jill said, "I could not bear the thought of this suffering child dying alone, so I cradled and rocked him for the 45 minutes that he lived." The baby was between 21 and 22 weeks old, weighed about 1/2 pound, and was about 10 inches long. She said, "He was too weak to move very much, expending any energy he had trying to breathe. After he was pronounced dead, we folded his little arms across his chest, wrapped him in a tiny shroud, and carried him to the hospital morgue where all of our dead patients are taken."
While others might have remained silent, Jill took a courageous and vocal stand against these live birth abortions. With her commitment to Christ, she risked her job, reputation, and friendships to put a stop to this infanticide. The leaders of the hospital refused to put an end to this horrific practise, so Jill went public and has now become a national figure in the effort to protect both born and pre-born infants. Jill remained at the hospital fighting the fight from the inside, until she was terminated in 2001 for reasons related to her public outspokenness to its abortion practices.
Jill is a vocal opponent to Barack Obama and his extreme pro-abortion stance. Obama is the most pro-abortion President the United States has ever seen and was the sole Senator to testify against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which serves to protect the lives of babies who survived an abortion. Jill testified twice before the Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives and in several State legislatures. Her written testimony has been read several times in key U.S. Congressional debates on the Partial Birth Abortion Ban and Born Alive Infants Protection Act.
Jill's heartbreaking experience and personal testimony has left audiences and talk show hosts alike, speechless. Jill has been quoted in countless media outlets including: Associated Press, CNN, New York Times, Politico, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, World Magazine, The O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity and Colmes.
See more on Jill's blog at, www.jillstanek.com, which is the top ranking pro-life blog in the U.S.
American actor Ben Stein, is best known for his cameo appearances in films such as his role as the lecturer in the cult classic, "Ferris Buller's Day Off." He is also a writer, lawyer, and commentator on political and economic issues. Stein is a pro-life activist and was given a Pro-Life Award in 2003 by the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund.
Ben Stein: "I would not be on any other side of this issue than the side I'm on. This is the side that is pro-woman – - we try to save the lives of 700,000 women a year, and save millions more from humiliation, embarrassment, dereliction, and breast cancer. This is the side that is pro-man – - we try to save the lives of 700,000 young men a year, and try to save the fathers who are involved in the horrible decision to abort from shame, humiliation, and disaster. This is the side that is pro-freedom – - we're for the freedom of a human being to be. We are on the side against the totalitarians who say that a Jew or a Catholic does not have the right to be – - it's the same thing when you say that a baby does not have the right to be.
He continued, "Every baby that is conceived has the right to be; that is a basic. And I will tell you something that I never felt before in my heart until this year: I feel strongly that the tide is turning in our favor... one of the best, most important ways to give your life meaning and to live a decent life is to value life when it's old, when it's infirm, when it's a different skin color, when it's a different race, when it's a different sex, when it's a different religion, whether it's born or unborn – - and if you value life when it's unborn, you set a standard for valuing life and for giving dignity to life that will stick with you and the society forever."
Andy Stephenson and Kathryn Sloane are both active members of the U.K. organisation, Abort '67, and were recently arrested after a peaceful protest outside an abortion clinic in Brighton, U.K. Abort '67 is one of the leading pro-life organizations in the U.K. and often uses graphic images to show the gruesome truth of abortion. Andy and Kathryn have gained international public interest and are regarded as courageous witnesses by pro-lifers throughout the world.
Tim Tebow is a young American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. Tebow won the prestigious Heisman Trophy, while serving as the starting quarterback for the University of Florida. He was the first college sophomore to win that honour.
Tim's mother, Pam, was encouraged to abort him, while she was a missionary in the Philippines with her husband. While in the Philippines, Pam contracted amoebic dysentery and the medicines used for her recovery threatened her unborn baby's life. Doctors advised her to abort the baby, but Pam ignored their advice and gave birth to this American football legend on Aug. 14, 1987.
Two 30-second adverts aired during the 2010 SuperBowl in the United States. The ad featured Tim and his mother Pam, sharing their true story of how Pam courageously chose life.
"I know some people won't agree with it," said Tim Tebow during a Press Conference for the ads. "But I think they can at least respect that I stand up for what I believe. I've always been very convicted of [his views on abortion] because that's the reason I'm here, because my mom was a very courageous woman."
Donald Trump is a prominent business mogul, author, and television personality from America. He is the Chairman and CEO of Trump organisation, a US-based real-estate developer. His successes made him a celebrity years ago, but he has continued to gain popularity and success with the American version of the reality show, The Apprentice, where he serves as host and executive producer. In 2000, Trump wrote in his book "The America We Deserve" that he supports "a woman's right to choose," but added, "I am uncomfortable with the procedures."
But, then in February 2011, he said that he had changed his mind about abortion and is now pro-life. Trump said, "One thing about me, I'm a very honorable guy. I'm pro-life, but I changed my view a number of years ago."
"One of the reasons I changed — one of the primary reasons — a friend of mine's wife was pregnant, in this case married. She was pregnant and he didn't really want the baby. And he was telling me the story," Trump said. "He was crying as he was telling me the story. He ends up having the baby and the baby is the apple of his eye. It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to him. And you know here's a baby that wasn't going to be let into life. And I heard this, and some other stories, and I am pro-life."
When asked if stories like this changed his view he said, "They changed me. Yeah, they changed my view as to that, absolutely," Trump responded.
Eduardo Verastegui is a Mexican model, singer, and actor. He is most well-known world-wide for his lead role in the 2006 film, "Bella". The Mexican actor regularly stands in front of abortion clinics, praying and sidewalk counseling. He asks the women entering the clinic why they are looking to abort their baby and offers them a solution. If they say they have no work, he helps them find a job. If they say they don't have food, he finds them food.
On abortion, Verastegui said, "I pray to God and I don't judge anyone, but there is objective truth on this issue: It is wrong and we need to make sure that everyone knows [abortion] is not a subjective thing. It's never okay to kill an innocent person."