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HB40: Here’s the situation

HB40: Here’s the situation

Remember HB40? This is the bill that provides free abortions to those on Medicaid and state employees for any reason, including birth control. And where does the state get the money to pay for these abortions? From you and me – … Continue reading

Tomorrow: National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Tomorrow: National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Are you going? Tomorrow, Saturday, September 9, 2017, is the 5th annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Join with our hearts as we remember all the innocent babies’ lives lost to abortion. Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted … Continue reading

Pro-life Speech & Essay Guide

Pro-life Speech & Essay Guide

Are you daring to be bravely and boldly pro-life, and giving a class speech or writing an essay on a life-related issue? If you are, YOU ROCK! And we put together a few tips and tricks to help you knock it … Continue reading

What Have the Post-Abortive Women We’ve Counseled, for 49 Years, Told Us?

What Have the Post-Abortive Women We’ve Counseled, for 49 Years, Told Us?

For 49 years, Illinois Right to Life has offered counseling and support for women who have had abortions. Our experiences counseling these women reflect the results of several studies done on the aftermath of abortion. One woman who was pregnant … Continue reading

Why on earth would Planned Parenthood oppose this?

Why on earth would Planned Parenthood oppose this?

What legislation Planned Parenthood fights hard to defeat says a lot about them. It not only shows what they are opposed to, but also what they are willing to support for the sake of their business: abortion. We did some … Continue reading

Anti-life legislation we have DEFEATED in Illinois

Anti-life legislation we have DEFEATED in Illinois

Illinois may be a battleground for the pro-life movement, but we are making progress every day, locally and in our State government. Illinois Right to Life Action’s legislative chairman, Ralph Rivera, is the only full-time, pro-life lobbyist in the state … Continue reading

Action Alert: Call your Senator

Action Alert: Call your Senator

As you know, Illinois Right to Life just completed a very successful and exciting merger with fellow pro-life organization, Illinois Citizens for Life. As part of the merger, we’ve added a social welfare and lobbying entity called Illinois Right to Life Action (formerly known as Illinois Citizen for Life).   This was a vital step in our strategy to … Continue reading

Breaking: IL Pregnancy Centers Now Protected from Radical Abortion Law

Breaking: IL Pregnancy Centers Now Protected from Radical Abortion Law

On Wednesday, a Federal Judge granted a temporary injunction covering ALL Illinois pro-life pregnancy centers and pro-life medical professionals from having to comply with SB1564 – the radical abortion law that went into effect Jan 1.  This law says PRCs and pro-life … Continue reading

We’re Hiring!

We’re Hiring!

Job Title: Executive Director Reports to: President of the Board Start Date: Flexible / Summer 2017 Application: Applications are accepted until a candidate has been chosen Over the last 50 years, Illinois Right to Life has been at the forefront … Continue reading

Here’s a Sneak Peek at our New Groundbreaking Program

Here’s a Sneak Peek at our New Groundbreaking Program

Our office received a heartbreaking phone call from a woman who had just had an abortion in Illinois and was now distraught. We spent hours on the phone listening and showing her love. That’s when she told us the following: … Continue reading

SB 1564: The Continuing Story

SB 1564: The Continuing Story

Almost one year ago, SB 1564 was signed into law. Since then, it has caused a firestorm of outrage among the pro-life medical community and pregnancy help centers in Illinois. Why? Doctors, pharmacists, and pregnancy resource centers in Illinois, regardless … Continue reading

Does abortion really empower women?

Does abortion really empower women?

If abortion is empowering to women, then it shouldn’t hurt them. Let’s see what science and women themselves have to say…   What does science tell us?   The most comprehensive and largest study of the mental health risks associated … Continue reading

Three Parent Embryos: Creating Flawless Humans at the Expense of Others

Three Parent Embryos: Creating Flawless Humans at the Expense of Others

“Everything we do is a step toward designer babies…very much like an iPhone that’s designed in California and assembled in China.” These are the exact words of Dr. John Zhang, a New York-based fertility doctor who is launching a company … Continue reading

Healthcare Directives & End-of-Life Decisions: What You NEED to Know

Healthcare Directives & End-of-Life Decisions: What You NEED to Know

It can happen in an instant. A car accident. Cancer. An unexpected situation can suddenly flip your life upside down. Or perhaps your health has been in decline for many years. Maybe you are nearing the end of life. Whatever … Continue reading

Building the Next Pro-Life Generation Through Education

Building the Next Pro-Life Generation Through Education

At Illinois Right to Life, education is our mission – and building the next pro-life generation is one of our primary goals.  But how, you ask, are we doing this? By heading straight to the front lines and talking to … Continue reading

4 Big Things We Learned from Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report

4 Big Things We Learned from Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report

It’s out. Planned Parenthood just released its annual report for the FY2015-2016. To sum it up, here are 4 big things we learned from this report. Planned Parenthood lost 100,000 clients in 1 year.  The report documents that Planned Parenthood … Continue reading

Is adoption right for you?

Is adoption right for you?

If you are in an unplanned pregnancy and the idea of parenting seems too overwhelming, adoption may be the perfect option for you. Perhaps you’re not ready to be a parent or circumstances make you unable to raise a child … Continue reading

What will the world do without Planned Parenthood?

What will the world do without Planned Parenthood?

What would a world without Planned Parenthood be like? Recently, Joss Whedon, Planned Parenthood supporter and screenwriter, made a short-film that’s gone viral, depicting what he envisions would happen if Planned Parenthood suddenly did not exist. Planned Parenthood has promoted … Continue reading

The Abortion Pill: The REAL Story

The Abortion Pill: The REAL Story

Glamour Magazine calls it the DIY abortion. Planned Parenthood makes it look like it’s as easy as popping two pills. But what’s the real story behind the abortion pill? Is it really as simple as 1, 2, 3? Here are … Continue reading

Illinois Senate passes HB 40

Illinois Senate passes HB 40

Today, the Illinois Senate voted to pass HB 40. This is the bill that provides free abortions to those on Medicaid and state employees for any reason, including birth control – paid for by Illinois taxpayers (you and me). We’re deeply … Continue reading

Illinois House votes to pass HB 40

Illinois House votes to pass HB 40

Today, the Illinois House voted to pass HB 40. This is the bill that provides free abortions to those on Medicaid and state employees for any reason, including birth control. Where is the state going to get the money to … Continue reading

The Governor Takes a Stand on HB 40

The Governor Takes a Stand on HB 40

We have BIG NEWS. Last week Friday, April 14, 2017, word broke that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner plans to veto HB40 if it comes to his desk. As reported in the Chicago SunTimes, Rauner spokeswoman Eleni Demertzis said in a … Continue reading

Reality Check

Reality Check

The tragic and very real truth is starting to come out. Abortion has been disguised behind the easy, “quick fix” to an unplanned pregnancy – but it can’t keep this up much longer. Now, testimonies from women, videos about abortion … Continue reading

Thinking about using IVF? Read this first…

Thinking about using IVF? Read this first…

Besides the typical side effects of headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, there are many dangerous risks to using in vitro fertilization, or IVF. The risks associated with this treatment can directly impact both the mother and the baby created. It is … Continue reading

Does an unborn baby feel pain? If so…when?

Does an unborn baby feel pain? If so…when?

Does a baby in the womb feel pain? In an abortion, can the unborn child feel the pain of being dismembered? In May of 2013, Dr. Maureen Condic, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah, … Continue reading

4 Things to Know about Stem Cell Research

4 Things to Know about Stem Cell Research

Unless you are the self-proclaimed science nerd of your friend and family circle, most people don’t quite understand stem cell research and the ethical issues surrounding it. If you try to learn more from Google, you will likely be bombarded … Continue reading

Illinois Students Named Pro-Life High School Group of 2017

Illinois Students Named Pro-Life High School Group of 2017

That’s right! We are definitely #IllinoisProud right now. A group of pro-life students at one of our Illinois high schools has just been given special recognition as the 2017 Pro-Life High School Group of the Year! This group has been … Continue reading

The Weldon Amendment’s coming back to life: what this could mean for Illinois

The Weldon Amendment’s coming back to life: what this could mean for Illinois

Recently, a familiar pro-life amendment has made the news: the Weldon Amendment. Last week, the Washington Examiner reported that the House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, sent a formal letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, requesting … Continue reading

7 SHOCKING Things We Learned from the Congressional Investigation

7 SHOCKING Things We Learned from the Congressional Investigation

Yep. The cat is out of bag now. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry have lots of explaining to do. The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives released a 471 page majority report, at the very end of last year, … Continue reading

Are You In?

Are You In?

On Wednesday, March 1st, 40 Days for Life will kick of its 2017 Spring Campaign. Participants are getting geared up and ready to go for what’s going to be campaign number TWENTY! And it’s going to be big – in size and impact. People … Continue reading

The 6 Most Shocking Things about HB 40

The 6 Most Shocking Things about HB 40

You’ll never believe what our state representatives are trying to push into law. The legislation is ready to be called for vote in the House, at any time. The bill is HB 40, and if we don’t act now, it … Continue reading

Illinois Bishops Speak Out: Urge Parishioners to Take Action against HB40

Illinois Bishops Speak Out: Urge Parishioners to Take Action against HB40

It’s official. The Bishops have joined the fight. The extreme, pro-abortion bill proposed in the Illinois General Assembly – HB 40 – has sparked tremendous outrage throughout Illinois. Now, word of its potential passage has reached ecclesiastical desks. In response, … Continue reading

A Reflection on my First March for Life

A Reflection on my First March for Life

Shaking and shivering a bit, I struggled to keep my balance. “You okay up there?” My friend’s voice trembled a little… probably because I was sitting on top of his shoulders, fidgeting and grappling with my camera. I needed to … Continue reading

BREAKING: Trump Picks Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the Next Supreme Court Justice

BREAKING: Trump Picks Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the Next Supreme Court Justice

BREAKING: President Donald Trump Nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court On Tuesday, January 30, 2017, President Donald Trump announced to the nation his choice for Justice Antonin Scalia’s successor on the Supreme Court: Judge Neil Gorsuch. “We are … Continue reading

President Trump Ends U.S. Funding for Abortions Overseas

President Trump Ends U.S. Funding for Abortions Overseas

BREAKING: On Monday, January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order prohibiting U.S. foreign aid to be sent to international, non-governmental organizations that provide or promote abortions overseas, as a method of family planning. The policy which Trump … Continue reading

Is Planned Parenthood a Leader in Women’s Rights?

Is Planned Parenthood a Leader in Women’s Rights?

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation, calls itself a leader in women’s rights. Planned Parenthood, in their cute pink paint and flashy talking points, has launched themselves to the front of the conversation positioning themselves as a … Continue reading

“Life Wins!”

“Life Wins!”

Smiling faces, singing and dancing, and LOTS of yellow LIFE balloons. That’s just about all you could see and hear in the crowded streets of downtown Chicago on Sunday, January 15, 2017. The temperature was a balmy 35 degrees (yes, … Continue reading

What You NEED to Know About HB 40

What You NEED to Know About HB 40

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Governor Rauner has recently expressed his intentions to veto HB 40 if it makes it to his desk. A spokesperson for Governor Rauner has made the following statement: “Gov. Rauner is committed to protecting women’s reproductive rights under current … Continue reading

Speaker Ryan Says It’s Going to Happen

Speaker Ryan Says It’s Going to Happen

January 5, 2017 Today, as reported in the Washington Times, Speaker Paul Ryan said that defunding Planned Parenthood is going to be a part of the budget reconciliation legislation coming up, which is set to repeal Obamacare. During a press … Continue reading

Congress Slaps Abortion Industry with 15 Criminal Referrals

Congress Slaps Abortion Industry with 15 Criminal Referrals

For Immediate Release December 21, 2016 Reprinted with permission from the Communications Director for the Select Investigative Panel Chairman Marsha Blackburn Washington, DC — Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today released 15 criminal and regulatory referrals the Select Investigative Panel has made to federal, state, and … Continue reading

Court Victory for Pro-Lifers Against SB 1564

Court Victory for Pro-Lifers Against SB 1564

On December 20, 2016, a judge in Rockford, Illinois issued a preliminary injunction protecting the Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford, Dr. Anthony Caruso and A Bella Baby OBGYN, and Aid for Women from SB 1564. This law will force all … Continue reading

The 2015 Illinois Abortion Stats: Abortions Increase

The 2015 Illinois Abortion Stats: Abortions Increase

The Illinois Department of Public Health has just released the Illinois abortion statistics for 2015. In contrast to the previous 6 years, abortion numbers in Illinois reversed their steady decline and went up in 2015. As reported, there were 39,856 … Continue reading

Answers to Your Unanswered Questions about Adoption

Answers to Your Unanswered Questions about Adoption

The thought of adoption can be scary for some new parents. Many new moms and dads don’t really know what to expect. But if you are in an unplanned pregnancy and the idea of parenting seems too overwhelming, adoption may … Continue reading

Why did Pro-Life Gov. Kasich Veto the Heartbeat Bill?

Why did Pro-Life Gov. Kasich Veto the Heartbeat Bill?

Yesterday, Ohio Governor Kasich vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion after the heartbeat of an unborn child is detected – at 6 weeks gestation. At the same time he signed into law a bill that made it illegal … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood is Referred to the FBI for Investigation and Prosecution

Planned Parenthood is Referred to the FBI for Investigation and Prosecution

Tuesday, December 13, 2016   Press Release reprinted from the website of Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA): WASHINGTON – Following an investigation into the practice of fetal tissue transfers and the federal laws governing the practice, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck … Continue reading

Is your clinic putting your health and safety first?

Is your clinic putting your health and safety first?

As Illinoisans, we care about the safety of women in our state. On that note, if you are a woman living in Illinois seeking services at a state abortion clinic, there is something you should know… Illinois Right to Life … Continue reading

Are You Hurting?

Are You Hurting?

Have you had an abortion? Do you feel guilt or regret? Are you an abortion clinic worker or a man and assisted in an abortion? We can help. An overwhelming number of studies now show women and men who have … Continue reading

They Found What?

They Found What?

Since October of last year, the Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce formed the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives for the sole purpose of investigating the abortion industry and the dirty business of harvesting and selling aborted baby body … Continue reading

Help us find these children a forever family?

Help us find these children a forever family?

Last week we shared with you six beautiful children around the world who are patiently waiting to be adopted. Their governments consider them “unadoptable” for various reasons. But Bethany Christian Services said they hear all the time: “This child is such a … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood A Bit Down in the Dumps

Planned Parenthood A Bit Down in the Dumps

On Tuesday, November 29th, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards came to the University of Chicago to give a presentation to law students on the “future of women’s reproductive rights” after the recent presidential election. Unfortunately, the students in the audience … Continue reading

Top 7 Pro-Life Reasons to be Thankful

Top 7 Pro-Life Reasons to be Thankful

Gobble-gobble! Yes, it’s that time of year again. Oh, we know you’re excited for that delicious Thanksgiving turkey and scrumptious pumpkin pie (we are too)! But be prepared to get even more excited, because this year the Illinois pro-life movement has … Continue reading

I Need To Be Adopted

I Need To Be Adopted

Last week we shared with you the beautiful story of Chicago Cubs Chris Coghlan and his wife Corrie adopting their son Judge. We asked if you would prayerfully consider if your family is being called to adopt. We’re praying you will … Continue reading

Trump’s 4 Pro-Life Promises

Trump’s 4 Pro-Life Promises

During the campaign cycle, President-elect Trump worked hard to gain the pro-life movement’s support. He created a pro-life coalition and appointed some of our nation’s best pro-life leaders to it. He picked a staunch pro-life advocate as his Vice Presidential … Continue reading

The Cubs Win… Again!

The Cubs Win… Again!

Less than 2 weeks ago, the Chicago Cubs stole our heart as they won their first World Series title in 108 years. Today, they’ve stolen our heart again. Chicago Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan and his wife Corrie just opened up about … Continue reading

Don’t want your tax dollars going to abortions?  Call your legislator now

Don’t want your tax dollars going to abortions? Call your legislator now

Our state is in financial peril. So you would think our legislators would be in Springfield fixing the budget crisis. Nope. Instead, the pro-abortion legislators are busy looking to spend more taxpayer money. Right now, the Illinois General Assembly is … Continue reading

The Pro-life Movement in Illinois – After the Elections

The Pro-life Movement in Illinois – After the Elections

On November 8th, the American people let their voice be heard in the 2016 state and national elections. Now that we have the results, what does the situation look like from the pro-life perspective, moving forward? Let’s start in Illinois. State … Continue reading

Pregnant, but need financial help?

Pregnant, but need financial help?

Are you pregnant, but afraid you can’t afford a baby? Maybe you are a single mom or going to be, and you need of financial assistance? Well take a deep breath and rest assured – there are many financial resources … Continue reading

Need a voter’s guide?

Need a voter’s guide?

We know that political elections can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve scoured the state for the best and most credible voter guide available. Illinois Citizens for Life has carefully put together a fantastic voter guide for you. Check it out right here. We take this voter guide right into the voting booth … Continue reading

What happens to these tiny humans?

What happens to these tiny humans?

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a form of Assisted Reproductive Technology/Treatment (ART). According to the American Pregnancy Association, IVF involves “The process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish, and then transferring the embryo to … Continue reading

Is Being Pro-Life the New Thing?

Is Being Pro-Life the New Thing?

Okay, we have to admit…this took us by surprise. This past week, the very pro-choice, online news source, Slate, published a piece by Ruth Graham titled, “The New Culture of Life.” Looking past the political commentary, what we came to … Continue reading

My Encounter with a Planned Parenthood “Pink-Vest”

My Encounter with a Planned Parenthood “Pink-Vest”

It was a chilly fall evening, and I was briskly walking down Michigan Avenue. Immersed in a crowd of people, I hurried past the store fronts and cafes, dodging shoppers and strolling city dwellers. I had just left work, the … Continue reading

Top 4 Reasons Why We’re Winning in Illinois

Top 4 Reasons Why We’re Winning in Illinois

Yes. It’s true. Goliath is beginning to fall. Illinois is turning pro-life, the abortion industry is on the defense, and we want to take a quick moment to share with you why we say this with such confidence. Here are… … Continue reading

Another Lawsuit Filed Over SB 1564

Another Lawsuit Filed Over SB 1564

NEWS RELEASE: Doctor, multiple pregnancy care centers file federal suit over Illinois mandate to promote abortion Reprinted with permission from: Alliance Defending Freedom ROCKFORD, Ill. – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing multiple pregnancy care centers, a pregnancy care center network, and … Continue reading

Take a look at this FRAUD

Take a look at this FRAUD

Recently, the abortion industry has been fighting hard to bring about the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal tax dollars to fund abortions through Medicaid, except in rare cases. One initiative they’ve been pushing to … Continue reading

Happy 40th to this Life-Saver!

Happy 40th to this Life-Saver!

2 million people. That’s about the entire population of New Mexico. That’s also about the entire population of Rhode Island and Delaware combined! But why does this number matter?   According to a study conducted by Dr. Michael J. New … Continue reading

Abortion…A Catholic Social Justice Value?

Abortion…A Catholic Social Justice Value?

On the morning of Monday, September 12, 2016, many Illinoisans, particularly Catholics, were outraged when they opened up the newspaper. A full-page ad, paid for by an organization called “Catholics for Choice,” was published in the Chicago Sun-Times and the … Continue reading

Be Part of the Largest Worldwide Pro-life Mobilization… in History!

Be Part of the Largest Worldwide Pro-life Mobilization… in History!

This year, 40 Days for Life Fall 2016 is ramping up to be like no other before! As we speak, pro-lifers throughout Illinois, in all 50 United States, and across the world, are gearing up for this next peaceful, prayerful … Continue reading

Will you drive 79 miles for Planned Parenthood?

Will you drive 79 miles for Planned Parenthood?

Yes. It’s official. Another one bites the dust. Just last week, it was announced that Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ (PPIL) Effingham clinic, located at 415 West Virginia Ave., permanently closed its doors on August 30, 2016. As the Effingham Daily … Continue reading
How to tell your classmates you’re pro-life

How to tell your classmates you’re pro-life

Okay, so you’re a student. You have many classes penciled into your day to day schedule: Math, Reading, Science, Spanish, … the whole nine yards. Perhaps you have several different teachers too. Odds are you have twenty times as many … Continue reading

Zika in Illinois: Is Abortion A Solution?

Zika in Illinois: Is Abortion A Solution?

You’ve most likely heard about it. It’s the Zika virus. Now, according to recent reports, it has come to Illinois. Over this past year, the virus has caused both concern and controversy throughout the country and parts of the world. … Continue reading

Safe Haven Laws: Something We All Need to Know

Safe Haven Laws: Something We All Need to Know

Earlier this week, our hearts were broken as we learned of a newborn infant found dead and abandoned along the side of a road in Wheaton, IL. According to the Daily Herald, officials report that the baby had been likely … Continue reading

Is Fetal Tissue Linked to Medical Cures?

Is Fetal Tissue Linked to Medical Cures?

Congressional Report: ‘Fetal Tissue Has Not Been Directly Linked to a Single Medical Cure’ Reprinted with permission from: CNSNews.com    Fetal tissue has not been directly linked to a single medical cure in 90 years of fetal tissue research, according … Continue reading

Medical Professionals Sue Governor Rauner

Medical Professionals Sue Governor Rauner

  Illinois Forces Doctors, Medical Facilities to Promote Abortion; Pregnancy Centers File Suit in Response ADF attorneys represent doctor, two pregnancy care centers in suit against SB 1564 Reprinted with permission from: Mauck & Backer, LLC, Attorneys at Law  ROCKFORD, … Continue reading

Governor Rauner Signs SB 1564

Governor Rauner Signs SB 1564

Today, July 29, 2016, Governor Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 1564.   This bill forces medical personnel and pregnancy resource centers to refer for abortions and discuss the “benefits” of abortion.   We know this is extremely disappointing news. … Continue reading

How Many Illinoisans Actually Go to Planned Parenthood?

How Many Illinoisans Actually Go to Planned Parenthood?

60,000. That’s the number of men and women Planned Parenthood of Illinois says have used their services in the past year, according to their recent annual report. Let’s put this number in perspective: In Illinois, there are about 2.6 million … Continue reading

A Rockford Nurse Loses Her Job For Her Pro-Life Beliefs

A Rockford Nurse Loses Her Job For Her Pro-Life Beliefs

Last week, Illinois Right to Life executive director, Emily Zender, sat down for a personal interview with Attorney Noel Sterett of Mauck & Baker Law. Mr. Sterett and his team are defending Ms. Sandra Mendoza, a pediatric nurse in Rockford, … Continue reading

The Supreme Court’s Facts are Wrong

The Supreme Court’s Facts are Wrong

Do more women die in child birth than from abortion? In light of the recent Supreme Court decision, Whole Women’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, which struck down a Texas law that was enacted to protect the health and safety of women, … Continue reading

SCOTUS Overturns HB 2: Women Betrayed

SCOTUS Overturns HB 2: Women Betrayed

In a 5-3 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, they decided to overturn the Texas law that would have protected women’s health.  We’ve read the entire opinion, the concurring opinion, and the two scathing dissenting opinions. We’ve discussed the decision with … Continue reading

SCOTUS: What’s at Stake?

SCOTUS: What’s at Stake?

We’re getting down to the wire. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to release the most significant Supreme Court decision on abortion in over two decades – Whole Women’s Health v. Hellersedt. Illinois Right to Life teamed up with Chicago’s Thomas More Society … Continue reading

Abortion: My Body, My Choice … Or is it?

Abortion: My Body, My Choice … Or is it?

It’s a woman’s body, so isn’t abortion her choice? This is a very important question that deserves an accurate answer. First, let’s begin by saying that no woman – pro-choice or pro-life – delights in intentionally ending the life of … Continue reading

“Were Changing Minds Based on Science”: A Conversation with Emily Zender

“Were Changing Minds Based on Science”: A Conversation with Emily Zender

In a special episode of Against the Current, by Upstream Ideas, Dan Proft, radio talk-show host for Chicago’s Morning Answer, sits down for an exclusive interview with Emily Zender, executive director of Illinois Right to Life. In their conversation, Dan asks … Continue reading

What do the Founders of the Feminist Movement Say About Abortion?

What do the Founders of the Feminist Movement Say About Abortion?

From the very beginning, the leaders and founders of the feminist movement have been quite outspoken on the topic of abortion. Here’s what they had to say: Dorothy Day Perhaps one of the most well known feminist leaders, Dorothy Day, had … Continue reading

Seven Reasons Why S.B. 1564 Is A Disastrous Healthcare Policy For Illinoisans

Seven Reasons Why S.B. 1564 Is A Disastrous Healthcare Policy For Illinoisans

Senate Bill 1564 forces every doctor, pharmacist, and pregnancy resource center to refer for abortions, tell patients the “benefits” of abortion, and present abortion as a “legal treatment option.” S.B.1564 states: “then the patient shall either be provided the requested … Continue reading

Will Abortion Help You … or Can it Hurt You?

Will Abortion Help You … or Can it Hurt You?

If abortion is empowering to women, then it must not hurt women. Let’s see what science and women themselves have to say:   What does science tell us?   The most comprehensive and largest study of the mental health risks … Continue reading

When Does Life Begin? Let’s ask the Experts …

When Does Life Begin? Let’s ask the Experts …

Let’s turn to the leading scientific textbooks to find out when life begins. Check it out: Keith L. Moore, a world-renowned embryologist and author of the best selling textbook: The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology (10th edition, Philadelphia, PA: Sauders, … Continue reading

Pro-life Bills? Here’s the scoop

Pro-life Bills? Here’s the scoop

Are pro-life bills being proposed in the Illinois General Assembly? You bet they are! Here are the pro-life bills that were proposed this year:   HB 4392 – This bill would enable choose life license decals to be placed on license plates. This bill is led by Rep. Robert Pritchard (R) … Continue reading

Pro-Life, Pro-Family Policies: Coming to a Work Place Near You

Pro-Life, Pro-Family Policies: Coming to a Work Place Near You

This week, employees of the Archdiocese of Chicago received some great news! The Archdiocese announced that beginning July 1st, all staff will be offered paid parental leave for 12 weeks after the birth or adoption of a child. According to … Continue reading

Our Pro-Life Leaders in Springfield

Our Pro-Life Leaders in Springfield

They’ve prevented hundreds of abortions. They keep Illinois from becoming a hostile pro-life state like California. Who are they? They are your pro-life lobbyists. These pro-life leaders are in Springfield day in and day out fighting to be your voice … Continue reading

An evening with a pro-life hero

An evening with a pro-life hero

Download your professional photo with David Daleiden here! On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Illinois Right to Life celebrated our 48th Annual Banquet, Leaders for Life, in Glen Ellyn, IL. It was a great honor to have David Daleiden, the man … Continue reading

Beware of these bills!

Beware of these bills!

They’re ugly… Right now, an ominous group of anti-life bills is being proposed to the Illinois General Assembly. Some are about to be voted on, and they all directly affect you. Here are the proposed bills. Please read through them … Continue reading

At What Age Should I Fill Out My Will? The Answer Might Shock You

At What Age Should I Fill Out My Will? The Answer Might Shock You

It can happen in an instant. A car accident. Cancer. An unexpected situation can suddenly flip your life upside down. Or perhaps your health has been in decline for many years. Maybe you are nearing the end of life. Whatever … Continue reading

The Illinois Primary Election: What’s at Stake?

The Illinois Primary Election: What’s at Stake?

Tuesday, March 15th, is a big day for Illinois. All across the state, Illinoisans will emerge from their communities, line up at the ballot boxes, and cast their votes during an election year that holds tremendous weight. Each and every … Continue reading

Genetically Modified 3-Parent Children. What?

Genetically Modified 3-Parent Children. What?

Imagine a world where people are eliminated because they’re not perfect, or because their lives are judged to be worthless. Imagine scientists striving to create flawless human beings by destroying others. Sounds like a nightmare. Sadly, it is this same … Continue reading

40 Days for Life Spring 2016 Campaign

40 Days for Life Spring 2016 Campaign

On Wednesday, February 10th, 40 Days for Life kicked off its 2016 spring campaign with a bang! People from 273 locations, in 23 separate countries, are said to be participating in this peaceful vigil for life. In just the past … Continue reading

He Was Indicted…What’s Going On?

He Was Indicted…What’s Going On?

What is going on? That’s what people have been asking us. Early last week, David Daleiden, the man who went undercover into the abortion industry to expose Planned Parenthood for selling unborn baby body parts for profit, was indicted. Yes, the … Continue reading

We Filed Our Amicus Brief to Support Another Pro-Life Victory

We Filed Our Amicus Brief to Support Another Pro-Life Victory

Before the U.S. Supreme Court right now is one of the most significant abortion lawsuits since the legalization of abortion with Roe v. Wade.   It’s called Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt.   On February 3, 2016, we filed an … Continue reading

Meet the Abortion Industry’s Most Wanted Pro-lifer…In Person!

Meet the Abortion Industry’s Most Wanted Pro-lifer…In Person!

For 30 months, he secretly explored the inner workings of the abortion industry. Undercover, he investigated and recorded the operations of the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. In doing so, he obtained video documentation that exposed the abortion giant for … Continue reading

Join Us Tonight! We’re “Starting 2016 Off Huge”

Join Us Tonight! We’re “Starting 2016 Off Huge”

Don’t miss it! Tonight, please join us, the Illinois Right to Life, at our one-time-only, free webcast, hosted by our Executive Director, Emily Zender. 2016 is going to be a crucial year for the pro-life movement, and you will learn … Continue reading

The 2016 March for Life Chicago: A Day to Remember

The 2016 March for Life Chicago: A Day to Remember

At 2pm on Sunday, January 17, 2016, an estimated 5,000 people immersed the city streets of downtown Chicago in a sea of smiling faces, singing voices, yellow balloons, and genuine joy. This record-breaking crowd was composed of pro-life individuals from … Continue reading

Illinois Abortion Statistics 2014: IL Abortions at their lowest yet

Illinois Abortion Statistics 2014: IL Abortions at their lowest yet

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health released statistics for 2014 showing abortions in Illinois reached their lowest level since the legalization of abortion in 1973. The number of abortions declined in every single age category. “This is now the … Continue reading

Top 7 Pro-Life Reasons to be Thankful

Top 7 Pro-Life Reasons to be Thankful

Gobble-gobble! Yes, it’s that time of year again. Oh, we know you’re excited for that delicious Thanksgiving turkey and scrumptious pumpkin pie.  Believe me, we sure are too! But be prepared to get even more excited, because this year the Illinois … Continue reading

Take the Abortion Pill? It May Not Be Too Late

Take the Abortion Pill? It May Not Be Too Late

In the fall of 2014, 25-year-old Autumn Barnes found herself in an unexpected pregnancy. Worried about finances and the future ahead, she and her boyfriend, who already had a little girl, were concerned they would not be able to care … Continue reading

Top 6 Most Unbelievable Things Said in the Leaked Videos

Top 6 Most Unbelievable Things Said in the Leaked Videos

On October 22nd, the blog GotNews leaked to the public 11 never before seen undercover Planned Parenthood videos recorded by the Center for Medical Progress. These videos had not yet been released because the National Abortion Federation filed a lawsuit … Continue reading

Surprising Realities of Organ Donation and Brain Death

Surprising Realities of Organ Donation and Brain Death

This article was originally published in Life Issues Institute‘s October 2015 newsletter. Imagine lying in a hospital unable to communicate in any way. You can hear, but you can’t move even the smallest muscle or make any sound. Now imagine … Continue reading

Young Girls Receive Abortions in Illinois without their Parents Knowing

Young Girls Receive Abortions in Illinois without their Parents Knowing

On Sunday, October 11, 2015, the article “Bypassing Parents on Abortions Strain to All,” written by Barbara Brotman, was published in the Chicago Tribune. The article revealed that the ACLU is potentially abusing the judicial bypass clause in the Parental Notification … Continue reading

A Recap of the 4th Congressional Hearing on Planned Parenthood

A Recap of the 4th Congressional Hearing on Planned Parenthood

Yesterday, October 9th, the fourth congressional hearing on Planned Parenthood was held, titled “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining Abortion Procedures and Medical Ethics at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider.” Congressman Robert Goodlatte, in his opening statement, made clear the objective of … Continue reading

Next Protest of Planned Parenthood

Next Protest of Planned Parenthood

On Saturday, October 10th, ProtestPP is holding the next national day in protest of Planned Parenthood. Pro-lifers will gather at Planned Parenthood centers all across the country, including 12 locations in Illinois. The event is being held to expose the … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood Quick Facts: Did You Know?

Planned Parenthood Quick Facts: Did You Know?

Undercover journalists with the Center for Medical Progress have released 11 Shocking videos showing morally repulsive and horrific behavior by Planned Parenthood executives towards unborn children and their mothers. It is imperative to stay informed of this barbaric scandal. To do … Continue reading
Women’s Health Care without Planned Parenthood

Women’s Health Care without Planned Parenthood

Is Planned Parenthood a critical source of women’s health care for our state and our country? Would defunding Planned Parenthood hurt our American women, and deny them the services they need? To answer this, there are three important things we … Continue reading

Top 13 Things Learned about Planned Parenthood

Top 13 Things Learned about Planned Parenthood

Today, September 29th, the hearing “Planned Parenthood’s Taxpayer Funding” was held by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The objective was to examine the use of taxpayer funding by Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, and Planned Parenthood … Continue reading

Illinois Newspaper Publishes Our Response to Their Article

Illinois Newspaper Publishes Our Response to Their Article

On September 24, 2015, The Southern Illinoisan editorial board issued an opinion article entitled “Voice of the Southern: Bost, Shimkus vote for a shutdown” that chastised two Congressmen’s vote to defund Planned Parenthood. A number of statements made by the … Continue reading

U.S. House Passes Two Major Pro-life Bills

U.S. House Passes Two Major Pro-life Bills

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives just passed two major pro-life bills: 1. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: This bill strengthens the current Born Alive Infant Protection Act, passed in 2002. Specifically, it has placed the following requirements on … Continue reading

Donate to the March for Life Chicago Today!

Donate to the March for Life Chicago Today!

  The 2016 March for Life Chicago, the largest pro-life event in the Midwest, is coming soon, and we really need your help! Last year, 4,000 pro-lifers streamed through the streets of downtown Chicago to stand for life in the … Continue reading

40 Days for Life Fall 2015 Campaign

40 Days for Life Fall 2015 Campaign

Over the last 7 and a half years of 40 Days for Life, 10,331 children were spared from abortion, 118 abortion clinic workers quit, 60 abortion clinics were closed, 650,000 people have participated in 30 different countries. The most recent … Continue reading

Who Profits from Planned Parenthood? Our State Politicians

Who Profits from Planned Parenthood? Our State Politicians

Have you ever wondered why certain Illinois politicians support Planned Parenthood? Did you know that 8 politicians from Illinois have received a total of $65,484 from Planned Parenthood? The new website, PlannedProfithood.org, created by CatholicVote.org, exposes the shocking truth that many … Continue reading

Highlights of the House Judiciary Committee Hearing: “Planned Parenthood Exposed”

Highlights of the House Judiciary Committee Hearing: “Planned Parenthood Exposed”

  On Wednesday, September 10th, at 9:30 central time, the House Judiciary Committee held the first part of the two-part hearing, “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider.” The House Judiciary Committee issued … Continue reading

“Planned Parenthood Exposed” House Judiciary Committee Hearing

“Planned Parenthood Exposed” House Judiciary Committee Hearing

Tomorrow, Wednesday September 9, 2015, at 10:30am (Eastern Time), the House Judiciary Committee will conduct the first congressional hearing on Planned Parenthood. The hearing’s title will be “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion … Continue reading

DePaul University’s Relationship with Planned Parenthood

DePaul University’s Relationship with Planned Parenthood

Earlier this week, DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois was cited for offering “volunteering opportunities” with Planned Parenthood. An article, written by TFP Student Action, provided screen shots from DePaul’s website, showing Planned Parenthood listed as a place to volunteer on … Continue reading

In Clarification of Pope Francis’ Recent Statements on Women and Abortion

In Clarification of Pope Francis’ Recent Statements on Women and Abortion

  Earlier this week on Tuesday September 1, 2015, in a letter to a Catholic Archbishop, Pope Francis made several statements concerning abortion and the women who have been wounded by it.  The recent media hype surrounding Pope Francis’ comments … Continue reading

Women Speak Out Press Conference at Senator Mark Kirk’s Office

Women Speak Out Press Conference at Senator Mark Kirk’s Office

Today, September 3rd, 2015, at 12pm, 10 pro-life organizations, their leaders and pro-life individuals gathered for a press conference on the front steps of U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s Chicago Office. Senator Mark Kirk recently voted against a bill to defund … Continue reading

Nationwide Protest a Huge Success

Nationwide Protest a Huge Success

  Saturday, August 22, 2015, is a day the pro-life community will never forget. Tens of thousands of advocates for life rallied across the country in unified protest of the inhumane and illegal practices of the Planned Parenthood Federation. The … Continue reading

National Day of Protest

National Day of Protest

On August 22, 2015, pro-life citizens from all across the nation are rallying together at over 300 Planned Parenthood facilities throughout the United States. ProtestPP, an association formed from the union of various pro-life groups, has designated this day as … Continue reading

IRL Speaks at All Lives Matter Summit

IRL Speaks at All Lives Matter Summit

Illinois Right to Life executive director Emily Zender spoke at the All Lives Matter Summit hosted by the Freedoms Journal Institute on July 31, 2015. Zender spoke on the future of the pro-life movement and shared heart wrenching and inspiring … Continue reading

IRL Statement on Mark Kirk’s Planned Parenthood bill

IRL Statement on Mark Kirk’s Planned Parenthood bill

Late Wednesday, August 5, 2015, Senator Mark Kirk issued a press release detailing a new bill he has filed in the U.S. Senate. This bill calls upon the Department of Justice to investigate Planned Parenthood and shows support for defunding … Continue reading

Illinois Rep. Breen Files Bill to Stop Fetal Body Part Harvesting

Illinois Rep. Breen Files Bill to Stop Fetal Body Part Harvesting

A press release was just disseminated from Representative Breen’s (R-48) office included the following: “SPRINGFIELD…..In response to controversial videos that have surfaced surrounding the harvesting and sale of aborted fetal body parts and tissue, State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has … Continue reading

Will These Undercover Videos Change Anything?

Will These Undercover Videos Change Anything?

What actions are being taken as a result of the #PPSellsBabyParts videos? (No graphic language or images in post) We’ve seen three morally repulsive videos drop in past three weeks from the Center for Medical Progress. Ifyou missed them and … Continue reading

Why a 20 week ban on abortion?

Why a 20 week ban on abortion?

On June 11, 2015, U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham introduced a 20-week ban of abortion bill known as H.R. 3.6., Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act. This bill would ban abortions done at or after a child reaches 20 weeks old in utero. According … Continue reading

You Have to Pay for Other People’s Abortions?

You Have to Pay for Other People’s Abortions?

                 If you’d like to contact your state representative you can find his/her contact information by clicking here. The Illinois House is currently considering House Bill 4013 that will require Illinoisans to pay for other … Continue reading

Illinois Pro-Life Bills To Watch

Illinois Pro-Life Bills To Watch

The following bills have been proposed in the Illinois House of Representatives. Ultrasound opportunity act HB 2701 Chief Sponsor: Representative Barbara Wheeler Background: This bill was sparked after an Illinois woman was refused by an abortion clinic to see her … Continue reading

The Seahawks Weren’t the Only Super Bowl Losers

The Seahawks Weren’t the Only Super Bowl Losers

They traveled to the super bowl with no intention of watching the game to have their bodies sold for sexual pleasure.  While media airways pre-Super Bowl echoed with disgust over the #DeflateGate controversy, the post-Super Bowl hot topic will no … Continue reading

How the March for Life Chicago inspired the nation

How the March for Life Chicago inspired the nation

The double decker buses have been parked and our hoarse voices have returned to full strength as March for Life Chicago signs slowly slip behind shelves in the garage. On January 18th, 4,000 Illinoisans (and Wisconsinites and Hoosiers) set out … Continue reading

10th Annual March for Life Chicago Draws Record Breaking Thousands

10th Annual March for Life Chicago Draws Record Breaking Thousands

An estimated crowd of over 4,000 people marched through Chicago’s Loop on Sunday, January 18, proclaiming the sanctity of human life and calling for the overturn of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. … Continue reading

Illinois Abortion Statistics Lowest Since 1974

Illinois Abortion Statistics Lowest Since 1974

On November 25, 2014, the Illinois Department of Public Health released the 2013 abortion statistics for the state of Illinois. The report shows Illinois abortions fell 5.7% in 2013 to their lowest rate since 1974 with 40,750 abortions. Abortions in … Continue reading

40 Days for Life Spring 2015 Campaign

40 Days for Life Spring 2015 Campaign

Over the last 7 years of 40 Days for Life, 9,699 children were spared from abortion, 107 abortion clinic workers quit, 60 abortion clinics were closed, 650,000 people have participated in 27 different countries. Your presence, in a peaceful, prayer, … Continue reading

Welcome to Chicago, Bishop Cupich

Welcome to Chicago, Bishop Cupich

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the Archdiocese of Chicago officially announced Bishop Cupich of Spokane, Washington, would become the new Archbishop of Chicago to succeed Francis Cardinal George. Illinois Right to Life welcomes with excitement and respect the new Archbishop … Continue reading

My Baby’s Downs Syndrome Diagnoses

My Baby’s Downs Syndrome Diagnoses

My first daughter was doing well and about 3 ½ years after her birth, we were pregnant again. This child wasn’t planned, and she was a bit of a surprise.  We were in a financially difficult situation and we were … Continue reading

The Top 6 Things You Need To Know About ALS Research

The Top 6 Things You Need To Know About ALS Research

Unless you are the self-proclaimed science nerd of your friend and family circle, most people don’t quite understand stem cell research and the ethical issues surrounding it. If you try to learn more from Google, you will likely be bombarded … Continue reading

Freeze the Ice Bucket Challenge for a Moment

Freeze the Ice Bucket Challenge for a Moment

We’ve all seen it. The ice bucket challenge has gone viral around social media. Once nominated by a friend via Facebook, you video yourself dumping a bucket of ice water on your head in an effort to raise awareness about Amyotrophic … Continue reading

Your Body, Your Employer, Your Abortion…Our Money?

Your Body, Your Employer, Your Abortion…Our Money?

In “My Body My Employer, My Abortion,” published July 8 in the Chicago Tribune, Ms. Loren Clark-Moe laments that, as a single 29 year old woman working for the federal government, she had to deal with the “restriction” of paying … Continue reading

Congratulations Amazon, You Sold Out Women’s Health for Money

Congratulations Amazon, You Sold Out Women’s Health for Money

Amazon has now wiggled its way in to receive a cut of the abortion industry’s multibillion-dollar profits. In January, Amazon began quietly selling Plan B, an abortion-inducing drug taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse.  Amazon began selling the abortion … Continue reading

Top 9 Things The Left Has Wrong About The Supreme Court’s Birth Control Ruling

Top 9 Things The Left Has Wrong About The Supreme Court’s Birth Control Ruling

Our Facebook newsfeeds and Twitter accounts lit up with commentary so dramatic following the Supreme Court ruling, one would think the Court gathered up every box of contraceptives and dumped it into the Boston Harbor. Rest easy liberals, your birth … Continue reading

A Closer Look At The U.S. Supreme Court’s Abortion Buffer Zone Ruling: A Case for Popping Chicago’s Own Bubble Zone?

A Closer Look At The U.S. Supreme Court’s Abortion Buffer Zone Ruling: A Case for Popping Chicago’s Own Bubble Zone?

Today, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down the Massachusetts Reproductive Health Care Facilities Act (The Act) as a violation the First Amendment. The Court’s majority opinion, penned by Justice Roberts determined: The Act restricts access to ‘public way[s]’ and ‘sidewalk[s],’ places that … Continue reading

Zender:  University of Chicago’s New Online “Abortion Guide” Misleads Women

Zender: University of Chicago’s New Online “Abortion Guide” Misleads Women

Last Friday the University of Chicago strayed from its reputation of academic excellence to launch a new webpage entitled: Accessing Abortion In Illinois: A Guide for Health Care and Social Services Providers. (From here referred to as “Abortion Guide”). An educational institution’s primary … Continue reading

You Have Choices: College

You Have Choices: College

These days, everyone has a plan. We have goals and dreams and make plans to achieve them; we work jobs and go to college all so that we can have successful and happy lives. So what do we do when … Continue reading

Judge’s Ruling Allows Women’s Health Clinic to Evade Consequences of Dangerous Health Violations

Judge’s Ruling Allows Women’s Health Clinic to Evade Consequences of Dangerous Health Violations

Thomas More Society and Illinois Right to Life Call for Health Violation Fines to be Upheld Illinois Right to Life along with Thomas More Society attorneys issued a women’s public health memorandum demanding the Illinois Attorney General’s office hold Women’s … Continue reading

24 Questions You Should Ask your Hospice

24 Questions You Should Ask your Hospice

A hospice can be a great source of support and relief for both a patient and family members. Hospices provide care to patients with a terminal illness so the patient may live his or her remaining days as peacefully as … Continue reading