Last night's Aurora City Council meeting

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First, Jeff at Chicago Pro-Life Activist is preparing a video/photo montage of last night he'll get to us asap. I'll post a few photos now to give you a sense.

Eric Scheidler warned in email updates he had heard Planned Parenthood Chicago CEO Steve Trombley requested (ordered?) Chicago PP personnel to show for this meeting, and they did. Here is the scene that greeted us:

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This is my favorite photo from last night, perhaps my favorite ever of Joe Scheidler:

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Security was tighter, about double the police as were at the August 28 meeting. No standing room only upstairs this time. People were only allowed up as seats became available.

But while pro-aborts dominated the view outside, inside the ratio was about 2:1 pro-lifers to pro-aborts.

After he complained about the blogs... :), Mayor Weisner read a letter he sent to Trombley that I'm trying to get my hands on. The jist: Do not plan on the clinic opening September 18.

The two aldermen responsible for garnering the independent counsel to evaluate whether PP committed fraud against the city reported he started doing so this week.

One of those two, Alderman Richard Irvin (on our side) read a statement that the City Council's role in this entire matter was not to determine the morality of abortion but whether PP committed fraud. Because of this, he said, he motioned to limit comments to three hours, which was amended to allow Aurora residents to speak first. The motion passed. This worked in our favor, because the bulk of Aurora commenters were pro-life.

There is a brand new wrinkle. Pro-lifers are now pushing for the City Council to pass a parental notification ordinance. Indeed, pro-life attorney Vince Tessitore (featured on the Hannity show) has submitted language to the Council. What a major hoot.

Pro-abort commenters were against that, of course. They also made a few jaw-dropping remarks on abortion, etc., which Jeff will chronicle in his montage.

I spotted the elusive Trombley outside with his ilk. He didn't go upstairs. Donald Trump would have marched in and defended himself, but not so this CEO. For a guy who makes nearly $300,000 a year I'm not impressed. I still wonder if his stupendous gaffe to the Tribune - "Frankly, I'm surprised we were able to keep it a secret for so long" - won't end up his undoing.

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Many commenters dwelt on the deception talking point, which is our strongest. Frankly, had PP come in to Aurora following the rules, it would have still incurred all this opposition but maintained substantial legal footing to barge in anyway. But its deception has lost that.

Commenters were also angry, as I predicted, that PP has now insinuated they are violent. One commenter told officials, "Does this look violent to you? This is what I do." And she marched back and forth in front of the podium with her rosary beads. She talked another minute and said again, "Again, does this look violent to you? This is what I do." And did it again. It was very funny. Jeff will show that video clip, I'm sure.

Eric Scheidler gave quite the impassioned speech about PP's accusation that his father Joe advocates violence, providing a three-minute history of the 17-year NOW vs. Scheidler lawsuit and its outcome. It was excellent.

The comment receiving the most applause was by a woman who encouraged the Council to hold its ground, and if and when PP sued Aurora, she and others would help pay legal fees. I know that absolutely to be true. The City would get donations and legal help from pro-lifers all over the country.

ABC and NBC were there. All the pro-abort protesters outside left when they did, as did most inside.

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The opposition to the proverbial coathanger can't run very deep or they'd not be so supportive of an organization that kills some women and sends others to their deaths. Ditto on the "Women's Lives Matter." Well, DUH! That's why we opposed the stinking PP in the first place, Clueless Betty!

It wasn't until the tail end of the post that it became clear why there were so many abortion lovers out in droves. They were there to give the network news people to take picturs of. Which, no doubt, they will contrast with vintage footage of Eric Rudolph, trying to make it seem that this is a battle between a city full of compassionate, woman-loving Responsible Concerned Citizens versus The Confederation Of Bomb Throwing NutJobs.

Whenever you see abortion lovers gathered, the MSM can't be far away. They're like Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Pray for me. I look at those PP supporters and all I think is, "How HATEFUL they are!"

I seriously doubt that they're there because they know about Diana Lopez and Christi Stile or even women like my babysitter. They are deluded, probably, decieved, really thinking that PP is what they claim to be.

But I can't get past the image of supposedly caring people out in droves supporting an organization that packages and sells death, that hates the poor and the disabled and minorities so much they're willing to sacrifice women's lives to wipe them off the face of the earth.

Or DO they know what they're doing?

"Pray for me. I look at those PP supporters and all I think is, 'How HATEFUL they are!'"

They probably think much the same when they see your own group of campaigners.

"That hates the poor and the disabled and minorities so much they're willing to sacrifice women's lives to wipe them off the face of the earth."

Is that straw I see inside your target?

Suricou Raven, I've been responding to your comments of 3 days ago here, http://www.prolifeblogs.com/articles/archives/2007/09/hannitys_americ.php

Do you have any thoughts in reply to what I've written you there?

Actually I wandered away, concluding it unproductive to debate on so many fronts at once. And intending shortly to leave here, for the same reason ive left other blogs in the past - because joining discussions full of such hatred, while enjoyable, is also extremally stressful and brings out parts of my personality I am not very proud of.

Besides, its obvious that you have no interest in actual facts, only in a return to your imagined past when sex outside of marriage didn't exist and every single pregnency was considered a blessing.

So published newspaper reports (with headlines, reporters' names, dates and quotes from police and court records); the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons; The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute; the National Physicians Center for Family Resources; a 1996 American Cancer Society pamphlet; a CDC researcher now working for American Cancer Society, 3 other epidemiologists (including one at the National Institutes of Health); Dr. Clark Heath, then a VP at the ACS; Harvard's Dr. Brian MacMahon and Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, in the International Journal of Cancer; Dr. Lynn Rosenberg, a Boston University Medical School epidemiologist; Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., F.A.C.S., breast cancer surgeon and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; 3 studies published in major scientific journals between 1997 and 2004; Planned Parenthood's own annual report and the CDC...

are all NOT "actual facts" nor the sources of such "actual facts"??

Your beliefs were proven wrong on so many counts. You dismissed the abortion violence website when all the proof you claimed that wasn't there (to prove that HLI didn't make it up) was right. there. for. you. to. look. at.

You refuse.

You are the one who "has no interest in actual facts." All I was doing was refuting your "many fronts at once" attacks. You didn't respond. You cannot debate with any proofs of your own at all, never mind the "so many fronts at once." You don't want to know anything but what you believe to be true. You don't want to know how wrong those beliefs actually are. You keep on believing that we just pull facts out of thin air, even when we've proven you 1000% wrong on that.

It's so sad that you must cling to your myths and your hatred of us, Raven. We gave you no cause here on this blog, to do either.

Suricou Raven, regarding your unthought-through last comment to Christina ("'That hates the poor and the disabled and minorities so much they're willing to sacrifice women's lives to wipe them off the face of the earth.' Is that straw I see inside your target?")...

No, it's cold hard fact. She posted the quotes in this other combox ( http://www.prolifeblogs.com/articles/archives/2007/09/what_percentage.php#comments ) that prove what she wrote is in fact true: that PP was founded to and continues to hate the poor, disabled and minorities so much that they want to wipe them off the face of the earth buy aborting and otherwise limiting the offspring they have.

You simply have no idea of the real truth. Worse, you still cling to the notion that as long as it comes from a prolifer's mouth or pen, it simply HAS to be false.

"The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge."

That is what you have, SR, the illusion of knowledge. This isn't about you being right or me being right. I wish to God I was wrong, and Christina was wrong. That doesn't diminish the facts we've been trying to inform you about.

You just don't want to know them.

correction: "by aborting and otherwise..."




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