Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood

"Youth for Truth" Stand Up Against Planned Parenthood

Posted by Eric Scheidler on Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Youth for Truth Rally -- Click for larger version

Yesterday's "Youth for Truth" Rally out at the Planned Parenthood site was a spectacular success. All 500 T-shirts were given away, and many teen will have to wait until the next Youth for Truth event to get theirs.

Hundreds of parents, grandparents and younger siblings came out to support the teens. It was a great day. (Click the image above for a larger version.)

As kids arrived at the event starting at about 12:30, they were given a T-shirt (until they ran out), and then invited to pray in the ongoing Vigil; join the swelling picket line along New York Street; or hold a large, stationary sign on Oakhurst or New York. Students came from Aurora West, Aurora East, Waubonsee, Aurora Central Catholic, Rosary, Marmion, Aurora Christian and other area high schools. Students also came from Aurora University, Illinois State and other colleges.

Drivers passing the large signs along the north side of New York first saw an eight week unborn baby, then a little born baby, and finally a toddler—a quick lesson in the continuity of human life. Along Oakhurst, large signs of Jesus holding a tiny aborted baby read alternately, "Abortion Kills His Children" and "Jesus Forgives and Heals." At it's height, the picket line on the south side of New York boasted 400 teens and their families.

At 1:30, the huge crowd gathered around a small stage at the corner of Oakhurst and New York to hear some talks by three of the teens involved in planning the event—Danny Schleitwiler, Sean Grismer and Mary Kate Guest—and a moving testimony by Yvonne Florczak-Seeman, who have five abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics before finding Christ's forgiveness. She called on the teens to embrace chastity with all their hearts.

Then pro-life Illinois State Senator Chris Lauzen spoke to the teens about the importance of the political fight for life, and I offered a few words about the crucial role of activism—putting out convictions into action—before leading the crowd back into formation on the picket line.

After the speeches, a Christian teen band set up on Oakhurst with a generator and played worship and praise music as the picket and prayer vigil continued to the north and south. At 3:00 all the signs came down, as scheduled, but many teens stayed on to visit and pray together.

Kudos to Danny, Mary Kate, Sean and all the youth who put together this event in less than two weeks' time. You showed Planned Parenthood that you utterly reject their lies. You are a powerful and inspiring testimony that young people are capable of chastity and self-sacrifice.

God bless Youth for Truth!

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12 Responses to “"Youth for Truth" Stand Up Against Planned Parenthood”

  1. Mike says:

    Congratulations on the huge turnout for the Youth For Truth Rally!

    The turnout at all these events have been incredible! I have been scoping many Pro-Life Blogs and the internet about the fight against the opening of the Aurora Planned Parenthood Abortuary and everyone is talking about it. I really believe it is now "National News" on the internet!


    I just wanted to remind everyone of the next big event for the fight against the opening of Aurora Planned Parenthood…


    Most Reverend J. Peter Sartain, Bishop of Joliet, has requested a day of prayer and penance on Friday, September 7th, for the promotion of a Culture of Life and an end to abortion. As one of many responses to this request, a Candlelight Vigil will be held at the Planned Parenthood Aurora abortion site on that day, starting at 9:15PM. The facility is located at 3051 E. New York St., Aurora, IL.

    This special Vigil will unite Catholics from the Joliet Diocese and all people of good will in public witness to the power of prayer.

    The Vigil provides a supplement to–not a replacement for–the many parish commemorations of the September 7th day of prayer and penance.


    September 2nd, 2007 at 8:15 pm
  2. Jane says:

    It is awesome to see what good God has wrought from the potential opening of this clinic. Truly Catholics and other Christians all over the nation are united in the fight for the culture of life. What the Devil has meant for evil, God has turned to good. I have been keeping my readers abreast of the situation on my blog and many have linked to it in support of the Fox Valley area pro-lifers. Do you have (or is it possible to create?) a button that people could post on their blogs/websites that would-in a single click-direct them to this site? Just an idea…if only God had given me a little more in the computer skills department. ;-)


    September 2nd, 2007 at 8:27 pm
  3. Net says:

    Yes, the rally was awesome … we were there too … here's a video link …

    September 3rd, 2007 at 10:41 am
  4. Laurie Paulson says:

    Oh what a BLESSING it was on Saturday to see our YOUTH in ACTION!

    I am an alum (1982) –not so youthful–but I sure felt it from my Alma Mater AURORA CENTRAL–How proud you all have made us–especially Danny and Margaret!

    Thank you—Thank you–I hope my little 1 year old –Jakob Thomas can turn out to follow in your footsteps–and my stepsons Ben and Tim –What a GREAT EXAMPLE of JESUS CHRIST and my hero–Mother Theresa!

    Love you guys and keep up this great effort–YOU are OUR FUTURE!!!

    Sincerely–whatever you need from me or my family–do not hesitate to call my cell–630-615-8956–I have a very, very large extended Christian Family!!

    Laurie Meisch-Paulson

    September 3rd, 2007 at 10:46 am
  5. Laurie Paulson says:

    P.S.– Don't forget the Tuesday September 11th City
    Council meeting at 6P.M.–Let's pack the place more than ever before!

    —–Til all hours if NECESSARY!

    Very reliable sources tell me the last Pro-Life city council meeting was the longest meeting at City Hall in the whole HISTORY of this great CITY OF LIGHTS—known as AURORA!!!

    —That says something Mr. Mayor!!! Thank you Chris Beykrich, as always, Rick Lawrence, Stephanie, Alderman-At Large Richard Irvin and Shekita–right??

    Let's get on board: Lynda Elmore, Abby Schuler, Juany, Bob O'Connor, and even you–Mr. Leroy Keith!!!

    Let's do the right thing for this great City—AURORA–I know my DAD would have done so!!!


    Laurie Meisch-Paulson

    September 3rd, 2007 at 10:55 am
  6. Donna Wilson says:


    September 3rd, 2007 at 10:55 am
  7. Mike says:

    Here's another You Tube video posted on my thread by Netty313……h-rally-9.html

    (Post# 37)


    September 3rd, 2007 at 6:50 pm
  8. Mike says:

    Here's yet another You Tube Video of the Youth Rally Against Planned Parenthood in Aurora, IL

    Doesn't "Un-Planned Un-Parenthood" seem to be a more fitting name? Once again, the name "Planned Parenthood" is terminology used for deception!


    September 3rd, 2007 at 7:52 pm
  9. Gina says:

    Just wanted to thank for their coverage of story. They did a fantastic job of covering another deception by developer Bigelow Homes and Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner on the murder of the oldest drive-in theater in Illinois last year (Bigelow paid Weisner $6,500 in campaign cash).

    The local newspaper is very liberal and sides with deception, but reaches all the movers and shakers in the area and is read by all the political leaders, so their coverage is critical.

    September 4th, 2007 at 1:37 am
  10. Mary Lu Guest says:

    My apologies to all the youth at the rally for not getting pictured in the Beacon News. It doesn't surprise me that the photo they chose was of a seemingly lone person seated on a deserted burm oblivious to the rally but carrying on doing her own thing. Margaret was shocked to see herself in the paper's photo as we all were. Inactuality, she brought to front that nurses are called to be pro-life and our routine life (even homework) and our very being must be saturated by the pro-life stance. God bless and protect all our youth.

    September 9th, 2007 at 9:48 pm
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