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Anti-abortion leaders plot demise of Planned Parenthood clinics
By Justin Kmitch | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/19/2008 12:12 AM

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About 50 anti-abortion leaders from across the country gathered in Rosemont Thursday to plot the demise of Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation.

The "Planned Parenthood: BAD for America" summit was organized by Chicago's Pro-Life Action League so anti-abortion advocates could share techniques that they believe will lead to the closure of all clinics.

The league credits itself with closing eight abortion clinics "in Chicago alone and nearly 100 across the country."

Following Thursday's conference, League spokesman Eric Scheidler said the group's mission for the coming year will be to educate taxpayers about the "hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars" that Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization, "gobbles up" while performing abortions across the country.

Scheidler said the group also will work harder to educate the black community about other options available to them.

"African-Americans have far more abortions than any other group," Scheidler said. "But that's because Planned Parenthood targets them so much more than the rest of the population."

Scheidler said visitors to Planned Parenthood clinics can expect to see more people praying for them outside of the facilities.

"We really are going to take a multifaceted approach to this," he said. "But most importantly we will be bringing anti-abortion Americans out to fight (Planned Parenthood) on their land."

Scheidler led the effort last year to oppose the opening of the Planned Parenthood facility in Aurora and has advised other anti-abortion groups around the nation on mobilizing grassroots resistance.

The Aurora facility currently is open as a lawsuit in DuPage County questioning the legality of the clinic awaits a hearing date.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois spokeswoman Sara Knaub said Thursday that she was not aware of the conference and declined to comment.