Joseph M. Scheidler is National Director of the Pro-Life Action League, a national pro-life educational and activist organization headquartered in Chicago. Joe left a career in public relations to become a full-time pro-life activist shortly after the U. S. Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade opinion in 1973.
When his brand of on-the-streets direct action met with resistance from established pro-life organizations, he and his wife, Ann decided to found the Pro-Life Action League in 1980. It has been said that Joseph Scheidler defined pro-life direct action.
Father of Pro-Life Activism Joe Scheidler was called the “Green Beret” of the pro-life movement by syndicated columnist Patrick Buchanan. His wrote the book on fighting abortion, CLOSED: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion, in 1985 and updated it in 1993. Joe produced the videos Meet the Abortion Providers and Abortion: The Inside Story, featuring former abortionists who testify to what really goes on in the abortion clinics.
Joe also produced the definitive video on sidewalk counseling, No Greater Joy, and Face the Truth, an 11-minute video on a unique, highly visible pro-life demonstration using large graphic abortion posters to bring the truth about abortion to the American public.
To celebrate the League’s 25th Anniversary, Joe produced the video, Action Speaks Louder Than Words, a chronicle of the Pro-Life Action League’s activities and the importance of pro-life activism.
His memoir of more than forty years as a pro-life activist, Racketeer for Life, is scheduled for publication in November 2016.
NOW v Scheidler
Joe Scheidler was 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. After a seven-week trial, 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 continued to wrangle over the details of the final judgment in district court and did not finally conclude until 2014, when NOW was finally required to pay final costs to the Pro-Life Action league.
A Dynamic Speaker and Media Guest
Joe Scheidler is a stimulating and controversial guest on radio and TV interviews and talk shows and has appeared on more than a thousand programs including: ABC News Nightline, Donahue, Crossfire, Face the Nation, Good Morning America, MacNeil/Lehrer Report, The O’Reilly Factor and others. He has written many guest columns for newspapers such as USA Today and The Wanderer and has published articles in several national publications.
Joe is a dynamic speaker on the moral dimensions of the abortion issue and the effectiveness of direct action. Nationwide, he has spoken in more than 1,000 towns and cities since 1980, in 48 of the fifty states and has conducted on-site workshops and lectures in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, and Italy.
Joe Scheidler is a recognized expert on the abortion culture, sidewalk counseling, the spiritual dimension of pro-life activism, fetal experimentation, working with the media, the responsibility of the church to fight abortion, battling the courts and the need for a return to morality.
In July 2014 Joe launched a radio talk program on Catholic radio, with weekly commentary on life and culture.
The Remnant Awakening was birthed during a prayer meeting at Grace & Truth Church. Its purpose was to take a stand for the Word of God, and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a Nation that has fallen away from the truth of God’s Word.
- The Remnant Awakening desires to hold fast to their freedom as Americans to live their Christian faith without obstruction from the Government or any other institution that would try to take away that freedom.
- To actively be involved in overturning the ungodly law of Roe v Wade, and to put an end to the horrific evil of abortion.
- To proclaim and maintain the sanctity of marriage as between 1 man and 1 woman.
- To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ with love, mercy, and grace. To be compassionate, but strong, in our defense of the gospel, and to be a light in the darkness of a Nation given over to the things of this world.
The founding members of the Remnant Awakening are:
Pastor Jim Lupis
Pastor Joni Lupis
Reverend James Nemley
Jean Marie Prince
In January 2016, Pastors Jim and Joni Lupis, and other members of Remnant, were on their way to Washington D.C. for the March for Life — their cars were packed and their hotel rooms were booked. The night before they left, Pastor Joni got a message from a pro-lifer who was to speak in Washington at the March. She told her not to come because a huge snow was taking over Washington and many who were already there were leaving the area. The group was so disappointed. Many who were going by bus, told Pastor Lupis the buses were canceled. They were all disappointed. Pastor Joni began to pray and the Lord answered her and told her to have a March For Life New York. On January 24, 2016 Pastor Joni began to work day and night, and on April 30, 2016, we had our first March for Life New York!!!
The Founders of March For Life New York and MFLNY Radio are:
Pastor Joni Lupis-President/Founder
VP -Andy White
VP -James Nemley
Secretary/ Treasurer Pastor Jim Lupis
Pastor Joni Lupis
Pastor Jim Lupis
Rev. James Nemley
Camera man -Joe Cipriano
We thank you for all the work you do to defend the lives of the unborn. Just as E. A. Bucchianeri said, “Abortion should be listed as a weapon of mass destruction against the voiceless.” We at March For Life New York have prayerfully set the following goals:
1. To teach the masses about the crime of killing unborn babies!
2. To introduce the world to the awesome organizations that the Lord has raised up to enter into the battle!
3. To create a large coalition of like-minded Pro-Lifers to end abortion. Roe must go!!!
This is how we approached number 1. We have created the radio program, “March For Life New York Radio,” to help educate the world of the horrors of abortion. The show can be found at, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/march4lifeny-radio.
This is how we approached number 2. Many of you have appeared on our radio show and have made the world aware of what’s going on with abortion and how your organization is battling on the front. We truly appreciate what you do and we want the global Pro-Life movement to support you. To that end we have simulcasted our radio show to enlarge our reach. This can be found at, https://www.facebook.com/march4lifeNY/
This is how we approached number 3. For us to create a large coalition of Pro-Lifers we require your help. We’re asking you to reach out to your constituents and let them know about our radio show, March For Life New York Radio, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/march4lifeny-radio, and ask them to go to the link and follow the show. We would also like for them to follow our simulcast, https://www.facebook.com/march4lifeNY/. We are also asking you to have them go to our website, http://marchforlifeny.org/ to see how they can get involved.
Finally, we truly want to promote your programs and activities throughout our medium. If you would like for us to announce an event that your organization is sponsoring e-mail us at email@example.com no later than 5 days before our Monday air dates. Make sure you include all your contact info as well as your website address.
“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”
Please speak out for life!
“Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.” James,1:22
“If I say to the wicked man, you shall surely die; and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his wicked conduct so that he may live: that wicked man shall die for his sin, but I will hold you responsible for his death.” Ezekiel (3:18)
Joe Scheidler &
March for Life New York
Congratulations and Thank You
for all you do for the sanctity of life!
Your friends at
The Northern Westchester and Putnam Center for Life
PO Box 111, Katonah, NY 10536 (914) 232-1168
Congratulations & Thank You
March for Life New York
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.
Your Friends at
Westchester – Putnam Right to Life Committee
PO Box 157, Katonah, New York 10536 (914) 232-1168