Posts Tagged ‘Life Always’

Heroic Media using Google to divert abortion-seekers, violating the search engine’s policy

Posted on: September 29th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick 1 Comment

Image by: Matt MahurinAnti-abortion-rights media group Heroic Media recently launched a new online strategy that violates Google policy.

The Texas-based organization — best known for erecting controversial billboards with phrases such as, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb” – re-designed its website in late July, launching a new method of deterring women from getting abortions. (more…)

Abby Johnson adds to anti-abortion-rights résumé with new blogging gig

Posted on: June 22nd, 2011 by Sofia Resnick No Comments

Former Planned Parenthood clinic director and converted anti-abortion rights activistAbby Johnson has a new credential to add to her post-Planned Parenthood résumé: anti-abortion-rights blogger.

This week the anti-abortion-rights blog founder and editor Steven Erteltannounced that Johnson will be “guest-blogging” on the site, to join the slew of LifeNews guest bloggers also involved in the anti-abortion-rights movement: Bill Saunders (senior vice president of legal affairs at Americans United for Life), David Prentice (senior fellow for life sciences at Family Research Council), Kristan Hawkins (executive director of Students for Life of America), Gerard Nadal (micro-/molecular-biology professor, editor of Center for Morality in Public Life, “fourth degree Knight of Columbus“) and Luis Zaffirini(administrative assistant for National Right to Life), and Maura Butler (staff writer at Susan B. Anthony List).

Since resigning her position as clinic director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas, Johnson has been avidly networking with anti-abortion-rights organizations across the country. She is currently chief research strategist for Live Action, Lila Rose’s anti-abortion rights groups behind the undercover sting videos about Planned Parenthood. She is also on the board of Life Always, a Texas-based anti-abortion-rights media group, affiliated with Heroic Media, which was recently responsible for controversial anti-abortion billboards in New York City, Chicago and Austin, Texas.

Johnson frequently speaks at fundraisers and on strategic webcasts for anti-abortion organizations such as 40 Days for Life, Students for Life of America and Focus on the Family. She is scheduled as a guest speaker at the upcoming annual Right to Life convention beginning Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla., after which she is scheduled to begin a three-week tour in Australia with Australia Right to Life, according to her touring schedule.

“Abby Johnson’s life story demonstrates the power of forgiveness, the power of transformation, and the power of the pro-life message to resonate with someone who some people may consider to be unreachable because of her former position guiding a local abortion business,” Ertelt is quoted in the initial LifeNews article welcoming Johnson (Ertelt is also attributed as the author of the post). “With her insider’s knowledge of the abortion industry and with a heart that now yearns to protect ‘the least of these,’ we know Abby will inform and motivate people with her LifeNews columns.”

Describing her credentials to blog on abortion rights issues, Johnson is quoted in the article as saying:

“For 8 years, I was a student of the pro-life movement. Part of my job was to follow the latest legislative updates and trends. Never in my life would I have believed I would one day be contributing to the most popular pro-life news source in our country. I am very excited about the opportunity to write about issues that matter to me and also give others an insider’s perspective into the abortion industry. … I look forward to providing information that will expose the myths and deceit sold to so many who are involved in our abortion culture.”

According to Ertelt, LifeNews is visited by more than 500,000 people around the world every week.

Like the guest bloggers, LifeNews staff members are also organized in the anti-abortion rights movement.

  • Steven Ertelt, who according to his biography on the LifeNews website, has been writing “pro-life” news online since 1993, is on the board of directors of Colorado Citizens for Life. He is a former president of Right to Life of Wyoming, a former executive director of Montana Right to Life, a former public affairs director for Indiana Right to Life, and a former president of Students for Life of America.
  • Julie Ertelt is the business manager at, as well as the secretary for Colorado Citizens for Life and a former board member for LifeChoice Pregnancy Center.
  • Jim Anderson operates Radio, currently with at Sacred Heart Radio in Seattle and has served on campaigns for gubernatorial and state legislative candidates with anti-abortion rights agendas in Washington state.
  • Maria Vitale is a LifeNews opinion columnist, as well as the public relations director for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.
  • Laura Echevarria is another LifeNews opinion columnist who was formerly the media relations director for the National Right to Life Committee
  • Andrew Bair is LifeNews’ political reporter, as well as a legislative assistant for the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.

In her first blog for LifeNews as a guest blogger, “Hands That Helped Abortions Now Extend to Unborn Children,” Johnson explains her career shift: “I watched a baby struggle for its life during the abortion. That’s why I do what I do now.”

Johnson uses hands as a metaphor to explain her anti-abortion rights work, as she traces the beginning of her supposed conversion to the moment when her hands held an ultrasound probe for the ultrasound-guided abortion she claims to have witnessed in 2009.

These nicely manicured hands were responsible for the loss of life. … These were the same hands that held my baby close when she cried. The same hands that that held on to hers when she was learning to walk. Were these really the same hands holding on to this ultrasound probe?  … For thousands of women, my hands will bring back hurtful memories. My hands have done terrible things. But then I am reminded of something beautiful. We are told in Scripture that we are “the hands and feet of Christ.” No one has more beautiful hands than Christ. And His hands are now mine…if I accept His challenge.

Heroic Media-affiliated Life Always unveils new ad starring Abby Johnson

Posted on: April 20th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

Life Always, a branch of controversial group Heroic Media, unveiled a new ad on Tuesday, this one starring former Planned Parenthood director turned anti-choice activist Abby Johnson. #

In an email sent out to supporters Tuesday, Life Always board member Rev. Derek McCoy touted the importance of the ad, which he said is already being run on MSNBC and Fox News. #

Calling her a “courageous woman,” McCoy wrote that Johnson left Planned Parenthood in order to expose the truth about the organization’s “reliance on abortion income.” #

The ad is not likely to see the controversy that has come as a result of other Life Always ads, but this one is still directed at Planned Parenthood, enemy No. 1 for the group and its sister organization, Heroic Media: #

As you can imagine, the pro-abortion crowd is doing all they can to silence her. Planned Parenthood filed a restraining order to keep her from talking. Activists are launching character attacks. But she will not be silenced. Her message is too important. #

A blurb on the Life Always website ( says that Planned Parenthood’s claims that 83 percent of its clients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy are mere attempts at minimizing its role in the abortion industry: “If we kill a pet, it’s a crime, yet if Planned Parenthood ends the life of a baby, it’s defended as ‘a woman’s right to choose.’ Where’s the outrage?” #

Johnson is slated to speak at Care Net’s National Pregnancy Center Conference in Orlando in September. #

Chicago anti-abortion ad elicits mixed response from South Side: anger, reflection, defiance

Posted on: April 4th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick No Comments

Image by: Matt MahurinLife Always’ latest anti-abortion billboards — called by some opponents racist for their messages targeted at the African-American communities — are still standing in Chicago; unlike their counterpart in New York City. But the billboards haven’t been left alone by those who oppose their messages and the campaign they stand for. (more…)

Arizona outlaws race/gender-based abortions

Posted on: March 30th, 2011 by The American Independent No Comments

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Tuesday signed a bill that makes abortions “based on the sex or race of the fetus” a felony in the state of Arizona. #

According to The Arizona Republic, the new law specifically targets abortion providers. It allows the biological father of a fetus — or the mother’s parents, if the mother is underage — to press charges against the person who administers the procedure if it was sought because of the fetus’ race or sex. #

House Bill 2443 was signed in the wake of billboard campaigns linking abortion rates to race. Anti-choice groups based in Texas have put up billboards targeting African-American women all over the country (including Jacksonville) and most recently in Chicago. #

State legislators in Arizona opposed to the new law said there is no statistical evidence that there is a problem in the state with race- or gender-based abortions. #

If a doctor or provider is convicted, he or she could face up to seven years in prison and have his or her medical license revoked. #

Anti-abortion Obama billboard in Chicago, for now

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick 2 Comments

UPDATE: March 30: Life Always erected three, not one, billboards in Chicago Tuesday; the three are identical and joined side-by-side.

Barack Obama is back in Chicago, looking over the South Side of the city from three consecutive billboards above an empty lot on 58th and State streets.

As The American Independent previously reported, this is Texas-based Life Always‘ latest anti-abortion billboard campaign (more…)

New anti-abortion billboard targeting blacks to debut in Chicago, this one starring Obama

Posted on: March 28th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick No Comments

This article has been updated to clarify the relationship between Life Always and Heroic Media.

Not shying away from controversy, anti-abortion rights media group Life Always, which shares the same owner as anti-abortions rights media group Heroic Media, has come up with a new anti-abortion billboard campaign targeting the African-American community, this one featuring President Barack Obama’s face and the slogan: “Every 21 minutes, our next possible leader is aborted,” as the Huffington Post initially reported.

Life Always issued a press release on Monday announcing the new billboard campaign, which will be paired with a press conference in Chicago scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m., featuring two Life Always board directors, pastor Stephen Broden and the Rev. Derek McCoy, along with the Rev. Caesar Le Flore and the Rev. Isaac Hayes.

The first of approximately 30 billboards displaying the president’s image will be erected during the conference at an empty parking lot at 5812 S. State St., on Tuesday at 11 a.m., said Life Always spokesperson Marissa Gabrysch. The others will begin popping up around the president’s hometown — specifically in heavily concentrated African-American neighborhoods on the South Side.

The billboard is the product of, a project of Life Always. Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson and Heroic Media founder Brian Follet are also on the Life Always board of directors.

Earlier this year, The Texas Independentreported that Life Always had erected a billboard in Manhattan read, “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb,” with an image of the young African-American girl in the foreground. Life Always took down the billboard after it prompted outrage from local residents and agreed to stop using the image of the girl after her mother protested.

Another Texas anti-abortion group targets African-Americans in the Northeast

Posted on: March 22nd, 2011 by Patrick Brendel 2 Comments

Image by Matt MahurinAnother Texas anti-abortion rights group is stirring up controversy in the Northeast with marketing materials targeting African-Americans.

In late February, a New York City billboard by Austin-based Life Always (more…)