Pro-Life Tour Returns to Plainfield Friday
The Pro-Life Action League will bring its ‘Face the Truth’ tour to busy intersections in Plainfield, Joliet, Shorewood.
For the seventh year, the Pro-Life Action League will return to Plainfield with its “Face the Truth” tour, with demonstrators standing at heavily traveled intersections holding up sometimes graphic signs to share their anti-abortion message.
The tour be at the intersection of Route 59 and Caton Farm Road from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 6.
The demonstration will be the group’s third stop in the Joliet area on Friday. Demonstrations are also set from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Jefferson Street and Larkin Avenue in Joliet, and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Route 59 and Black Road in Shorewood.
The Pro-Life Action League is known for its outspoken opposition to abortion, including demonstrations featuring often graphic images of aborted fetuses. The group also takes part in prayer vigils and what it refers to as “sidewalk counseling” for women and couples outside abortion clinics.
Members of St. Mary Immaculate Church’s Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council will host the Pro-Life Action League during its stop in Plainfield, offering a luncheon for volunteers from 1:20 to 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Knights of Columbus member Ted Castro Sr. said warning signs will be located three-quarters of a mile before the demonstration site to alert motorists to the graphic abortion images.
“The Pro-Life Action League wants to show the realities of what happens to an aborted baby,” Castro said.
A common objection to the Face the Truth demonstrations comes from parents who do not want their small children to see images of aborted fetuses. The group’s website offers the following response to concerns regarding children seeing the signs:
While they may find the pictures disturbing as they pass by, we see no evidence that any real harm is done. In fact, a child who sees the truth about abortion may be spared grave harm later in life by avoiding any involvement with abortion.
Castro said he doesn’t foresee any traffic issues, and believes motorists will have ample time to turn around to avoid the signs if that’s their choice.
But not all the signs will be graphic, Castro stressed. Demonstrators will also display images of beautiful babies, he said.
“My wife makes some beautiful signs,” Castro said. “There’s going to be a lot of good signs … They ain’t all bad.”
Anyone who would like to volunteer as a demonstrator is invited to meet up with Pro-Life Action League members at any of the local Face the Truth tour stops.
Castro said volunteers will be given a hat or T-shirt and a sign to hold. The group is also prepared for the expected high temperatures, with plenty of water to pass out to demonstrators.