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Racketeer for Life: Fighting the Culture of Death from the Sidewalk to the Supreme Court

by Joseph Scheidler

Joseph Scheidler, a stalwart pro-life activist, often referred to as the “Godfather of the Pro-Life movement” recently wrote a book recounting his experiences and the history of the evolution of the pro-life movement in the United States, placing the struggle against abortion within the backdrop of other major movements and events in the history of the country. Readers will learn about how the vibrant pro-life movement came to be through this wonderful analysis of the efforts of so many to end this modern day holocaust of abortion through peaceful, non-violent efforts.

Mr. Scheidler has fought for the unborn since the Supreme Court allowed abortion on demand in the 1973 Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton rulings. He was the target of a lawsuit brought by the National Organization for Women under federal racketeering laws. Found guilty in 1998, Scheidler triumphed twice in appeals before the Supreme Court in 2003 and again in 2006.

Racketeer for Life explains how this former Benedictine monk and journalism professor was drawn into pro-life activism and describes his part in the history of the pro-life movement in the United States. Conversations, protests, and battles with clinic directors, doctors, politicians, judges, media personalities, and even other pro-lifers are woven together in this engaging account of the efforts of Scheidler and other activists to publicize the horrors of abortion, influence legislation, and, ultimately, to save lives.

Pro-life work has taken Scheidler around the globe. He has crossed paths with some of the most famous leaders in recent decades, from President Ronald Reagan to St. John Paul II, as well as several local activists in California, including a few who have been long time members of California Right to Life Educational Fund.

While reading the book you will: join sit-ins at abortion clinics, take part in rallies, listen to heated debates, and sit in a federal courtroom with one of the most dedicated warriors in the fight for the unborn as he shares his energy, wit, and faith in this engaging memoir.

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