SCOOP: $7.5 mil libel lawsuit against Planned Parenthood/Steve Trombley to be filed Tuesday

breaking.jpgOn behalf of a number of Aurora citizens who took part in the 40 day prayer vigil, Tom Brejcha of the Thomas More Society will file a $7.5 million lawsuit against Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area and its CEO Steve Trombley Tuesday.

The lawsuit is in response to Trombley's September 4 letter to Aurora aldermen, which he also sent to the Aurora Beacon....

In it he included "those who oppose" the PP Aurora facility in his false condemnation of Joe Scheidler and the Pro-Life Action League as having a "well-documented history of advocating violence against both persons and property."

Trombley further implicated Aurora protesters when he stated in that letter:

Does it truly come as a surprise, then, that as we complied with all legal and public disclosure requirements, we simultaneously sought to keep this private while the construction was proceeding because the zealots who have been opposing our new facility have a well-documented history of violence and criminal activity?

According to Brejcha in a phone interview this morning:

If you look at the letter to aldermen, Trombley included those in Aurora who oppose the clinic in his general smear. Whatever these people are, they are one removed from Scheidler and the League. And the answer on whether Scheidler and the League are violent was answered by the Supreme Court 8-1 and 8-0. Trombley took even that false assertion a step further.

The lawsuit will be filed in Kane County. The amount corresponds with PP's stated value of its Aurora mill.

On September 7, Brejcha sent Trombley a letter demanding he retract or face "legal redress."

Trombley/PP responded by placing a full page ad in the Beacon on September 10 making the same charges, complete with a photo of an arsoned MI Planned Parenthood building.


If lifers are actually trying to get anything done, a libel suit is a TERRIBLE way to go. The country has a massivly long history of making it next to impossible to ever convict on a libel charge. The Zenger case pretty much annihilated it.

How was everyone's weekend?

Posted by: Erin at September 24, 2007 9:09 AM

Erin, advice from a pro-abort against suing a fellow pro-abort for libel on false charges he smeared hundreds of pro-lifers as violent falls on my deaf ears.

My weekend was great. My Monday is even better.

Posted by: Jill Stanek at September 24, 2007 9:13 AM

You really can sue for anything these days. Looks like some people are just in it to make some extra cash.

Posted by: Edyt at September 24, 2007 9:25 AM

Edyt, your comment was so rich with irony - and the fact you don't even get it makes it that much richer.

Posted by: Jill Stanek at September 24, 2007 9:29 AM

Yeah, Trombley's not in it to make extra cash. He donates his services because he care about women's healthcare. Of course, he doesn't care about the health of unborn women. The abortionist aren't in it for the cash either. Abortion is a 450 million a year industry( and they donate all the money they make to women's and children's charities.

Posted by: Carrie at September 24, 2007 10:03 AM

Joe Scheidler has three convictions for violent and destructive acts. They didn't arrest and jail him for serving white wine with beef:

After resounding defeats in Congress, the courts and public opinion, the anti-abortion movement changes tactics, aiming to put abortion providers and clinics out of business through intimidation and violence. Joe Scheidler, Andrew Scholberg and a handful of other self-described "radical" anti-abortion leaders form a nationwide coalition named PLAN—the Pro-Life Action Network. Scheidler vows to stop abortion "by any means necessary" and calls PLAN the "pro-life mafia." In the midst of a rash of clinic arsons and bombings, PLAN proclaims "a year of pain and fear" for anyone seeking or providing abortion.

NOW urges President Reagan, the U.S. Justice Department, Congress and local law enforcement agencies to vigorously investigate clinic terrorism and bring anti-abortion criminals to justice. Government and authorities either ignore NOW's pleas or claim they are powerless to do anything.

Mar. 26, 1986
Members of PLAN invade a clinic in Pensacola, Fla., throwing the clinic administrator down the stairs, injuring a NOW chapter president and wrecking medical equipment, forcing the clinic out of business for several days. Joe Scheidler stands outside during the invasion, praising those who went in and taking credit for the mayhem.

Posted by: Laura at September 24, 2007 11:00 AM

Whether that be the case or not, the Planned Parenthood ads did not simply target Joe and PLAL, but rather the entire mass of pro-life protestors in Aurora. This includes Eric Scheidler and the Fox Families Against Planned Parenthood, who are strong advocates (as is Joe and PLAL) of peaceful non-violent protest. The peaceful demonstrators of Aurora should not be defamed in public by PP. It's a cheap tactic and it is libel. They should be held accountable.

Posted by: Drew at September 24, 2007 11:18 AM

Laura, let's see the context of those quotes you posted by Joe Scheidler.

Posted by: Bethany at September 24, 2007 11:25 AM

Jill- I'm not stating anything about the actual case. I'm just saying that libel never goes anywhere. Libel suits are impossible to prove in almost every situation. Especially considering the legal precedents for libel cases.

Posted by: Erin at September 24, 2007 11:39 AM

Wait a minute-
The Supreme Court NEVER ruled that Scheidler wasn't a violent terrorist, they just ruled that he coulnd't be convicted on RICO statutes used to battle interstate organized crime.

Some of Sheidler's greatest hits:

• "Scheidler (along with a handful of other anti-abortion leaders) formed PLAN – the Pro Life Action Network. Scheidler called PLAN the 'pro-life mafia' and proclaimed 'a year of pain and fear' for anyone seeking or providing abortion.

• "After a six-week trial in 1998, a jury in Chicago unanimously found that the Pro-Life Action League Network orchestrated 121 crimes involving acts of threats of force or violence against women's health facilities that offered abortion. These crimes proven at trial included beating a post-operative ovarian surgery patient over the head with a sign, knocking her unconscious and causing her to bleed from the sutures in her abdomen; seizing a clinic administrator by the throat, choking and bruising her; and slamming a clinic staff member and volunteer against the stairs (sending them to a hospital and causing permanent injuries) and destroying medications and equipment. Joe Scheidler personally praised the individuals who carried out some of these misdeeds, even taking credit for them...."

Posted by: Laura at September 24, 2007 11:57 AM

RICO, "any person or group who commits any of 2 of 35 crimes (27 fed and 8 state) within a ten year period and in opinion of US attorney, has committed those crimes with similiar purpose of results." Two of those crimes could be fraud and extortion("occurs when a person either obtains money,property, or services through coercion or intimidation or threatens one with physical or REPUTATIONAL harm unless paid money or property."). Sound like what PP did in Aurora.

Posted by: Carrie at September 24, 2007 12:30 PM

Does anyone know what the word exonerate means? Ill give you a hint, from Merriam-Webster is means, “to clear from accusation or blame.”

It seems silly to me, that the NOW would file such half-baked charges in the first place; without acquiring a conviction on any of the 121 acts which they allege took place. But I guess this is what we come to expect from PP and the NOW: a bunch of trumped up charges whose only purpose is to incite people into believing in their cause. If they could have proven any one of these cases individually, on their own merits, they wouldn’t need to file the RICO charges. But instead, this was their last ditch effort at inciting the public.

It’s no wonder this case was successful defended, and defeated, twice. It’s also worth noting that these charges have not been re-filed. I guess they really don’t have a case after all.

The NOW & PP should be ashamed for what they are selling here.

Posted by: Chuck at September 24, 2007 12:54 PM

They didn't arrest and jail him for serving white wine with beef:

Only because PETA wasn't on the jury list.

Laura, I'd be interested to see the details of those convictions. Do you have charges/dates/places? The two instances in your comment don't seem relevant, as they are not convictions and/or have been overturned.

Posted by: Milehimama at September 24, 2007 1:14 PM

Laura, I'd be interested to see the details of those convictions.

Laura just likes to cut and paste.

Posted by: Jacqueline at September 24, 2007 1:46 PM

Attention Moderators,




Mary Kay (MK)


Please remove Laura's posts.

She is making false statements, misconstruing quotations.

If her identity were known, she could be sued for libel. But why bother, she's a nobody.

In any case, please remove her false statements.

Posted by: Paul at September 24, 2007 3:45 PM

Paul, Jill likes a healthy debate on this site, not taking down posts you disagree with.

Posted by: Hal at September 24, 2007 4:00 PM

I like to read Laura's posts. I enjoy reading the viewpoints of people I disagree with. I believe the debate helps me flesh out my own views. Just my opinion...

Posted by: Carrie at September 24, 2007 4:11 PM

Paul and everyone,

Let's first give Laura a chance to prove what's she's claiming. Of course she won't be able to, and either will Planned Parenthood...but fair is fair.

Second, Hal is correct. Laura has not actually broken any rules. She has simply cut and past what was written by Steve Trombley..

Third, The more Laura opens her mouth, the more she makes the pro choice side look bad. Which is fine by us. Keep talkin' Laura.

Hopefully, the other pro-choicers on this site will get tired of being lumped in with her, and they will speak up...

Fourth, The only harm she is doing is to herself. Joe Scheidler is certainly not being harmed. He's a lot tougher than that.

Fifth, My eyes get exercise that they would not otherwise get if Laura wasn't posting...all that rolling, don't ya know?

Sixth, If that's the worst she can come up, then I feel even more confident that her side is weak and our side is winning.

So sorry, Paul, her comments, for now, will stay. But feel free to respond, in any way you see fit, because as I said, Fair is fair.

Posted by: mk at September 24, 2007 4:23 PM

Seventh, false, rabid, frothidity of the mouth is not on the list of reasons to delete.

Eighth, MK is always right.

Posted by: Jill Stanek at September 24, 2007 4:37 PM

Ninth, being able to refute someone so easily makes me feel even better about myself. :)

Posted by: Jacqueline at September 24, 2007 4:42 PM

Paul, look at it this way. She makes the PC side look ridiculous!!

Posted by: heather at September 24, 2007 4:43 PM

Like so many of the other things PP and/or their supporters have done since we first learned of the deceit that opened the door to their locating here, their posts serve as props that actually make our point sometimes better than we can. Their on line rantings very efficiently reveal the weaknesses of their arguments, and give us an opportunity to understand the culture war we are engaged in.

Posted by: Jerry Nickels at September 24, 2007 5:39 PM

Wait a minute....are they sure they should file this against Planned Parenthood, or should it be Gemini....?????Or wait, have they dreamt up a new LLC yet??? Did Steve change his name legally yet??? My head is spinning!

Posted by: Laura K. at September 24, 2007 6:26 PM

No surprise that Laura's head is spinning...

just like her comments.

Posted by: Paul at September 24, 2007 6:42 PM


While I agree Laura's head is spinning (ala Linda Blair?), the above comment was made by Laura K a prolifer and not Laura the prochoicer...

Just didn't want Laura K's feelings to get hurt.

I think she's making fun of PP and the way they keep trying to get out of things. Changing their name, yet again, so that Tom Brechja won't know who to sue, would be right up their alley...

Posted by: mk at September 24, 2007 6:50 PM


Awwww...but I'm not always right. I remember a time back in, I was right that time too. But there was that time in '74...nope, I was right then too...give me a minute....

Posted by: mk at September 24, 2007 6:53 PM

Oops! Sorry Laura K.

To the other Laura, my comment for you was in the interest of keeping things light.

However, I do unequivocably state that all of your posts above about the Joe Scheidler and the NOW v Scheidler case are false. All of the plaintiff's charges were refuted and nothing that they claimed was proven. This truth was recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court twice.

BTW, the definition of truth is:

The conformity of mind and reality.

Posted by: Paul at September 24, 2007 7:21 PM

And the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

Having sex can get you pregnant.

And Paul, I know Joe Scheidler personally, and I to can attest to the fact that the man is anything but violent! He's a big, lean, loving machine.

Posted by: mk at September 24, 2007 7:25 PM

Does the state have a law against filing frivolous lawsuits?

Posted by: SoMG at September 24, 2007 8:33 PM


I know Joe and Ann personally also. They're my heroes.

Posted by: Paul at September 24, 2007 11:46 PM

SoMG asks,

Does the state have a law against filing frivolous lawsuits?


But it does have a law against asking frivolous questions.

Posted by: Paul at September 24, 2007 11:50 PM

I think Florida has a law against frivolous lawsuits. I bet this libel suit qualifies as one.

Posted by: SoMG at September 25, 2007 12:58 AM

If it were in Florida, I mean. Your law license can be sanctioned.

Posted by: SoMG at September 25, 2007 12:59 AM

I guess we're still waiting for Laura to put her money where her mouth is?

Posted by: Bethany at September 25, 2007 7:02 AM

Speaking of lying, someone, I think it was either Bethany or Heather, recently posted a remark (I can't find the thread; should've marked it) mentioning opposable thumbs as one of about two things separating humankind from other forms of animal life. (I did not say mere animal life...)

Here is another:

"It may sound trite, but truth is all that separates us from the cave. People cannot communicate if they cannot assume that most of what they hear is true. Truth is prerequisite for a society to survive, for capitalism to flourish, and for a system of law to dispense justice, rather than raw power." (Ann Coulter, "High Crimes and Misdemeanors The case against Bill Clinton", p. 111.)

Oh, and speaking of quotes, and of Planned Parenthood, here is a smattering of some from Ravi Zacharias' "Imaginary Conversations" books, "Sense and Sensuality: Jesus talks with Oscar Wilde" and "The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus talks with Hitler", which anyone who hasn’t already read really should:

“You weren’t the first to claim that God was on your side. But claiming it and acting in keeping with His character are two different things. Jesus walked with the weak of this world, the sick, the lame and the blind. You called them weaklings, the refuse of society, and said they had to be done away with. He talked of humility; you talked of pride. He talked of submission; you talked of conquering. He talked of love; you talked of hate. He allowed even those who opposed Him to speak; you silenced even those who just wanted to ask questions. He allowed those who despised Him the freedom to make their choice. For you, the only freedom possible was to implement your plan for world domination.”
“I want to raise a generation of young people, imperious, relentless, and cruel.”
The concentration camps, the Gestapo offices, the gas ovens…no name is more synonymous with power, wickedness, and unprecedented violence…racism, lies, death; then the face of love, individual worth, supreme goodness, power, truth, peace and life in Jesus.

Hall of shame…Gestapo headquarters. “People’s court” was neither for the people nor really a court, but a gathering of robed and uniformed people with the power to kill without feeling. National socialism.

“And alien tears will fill for him
Pity’s long-broken urn,
For his mourners will be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn.

“Look what I’m reduced to: failure, disgrace, poverty, sorrow, despair, suffering, tears even, broken words that come from lips of pain, remorse that makes one walk on thorns, a conscience that condemns, self-abasement that punishes, misery that puts ashes on one’s head, and anguish that chooses sackcloth for its raiment and into its own drink puts gall.”

“I walk these streets every night because this is where life’s biggest mistakes are made. And this is where the most wounded and hurting spirits walk in shells of bodies—the living dead. This is where they begin to forcibly separate what I have joined together. They’re like men walking to their graves in the dark, blinded by these colored lights…to the sepulchers they are being dragged by the seducers of their imagination.
They call these the streets of pleasure. How untrue! How deceitful1 How destructive! I hear more screams from here at daybreak than I do from beds of sickness.”

“…why did you vehemently resist laws that restricted your appetites yet convulse in anger that society didn’t have rules to govern its treatment of prisoners?”

“There are many who cry out to Me in prison, and I visit them. And there are many who visit those in prison in My name. In a strange way, a prison is a microcosm of life itself. . .People find ways to break free, only to find that freedom isn’t so much external as it is internal. When the law is written on one’s heart, it brings freedom. Prison presents a person with the choice to change within and be free or be violent within and remain bound. That may be why so many people meet me there, sensing their own powerlessness to change and longing for a higher law. ..
In all your anger against the system, did you really expect society to turn a blind eye to the youths whom you yourself admitted that you hurt? You demanded of society that it change the way it treats its prisoners. If society has a responsibility toward those who’ve committed crimes against humanity, doesn’t it have a greater responsibility to protect those against whom the crimes are committed?


“Laws are like fences that a community erects for the safety of all. Those who understand best the human capacity for evil understand the need for laws. Those who understand the human heart best see the limitation of laws. I know best the human heart’s ability to twist laws till nobody understands their purpose anymore.”

“Just because society may change its laws governing sexual behavior doesn’t mean the change will be for the better.”

“If society were to change its laws to legitimize the victimization of a race, would you affirm that as good also?”

“You lived as if your life were the dream and your creations were real. When you “awakened,” you found the opposite to be true. My prophet Isaiah tells of a man who was hungry. He dreamed one night that he was feasting at a banquet, only to awaken to the reality that it was all a dream. He was still hungry. He tells of a thirsty man who went to sleep one night and dreamed he was drinking from gushing springs of cool water, only to wake up and find he was still thirsty. Such is the illusion under which a generation flirts with beauty and art and thinks they take precedence over truth. They’ll awaken one day to find that their dream has still left them empty. You see, this is the danger. First, art imitates life. Then life imitates art. Finally, art becomes the very reason for life, and that’s when life breaks down, because life is not fiction…it’s plain, hard fact…there are no exceptions.”

“It is not so much that artistic expression is fiction. It is more that it impinges upon the senses as a reality till the lines become blurred between fact and fiction, picture and passion, truth and action, thinking and living. A picture takes on a life of its own and sometimes supplants life. Humanity ends up worshipping its own idols and then resembling them.”

“Nakedness reduced to art desacralizes the purpose for which the body was made. Nakedness can never be separated from sensuality by the pleasure-driven human heart. And the day it is tried, it reveals not the innocence of the heart, but its corruption.”
“Morality can never be subservient to beauty. It’s the other way around. We see it in the scriptures. Whenever God’s ceremonial law comes into conflict with the moral law, the moral law always wins out. Michelangelo struggled with the unclothed body but justified it by saying he wanted to see man as God sees man. He was not God…It is in vain that men seek within themselves the cure for all their miseries. All their insight leads us only to the knowledge that it is not in ourselves that we discover the true and the good. The philosophers promised them to us, but they were not able to keep their promise. Our principle maladies are pride, which cuts us off from God, and sensuality, which binds us to the earth. If the philosophers have given God to us as an object, it is to make us think we are like Him and resemble Him in our nature. This is the first abyss, to think that we are God. Those who have grasped the vanity of such pretensions have cast us down into the other abyss by leading us to seek our good in lust alone, which is the lot of animals, and makes us no different than the animals.”

“You wanted absolute freedom in creativity but ignored the limitless capacity of the heart to distort purpose. You missed the potential horror of your dream…”

“Professing themselves to be wise, men and women will descend into the depths till humanity will be alone with distorted images. The soul will be shaped by this indescribable power, and who will tame the will then? That’s the strength of imagination; it overpowers reason…”

“Love for the sake of another is at the core of what is right and wrong. That’s at the heart of good laws. Love can never violate the sacred nature of another life.”

“Wanting someone without a commitment is one step away from hate; you exhaust the sensual and then want your potential accuser to just be gone from your life. My laws were designed out of love for each and every person so that none would be abused.”

“Again and again I have left ninety-nine in the careful protection of the fold to go looking for the one in danger.”

“Have you heard of the Valley of Hinnom in Jerusalem?
It got it’s name from Gehenna, meaning “hell”.
Yes, because that’s where some of the kings offered their children as sacrifices in the brazen arms of an idol. The horror of the children screaming as the flames swallowed them up reminded the people of hell. Do you not want Me to care?”

The truth is that whenever a fence is removed, it’s wise to ask why it was put there in the first place. You can take note of that. When the fence that I first set up around sexuality is removed, it is the beginning of a downward spiral. First, a person will victimize himself, then he will victimize others, and then his very own children—until what was meant to be enjoyed in the sacredness of marriage, in an act of maturity, is reduced to the purely sensual. Ultimately, children will be sacrificed at the altar of a wicked and perverse will. That’s when the last stake of the fence will have been removed.

“But I have warned the nations what happens when people are lovers of themselves. I am the giver of freedoms, but I’m also the exactor of consequences…”

“A society that hates laws that guard the soul despises not so much the laws as much as it despises the very thought of a soul. Those who belong to such a society consider the flesh the totality of their being.
The only difference between the justice system and My crucifixion is that in the justice system you pay—hunger, disease, insomnia. In my death, I paid—sorrow, isolation, inordinate suffering—to deliver you from the price the law could have exacted.”

“A work of art that takes years to create can be desecrated in seconds. Those who honor what He intended us to honor will find fulfillment. Those who desecrate what He has made sacred will leave themselves empty and ravaged.”

“The enjoyment of sex was not man’s idea, but God’s. But to enjoy it by ungodly means is man’s idea, not God’s.”

(Somehow Wilde and Hitler meet at Planned Parenthood, devoid of the redeeming influence of Christ, though PP is notorious for both flagrantly bashing Christ and anyone who takes Him seriously, and for trying to co-opt Christian institutions into furthering their agenda.)

Oh, and here are a couple more quotes that somehow come to mind:



Laura (not K.) does bounce a lot of reality checks, doesn't she? Talking of checks, she really should check out her mouth a break from all that foot. Don't care for her posts, and she should be more responsible if she ever wants to be taken seriously, but still, she seems too young to die, especially choked on her own hipbone.

Posted by: W.A. at September 25, 2007 2:43 PM