CHICAGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pro-life groups are planning a nationwide protest to urge a medical waste hauler to sever ties with Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry.
On Wednesday, in 17 states, pro-lifers will gather outside of almost 30 locations to urge a medical waste company to stop accepting aborted fetal remains from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
Sponsored by #ProtestPP, a joint venture between the Pro-Life Action League, Created Equal and other pro-life groups, the protest wants medical waste disposal company Stericycle to enforce its corporate policy barring the handling of human remains.
Church Militant reached out to Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, about the protests. He said it was "an unusual kind of pro-life protest."
"The target of the protest is the medical waste disposal company Stericycle, a major partner of Planned Parenthood," he explained.
He wrote in a press release, "Stericycle has an official corporate policy against collecting and disposing of human fetal remains. Yet Stericycle trucks have been observed picking up medical waste at Planned Parenthood facilities that appear to be serviced by no other medical waste disposal company."
In 2014, the Center for Medical Progress filmed abortionist Renee Chelian joking over the difficulty abortion providers have in finding companies that will dispose of fetal remains.
"We were really tempted to give the fetus back, but of course we couldn't do that," Chelian told an audience. "We thought, 'We'll give it to everybody in a gift bag, they can take it home and figure out what to do with it. It's their pregnancy and why is this our problem?'"
She continued, "We are [all] one incinerator — one incinerator company — away from being closed."
Inspired by this information, Created Equal started Project Weak Link in 2016 as an effort to influence medical waste haulers to stop collecting aborted human remains.
They found that in the Baltimore, Maryland area, Curtis Bay Energy was receiving aborted fetal remains from a local Planned Parenthood abortion mill and was burning them in a facility that generates electricity from bio-medical waste.
According to their report, "If you live in the Baltimore area you can be assured that aborted babies were killed so you can turn your lights on in your house!"
Scheidler said fetal remains would usually be incinerated at a waste treatment facility.
"There have been cases of fetal remains being dumped in landfills, as Stericycle was found to be doing illegally in Ohio in 2015," he said.
Scheidler explained that there are some federal regulations that apply to fetal remains, but they are mainly regulated by state laws that vary widely.
"Some states, like Texas and Indiana, have attempted to enact laws requiring fetal remains be buried or cremated, but these laws have been blocked in the courts," he noted.
The largest protests on Wednesday are expected outside of the Stericycle Corporate Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois and during their stockholder meeting at 8 a.m. in Rosemont, Illinois.
Scheidler purchased one share of Stericycle stock so that he could attend the shareholders meeting to inform other shareholders about Stericycle's role in the abortion industry. He plans on educating them about Planned Parenthood's control of 35% of the abortion industry.
"My prayer is that I will be able to connect with a pro-life stockholder with enough shares to submit a proposal at the next stockholders meeting that Stericycle stop serving abortion providers completely," Scheidler said.
Times and locations of the protests can be found here.