Anyone driving in Wheaton around 5 p.m. Wednesday were likely confronted with the site of anti-abortion signage and around 50 protesters along Naperville and Roosevelt roads.
The protesters were members of the Pro-Life Action League, which made its 15th stop of the Face the Truth Tour in Wheaton. The tour, in its 12th year, will make a total of 24 stops in the Chicago area by the end of the week.
The group used graphic images of aborted fetuses and unborn babies to display their message that "abortion is ugly." Project Coordinator Corrina Gura said the gruesome images would be educational for passersby, and that the image of an unborn child would make it hard for someone to elect to have an abortion.
“The images make the statement hard to forget. They’re harder to ignore," she said.
Nate Scheidler, 19, who is the grandson of the group's founder Joe Scheidler, said he has been participating in the Pro-Life Action League since he was 5- or 6-years-old, and holding his own sign in demonstrations since he was 12.
"People get upset about the posters," he said, "but I think people really just get upset at the reality.”
Protester Dianne Herzog, a nurse who has been active in the group since 2005 said the group "never" wants to be offensive, but wants to show their truth through the posters.
Though Wheaton is considered a highly religious and conservative city, the group felt their efforts were worthwhile. “In Wheaton, I think people just don’t like to be disturbed … but they need to see the truth,” Nate Scheidler said.
“Even the choir has to be reminded,” Herzog said.
Founder Joe Scheidler's wife, Ann Scheidler said that although the demonstration went smoothly and Wheaton police were "extremely friendly," there was much negative feedback.
Nate said, “A few people yelled out things and gave us the finger, but there were others thanking us and giving us thumbs up. It was a mix.”
The group continues the tour in Lake Zurich Thursday.