Eric Scheidler is the Executive Director of the Pro-Life
Action League, founded in 1980 by his father, veteran
pro-life leader Joe Scheidler, to fight abortion through non-violent
direct action. He is the oldest of the seven Scheidler children.
Eric holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois
and a master’s degree in English studies from the University of
Georgia. From 1998 to 2002, he served as assistant director of The GIFT
Foundation, an organization devoted to enriching Christian marriage.
Since August 2007, Eric has headed the grassroots pro-life group Fox
Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois — called "Ground Zero" by
abortion supporters and opponents alike — which is dedicated to
shutting down the largest abortion facility in the Midwest, opened in
Aurora, Illinois under a cloud of deception and controversy. He consults
regularly with activists across the country on fighting Planned Parenthood
at the local level.
Eric Scheidler coordinates many League events, including the Face
the Truth Tours, and other League protests and campaigns. Eric speaks frequently
on pro-life activism, marriage and the family to audiences across the
the United States and internationally.
Eric also handles media relations and oversees League print and digital
publications, including the Action
News newspaper. He also assists other
pro-life organizations in more effectively communicating the pro-life
He lives in Aurora, Illinois, with his wife, April, and their eight children.
Eric blogs at Square Zero and Families Against Planned Parenthood.