MOKENA – When Illinois pro-life activist Jill Stanek returned home Sunday night from a vacation with her family, she found a cinder block had been thrown through their living room window with a note attached saying, "Quit the pro-life bullsh*t."
"In the scheme of things this was nothing. But having my home vandalized was a first for me in the prolife movement," Stanek wrote on her Facebook page. "As if they thought this would make me stop?"
Stanek, who has been active in the pro-life movement since 1999, said the police suggested not publicizing, but she resisted, saying she "wasn't going to let pro-choice violence go unchecked."
For years, since being fired as a nurse at Oak Lawn's Christ Hospital for revealing the practice of allowing unwanted babies born alive to die, Stanek has appeared on TV and radio legislative hearings and speaking engagements, telling her story.
Over the past six months, Stanek has been traveling the country as pro-life group Susan B. Anthony's national chairman, building support for an aggressive campaign strategy to elect a pro-life president this year and advance legislation like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.