Joliet police on Thursday issued an alert urging motorists to be aware that the  Pro-Life Action League will bring its anti-abortion demonstration back to the Joliet, Plainfield and Shorewood area on Friday, July 11.

For the ninth year, demonstrators will stand at intersections bearing signs as part of the annual "Face the Truth" tour. Friday marks the first stop on the tour.

"This picketing is generally peaceful; however, the posters displayed are very graphic," Joliet police said. 

The group is known for its outspoken opposition to abortion, which often includes demonstrations using graphic images of aborted fetuses.

Demonstrations are scheduled at the following times and locations:
  • 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Jefferson Street and Larkin Avenue, Joliet
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Brook Forest Avenue and Black Road, Shorewood
  • 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Route 59 and Caton Farm Road, Joliet
Because some images being used by demonstrators are disturbing, organizers typically place signs three-quarters of a mile before the demonstration sign to alert motorists.

On its website, the Pro-Life Action League explains its reasons for using graphic images of abortion:

"While [drivers] may find the pictures disturbing as they pass by, we see no evidence that any real harm is done. In fact, a child who sees the truth about abortion may be spared grave harm later in life by avoiding any involvement with abortion."

The organization has demonstrations planned throughout the Chicago area and suburbs July 11 through July 19.  View a schedule of planned demonstrations here.

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