You have to be able to take a punch – that's according to Eric Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League.
After the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused last week to dismiss a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood over videos that a group says show employees of the organization illegally selling body parts of aborted babies, Scheidler tries to find the silver lining.
"My attorneys have always told me in the midst of the many lawsuits I've faced as a pro-life activist that you've got to be able to take a punch," he shares. "That means when you get a bad ruling, that's something that you just take – and often ... a ruling against you is actually an advantage in the long term because it allows you to go higher up the totem pole with a strong argument against why that ruling was made."
Eric's father, Joe Scheidler, went to the Supreme Court three times over a case brought by National Organization for Women (NOW) – a lengthy case that began in 1986 and was finally settled at the Supreme Court in 2006.
"[We] had numerous rulings against us at the appellate level," the younger Scheidler explains, "and ultimately that worked in our favor because it helped us to really sharpen our ax and really be able to bring a very strong argument to the Supreme Court.
"So it was discouraging to see a ruling that allows a bad case to go forward, a case against a pro-life activist who discovered real wrongdoing by the abortion industry – but we shouldn't be discouraged."
The group behind the undercover videos is the Center for Medical Progress.