Joseph Scheidler is a Chicago anti-abortion activist, a sidewalk protester, a convicted racketeer. Last year, a federal judge hit him with a $257,000 fine for his role in allegedly harassing and intimidating patients at abortion clinics in the Midwest.

Scheidler, the executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, had worked to make himself judgment-proof. He transferred his house to his daughter to protect his assets in the event of such a fine — a common practice in the pro-life movement, he says.

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