No Baby Jesus in the manger attracts attention

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

empty mangerA Chicago pro-life organization is working to spread nationwide a creative idea for saving lives at Christmastime.

At this time each year, counselors and volunteers with Pro-Life Action League are on hand at abortion clinics in the Windy City where they sing Christmas carols beside a nativity scene with no baby Jesus in the crèche. Ann Scheidler, vice president of the Pro-Life Action League, tells OneNewsNow about the purpose of the display.

“The hope is that any women who are going into the clinic will stop, rethink their decision, think about Jesus coming into the world and the joy of a baby, and that they'll feel enough hope in their hearts to be able to change their mind and go ahead and give that baby life,” she explains.

The project has been so successful that other cities are conducting similar campaigns.

“We have reports every year of babies saved because they heard the words to those Christmas carols,” Scheidler says. “They saw the people there who care enough to come out in especially cold weather like we have in Chicago.”

According to the pro-life activist, the hope also is that abortion clinic workers seeing the display and hearing the carols will have a change of heart and walk away from the profession.

For other cities wanting to launch an Empty Manger Caroling Day, the Pro-Life Action League website offers ideas on promotion as well as a complete section with instructions and music that can be downloaded.

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