Caroling at American Women’s Medical Center saved a baby’s life [Photo by Dan Gura]
Fifty carolers joined the Pro-Life Action League for the second annual “Empty Manger” Christmas Caroling Day Saturday, Dec. 18. The group visited four different abortion mills in Chicago and gathered around a life-size empty manger to sing Christmas Carols about the Christ Child.
The empty manger was a symbol of the hope that a little baby can bring. But it was also a symbol of the empty space that is left when a little unborn baby is killed by abortion. The carolers hoped to reach abortion-bound women with a message of Christmas hope. At least one mother who heard the carolers decided not to abort her baby.
Planned Parenthood “Deathscorts” Hear Carols
The Caroling Day began at the Planned Parenthood abortion mill at LaSalle and Division Streets. A crew of “deathscorts” (volunteer clinic escorts) flanked the clinic entrance as we sang our program of eight carols, including “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger.”
Caroling at Planned Parenthood (“Deathscorts” in background) [Photo by EJS]
One of the deathscorts confronted the carolers and insisted they not touch Planned Parenthood building. He even shoved volunteer Dan Gura away from the building wall. When Dan said he’d have the man arrested if he touched him again, the deathscort claimed to be a police officer and flashed some kind of badge. When Eric Scheidler asked for his badge number, the man swore at him.
Dan and his daughter Corrina held a large banner at each caroling site that read “All I want for Christmas . . . is an end to abortion.”
We were joined for our last few songs by members of the St. Mary of the Angels young adult prayer group, who stayed on at the abortion mill to pray and sidewalk counsel through the morning.
Prayer Group Joins Caroling
The prayer group at Family Planning Associates on Washington was already in the midst of prayers when we arrived for the second stop of the day. They joined in the caroling at the clinic, while two counselors continued to offer help to women and couples going in.
Bill McIlvane plays along at Family Planning Associates [Photo by EJS]
It was heartening to see prayer intercessors and sidewalk counselors at each abortion mill we visited that day.
Mom Hears Carols, Chooses Life
When we arrived at our third stop, American Women’s Medical Center on Western, Fr. Steve Lesniewski reported that a woman had just decided against abortion and had gone in to see if she could get her money back from the clinic. He had to leave soon and asked Ann Scheidler to help the woman if she didn’t come back out before he left.
We were joined at this site by several “Byzanteens” from Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer Glen, IL. They joined in the caroling, which touched the heart of at least one young mother who could hear us from the clinic waiting room.
The young woman came out of the clinic and talked to sidewalk counselor Julie McCreevy. She told Julie that the caroling made her wonder, what if Mary had aborted Baby Jesus. With that thought, she just couldn’t go through with the abortion.
Meanwhile, a group of pro-lifers led by Wanda Glitz sang carols at the other American Women’s Medical Center location, in Des Plaines.
Another Save at Last Caroling Stop
Caroling at Albany Surgical-Medical Center [Photo by EJS]
Our final caroling stop was at Albany Surgical Medical Center on Elston where the caroling group was joined by Mary Strom, the director of the nearby Women’s Center. In the middle of the caroling program, veteran counselor Kathy Mieding came up to report that a woman had just decided against abortion and gone to the Women’s Center for help.
After caroling at Albany, the group warmed up with hot chocolate and cookies at the Scheidler home on Chicago’s northwest side. All agreed there could be no better way to observe the last week of Advent and prepare for Christmas.