Saturday, December 20th, local pro-lifers held the second annual “Empty Manger” Christmas caroling day at four abortion facilities across DuPage County. The first facility was the ACU Health Center in Hinsdale. Though the morning air was quite chilly, 20 faithful pro-lifers gathered to share the message of the birth of Jesus with the facility’s patients. Traffic was brisk and several women entering the center most certainly heard the tidings of hope and joy. Next was the Aanchor facility in Glen Ellyn. Right next to the bustling four-lane Route 38, it can be a struggle just to be heard at this particular clinic. Not as many patients came through on this stop, but it was a great pleasure to be joined by Bill Beckman, Executive Director of Illinois Right to Life. The carolers then proceeded to Access Health Center in Downers Grove. Here the wind went from chilly to positively biting. After trudging through a snowbank to reach the sidewalk outside the facility, carolers, whose numbers had by now swelled to 37, sang bravely despite the cutting wind. The last stop was at Planned Parenthood Aurora. A fantastic crowd of over 70 pro-lifers flooded the edge of the vacant lot across from the abortuary. Pro-lifers had to raise their voices even higher at this stop since a deathscort was blasting a boom-box in the parking lot across the street. The sheer disrespect for Christ and Christmas shown by trying to drown out the joyful words of the carols was stunning. Finally, much of the group retired to Warehouse Church whose congregation had been kind enough to provide space to warm up as well as hot chocolate, tea and coffee for the second year running. Many carolers had brought a batch of their favorite Christmas cookies and there was plenty of delicious treats for all. The Chicago tour was much more eventful and, unfortunately, much less peaceful. Counter protesters crowded around them, yelled profanity, and generally made a nuisance of themselves. Read all about their tour on the Pro-Life Action League’s website. Make sure to check out the photos of both tours as well.