Pro-Life Action League and Pro-Life Action Ministries hosted their 13th annual “Peace in the Womb” Christmas caroling event this week, and according to Life Site News, babies lives were saved — not by sidewalk counselors offering women help, but merely by the presence of carolers. The event was formerly known as Empty Manger caroling. Life Site reports:
… [T]his year both [groups] have noted numerous children saved — at least six in the Orlando, Florida, area and several more in other parts of the country. In some cases, women changed their minds as a direct result of the Christmas carols sung by pro-life supporters….
Eric Scheidler, executive director of Pro-Life Action League, shared an EWTN News video of the event on his Facebook page, adding that the event “took place in over 70 cities nationwide”:
Scheidler also told Life Site News that he knew of three couples who left the Family Planning Associates abortion facility in San Bernardino, California, because of the singing of Christmas carols:
“What impressed me about this report is they actually stopped to tell the caroler group that they changed their mind,” Scheidler stated.
“The couple told them, ‘It was because of your caroling that we decided to keep our baby,’” he said. “The singing was the only thing that happened to change their mind.”
The pregnancy had put the couple’s marriage under pressure, Scheidler continued, making them think they needed to abort.
But when they came out and thanked the carolers, “They were holding hands and in tears,” he said. “This had introduced healing into their marriage.”
Who knew Christmas caroling, telling the story of a very special Baby’s birth, could be such a threat to the mentality of “choice”? But indeed, some see it as a threat. Last year, Live Action News’ Calvin Freiburger reported that Falls Church, Virginia, police threatened pro-lifers with fines for allegedly violating noise ordinances by caroling outside an abortion facility. The city reversed its position after receiving a letter from attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom.
Life Site News reports that “two sets of twins and two other individual babies” were saved through the caroling this year. As a first trimester surgical abortion now costs more than $600 on average (with later term abortions becoming much more expensive), each life saved is money walking out the door of an abortion facility.
Even better news? There are fewer of those abortion facilities, as well. Live Action News’ Susan Michelle-Hanson reported this week:
Overall, the U.S. now has a total of 731 surgical and medication abortion facilities. As Operation Rescue reports, “There were 19 surgical abortion facilities that completely closed or halted abortion services in 2016, while 12 medication abortion locations shut down. This makes a total of 31 abortion facilities that closed in 18 states since last year.”
The fact is, the presence of peaceful pro-lifers on the sidewalks of abortion facilities makes a difference, when the outreach is done in a peaceful, prayerful manner. Pro-life sidewalk counselor Michele Herzog told Life Site News that last year during the Christmas caroling events, a Muslim couple even changed their minds and decided not to abort. “God had just touched her [the mother] with those carols,” Herzog told Life Site. “She just kept saying, ‘The songs, the songs.'”