Pro-lifers greeted women with Christmas carols and messages of hope for them and their unborn babies on Saturday outside an abortion facility in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Arlington Catholic Herald reports pro-life sidewalk counselors faithfully show up every Saturday outside the Alexandria Women’s Health Center to pray and offer information to pregnant women considering abortions.
On Dec. 19, their outreach included Christmas carols as part of the national “Peace in the Womb Pro-life Christmas Caroling” event, a project of the Pro-Life Action League.
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Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, said their mission is to bring the light and hope of Christ’s birth to a place of despair.
“It’s particularly sort of horrifying to think of a woman seeking an abortion at this time of year, when all of us are putting together Christmas lists and praying in preparation for Christmas and reflecting on the beauty of Mary and Joseph saying yes to our Lord and becoming parents, even in trying circumstances,” he told One News Now.
In Virginia, Richard Hayden, life director of the Mount Vernon Knights of Columbus Council, said Saturday was their second year of participating in the outreach, according to the Herald.
“It’s an easy way to introduce people to coming outside of an abortion clinic,” Hayden said. “It’s more of a friendly environment and it opens up the opportunity for them to come back.”
Hayden said pro-lifers’ compassionate outreach is helping mothers and babies. In October, he said a woman canceled her abortion appointment because pro-lifers from an Alexandria church reached out to her and her husband outside the abortion facility, the report states. He said the couple went to a local pregnancy center and chose life for their baby.
“We’ve kind of adopted the family,” Hayden said. “We’ve stayed in touch with them. We’ve supported them with food, gift cards. We’ll have a baby shower for them when she gets further along.”
Pro-lifers in dozens of cities across the U.S. participated in the pro-life caroling outreach this winter. The “Peace in the Womb” caroling project has been going on for seven years. Through their singing and encouragement, pro-lifers have helped save unborn babies from abortion.
Scheidler said they know that they are making a difference for life. He told the Christian Post that, during one event in Jacksonville, Florida, a mother and daughter who came for an abortion heard the Christmas carols and had a change of heart.
“ … when they heard that we were there singing Christmas carols trying to appeal to the moms to choose life, the mom and daughter left the abortion clinic and then the pro-lifers followed up and found out that the girl had absolutely chosen to keep her baby,” Scheidler said.
Recently, Sidewalk Advocates for Life, a Christian organization that trains pro-lifers to conduct peaceful, loving outreach outside abortion facilities, announced that its volunteers have helped 10,000 mothers choose life for their unborn babies in the past six years.