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Carols around empty manger

Two groups battling abortion with prayer and information are encouraging people to gather at abortion clinics in Bellevue and Omaha this month for "Carols Around an Empty Manger."

The gatherings will be 9 a.m. Dec. 17 at an abortion clinic run by Dr. LeRoy Carhart in Bellevue, 1002 W. Mission Ave., and 11 a.m. Dec. 19 in Omaha at a Planned Parenthood clinic, 3105 N. 93rd St.

"In the pro-life community, singing around an empty manger has a dual purpose," said Liz Miller of the group Metro Pro-Life Advocates. "First of all, it raises awareness of the countless ‘empty mangers’ left by the abortion holocaust. More important, however, the tradition of singing carols proclaims the hope and victory ultimately heralded by the birth of the Christ child."

Omaha-based Nebraskans United for Life also is sponsoring the gatherings, which will end with receptions at nearby churches – St. Mark’s Hall at St. Mary Parish in Bellevue and Hope Evangelical Free Church in Omaha.

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