Do you want to have an immediate and direct impact on the abortion industry? Do you want to help women in their most desperate hour? Sidewalk counseling is a way to be on the front lines of the abortion fight and to significantly impact the lives of abortion-minded women by showing them ALL of their options.  

 Many people sidewalk counsel regularly, but this is a unique opportunity to come together with students and community members across the nation – all on the same day.* 

The young women (and men) who are entering abortion facilities need to see someone on the sidewalk they can relate to.That’s why we need YOU! 

*If your local facility isn’t open on Saturdays, go on a different day of the week. It’s better for you to reach abortion-vulnerable women on another day. Try to aim for July 29th-August 2nd 

Get Started!

Would you like to participate or become a Sidewalk Captain to facilitate your city’s participation?

Click Here To Sign Up Today!

How can you participate?

1) Become a Sidewalk Advocate 

Sign up today to become a Sidewalk Advocate. By becoming an advocate, you are committing to attending a Sidewalk Day near you to assist women with hope and love, helping them turn around and choose life.

By becoming a Sidewalk Captain, you will be leading your community’s efforts to impact women on the steps of the abortion facilities. You will be given all of the materials you need to lead the way, including a Pro-Life Sidewalk Day Guide, info cards, and more!
 

2) Recruit Members 

Spread the word to your group members, family, and friends! Get creative with letting others know - start a text or social media group, pick up the phone and call allies, and send lots of emails. Recruitment is key! 

3) Get Trained

On Tuesday, July 28th, 2020, Students for Life partnered with Lauren Muzyka, the Executive Director of Sidewalk Advocates for Life, for a live, virtual training. Watch the training below to be equipped for counseling on the abortion front lines.

Sidewalk Advocacy Training

 

Sidewalk Counseling Tips

Do’s:

  • Be peaceful, helpful, goal-oriented
  • Comply with your area’s social distancing & mask guidelines
  • Smile and be pleasant
  • Stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings
  • Have compassion
  • Know the literature you have in your hand
  • Back up what you say
  • Show each woman that you care about her, not just the child
  • Speak clearly and loudly enough to hear 
  • Be respectful of personal space

Don'ts: 

  • Do not yell 
  • Do not display unapproachable body language (crossing arms, grumpy expression, etc.) 
  • Do not block the woman’s walking path 
  • Do not be aggressive 
  • Do not preach 
  • Do not goof around 
  • Do not break the law 
  • Do not carry signs if you’re counseling, stick to in-hand literature 

Sidewalk Day Graphics

A major part of recruitment is advertising. Invite your peers and your community members to participate in Sidewalk Day by using the graphics below! Simply click the Facebook Banner or Instagram Square to download.

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend sidewalk counseling for at least two hours outside of your local abortion facility. You can recruit members to take shifts as well. 

If your local facility is not open on Saturdays, go on a different day of the week. It’s better for you to reach abortion-vulnerable women on another day. Try to aim for a day between July 29th-August 2nd. Then after that, we hope that you make sidewalk counseling a regular part of your pro-life activism. Some groups counsel EVERY WEEK! 

Blessings Bags (a “goodie” bag with a thoughtful card, pregnancy center brochure, and anything else you’d like to include, such as lip balm, hand sanitizer, pocket-sized tissues, etc); cell phone (fully charged); portable charger; local pregnancy help organization literature; Sidewalk Day Guide; SFLA Resources; water; pen/paper; printed local regulations. 

If protesters show up, remember to remain calm and compassionate and continue your work. If protesters get out of hand, contact your Regional Coordinator before attempting to engage. Make sure to take video and pictures of the protesters! 

Contact your Regional Coordinator for the most up-to-date local regulations. Don’t know your Regional Coordinator? Email [yourstate]@studentsforlife.org (i.e. [email protected]).

Be respectful. Listen to what they have to say. They may have been called for an invalid reason. You may record your conversation with the police, especially if you feel that your free speech rights are being violated. Be sure to tell your Regional Coordinator about your experience, too. 

No problem! Email Camille at [email protected] for more information.

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