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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.