Regarding the story below, some have let us know that our slightly vague description — to try to avoid identifying details — may have led to some confusion as to why she was sent to the local pregnancy center vs. the Emergency Room. In short, this woman wasn’t bleeding so hard that she needed immediate, emergency medical attention, but our understanding was that this was like a heavy period. Our Sidewalk Advocate did their due diligence in calling ahead to the pregnancy center (with the client present) to describe the situation to them, and they said that they could absolutely help or provide a referral, if needed. This is a CareNet pregnancy center that is well-respected and has a nurse on staff as they also provide some limited medical services. If the young woman needed emergency attention, knowing this center, they would have redirected our Sidewalk Advocate to send her to the ER (or no doubt, we’re confident the Sidewalk Advocate would have likely sent her there instead anyway). We hope this clarification helps you know that we seek to provide the best referral for each client at the abortion facility who comes across our path! Thank you!
Dear Friend of Life:
Just the other day, a story came in that really helps us remember just how monumentally important it is to have loving, well-trained Advocates in front of every abortion facility in America.
One of our Sidewalk Advocates was in front of the abortion facility, reaching out to abortion-minded women, when a young woman walked up, ready to enter Planned Parenthood.
The Advocate reached out to her, offering alternatives to abortion, and the young woman explained that she was on the copper IUD — used for birth control and emergency contraception within five days of unprotected intercourse (in other words, it can cause an early abortion) — and was bleeding.
Being well-informed on the abortifacient properties of the device, our Advocate admonished her to get to the local pregnancy center where they could do a pregnancy test and sonogram as she might be pregnant and in danger of miscarriage. If needed, the pregnancy center could get her in to see a doctor right away.
The young woman did a 180 and took her business to the pregnancy center instead for life-affirming, woman-affirming help! (Please pray for her, that if she is pregnant, her baby is okay and she will continue to choose life!)
This story is one of thousands now that we’ve collected in the past 3.5 years of ministry where we’ve been able to meet the needs of women entering a Planned Parenthood / abortion / abortion-referral center with quality, pro-life healthcare alternatives, thereby pulling thousands upon thousands of dollars away in business from the abortion industry!
We at Sidewalk Advocates for Life don’t just help the abortion-minded client, but every eternal soul who crosses our path. No doubt, if we want to see an end to abortion, we have to know how to pull all business away from that facility — and truly, it’s easy to do because abortion or abortion-referral facilities don’t offer comprehensive healthcare for women. Our offer of free or reduced-rate care at a community health center down the street is quite often all that is needed encourage someone to go elsewhere — but of course, we have to be able to intelligently address her situation and know where help is available so we can be at the ready to erase a ton of business for the abortion industry …so that’s exactly what we teach in our training! (Note that we do not make referrals for artificial birth control, but empower unmarried women to choose chastity and married women to consider a fertility-awareness-based model that doesn’t have the possibility of acting as an abortifacient.)
The other day, I asked my dear friend, former abortion worker, Jewels Green (who has since become a Christian and travels the country sharing her story), “Knowing what you went through as a young woman who had an abortion — and having worked in the abortion industry — what does the perfect sidewalk counselor look like?”
She said to me, “Loving, compassionate, peaceful, and well-informed.”
Indeed, that’s the type of Sidewalk Advocate we’re aiming to produce all over the country!
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Once approved, we ship you everything you need to quickly build a team of Sidewalk Advocates. Then, we walk with you, answering your questions and troubleshooting challenges as you build and grow!
Still have questions? No problem!
Our advice is to FIRST start with prayer: Am I called to bring sidewalk advocacy to our community? Keep in mind that we have folks join us who have never been on the sidewalk all the way up to those who have been on the sidewalk for 30+ years! (So many love the blessing of knowing that everything — the training, tools, and support — is all ready when you are!) Wherever you are in this journey, we’d love to be a blessing to you and your community!
SECOND, wherever you find yourself, we encourage you to gather more information. Feel free to learn more at sidewalkadvocates.org/howit
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Praying for you!
Blessings in Christ,
Sidewalk Advocates for Life
P.S. — Just 15 more days remaining to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your community this winter! Apply now at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply
DEVOTIONAL (November 15 – 30, 2017): “Sharing the Truth in Love”
by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life
Verse(s): “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” — Eph 4: 14-16
Reflection: Sometimes, because we speak earnestly about being “peaceful, loving, compassionate” Sidewalk Advocates, some might be tempted to think that we are doormats on the sidewalk who never say tough things about abortion!
It’s very true that we believe “people-skills” — knowing God created us, subject to our human condition, attracted to love — are essential on the sidewalk. Indeed, I’m sure you can guess that we don’t win a life-saving conversation with a woman if we are ugly, confrontational, and shouting her head off!
Still, once we make contact and offer love and help and begin to assess the situation and her needs, we might need to be more direct with her about what abortion is and how it will affect her and her child. (In the same way, if she is servicing that Planned Parenthood for something else like birth control, an unmarried woman needs to hear the glory of chastity — or an unmarried woman needs to hear about Natural Family Planning as an alternative to her abortifacient drug.) Still, because the abortion facility has told her that we are “angry protesters” and warns them to stay away from us, we must go out of our way to be the opposite of that image so we have an opportunity to share that truth in love.
Additionally, research, testimony, and experience tell us that she doesn’t want us to “stay stuck” on the plight of abortion, but she needs to hear the “resurrection”: How she can do this, and how we pledge to walk with her as long as she needs us.
Faith Challenge: The next time you are conversing with someone about abortion, ask the Holy Spirit to give you proper discernment to know what the person on the receiving end needs: A listening ear? Understanding and compassion? Or is it time to — in love — share some tougher words?