YOU’RE INVITED to hang out with us and Abby Johnson to HELP SAVE MORE LIVES!

Dear Friend of Life:

Want to know how to help a friend facing an unexpected pregnancy choose LIFE?

Been on the sidewalk for years and curious about some of the newest, cutting-edge tips and strategies that are helping save more lives at abortion facilities than ever before?

Wondering how to offer life-affirming resources to mothers in situations of rape, sex trafficking, prenatal diagnosis, forced abortion, statutory rape …and other increasingly complex situations?

Wanna hang out with Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson and her team and learn the most effective ways to help abortion workers leave the industry for good? 

Knowing the essential role you play in His plan, praying and working for an end to abortion, I want to personally invite you to an EXCITING, not-to-be-missed event where you can learn, fellowship, and collaborate with pro-life leaders across the country to HELP SAVE MORE LIVES from abortion!

YOU’RE INVITED to the Save Lives on the Sidewalk National Pro-Life Conference, October 11-13, at the DFW Marriott Airport hotel in Dallas!  Because of the wonderful feedback and interest after last year’s inaugural event, we decided to expand conference capacity to 300 (up from 200), and we’re already 50% full with almost all sponsorships by pro-life organizations taken!  Knowing that tickets will go fast in these last couple of months before event time, we wanted to ensure that you had a chance to snag one of the last Early Bird tickets before the rate increases on August 15!


The 2019 program is something you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!  Here are some of the unique things about THIS year’s program…

  • David Bereit, founder and former CEO of 40 Days for Life, will share key perspectives from his pro-life journey: How the power of love on the sidewalk is gradually ending abortion around the country — and what lessons you can take away to help shut down your local abortion facility!
  • Paula Peyton, a national speaker with Save the One, will share her testimony on choosing life after gang rape at gunpoint — and how to help others choose life after rape conception
  • Abby Johnson, Former Planned Parenthood Director and President of And Then There Were None, alongside the team at ATTWN, will be doing a comprehensive abortion worker outreach workshop, addressing some of your biggest concerns about interference from escorts, effective vs. ineffective worker outreach, and how to most effectively present help from ATTWN, among other topics.  Be prepared for some fun role play!
  • Abby Johnson, Elissa Graves, Esq., and Paula Peyton will share how to help clients where you suspect sex trafficking, forced abortion, statutory rape …and interrelated topics!
  • Josh Brahm and Jacob Nels of Equal Rights Institute, based on Right-Brain Research and their experience teaching apologetics across the country, will share how to win more life-saving conversations on the sidewalk, including important things to say away from!
  • Elissa Graves, Esq., Martin Cannon, Esq., and Mike Seibel, Esq., attorneys back by popular demand, will take your questions on what you can and cannot do legally on the sidewalk within your First Amendment rights, helping you to be more confident in your outreach going forward
  • Callie Jett of Talk About Adoption will help us more attractively reframe and reclaim adoption as the heroic choice it is for mothers-in-crisis on the sidewalk
  • Sunday will include 2 breakout sessions; you can choose everything from: (1) Working Full-Time in the Pro-Life Movement; (2) Building a Strong Relationship with your Local Pregnancy Resource Center; (3) Media & Messaging: Attractively Communicating the Pro-Life, Pro-Love Message; (4) Navigating Prenatal Diagnosis; (5) Help Her Heal: How to Love Her After She Chooses Abortion; and (6) Reaching Men on the Sidewalk
  • Joanna Hyatt of Live Action will share how to most effectively utilize Live Action’sAbortion Procedures videos on the sidewalk to educate abortion-minded clients and help save lives
  • Steve Karlen of 40 Days for Life will end the conference with The Seven Principles of Highly Effective Programs — and what you can do to build a larger, more dedicated team at your abortion facility!
  • A sponsor faire at breaks, featuring a plethora of sidewalk resources to aid your outreach…

…and so much more!

Your conference admission includes ALL CONFERENCE MATERIALS, ALL MEALS (*except Saturday night), and a FREE SHUTTLE to / from DFW International Airport!  The hotel offers free wi-fi, a coffee bar, full-service restaurant, ‘grab and go’ restaurant, and highly-rated facilities.

Additionally, we have a REDUCED-RATE ROOM BLOCK at the hotel!  If you’d like to share a room to keep costs down, drop Jenna on our team a line at and she’d be happy to match you up with someone!


Questions?  Please drop us a line back, and we’re happy to assist!

Thank you so much for all you do for LIFE, and we hope to have the pleasure of your company this year!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

PHOTO: YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!

Dear Friend of Life:

YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!

I’m so sorry for the delay (while we waited for the last pledges by check to hit our mailbox so we could include them), but I’m thrilled to tell youThanks to YOUSidewalk Advocates for Lifemade goal in its Summer Matching Fund Campaign!

Yes, due to your many prayers and sacrifices, you got the total down to $2,500 remaining, and at the last moment, a donor in Texas came forward and said that he would cover the gap, allowing us to take full advantage of the matching fund!

Friend, I cannot tell you how many prayers we offered, hoping that we could realize this goal, knowing all that was at stake in our life-saving program  from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

Meanwhile, during our Summer Financial Campaign, we got HUGE NEWS…

  • Abortion facility #15 is closing — with #16 pending!
  • Worker #64 left the business in the South with the help and witness of a Sidewalk Advocate; they were referred to And Then There Were None abortion worker ministry!  (Please pray for their healing journey in Christ!)
  • We are rapidly nearing another milestone: 7,000 BABIES SAVED!  And on July 11, Baby Leila was born to a mom helped by Sidewalk Advocates at one of our locations in the Northeast…

As you can see from this picture, when you invest your precious treasure into this ministry, through God’s amazing grace, there are HUGE, life-saving results!

Once again, thank you for hanging in there through our email updates that came a bit more frequently than usual so we could transparently keep you up to date on our progress all through the campaign.

So, you might be asking: What’s next We’re running, full steam ahead, working to cover as many additional abortion facilities in America as possible so that no abortion-minded mother walks through those doors, thinking abortion is her only option!

Together in partnership, let’s look forward to watching God multiply all He is doing to save lives and end abortion through the power of love at the darkest places in our communities — and celebrating more beautiful pictures like Leila’s!


In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life


Dear Friend of Life:

Last night’s TURNING POINT webcast was an incredibly informative event —everything people of common sense and conscience need to do to push back against late-term abortion and infanticide — for the hundreds of participants with us!

Participants raved about the information from Abby Johnson, Martin Cannon, Esq., and others …and we wanted to be sure YOU don’t miss it!
During the event, you will learn…

  • What THE RECENT SENATE VOTE ON INFANTICIDE AND NEW YORK LAW EXPANDING ABORTION UNTIL BIRTH really means for America —and what you can do to change the tide and help save lives…
  • All about THE NEW BLOCKBUSTER, PRO-LIFE MOVIE, UNPLANNED,about to hit theaters in one month — why it will be devastating to the abortion industry and what you can do to accelerate its life-saving impact…
  • THREE HUGE ANNOUNCEMENTS that will share groundbreaking strategic plans to HELP SAVE MORE LIVES than ever before…
  • And HOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF ENDING ABORTION right in your town or city!

You’ll also hear the exciting announcement about a $95,000 matching fund challenge, gifted to us by a wonderful group of pro-life advocates, to help us raise desperately-needed funds in the next few weeks as we launch these new projects to HELP END ABORTION!  (The deadline to contribute to the matching fund and see your gift instantly doubled is Tuesday, March 12!)

It costs Sidewalk Advocates for Life about $2,000 per location per year to provide a community comprehensive training, tools, and support.  We not only want to keep these locations going strong, but want to build more life-saving teams across the nation for His glory!  Truly, these donors are giving YOU and others a rare opportunity to take this critical work to the next level with the opportunity to DOUBLE your life-saving gift INSTANTLY!

As you know, we only ask for support when we really need help — and we certainly don’t want to leave any of this incredible generosity sitting on the table!

If God is moving your heart to make a special or monthly, tax-deductible gift of support — with the opportunity to double it instantly! — go now

We are very grateful that God has provided this amazing opportunity to multiply His LIFE-SAVING work as we seek to END ABORTION through the power of His love at abortion facilities all over our great nation and beyond! (Please be sure to watch our progress on our Facebook page or webpage, as well!)

Thank you for your support at this crucial time in history!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

P.S.  Again, we cannot believe it: We were just gifted a $95,000 matching fund by a wonderful group of pro-life advocates to help us raise desperately-needed funds in the next few weeks as we launch these new projects to HELP SAVE MORE LIVES  SO ANY GIFT YOU MAKE RIGHT NOW ISINSTANTLY DOUBLED!

Make a LIFE-SAVING, TAX-DEDUCTIBLE gift at: …thank you so much for your support!!


Dear Friend of Life:

I felt like you could almost hear the outcry from people of common sense, faith, and conscience a month ago when New York legalized abortion until the point of birth.

Now, we have Rhode Island, Illinois (who also want you to PAY for it), Vermont, and more considering it?  What is this madness?!

It begs the questions: How many states are going to do this?  What can we do to STOP this?

To answer your questions, TOMORROW NIGHT, we are hosting an emergency, one-hour webcast event, “TURNING POINT,” with special guests…

  • Abby Johnson, Former Planned Parenthood Director
  • Martin Cannon, Esq., Senior Counsel, Thomas More Society
  • Christina Faucett, Esq., Program Administrator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life
  • another surprise guest

…and myself!


During the event, you will learn…

  • What THE NEW YORK LAW EXPANDING ABORTION UNTIL BIRTH really means for America — and what you can do to change the tide and help save lives…
  • All about THE NEW BLOCKBUSTER, PRO-LIFE MOVIE, UNPLANNEDabout to hit theaters in one month — why it will be devastating to the abortion industry and what you can do to accelerate its life-saving impact…
  • THREE HUGE ANNOUNCEMENTS that will share groundbreaking strategic plans to HELP SAVE MORE LIVES than ever before…
  • And HOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF ENDING ABORTION right in your town or city!


Here are the important details, once again…


EVENT:  TURNING POINT webcast event, sponsored by Sidewalk Advocates for Life

DATE:  Tuesday evening, February 26, 2019

TIME:  9 pm Eastern / 8 pm Central / 7 pm Mountain / 6 pm Pacific (be sure to note your correct time zone!)

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:  You can attend by WEB or by PHONE — it’s your choice!  Go to to grab a spot before it’s gone!  (We’re already 50% full!)

(***NOTE: Even if you cannot listen at event time, we encourage you to register so a recording of the event is delivered to your inbox afterwards.)


To minimize noise throughout the event, we will be in presentation mode where all callers except for presenters will have their phone lines muted.

***PLEASE NOTE:  Due to further developing many more virtual, professional training materials, tools, and support elements for 160 life-saving locations, our funds have been significantly depleted.  There will be opportunities during the webcast to support the life-saving work of Sidewalk Advocates for Life if you feel called to do so — however, there is no obligation to give.

Here’s the link again where you can register for this URGENT, one-time event:

Friend, we cannot wait to speak with you on Tuesday evening, February 26 — and share with you these vital updates and how you can make a profound difference in the battle for LIFE!  THANK YOU!

In Christ, for LIFE,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Why are we peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding, and woman-oriented?

Dear Friend of Life:

I was sitting here this Sunday evening, reflecting on all the unbelievable victories we at Sidewalk Advocates for Life have witnessed through God’s grace in just over 4.5 years of peaceful outreach to women-in-crisis on the sidewalk.

It’s sometimes hard to believe that almost 6,000 women have taken us up on our offer of help in front of abortion facilities all over the U.S. and the world and chosen life for their precious children!

Women who told us they didn’t really want to do it, but felt like they, ironically, had no choice …until we offered real help and hope.

Women who immediately burst into tears when we told them they were loved and they and their preborn child mattered.

Women who  because we were so peaceful  felt safe letting us know that they were being abused by a partner or had been raped  …and took refuge in our offer to get them and their child into a safe place.

In short, it was all due to the power of love.

The reality is that we can’t “make” a woman choose life — no one can.  These women according to their feedback — freely chose our help because we were peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding, and woman-oriented on the sidewalk, underscored by love.

If we don’t espouse these values, we can’t win her trust and connect her with a reputable pregnancy center who will provide her with healthcare resources, give her the truth about her developing child, and share the fact that many women have come to regret their abortions.

Everyone who volunteers with our ministry, in fact, must sign our Pledge of Integrity (click here to see).

More specifically, here is why Sidewalk Advocates for Life has chosen these values…

1. Peaceful – When a woman arrives at the abortion center, emotions are running high.  We don’t want to add any of the confusion or chaos in her life.  We do not believe that yelling or being ugly wins anyone.  As Mother Teresa says, “Peace begins with a smile.”  We always approach an abortion-bound woman or man calmly, with a smile on our face, introduce ourselves, and let her know of real, reputable resources in her community.

2. Prayerful – We believe that “apart from Him, we can do nothing” (Jn 15:5) and “with God all things are possible” (Mt 19:26).  We are imperfect people reaching out to other imperfect people.  It is His love and His grace that changes hearts and minds on the sidewalk — it’s just our job to freely offer that love and grace to anyone who wants to accept it.

3. Law-Abiding – We have five attorneys on our team between our Board of Directors and our staff, and we require our Sidewalk Advocates to follow the laws of the local jurisdiction.  Being law-abiding is important to winning the trust of that woman, the workers, and our community.  We never do anything to violate the law so that we have a chance to stay outside an abortion center as long as possible or in the days and months to come.

But what about a buffer zone law?  Is it okay to violate that law if we feel it is unjust?  While there’s no doubt that these laws are a form of viewpoint discrimination, especially noting that laws already protect people from criminal behavior, we should still follow the law for all the aforementioned reasons.  With good strategy, you can work around buffer zones.  (What we mean by “working around a buffer zone” is that you can stand outside a buffer zone and call people over to speak with you outside the buffer zone, etc., for example.)

4. Women-Oriented – This really goes back to love: We start with her.  She’s the one making the decision.  We’re not “counseling” the baby — she’s the one we have to reach.  It doesn’t matter what I think is helpful to an abortion-minded woman, it matters what research, testimony, and experience says.  We lean heavily on the most well-developed body of research on understanding the heart of an abortion-minded woman, Right-Brain Research (click here to see a summary article).

For example, we were surprised when some women we had met at various events who had been raped and later went onto have an abortion told us that “the abortion felt like a second rape.”  Wishing they had made a different decision, they urged us to share that information with other women on the sidewalk.

As we continue this ministry, we continue to listen to women and their experiences and share those experiences with others.


In summary, here’s a concise video that explains more of the spirit behind these values:

And when all these values come together, it can lead to miraculous stories such as Lizanne’s:

If you are a peaceful pro-life advocate who celebrates these values and wants to help save lives in your local community, we’d love to be a blessing to you! See for a summary of our training, tools, and support, and how to start one of our life-saving programs in your community.  (Our tools are so in-depth that we even have sheets to keep statistics of what is working well at your local abortion facility; however, our policy is that no Sidewalk Advocate may write down any information that could identify a client or worker.)

Almost 6,000 women have thanked us for being present at the abortion facility, peacefully reaching out to them; many of them have sent us pictures of their precious children or invited us to their baby shower or their child’s first birthday party.  We are honored to continue this life-saving journey, and we cannot wait to see what God will do next through YOU!  Going forward, let us know if we can be of service.


Lauren Muzyka, Esq.
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

IT OPENS TOMORROW!!!!!!!! Don’t miss your opportunity…

Dear Friend of Life:


Are YOU…

…someone who wants to HELP SAVE MORE LIVES and END ABORTION through the power of love in your community?

…someone who has been regularly in engaged in sidewalk counseling in front of your local abortion facility for years, but curious how to more quickly and effectively offer help to mothers in a really short amount of time — or navigate around difficult abortion center escorts and other workers?

…someone who’s never done this before, but wondering if this is for you  or someone who simply wants to know how to help a friend facing an unexpected pregnancy?

EARLY BIRD TICKET SALES for the SECOND ANNUAL “Save Lives on the Sidewalk National Pro-Life Conference,” October 11-13, 2019, in the Dallas, TX area  with a special abortion worker outreach training by Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson  open TOMORROW!!


  • Top, effective, cutting-edge sidewalk outreach techniques known to help save lives from around the nation — and why they’re working
  • How you can witness a turnaround at the abortion facility in about 15 seconds
  • Special cases at the abortion facility — and how to confidently navigate them
  • A comprehensive abortion worker outreach training + effectively navigating difficult situations with workers, led, in person, by Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson
  • How to effectively recruit and sustain your local program
  • Unparalleled inspiration and fellowship with other pro-lifers from around the nation

– WHERE: Dallas/Ft. Worth Marriott Airport Hotel, 8440 Freeport Pkwy, Irving, TX

  • free shuttle to/from DFW Airport
  • free Wi-Fi
  • 2 restaurants on site (*even though all meals are covered with your registration fee, except Saturday night)
  • comfortable facilities + high traveler rating

***Discount Room Block: Limited, super discounted rooms under “Sidewalk Advocates for Life” room block at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Marriott Airport Hotel.  (See for booking details!)

– WHEN: Friday evening, October 11 (6:30 pm) – Sunday afternoon (2:00 pm), October 13, 2019

– WHY: Former abortion providers have told us that sidewalk advocacy was the activity that most devastated their business.  Planned Parenthood has said that when there is a peaceful outreach presence in front of their facilities, the cancellation rate can go as high as 75%!  No doubt, sidewalk advocacy  being present at the scene to give abortion-bound women and men real help and hope in order to help save lives  is an essential part to ending abortion through God’s grace.  This one-time event will help supply any pro-life individual with the tools they need to start or take their existing outreach to the next level!


  • $109 – Super Early Bird Special (February 15 – April 15)
  • $119 – Early Bird Special (April 16 – July 15)
  • $139 – Regular Conference Fee (July 16 – October 10)

The registration fee covers conference materials, ALL MEALS from Friday night through Sunday lunch (except Saturday night), and shuttle to/from DFW Airport!

Questions?  Please drop us a line back!

We look forward to seeing you there!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

DEVOTIONAL (February 1- 15, 2019): “Fixing the World”

by Jeff Reedy, Store Manager, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse(s):  “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.'” – Matthew 18:1-3

Reflection:  Jesus is answering the disciples’ foolish questions about who will be greatest in the kingdom. The questions are foolish because they don’t understand how things work in the Kingdom. Yet.

So Jesus gives them a little lesson: He welcomes a small child to come sit with Him, and He tells the disciples that they must become like little children in order to even ENTER the Kingdom of Heaven. And then He goes on to give very serious consequences to those who harm the little ones.

We start at home. I begin fixing my own “stupid.” In my life, I’ve had the gift of tutoring children with different kinds of challenges. The way I challenge myself, for example, is by learning to be patient with those who are slower at learning, and helping them along their way. Teach them, rather than ridicule them. That’s helping the little ones Jesus talked about, not hurting them.

Obviously, we can’t FORCE anyone to leave their foolishness and stupidity behind and move into the light — we aren’t responsible for MAKING them change. We are responsible for how WE act, and for setting an example that they can follow if they are willing.

We can fix stupid — our own stupid. And then we can help those who are willing to fix theirs, too. Maybe if enough of us start doing that, we can help to begin healing our broken world.

God, thanks for reminding us that fixing the world begins with fixing ourselves.

Faith Challenge:  What in your life is not healthy, happy, or holy? Begin with one thing — one virtue that you resolve to pray about and grow in. Ask God to help you walk more closely with Him as He uses you to be a docile, powerful light to those in need.

Could late-term abortion spread across the U.S.? What do we do?

Dear Friend of Life:

I felt like you could hear the outcry from people of faith and conscience when New York legalized abortion until birth just two weeks ago.

Now …Rhode Island? …Vermont? …Virginia? …considering it?!

What is this madness?!

After talking to fellow leaders in the pro-life movement regarding where this is coming from, we think one thing is clear: They are furious at the progress we in the pro-life movement, together, have made.  They know Roe v. Wade‘s days are numbered.  And this is push back for all of our progress, for the day that Roe is overturned and sent back to the states.

Meanwhile, it alerted all of us to the fact that several states already had “abortion until birth” as the law in their jurisdiction!  Those states (besides New York and Vermont) include Oregon, Alaska, Colorado, D.C., New Jersey, New Hampshire, and New Mexico.  Unbelievable.

All in all, no one summarized it better than my friend, Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson…

We have watched, in horror, over the past two weeks as states like New York, Virginia, Rhode Island and Vermont are seeking to roll out the most depraved abortion policies we have ever seen. Aborting babies in the third trimester, allowing non-physicians to perform abortions, and even killing babies outside of the womb if they happen to survive an abortion.

To add insult to injury, the One World Tower in New York lights up pink as this insane law is passed … to what? … remind us of how many baby girls will be killed?

What can we do? We must fight with everything we have to defeat these dangerous bills …Please help us end this scourge.”

We at Sidewalk Advocates for Life are already planning an additional training in New York to help equip our Advocates in the Northeast to aptly reach out to later-term abortion clients.  (Please pray for us as we finish off details!)

What’s interesting is that not even a lot of abortionists want to do abortions super late into pregnancy — as confirmed by Abby — so some of these laws may end up, largely, being symbolic.  Still, it leaves room for the handful of doctors who do commit abortions late into pregnancy to open additional offices in these states that do not restrict abortion after the point of viability.  In short, it will be interesting to watch how the landscape changes and if anyone updates their law as New York did.

What we must remember is this: There’s resounding agreement in the movement that we’re slowly winning this battle  ironically, New York is evidence of that.  Sidewalk Advocates for Life continues to be at the darkest places in our communities, right where abortions are taking place, to offer help and hope.  While we need to prepare ourselves for the unique set of circumstances that a later-term client often presents to us, we will not only continue doing what we’re doing, but working hard to expand our life-saving locations so that there’s no uncovered abortion facility in America!

You can partner with us at just $25/month to ensure we have the resources needed to re-train our Sidewalk Advocates every time a state updates their abortion law.  To become a LIFE PARTNER and help this life-saving work grow, go to:

Thank you, dear friend, for your prayers and sacrificial support as we look to save lives and end abortion at any stage of pregnancy through the power of His love!

In Christ, for LIFE,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

DEVOTIONAL (January 22 – 31, 2019): “You Knit Me”

by Kristi Noem, Governor of South Dakota

(the following appeared at

Verse(s):  “You created my innermost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful.” – Psalm 139:13-14

Reflection: 46 years ago today, our Supreme Court justified the killing of unborn babies. Since that day when abortion was legalized, more than 60 million babies in America have been murdered – their potential ripped away, their laughter silenced before it had a chance to start.

I believe every life, starting from the time of conception, has dignity and value. I understood that even deeper the first time Bryon and I heard our oldest daughter Kassidy’s heartbeat. As believers, we know that value not only comes from the existence of life, but from the very fabric of our being. Scripture states that we are made in the very image of our Creator – we are the product of His hands. He created our innermost being. Life must be valued because He is life. Dignity must be valued because He created us in His image; it’s His breath in our lungs.

Faith Challenge:  I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer. As we recognize this momentous date in our nation’s history, may we also pray prophetically over the future of our nation. Pray that eyes will be opened to the evil of abortion. Pray that the Lord would place people in power who are able to confront this injustice and defend unborn lives.

I’m seeing Abby Johnson’s movie tonight…

Dear Friend of Life:

Tonight in Dallas, my husband and I will have a chance to preview the new blockbuster pro-life film that will hit theaters on March 29: Unplannedthe story of Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson and her journey to our side.

When I accepted the invitation, after a couple hours, it hit me: I’ll be seeing it on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade!

Coincidence?  I’m not one to over-dramatize a connection, but I couldn’t help but feel this was no coincidence.  Just before the clock struck midnight and we entered 2019, I felt so strongly that this year was going to be a huge turning point in the pro-life battle and that THIS movie was going to be one of the biggest reasons why. 

I almost wonder if the Lord is telling me that this movie is going to impact hearts and minds so much that it will help lead us to the end of Roe.

Here’s a confession: I just got back with part of our National Team from the annual Washington D.C. March for Life — gosh, what an amazing trip for our ministry, full of divine appointments — and while there, I had an opportunity to preview the movie.  When my movie time popped up, our video guy and I were right in the middle of interviews, so it was hard to peel myself away.

No problem, I thought, there’s another showing later.

When the evening time rolled around, I didn’t tell anyone, but I hesitated.  Abby’s story was so much a part of my formation and is one of the biggest reasons why we do what we do in Sidewalk Advocates for Life, I was afraid I’d be too distracting in the small conference room: You know, the sobbing goon in the corner, ha!  A lot of people don’t know that I was a college student at Texas A&M University when Abby was rising through the ranks of Planned Parenthood, and I used to regularly pray and sidewalk counsel under the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life at her abortion facility.  In short, her story is so much a part of my own.

I told myself I’d wait until I was in a bigger theater and I could hide my box of Kleenex … and here’s the opportunity!

I remember what life was like before the first 40 Days for Life campaign showed up outside that Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aggieland: The pro-life community had a lot of passion, but it was misfiring, so to speak.  There were weird costumes, angry signage, and a barrage of words across the fence …and it all felt so futile.  (When I tell people I know what it’s like to be ignored and feel like you are ineffective on the sidewalk, I mean it!)  In 2004, my friend David Bereit, (then) Director of the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life, gathered up his staff — which included my classmates, Shawn and Marilisa Carney — and led them through an hour of prayer at the Coalition office.

What came out of that time of prayer was 40 Days for Life: a 40-day campaign of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil outside the abortion center, and community outreach.  David and Shawn encouraged all the odd strategies to stand down for just 40 days — and we were just going to try a peaceful prayer vigil.  The atmosphere changed.  Things got more peaceful, prayerful, and purposeful … and miraculously, more women were coming to the fence to talk.

And the abortion rate dropped in our college community by a whopping 28%!

I witnessed this transformation.  It was a profound part of my formation and why I believe in our peaceful approach in Sidewalk Advocates for Life so much.  After praying for so long for the key to winning more life-saving conversations, I was over the moon.

As you know, 40 Days for Life began to spread and has become an international movement, celebrating amazing victories for LIFE.

And after lots of prayer and loving persistence, Abby left Planned Parenthood and became one of the greatest pro-life leaders our movement has ever seen.

Years later, the main lesson hit me: The fence between us and Planned Parenthood was really made of pain … and prayer, peace, and love was the key to winning people across the lifeline.

On this anniversary of Roe, while it’s understandable to mark this day as one of great sadness, I’d like to redirect us a bit: After strategy discussions with other leaders around the March for Life, meeting more former workers and women healed from an abortion experience, and adding up our progress in just the past few years, I believe we’re at a real, profound turning point that will lead us to the end of Roe.  The momentum is on our side  we just need to capitalize on it!

Here’s 3 things YOU can do to continue the life-saving momentum…

1. Follow the movie, Unplanned, online and via social media and share, share, share their posts!  When the movie release approaches, go see it and get as many of your friends and loved ones to go see it!  We’ll also be in touch with opportunities to partner with us to help get the word out about this powerful film!  Website:

2. Stay connected with us at Sidewalk Advocates for Life We have some big things coming out in the next year that we believe will help save more lives than ever before — we cannot wait to share more!  Follow us on social media (see all buttons at the top left of

Also, you can find your closest location and get trained as a Sidewalk Advocate here:

Or if there isn’t a location near you and you have an abortion or abortion-referral facility in your backyard, consider building your own team — we’ll be there every step of the way!:

3. Join us as a monthly LIFE PARTNER where you can help advance our life-saving mission to ensure that no abortion facility in the country goes without peaceful, loving advocates every hour of business!  See and be sure to click “Make this a monthly gift”!

The pro-life, pro-love message is more infectious than ever, and rest assured, God is moving.  In that spirit, I leave you with this moving picture of our friend, Dr. Pat Castle, Founder & CEO of LIFE Runners, who passed our official March for Life sign, “Make Unborn Babies Great Again” (which went viral during the March!) to the Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, and then, joyfully snapped this picture as if to say that LIFE is winning again in America.  (The devotional, below, was also composed by her!)

Friends, I cannot wait to see all that 2019 has in store for all of us who love the Lord and the gift of LIFE!  Stay tuned, right?

In Christ, for LIFE,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life