Sidewalk Advocates for Life Supports its Jackson, Mississippi Members as They Legally Challenge New Buffer Zone Ordinance

October 31, 2019

Sidewalk Advocates for Life supports the four individual members of Sidewalk Advocates for Life – Jackson, Mississippi who have announced a challenge to the new Jackson city buffer and bubble zone ordinance.

Sidewalk Advocates for Life opposes all buffer zone regulations as they violate our peaceful volunteers’ First Amendment rights and serve as viewpoint discrimination, noting that any public concerns about unlawful conduct in front of an abortion facility can be addressed by enforcing existing laws already on the books.

The Jackson, Mississippi ordinance prohibits volunteers from approaching within eight feet of any person without consent, for the purpose of engaging in counseling, education, distributing leaflets, or other similar speech. It also bans volunteers from congregating within fifteen feet of the abortion facility.

Violations of the new ordinance could result in fines of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail.

All Sidewalk Advocates for Life volunteers sign a pledge of integrity to emphasize their commitment to abide by the law on the sidewalk and conduct their outreach peacefully. The volunteers will maintain a presence in Jackson, and will make any necessary adjustments to their locations to comply with the law.

Similar regulations have been overturned in federal courts across the country, with the Supreme Court itself striking down many of these unnecessarily restrictive buffer and bubble zones throughout the years.

While this issue will likely be resolved after much time and many resources have been exhausted in court, the real cost is to the women served by the Jackson Sidewalk Advocates for Life.

While the new Jackson ordinance is directed towards protesters, it is written so broadly as to affect a variety of free speech, including the outreach of charitable organizations who offer free services such as pregnancy tests and ultrasounds like the Jackson Sidewalk Advocates. 

In the past five years, Sidewalk Advocates for Life has trained thousands of volunteers to go to abortion facilities to simply offer loving, life-affirming alternatives to abortion. In that time, nearly 7,000 women and families have freely chosen our help and given life to their children, relieved that someone was there to offer them other choices – and that number is growing every day.

“Women regularly accept our offer to help in the midst of an unexpected pregnancy,” said Pam Miller, Co-Leader of Sidewalk Advocates for Life – Jackson, Mississippi. “In fact, in partnership with other peaceful community members, more women than ever — at least 30 this year alone — have opted to take advantage of the free, alternative resources the Jackson community provides. We are committed to connecting women with the loving, life-affirming assistance they deserve, and we will continue to serve the women of Mississippi in a peaceful and law-abiding way.” 

The lawsuit was filed with the Mississippi Justice Institute in Hinds County Circuit Court. A copy of the complaint can be found here.

For media inquiries: press@sidewalkadvocates.org

Sidewalk Advocates for Life Responds to Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why Abortion Episode

Netflix’s dishonest portrayal of sidewalk counseling is just another example of Hollywood’s pro-abortion propaganda

August 28, 2019

Netflix released season three of its teen drama, “13 Reasons Why” on August 23. The second episode, “If You’re Breathing, You’re a Liar” follows high schooler Chloe Rice as she faces an unexpected pregnancy and considers abortion.

While the episode accurately depicts many of the common emotions surrounding an unexpected pregnancy – issues thousands of real American women face every year – unfortunately for Netflix viewers, the subplot so grossly and inaccurately mischaracterizes modern-day sidewalk advocacy and sidewalk counseling in front of an abortion facility, that it can only be understood as abortion propaganda.

There is a “fake abortion clinic” where a manipulative “counselor” uses not-so-subtle psychological tactics to foment anxiety. There is an activist pretending to be a clinic escort in a deceitful, last-ditch effort to intimidate women using guilt and gore. These situations and characters are propagandistic caricatures that in no way represent what takes place on the sidewalk as American women in need of support meet Sidewalk Advocates and prayer volunteers before they make a final decision – or inside the many pregnancy resource centers we are proud to refer to.

In the past five years, Sidewalk Advocates for Life has trained thousands of volunteers to go to abortion facilities to simply offer loving, life-affirming alternatives to abortion. In that time, more than 6,500 women and families have freely chosen our help and given life to their children, relieved that someone was there to offer them other choices – and that number is growing every day.

Contrary to the scene Netflix is presenting to the viewer, women who have worked with our Sidewalk Advocates and community pregnancy resource centers often say that they felt, not manipulated or deceived, but grateful and empowered by information and resources. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are threatened by real choice because when women are presented with the truth about the many options available to them, they overwhelmingly choose life.

Netflix has made no effort to disguise their support of the abortion industry. Earlier this summer, the company announced it was “rethinking its investment” in Georgia in response to the state’s new abortion restrictions. Last year, another Netflix young adult show, Big Mouth, featured an entire episode called, “The Planned Parenthood Show,” which was evidently created after the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles explicitly requested that Hollywood create more proabortion content.

This show is just one more example of Hollywood’s free publicity for the abortion giant. Americans can expect more of the same from Netflix and the rest of their industry as they continue to partner with Planned Parenthood. In the meantime, we at Sidewalk Advocates for Life will continue to serve women and families facing unexpected pregnancies by providing them with accurate information about the many resources available to them, should they choose to parent or place their child in a loving home through adoption.

For media inquiries: press@sidewalkadvocates.org

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!

DETAILS ON THE 2019 CONFERENCE HERE (+ INFO ON PURCHASING TICKETS):sidewalkadvocates.org/conference

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 jenna@sidewalkadvocates.org and she’d be happy to match you up with someone!

AGAIN, HERE’S THE DIRECT LINK TO PURCHASE TICKETS:sidewalkadvocates.org/conference

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

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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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!

THANK YOU AGAIN!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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Your RECORDING — and DOUBLE your LIFE-SAVING gift!

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!
IF YOU MISSED IT, HERE’S THE RECORDING: http://sidewalkadvocates.org/replay
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 to:sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

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

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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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: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate …thank you so much for your support!!

BREAKING: EMERGENCY WEBCAST ON LATE-TERM ABORTION TOMORROW NIGHT!

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!

REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE LIMITED SPOTS NOW: sidewalkadvocates.org/webcast

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!

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
Here are the important details, once again…

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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 sidewalkadvocates.org/webcast 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.)

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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: sidewalkadvocates.org/webcast

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

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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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.

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In summary, here’s a concise video that explains more of the spirit behind these values: https://vimeo.com/317884340

And when all these values come together, it can lead to miraculous stories such as Lizanne’s: https://vimeo.com/85324470

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 https://sidewalkadvocates.org/about/how-it-works/ 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.

Blessings,

Lauren Muzyka, Esq.
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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IT OPENS TOMORROW!!!!!!!! Don’t miss your opportunity…

Dear Friend of Life:

We have an EXCITING, BREAKING ANNOUNCEMENT!

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!!

– WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • 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 sidewalkadvocates.org/conference 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!

– REGISTER: sidewalkadvocates.org/conference

  • $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

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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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: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

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

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