Oklahoma Pro-Life Action Network (P.L.A.N.) wrote about a mother who chose life after talking to a sidewalk counselor outside an abortion clinic:
Recently in Oklahoma City, a woman entering an abortion facility was approached by a P.L.A.N. sidewalk counselor. The woman chose not to have an abortion that day, and after a series of meetings decided against the abortion. The woman did not know that she was pregnant with TRIPLETS. Three beautiful babies were born as a result of that encounter outside the building where those babies were scheduled to be killed.
The link for the triplets goes to this beautiful photo of the mother and her babies:
For more information on sidewalk counseling, contact 40 Days for Life, and check out the articles below for a variety of perspectives. The last one has a four minute clip you can listen to. You can also contact your local pregnancy resource center or state pro-life organization, and most of them can let you know how to join a group who is involved in sidewalk counseling or how to start one yourself! Sidewalk counseling is a great pro-life project for churches and Bible study groups to get involved in.
There are, of course, different theories and methods of sidewalk counseling, but the main objective is to be a presence for life outside an abortion clinic and to offer practical help to the women and families going inside.
- Sidewalk Counseling: My Story of a Child Saved
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Sidewalk Counseling
- Sidewalk Counseling Training Packet
- What Happens When Christians “Sidewalk Counsel” at the Abortion Clinic
- Diary of a Sidewalk Counselor
- Planned Parenthood Security Guard Quits During Nationwide Protest
- How Can Pro-Lifers Encourage Sidewalk Counseling Participation?
P.L.A.N. also shared the story of another mother who chose life in Oklahoma after speaking with a sidewalk counselor:
These counselors try to talk with parents, giving them information that clinics don’t offer, such as the developmental stages of the preborn child, as well as the many dangers of so-called “safe and legal” abortions, including infection, sterility, and even death. Babies are alive today because of the intervention of sidewalk counselors. A young woman named Maria, who was met at an abortion center by a sidewalk counselor commented:
“I remember one of the women saying to me, ‘It’s only right, Maria, that you let this baby live,’ and when they showed me one of those fetal models, and let me hold it in my hand, and impressed upon me that my baby was just that size, I knew I could not go ahead with an abortion. I thank God every day that I didn’t abort my baby.”