Abortion Facility Outreach

About the Outreach

Our Sidewalk Advocates Outreach is composed of a group of individuals that wait outside abortion clinics and  reach out to women in crisis who have come to the clinic. Here are the various people you will typically see outside the clinic and their roles:


Sidewalk Advocates/Counselors- Up to two individuals at a time will stand closest to the clinic entrance or closest to where they can reach the woman to attempt to engage them in conversation. These counselors are often the last chance for these women to hear a pro-life voice encouraging them to choose what is best for them and their child. All sidewalk counselors must be trained; see below for training contact information. If you visit the clinic as a prayer warrior or protester, please give the sidewalk counselors space, it is important that they are able to have a conversation with women. (Located in purple on the map below)

Prayer Warriors- Individuals or groups will visit the clinic to pray silently. There is no limit to how many prayer warriors can be at the clinic. Prayer Warriors are requested to pray silently or quietly so not to be distracting to the woman who are speaking with the counselors. Abortion clinic workers have said that their no-show rates climb as high as 75% when there are people praying outside the clinic. This is truly a life-saving ministry! (Located in blue on the map.


Sidewalk Advocates Training

Sidewalk Advocates undergo training on how to approach, converse with, and show true support for women in crisis, no matter the woman's specific circumstances. They learn how to present women with pro-life resources and options and how to inform them about abortion and a child's development.

Training sessions are offered about once a month.  If you are interested in attending a training, please contact Jay at programs@prolifemichiana.org or call (574) 232-5433.

Information for Current Sidewalk Advocates:

Some tips from our veteran Sidewalk Advocates:

  1. Make sure your cell phone is always fully charged.

  2. Know the emergency contact numbers (below) or have them handy.

  3. Check the weather before your shift and dress accordingly (including things like sunscreen and rain gear).

  4. Bring cardboard to stand on in the winter (it insulates against the cold grass). We also have rugs.

Emergency contact numbers:

  1. General emergency: 911

  2. Local police: (574) 235-9201

  3. Right to Life Michiana office: (574) 232-5433

  4. Jackie Appleman (Executive Director, RTLM): (574) 850-1017

  5. Jay Burke (Program Manager, RTLM): (616) 916-2249

Below is a map of the abortion clinic from above. 

Free public parking is indicated below in yellow.

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