We will have our first full-day sidewalk counselor training session in several years on Saturday, March 7 from 10:30-4:00 at St. Martha Catholic Church, about a 1/2 mile from PP.

The training will be given by Bethany Mistretta, Director of Programs for Sidewalk Advocates for Life, a national organization which trains folks like you and me with effective tips and strategies for reaching the hearts of abortion-minded women and men in a peaceful, prayerful, and law-abiding manner on the sidewalk.  Our Tuesday Vigil has been a member of SAFL for several years.

Whether you’re brand new to the sidewalk or you’ve been going for decades, the sincere hope is that ALL counselors will be able to attend, both for a much-needed refresher as well as to help unite our efforts all the better.

No one is obligated to become an official Sidewalk Advocate as a result of taking the training; in fact, it would be good if as many of us – those who pray, those who hold signs, etc. – could attend.  The training would be beneficial for anyone involved in our pro-life mission and all are welcome.

Workbooks will have to be ordered by Friday Feb. 21, so please RSVP before then (hopefully well before then) if you plan to attend.  Just respond to this email.

We are asking for a $5 donation to help defray the cost of the workbooks and the pizza lunch that will be served.

Please arrive by 10:15 to sign in and get a seat so we can start promptly at 10:30.

Hope everyone can make it that day – it may be some time before we have another training. 

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1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Decisions Legalized Abortion in the U.S. for theFull Nine Months of Pregnancy Prior to 1967, abortion was prohibited in all 50 states except when the mother’s life was in danger. Between 1967 and 1973, 18 states added further exceptions, mostly to allow abortion in cases of rape and incest, or for certain limited medical reasons, or on demand (New York). In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered two decisions, Roe v. Wade 1 and Doe v. Bolton 2 which, taken together, have allowed legal abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy in all 50 states. The two original decisions established legal abortion as follows: In the first three months of pregnancy, no one can interfere with a woman’s decision to abort her child. After the first three months, but before the “viability” of the unborn child, an individual state can enact laws to protect the health of the mother but cannot prohibit the abortion of the unborn child. After “viability” of the unborn child, an individual state can, if it chooses to do so, enact laws to protect the unborn child but abortion must be allowed if the life or “health” of the mother is at stake. The Supreme Court defined “health” as “the medical judgment that may be exercised in light of all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age –relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health.” 2 Consequently, the broad definition of “health” has made abortion legal up to the moment of birth.

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