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A Legal Guide for Sidewalk Counselors

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Over the past 27 years, a surging pro-life movement has helped force the closure of 75 percent of surgical abortion businesses in America. But the work is not done. Nearly 500 abortion facilities still exist in the United States.

That’s where you come in.

As a sidewalk counselor, you can bring hope and clarity to women and men facing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy by connecting with them and empowering them to choose life. To do this work faithfully and effectively, however, you should familiarize yourself with your rights.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and 40 Days for Life created this manual to educate you about your legal rights when engaging in sidewalk counseling. We pray this resource will help you be better equipped to serve the women and men entering abortion clinics every day.


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Included in This Guide:

  • What does the First Amendment allow me to do as a sidewalk counselor?
  • What types of activities are not protected by the First Amendment?
  • How do I know if I am trespassing?
  • What should I do if the police are called to the abortion clinic?

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40 Days for Life