Sidewalk counseling is exactly what the name implies: standing on the sidewalk outside an abortion clinic, counseling women and boyfriends in crisis pregnancy on their way inside. It is a last attempt to turn their hearts away from abortion and offer real help.
I think that to carry out the sidewalk counseling is important to consider some concepts such as empathy, sincerity, unconditional acceptance or humility. In my opinion Empathy is the most important quality. Empathy is the ability to understand what someone else is feeling and to communicate that you understand, while at the same time remaining objective enough to help them. Empathy is too, to remember that someone else may not feel the way you would under the same circumstances.
Another very important thing is listening. You can really help a woman in crisis pregnancy listening to her. This is more difficult on the sidewalk counseling because most of the time women and their boyfriends don’t stop and don’t want hearing you, and they think that you are there to damage them. Also in Preterm (Abortion mill in Cleveland) people don't go walking but in car.
It is not easy to help these women, boyfriend and their babies, but we have to be consistent and to do our best. As told in the National Sidewalk Counseling Symposium last week, women have a human baby on their, life is happen, and they have to know the truth