Know What to Say Outside Abortion Clinics

The following is from an email I received from Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.  While this specifically pertains to the SE Pennsylvania area, others areas across the country may want to incorporate this idea of a ‘Newby Saturday as well.  

Newby Saturday

11/9 ‘Newby Saturday’ in Philadelphia!

DATE: Saturday, November 9

TIME: from 10:00am-12:00pm

LOCATION: Outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets in Philadelphia*

*Fact: There were 4,231 unborn lives lost at this particular Planned Parenthood location in 2018.

HOW NEWBY SATURDAY WORKS: “Newby Saturdays” are designed to answer the following questions for a first-time or newer witness:

  • Is there a brochure I can hand to women?
  • Do I have to/can I talk to anyone?
  • Where can I stand?
  • What are the yellow vested ‘escorts’ doing?
  • Is there anything I should or shouldn’t do?
  • Some people are praying the rosary, but I don’t do that; what else can I do?
  • Is everybody going inside the building getting an abortion?
  • Is there a way to tell if a woman has arrived for an abortion?
  • What are those brown bags women are carrying out?

OTHER DETAILS: We’ll have a seasoned person there: Tom Stevens (Pro-Life Union President and CEO), Patrick Stanton (Pro-Life Union Board Member; Leader of Philadelphia 40 Days for Life), Dr. Monique Ruberu (Pro-Life Union Board Member; Leader of Philadelphia 40 Days for Life), or another designee to help answer common questions about Sidewalk Servants.

QUESTIONS? Call our office at 215-885-8150 the Friday before “Newby Saturday” to find out who will be there, or if you have other questions.

SPREAD THE WORD: Click here to view our Facebook event and share it with friends and family on social media.

Continue to pray for the unborn and the vulnerable. Your prayers and compassionate outreach can save lives and restore faith in the lives of others.

True Freedom Conference Focuses on Hope, Freedom, Love and Forgiveness Found in Christ

Below is a report from Kim Griffin on the True Freedom Conference that was held in center city Philadelphia on Saturday.  Additional pictures of the prayer rally are in the file below Kim’s report.  


On October 26, 2019 people of faith, young and old gathered for a prayer vigil at the Women’s Center of Philadelphia.

The Women’s Center of Philadelphia is an abortion center in a non-descript building on Appletree Street in Center City Philadelphia. They provide abortions up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. On an average day, they abort 19 babies per day, 6437 per year.

Speakers at the event spoke of the hope, freedom, love and forgiveness found in Christ. And acknowledged the difficulties facing the pro-life movement but that is a worthy and important cause.

Here are some highlights:

Karly Brown from Temple University spoke about abortion being the “greatest battle of our day. “She pointed out that Christ was humiliated and mocked for sharing truth and so we will be too.

Pastor Curtis who comes to the clinic to pray with his three children and hand out blessing bags spoke and shared that each one of us is “made in the image and likeness of God.” The blessings bags contain handwritten cards with words of encouragement and pamphlets that contain resources for adoption, counseling, and free ultrasounds. There is also information on the abortion reversal pill. When women go the clinic for a chemical abortion they take the first dose of the abortion pill (Mifeprex or RU-486.) They are sent home to complete the abortion with two more doses. But if the woman changes her mind the effects of the first dose may be reversed and allow the pregnancy to continue. Women have up to 72 hours but ideally would call within 24 hours of taking the first dose for a greater chance of reversal. Women can call and receive help from a medical professional that will guide the woman towards reversing the effects of the abortion pill. The hotline number is (877) 558-0333.

Marlene Downing who is the executive director of Hope Pregnancy Center in North Philadelphia emphasized that pro-life efforts are never in vain, that we must not grow weary. The pregnancy Center offers positive alternatives to unplanned pregnancies working to meet both the needs of the woman and the child at every level.

And Father Joseph Coffey, a Navy Chaplain and champion for the unborn reminded us that the Quakers spoke out against slavery long before it was abolished. We too are speaking out against an injustice against humanity, the killing of the unborn. And our efforts are not in vain.

Pat Stanton, co-leader of Sidewalk Servants for 40 days for life pointed out that abortion statistics are in our favor.  Less women are getting abortions. And there have been two saves during this 40 days for life campaign in Philadelphia that we are aware of, perhaps many more.  Patrick further stated, “since the 1990’s the number of abortion clinics has dropped 68% from app. 2100 to 728. And according to 40 Days for Life, the results from 24 coordinated campaigns; 16,004 babies have been saved and 190 abortion workers have been converted and 100 abortion centers closed!”

During the prayer vigil, many women entered the clinic (Saturday is one of the clinics busiest days) but this Saturday at least the message of hope, forgiveness, and healing in Christ was shared.

You can view more photos from the True Freedom Conference prayer vigil are below.

True Freedom Conference


You Still Have Time to Register for This Saturday’s True Freedom Conference

Conference 1

Generation Life   invites you and the young people in your life to join us for a FREE, galvanizing Pro-Life conference featuring premiere speaker, Christopher West.

This conference will begin with a prayer vigil & rally at the 777 Appletree St. abortion clinic, then confer at Roman Catholic High School’s Howard Center for the Arts.

Date: Saturday, October 26
Time: 8:00am – 12:15pm
Vigil Location: 777 Appletree St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Conference Location: Howard Center for the Arts
1212 Wood St., Philadelphia, PA, 19107

The abortion industry is targeting more and more young people, trapping them in the culture of death.

Encourage young people you know to explore TRUE FREEDOM with these two powerful events. Share this with high school students and young adults in your life!

Christopher West

Join us for witness and prayer, followed by Mass, and a powerful presentation by  Christopher West of the Theology of the Body Institute.

There are several ways to reserve your space for this no-cost event.

Online: Visit
By Phone: Call (215) 393-3610
By Mail: Print and send the form below to Generation Life, 8506 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136

For more information, please see flyer and registration forms provided below.



Generation Life officially began its outreach to youth with a summer leadership conference at Drexel University during the summer of 2000. At this conference 200 students rallied together to form the first group of Gen Lifers in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area. Based on the success of this conference, the leadership at Generation Life decided that it was necessary to outreach to youth on a more fulltime basis. So in the fall of 2001, following a second successful summer leadership conference at Villanova University, Generation Life began to outreach to area schools (public, private and parochial) with the hiring of a fulltime workforce. Since 2001, Generation Life has invited over 400,000 young people throughout the Philadelphia and tri-state area to embrace the message of saving sex for marriage. For more information on this organization, please visit their website using this link.  



Those in the Abortion Industry Are in Need Our Prayers

The following comes from Kathy Kuhns of Pro-Life Berks.  Kathy sends out a weekly email and graciously allows us to post her updates on our blog. 

She would like all who pray and witness outside of the Planned Parenthood in Reading, Pennsylvania as well as at the Allentown Planned Parenthood to pray for the ‘deathscorts’ who lead vulnerable women into these abortion centers.   (Something we all should do on a daily basis.)

Below is a short prayer you can  use to pray for the conversion of all who work or volunteer in any way at Planned Parenthood or any other abortion facility. You may also want to use the link below to learn more about the Pro-Life Berks ‘Prayer Project’.  It is something every pro-life group could and should do.  

Prayer for Escorts

Last Tuesday we had 2 “deathscorts” – 2 young girls in PP pink vests.  They made a point of showing us the trash can they place inside the Planned Parenthood door, with a sign on it telling clients to throw away the literature we give them.

We’ve dealt with deathscorts before at Reading Planned Parenthood, and now again have them at Allentown Planned Parenthood, and the best approach is to not engage with them, or provoke them.  There’s no benefit.   Just pray for them………………… 

Last, the Prayer Project signs are finally here and they look great – they’re in Planned Parenthood’s bright pink.   Please let us know when you’ll be praying at Reading Planned Parenthood and we’ll give you a sign.  (Contact information is provided in the Guidelines below).  The signs are really going to stand out, so please be willing to hold one while you pray.

Guidelines for Praying and Bible Verses

Sidewalk Counseling Training to be Held Saturday, Sept 14 in Woodway, Texas

The following is from John Pisciotta, Director of Pro-Life Waco.  All pro-lifers living in and around Woodway, Texas are invited and encouraged to attend this training. 

Sidewalk Advocates

Take advantage of this educational and motivational opportunity. We must BE pro-life. And, additionally, we must learn to SPEAK pro-life.
Sessions facilitated by staff from Care Net Pregnancy Center.

DATE: Saturday, September 14
TIME: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Training material, including videos, are created by Sidewalk Advocates for Life.

LOCATION: Woodway First Baptist Church, 101 Ritchie Road, Woodway, Texas. (map) 

To reserve your slot contact: Care Net: 254-772-8270 or contact Nancy  at  or Aine at  Coffee and breakfast and lunch provided.

Your benefit will be great even if you decide not to do sidewalk counseling at Planned Parenthood. All of us have opportunities to engage and respond to others in support of moms and babies in the womb. Prepare now to talk about the Gospel of Life with your relatives at Thanksgiving dinner.

Sidewalk Servant Training with Doctor Monique Ruberu Scheduled for July 27th in Northeast Philadelphia

Dr Ruberu

This training is ideal for people who are new to our Sidewalk Servants outreach program and those who want to become more familiar and involved as prayerful witnesses outside abortion centers. Our Sidewalk Counseling Training will help you to effectively and compassionately be a witness, share resources, and reach out to abortion-vulnerable women and family/friends so they consider, and ultimately choose, life for their unborn babies.

After Sidewalk Counseling Training, participants will then get an opportunity to exercise what they have learned outside Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia (2751 Comly Road, Philadelphia, Pa). (map) 

DATE: Saturday, July 27, 2019

TIMES: Training at 9:00 am, followed by a visit to Planned Parenthood (Comly Road in Philadelphia) around 10:15 am to utilize what was taught.

LOCATION OF TRAINING: St. Katherine of Siena Church (9700 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114) (map)

PRESENTER: Dr. Monique Ruberu, leader of Sidewalk Servants Philadelphia and 40 Days for Life Philadelphia

TO REGISTER: Email with your first and last name, contact information, and number of guests attending.

***Please be sure to contact the Pro-Life Union as noted above in order to participate in this training.***