The two remaining abortion facilities in Dallas (down from thirteen in 1990), where an estimated 40 babies die each day, are places of unspeakable violence and sorrow. Christians are called to be present there, as Mary and the apostle John stood at Calvary. Like them, we must bravely face the suffering of the innocent.
The Convert-to-Life / Sidewalk Counseling Ministry of the CPLC is present to women and men in two ways: prayer and sidewalk counseling. Sidewalk counselors, including those from the Summer Intern Program, are trained to lovingly offer alternatives to women and men coming to the facilities, and referrals for post-abortion healing to those leaving. Over 30 counselors ensure an almost-daily presence at the centers. Since its beginning in 1997, the Convert-to-Life Ministry has helped more than 8,000 mothers choose life for their babies, and six abortion centers have closed.
“We are not responsible for these ‘saves,’ we are merely instruments of God’s grace. His compassion is what converts hearts and saves precious lives. We are just blessed to stand in the gap to offer His hope to the hopeless.” - LifeSiteNews article on record number of women who chose life outside Dallas abortion facilities after being counseled by CPLC sidewalk counselors
Prayer events, which offer critical support to the sidewalk counselors, include the Roe Memorial Rosaries outside the Soutwestern and Planned Parenthood South abortion facilities, a quarterly Mass and Rosary Procession to an abortion facility, participation in the fall 40 Days for Life campaign, and Eucharistic Adoration. Each parish is asked to pray and fast for the conversion of a particular abortion facility, its staff, and all who come there. Team Leaders organize prayer support from individuals, who pray at the facilities and elsewhere. For more information about the Convert-to-Life Ministry, please contact the Ministry Director at .
Every pro-life ministry is essential to convert the culture. Education, legislation, and supportive services – each has its place and is critical. But Convert-to-Life is truly the front lines of the battle for life, the most urgent opportunity we have to help a mother and save her child. Hear about these front-line, life-saving experiences in our sidewalk counselors' own words in their Stories from the Street. And experience the inspiration of this life-changing and life-saving ministry through the music and words of local musician Stephen Ward:
“Rescue those who were being dragged off to death.” – Proverbs 24:11