The Central Texas Coalition for Life is a grassroots community-based organization that draws attention to the injustice of abortion through prayer and fasting, community outreach & education, and peaceful prayer vigils on the public right-of-ways in front of abortion facilities in Austin, Texas. We network with numerous pregnancy centers, community healthcare clinics, medical professionals and other resources to help women and their families find real, life-affirming alternatives to abortion. We offer resources for women and men with abortions in their past to find hope and healing. We offer resources for anyone working in the abortion industry to help and encourage them to leave. The Central Texas Coalition for Life is the bridge from the abortion facilities to these community resources.
The heaviest presence on the sidewalk is during our 40 Days for Life campaigns which consist of hundreds of volunteers from across central Texas praying for 40 consecutive days in front of the four local abortion facilities. These campaigns occur twice a year – once during the spring and once during the fall. As many as 1,200 local volunteers participate during the campaigns. Most volunteers sign up simply to pray for one hour a week in front of a local abortion facility. Some attend a Sidewalk Counselor training to learn how to effectively reach out to women at the abortion facilities to offer them alternatives and educate them about fetal development, abortion, and all their options. Sidewalk Counselors are the voice for the voiceless. Our Sidewalk Counselor training is sought out by other pro-life groups across the country; occasionally we offer our training in other cities to help them get their own sidewalk ministry started.
We visit as many as 15 churches on any given weekend to promote, encourage, educate and recruit people of faith to join us. Over 100 churches are represented on the sidewalks. We seek to keep a close relationship with other pro-life organizations to work together and build a culture of life. With our unique perspective, we are also able to provide trainings to pregnancy resource center counselors/advocates to better equip them, to affirm their ministries, and to build relationships.
In the past several years we have witnessed over 240 women (that we know of) choose life for over 243 babies scheduled to be aborted (at least three women were pregnant with twins)! Pregnancy centers report a significant increase in clientele when our efforts are more concentrated on the sidewalks. We have given information to thousands of men and women about healthcare alternatives. At least nine abortion clinic workers have had conversions and quit their jobs. Hundreds of women have been connected to post-abortion healing ministries, including several of our own volunteers. We are seeing abortion end before our very eyes and we are excited for what God has in store!