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The International Gift of Life Walk – NYC
March 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
The International Gift of Life Walk will have its run on Broadway March 25, as hundreds gather to celebrate the gift of human life. Participants gather on Foley Square to call for “Life without compromise” and decry abortion. The crowd will then parade down Broadway through New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes.” The event is sponsored by Personhood Education NY, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing personhood, the paramount right to life.
Participants will hear from actress Kristi Kollar, a young mom whose daughter was conceived in rape. Though some told her that abortion was the easier option, she saw her unplanned pregnancy differently.
“No matter how terrifying my situation was, and just because her dad was a rapist — none of this was my baby’s fault,” Kollar asserted. “There was this life inside of me, and it’s not my right to take it away.”
Indeed, little Adeline was born and today accompanies her mother to speak on behalf of life around the country.
International pro-life advocate Shawn Carney, President of 40 Days for Life, will be joined by former abortionist Dr. Haywood Robinson, filmmaker Robert Kollar, and Brooklyn Church@The Rock’s Rev. Kenneth Griepp to share the stories behind their outspoken support of life. The event will also feature operatic tenor James Scott Berry performing the National Anthem.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 9 a.m. (Eastern)
WHERE: Foley Square, 111 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013
WHO: Advocates for human life, to hear from…
- Kristi Kollar, actress and life advocate, Personhood Education NY and Save The 1
- Shawn Carney, President and CEO, 40 Days for Life
- Haywood Robinson, Director of Medical Affairs and Education, 40 Days for Life
- Robert Kollar, filmmaker and “fatherhood” advocate, Personhood Education NY
- Kenneth Griepp, Senior Pastor, Church@The Rock (Brooklyn)
- James Scott Berry, operatic tenor
- Dawn Eskew, President, Personhood Education NY
DETAILS: FREE and open to the public
Organizer Dawn Eskew calls Kristi “compelling” and is quick to point out that each of the men speaking has the best interests of women at heart. “While many label abortion a ‘women’s issue’ and invalidate male discourse on the matter, these gentlemen illustrate how that categorization is far removed from reality,” she explained.
“Take Robert Kollar…he’s a filmmaker and actor, but he will tell you that his greatest role is that of father and grandfather – of a child conceived in rape. He stood by his daughter, Kristi, through the trauma of assault, pregnancy, and single motherhood,” shared Eskew. “Together as a family, they speak out for voiceless children of violence – offering life-affirming help and compassion to sexually abused women and their loved ones.”
“They all have stories to tell,” Eskew added. “From Shawn Carney’s conversion of Abby Johnson from Planned Parenthood director to pro-life advocate, Dr. Haywood’s journey from abortionist to defender of life, and Pastor Griepp’s tale of persecution by the state of New York for sharing life-affirming alternatives to abortion-bound women. None of this is academic. It’s personal.”
Eskew noted that the parade route begins at Foley Square, also known as Thomas Paine Park, home of the African Burial Ground National Monument, commemorating an 18th century burial ground for an estimated 15,000 Africans enslaved in New York City. Participants will also glimpse a view of Freedom Tower, where among the memorialized victims of 9/11, are 11 unborn babies listed as children.
“These two historical points of reference highlight the tragedy of American abortion,” Eskew pointed out. “Less than 200 years ago slavery was legal. It was never morally right. Today, the same is true of abortion. Our mourning of the pre-born children murdered in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center underscores our innate recognition of their humanity.”
A few days before The International Gift of Life Walk, Eskew will receive the Sanctity of Human Life Award from the Queens Village Republican Club, the oldest GOP club in America.
About the International Gift of Life Walk – NYC
The International Gift of Life Walk – NYC is an annual public event celebrating the innate value of all human life. Besides decrying abortion, the mother organization – Personhood Education NY – teaches about all the ways that the personhood of human beings is being attacked at every stage of human development through the fast-paced advancement of science and technology. This rally and parade through the heart of the city began in 2017 after its pro-life founders were denied the opportunity to have a float in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The International Gift of Life Walk – NYC is dedicated to converting hearts toward compassion for women, children, and families. Sponsored by Personhood Education NY, participants seek to ensure life-affirming alternatives to abortion. Learn more at: The International Gift of Life Walk – NYC.