What I Saw at the International Gift of Life Walk 2024 in New York City 

Savannah Craven - 28 Mar 2024

In the bustling heart of New York City, amidst the towering skyscrapers and the ceaseless rhythm of urban life, a different kind of movement takes center stage – a movement for life.  

Photo by Jeffrey Bruno

Every year, passionate individuals from all walks of life gather to participate in the International Gift of Life Walk presented by Personhood Education NY. This is a poignant expression of solidarity and advocacy for the sanctity of human life.  

The march drew participants from diverse backgrounds – students, families, religious groups, and political activists. Despite our differing perspectives and experiences, we were united by a common belief in the inherent dignity and worth of every human being, from conception to natural death. This shared conviction fueled our steps as we embarked on a journey through the flooded streets of Manhattan. Our voices joined in unison against the culture of death that plagues New York. Abortion is allowed up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, which is almost five and a half months. It’s also allowed up until birth for health or safety risk to the mother.  

From young children clutching handmade signs to elderly individuals leaning on canes, each person had a story to tell, a reason for standing up for the voiceless and vulnerable. As I walked alongside SFLA students and friends, I was humbled by the courage and conviction displayed by those who had overcome personal hardships and challenges to be present. 

Along the route, we encountered major opposition from onlookers. They jeered and hurled insults, unable to comprehend or accept the message we sought to convey. Many of them supported Palestine, which had nothing to do with the walk.  

One woman followed my friend Will and I nearly to the end of the walk, screaming “You should have been aborted! You should have never been born.”  

They know abortion is murder, and proudly admit it.  

Trash was also thrown in the streets by pro-abortion advocates which forced some pro-lifers to stop in their tracks. Yet, amidst the chaos and hatred, one thing remained constant – our unwavering commitment to defending the most vulnerable members of society, regardless of the obstacles or opposition we faced. 

Photo by Jeffrey Bruno

The NYC Pro-Life March may be just one event in a larger movement, but its impact reverberates far beyond the streets of Manhattan. It serves as a powerful reminder that change is possible. Even in a culture that often devalues human life, there are those willing to stand up and fight for what is right. As I reflect on my experience at the march, I am filled with renewed hope and determination to continue working towards a society where every life is cherished and protected, even in the abortion capital of the country.  

For in the end, it is not the size of the march or the number of participants that matters most – it is the conviction of our hearts and the sincerity of our actions that will ultimately shape the future of our world.

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