LOS ANGELES — When thousands gather inside Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 18, it won’t be to watch batters rounding the bases. Instead, thousands of youth and their families will be teaming up to march around the stadium and enjoy concerts, carnival games and an impressive lineup of speakers — all in support of life.

Go2Bat4Life has been described as an enormous open-air festival for people of all faiths aimed at strengthening their pro-life convictions. Think of it as a party with a purpose.

Between 1 and 4:30pm on Nov. 18, beginning with an energetic one-mile walk around the perimeter of the stadium, pro-lifers will be encouraged in their efforts by religious leaders and celebrities, including Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, actors Eduardo Verastegui (from Bella) and Mauricio Kuri (from For Greater Glory), Live Action founder Lila Rose and youth speaker Justin Fatica. Christian singer Lincoln Brewster and the popular Christian reggae band Christafari will perform. Former Dodgers’ manager Tommy Lasorda will kick off the event.

Marion Jones, the daughter of pro-life advocate Jason Jones, will be speaking about I Am Whole Life, the pro-life nonprofit that she directs. She also started the Until Abortion Ends initiative, which advocates prayer and fasting as a means of ending abortion.

“People are encouraged to give up something until abortion ends,” explained Jones. “Some have given up meat or their iPod, coffee, potato chips, soda or video games and have vowed to do so until abortion comes to an end. It’s like an extended Lent.”

“This event is unprecedented, unparalleled and unplugged,” said Baptist minister Walter Hoye, president and founder of Issues 4 Life and event emcee. “I’ve been all over the country, and I’ve never seen anything like this — the way it’s reaching out to the youth with fun, festivities and music.”

“It’s shocking to see how few people know about abortion or the pro-life cause on campus,” said Will Boles, a freshman pre-med student at UCLA who belongs to a pro-life student club there. “This event will reach out to high school and college students to show them that it can be both cool and fun to be pro-life.”

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