Hold My Hand campaign offers boost to pro-life movement

Planned Parenthood has shown its hand. Now it's time for pro-lifers to show theirs.

Hold My Hand is a new website dedicated to getting more people active in the pro-life movement.

The pro-life website, found at www.holdmyhand.net, which debuted in October at the Respect Life Convention, includes a pledge to help bring an end to Planned Parenthood. It also includes specific ideas for getting involved through education, service, prayer, advocacy and on social media.

The goal is to build on the momentum of the videos released this year by the Center for Medical Progress, which depict Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal body parts, and to end public support for Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider. In 2013, Planned Parenthood's facilities performed more than 327,000 abortions, according to its 2013-14 annual report.

The Holy My Hand campaign was developed by several people in the Archdiocese of St. Louis during the fall. Content is geared toward a general pro-life message. Other partners include Coalition for Life, Vitae Foundation and the Missouri Catholic Conference.

"We've seen so many conflicting news reports about what's the truth," said Brian Miller, executive director of the Catholic Youth Apostolate, who helped develop the website. "There are people saying, 'Oh, the videos are highly edited,' and others saying, 'Oh no they're not.' We wanted to get all the facts together in one place.

"We're trying to spur people to action," said Miller. "The videos are terrible, but that's only a fraction of how terrible what goes on at Planned Parenthood (is). While this is about the videos and bringing them to light, it's all about gaining momentum toward ending the evil that is abortion."

The campaign touts itself as walking with people "who are faced with the most difficult situations in their lives. In order to live our call to be pro-life, from conception to natural death, we want to provide resources for healing and support for those who need it most." The website links visitors to resources including National Right to Life, pregnancy help resources via Heartbeat International, and healing after abortion through Abortion Changes You.

Other features on the website include links to all of the videos from the Center for Medical Progress, suggested actions on social media and blog posts. 

Pro-life events

Missouri Life Caravan • Registration is open for the Missouri Life Caravan to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. The bus trip will take place Jan. 21-23. For more information, visit www.missourilife.org or call (314) 434-4900.

Pro-Life eucharistic adoration • The Knights of Columbus Council #6018 will host eucharistic adorationon Saturday, Jan. 16,at St. David Parish, 2334 Tenbrook Road in Arnold, in support of those participating in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Adoration will begin after the 4:30 p.m. Mass and will continue until midnight. For more information, call Jim at (636) 465-3549.

Trivia Night • Our Lady's Inn is hosting a benefit trivia night Saturday, Jan. 16, at Chaminade College Preparatory School. Cost is $25 per person; $200 for table of 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and trivia begins at 7. For more information or to register, call Amy at (314) 736-1544.

Rose Procession and Mass • The annual Mass and rose procession to commemorate the Roe vs. Wade decision will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. A procession and prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood will follow.

Young Adult Pro-Life Holy Hour • The Respect Life Apostolate and Office of Young Adult Ministry are sponsoring a pro-life Holy Hour to pray for an end to abortion at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Cathedral Basilica. A social will follow in Boland Hall. For more information, contact the RLA at (314) 792-7555. 

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