Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new pro-life video sponsored by Priests for Life is making the rounds across the Internet and is grabbing the attention of thousands. Titled, "Everyone Against Abortion Please Raise Your Hand," the video features a non-graphic image of a person holding the hand of a baby victimized by abortion.
"Let us mourn for these children," the video says. "May our hearts be broken enough for God to enter and stir us to action to defend their lives."
The video is part of a concerted effort from Father Frank Pavone to have Americans confront the reality of how abortion destroys the lives of babies before birth and to do so in a respectful way.
Pavone tells LifeNews.com the video has "sparked a response like no other I've seen" and that he is getting positive reaction from the nearly 23,000 people who have seen it on YouTube and thousands more who have viewed it on the Priests for Life web site.
"Viewers are calling 'Raise Your Hand' the most powerful, memorable, and touching pro-life video they've ever seen, yet there are no bloody images or controversial statements in it," Pavone said.
"The outstretched hand of this child is reaching a lot of people," he added. "The responses are overwhelming."
Pavone launched an advertising campaign for the video through an advertisement on the Drudge Report on Friday.
He told LifeNews.com that the video is a method of presenting the travesty of abortion in a unique way.
The proper use of graphic images has been a long debate within the pro-life movement.
Some pro-life advocates say they are a problem because they are off-putting to some viewers, who are then turned off to the pro-life message, and unsettling for women who have had abortions and have been trying to reconcile with God and themselves for what they did. They say the images are fine when shown privately with someone's consent rather than airing them in the general public.
Others say the images save lives and force viewers to confront the reality of abortion and how it kills children.
"People who have been in the pro-life movement for 35 years, people who have always been against the use of graphic images are saying this video leaves an indelible mark in a moving, loving way. This picture speaks more than a thousand words; it gives voice to 50 million lives," Pavone says.
Priests for Life intends to continue promoting the video through Internet advertising on major web sites.
Related web sites:
Raise Your Hand Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql_7jnp--UE
Priests for Life - http://www.priestsforlife.org