National Sanctity Of Human Life Day To Be Held This Sunday
Many pro-life organizations and churches will be commemorating the “National Sanctity of Human Life Day” this Sunday, January 15.
Former President Ronald Reagan originally issued a proclamation which set aside January 22, 1984 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. He chose that date because exactly eleven years earlier the controversial Roe v. Wade was decided in the Supreme Court of the United States, which legalized abortion.
“The values and freedoms we cherish as Americans rest on our fundamental commitment to the sanctity of human life,” Reagan said in his proclamation. “The first of the `unalienable rights' affirmed by our Declaration of Independence is the right to life itself, a right the Declaration states has been endowed by our Creator on all human beings -- whether young or old, weak or strong, healthy or handicapped.”
"Since 1973, however, more than 15 million unborn children have died in legalized abortions -- a tragedy of stunning dimensions that stands in sad contrast to our belief that each life is sacred," he said. "These children, over tenfold the number of Americans lost in all our Nation's wars, will never laugh, never sing, never experience the joy of human love; nor will they strive to heal the sick, or feed the poor, or make peace among nations. Abortion has denied them the first and most basic of human rights, and we are infinitely poorer for their loss."
Since Reagan’s proclamation in 1984, the number of lives lost to abortion has grown significantly. Current estimates indicate that number has now skyrocketed to over 55 million.
The day is traditionally observed with prayer and fasting. "I call upon the citizens of this blessed land to gather on that day in homes and places of worship to give thanks for the gift of life, and to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of every human being and the sanctity of each human life,” Reagan said.
Some organizations are also commemorating this day on January 22.