NATIONAL SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY
On January 22nd each year, National Sanctity of Human Life Day recognizes the value of every human life. The day celebrates human life from the moment of conception and is set on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court Decision.
In 1973, the court ruled that the United States Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. The ruling was a 7-2 decision in favor of Roe.
Leading up to and following the decision, pro-life and pro-choice groups advocated their positions.
In 1984, President Reagan supported restrictions on abortion. Several Supreme Court Cases in the late 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s have since challenged Roe vs Wade. Additionally, states have taken action in the event Roe v. Wade is ever overturned – either writing legislation that mimics Roe v. Wade or setting limits or restrictions on abortions.
HOW TO OBSERVE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY
Many churches hold prayer vigils around the country. They also collect items for newborns and new moms to support them. Donate items such as formula, baby clothes, cribs, blankets and toys to support these causes. Some organizations offer resources for baby care classes, daycare, job training, and adoptions and more. Use #SanctityOfLifeDay to share on social media.
SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE DAY HISTORY
President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed National Sanctity of Human Life Day in 1984 to be observed on the Sunday closest to January 22nd. The first observance took place on the 11th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. In his proclamation, Reagan spoke of 15 million unborn children due to legal abortion.
Since 1984, Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald J. Trump have proclaimed the day during their presidencies.