Sanctity of Human Life Day, Sunday, January 18!
Special Report - January 14, 2009
This Sunday, January 18, thousands of pro-life advocates in North Carolina will join millions from across the nation in recognition of “Sanctity of Human Life Day.” This day, which has been set aside for churches to honor the intrinsic value of human life, officially kicks of this year’s “Sanctity of Human Life Week,” which runs January 18-25. The events coincide with the January 22 anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s twin decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton that legalized abortion on demand in our country.
President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation in 1983 that established the first official “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” Since then, Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush have issued annual Sanctity of Human Life Day proclamations. In his 2008 proclamation, President Bush stated, in part: “On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we recognize that each life has inherent dignity and matchless value, and we reaffirm our steadfast determination to defend the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society. America was founded on the belief that all men are created equal and have an inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and our country remains committed to upholding that founding principle.” Check the White House web site in the coming days for President Bush’s 2009 proclamation.
In preparation for “Sanctity of Human Life Week,” the North Carolina Family Policy Council has prepared a downloadable bulletin insert, in color and black and white, for churches to help motivate their congregations to take action on the issue of abortion. The Council has also prepared a video that can be shown at church services. To download the video, right-click the video link above and save the file to your computer. The bulletin inserts and video are free to use.
For more information, including suggested sermon topics and other free SOHL Day resources, visit www.beavoice.net.
“This year’s ‘Sanctity of Human Life Day’ is perhaps one of the most important in our nation’s history, as only days from now, a new administration takes office led by a pro-abortion president,” said Matt Lytle, director of research for the North Carolina Family Policy Council. “The pro-life community most certainly faces some hard battles in the days ahead as we work at both the national and state levels to defend common-sense pro-life laws and to stop attempts to pass dangerous pro-abortion legislation, such as the federal Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). May we use this Sunday, January 18, as a time for reflection and prayer as we prepare for the battle in front of us.”
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