Sanctity of Human Life Day
Special Report - January 17, 2012
On Sunday, January 22, pro-life advocates around our state and nation will join together in recognition of “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday,” an annual day set aside to honor the intrinsic value of human life, from conception to natural death. January 22 officially marks the beginning of the larger “Sanctity of Human Life Week,” which runs from January 22-29. This year, “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” falls on the exact day of the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion on demand in the United States in 1973. The first “National Sanctity of Human Life Day” was established by a proclamation issued by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush also issued proclamations to recognize the sanctity of human life during their presidencies.
Churches are encouraged to observe “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” and encourage their congregations to educate themselves on life issues, including abortion, stem cell research and assisted suicide. Focus on the Family provides a host of resources for churches, including pre-printed bulletin inserts, an educational video presentation, and sermon outlines for pastors.
Additionally, the Family Research Council (FRC) also provides resources for churches, as well as a resource outlining the “Top Ten Myths of Abortion.” This year, FRC is also running a “I am pro-life because…” photo campaign, which allows pro-lifers to submit a photo and a brief story, explaining why they are pro-life.
“’Sanctity of Human Life Sunday’ is a perfect opportunity for churches to encourage their congregations to uphold and celebrate the value of human life,” said Bill Brooks, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council. “This year, the pro-life community in North Carolina has much to celebrate, with the General Assembly’s passage of several key pieces of legislation during the 2011 legislative session, including the Woman’s Right to Know Act, that will help protect and promote life in our state for future generations. I hope churches across our state will set this Sunday aside to reflect on our responsibility to preserve and protect the God-given gift of life, and to give thanks for the pro-life victories we have seen in North Carolina this past year.”
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