From the Parsonage…
Did you know that “Sanctity of Human Life”
Sunday is in January? It started on January 16, 1984,
when President Ronald Reagan issued a presidential
proclamation designating Sunday, January 22, 1984,
as National Sanctity of Human Life Day, noting it was
the 11th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, in which the Supreme Court issued a ruling that guaranteed women access to abortion. President Reagan was a strong pro-life advocate who said that in Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court “struck down our laws protecting the lives of unborn children.”
Reagan issued the proclamation annually thereafter, designating the Sanctity of Human Life Day to be the third Sunday in January, which represents the closest Sunday to the original January 22 date. His successor, George H. W. Bush, continued the annual proclamation throughout his presidency, but Bush’s successor, Bill Clinton, discontinued the practice for his eight years in office. Then Bush’s son and Clinton’s successor, George W. Bush, resumed the proclamation every year of his presidency.
During the two terms of Barack Obama, he abandoned the presidential recognition of National Sanctity of Human Life Day, although he proclaimed the entire month of June as National Gay Pride Month. Then, when President Donald Trump took office in January, 2018, he reinstated the Sanctity of Human Life Day.
This year, Sunday, January 20, is a day when we are encouraged to focus on the value of each and every human life, to mourn the loss of the over 60 million babies who have been aborted since 1973, and to celebrate the lives of the little ones in our own families and churches.
“Like an open book, You watched me grow from birth to conception; all the stages of my life were spread out before You, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.”