Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

 

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“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  Psalm 139:13-14


On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued the following Proclamation for the first National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday:

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Ronald ReaganThe values and freedoms we cherish as Americans rest on our fundamental commitment to the sanctity of human life. 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. 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.

We are poorer not simply for lives not led and for contributions not made, but also for the erosion of our sense of the worth and dignity of every individual. To diminish the value of one category of human life is to diminish us all. Slavery, which treated Blacks as something less than human, to be bought and sold if convenient, cheapened human life and mocked our dedication to the freedom and equality of all men and women. Can we say that abortion — which treats the unborn as something less than human, to be destroyed if convenient — will be less corrosive to the values we hold dear?

We have been given the precious gift of human life, made more precious still by our births in or pilgrimages to a land of freedom. It is fitting, then, on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that struck down State anti-abortion laws, that we reflect anew on these blessings, and on our corresponding responsibility to guard with care the lives and freedoms of even the weakest of our fellow human beings.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Sunday, January 22, 1984, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. 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.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 13th day of January, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eighth.

Ronald Reagan

Sunday, January 17, 2016 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday; followed by the March for Life on Friday, January 22.


Since 1973 61,628,584 babies have lost their lives to abortion. It is my prayer that one day soon Sanctity of Life Sunday will no longer be necessary.




Comments

  1. Bravo! This is a wonderful post.
    Thank you for sharing Psalm 139:13-14
    All lives matter!

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  2. Beautiful post. Happy Sunday Nancy. Have a wonderful new week ahead.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  3. Wonderful. Amen. Thank you for posting this.

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  4. Every life is special for we are created in the image of God, and by his hand we live and breathe and have our being!

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  5. When we had a President willing to stand up for humane conditions for life.
    Thank you and blessings to you Nancy.

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  6. Our great successor of Ptesident Reagan has just declared Jan. 22 National Sanctity of Human Life Day; details are at https://www.operationrescue.org/archives/president-trump-designates-jan-22-national-sanctity-of-human-life-day/

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  7. Standing and applauding your post!

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  8. Thank you for sharing this Nancy. It is a horrible reality about the number of abortions that have taken place. May God have mercy on us, and I pray, like you, that someday the Sanctity of Life Sunday will no longer be needed.

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