By Erin Jobes
Vice President Mike Pence once said, “...the sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief, that ancient principle where God says ‘before you were formed in the womb, I knew you,’ and so for my first time in public life, I sought to stand with great compassion for the sanctity of life.”
Eleven years after the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide on January 22, 1973, President Ronald Reagan declared January 22, 1984 to be the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day in the United States.
Churches around the country usually observe the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on the closest Sunday to the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and dedicate the day to praying for an end to abortion, and to protect life at every stage.
National Sanctity of Human Life Day honors the belief that as humans, we are created in the image and likeness of God, and therefore all human life, from conception to natural death should be treated with respect and dignity.
During President Donald Trump's proclamation declaring January 22, 2018 to be National Sanctity of Human Life Day, he said, “This is why we observe National Sanctity of Human Life Day: to affirm the truth that all life is sacred, that every person has inherent dignity and worth, and that no class of people should ever be discarded as ‘non-human.’”
This year the National Sanctity of Life Sunday will take place on January 20, 2019.