Monday, January 17, 2011
Since 1984, Americans have observed Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS) as a day to celebrate the intrinsic value of all human life. This important day also provides an opportunity for pregnancy centers to share about the work they do to bring life-affirming resources to their communities and to empower women and men to choose life for their unborn children. The date was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that legalized abortions in the United States.
This year SOHLS will take place on January 23, 2011.
The first proclamation of National Sanctity of Human Life Day was made by President Ronald Reagan and repeated annually. The tradition was continued by President George H. W. Bush, suspended during the eight year term of President Bill Clinton, and resumed under President George W. Bush. While prior to his leaving office President George W. Bush issued a Sanctity of Life Day proclamation for 2009, such a proclamation was rejected by President Obama for 2010.
Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America was not surprised by President Obama's actions. "Obama is consistent," she said in an interview with Life Site News. "He takes the side that is short-sighted, harmful to individuals and society, and focused on self. He sides with those demanding that the innocent be discriminated against and the immoral celebrated. He is consistently wrong on moral issues."
The proclamation of National Sanctity of Human Life Day has been heralded by National Right to Life as "a wonderful statement of what the pro-life movement is really all about". Reproductive activist groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood of course have denounced it. National Sanctity of Human Life Day has been sited by the National Lawyers Association as an instance of the executive branch acknowledging the theistic philosophy of the United States government. (this paragraph is from wikipedia)
To read President Ronald Reagan's original proclamation, go to this link