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3 Ways to Participate in Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

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This upcoming Sunday marks the 40th observance of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, a day where pro-life citizens and churches across America come together and commit to uphold the dignity and sanctity of very human life, and to lament the tragedy of abortion.

The Pro-Life Movement in North Carolina

Last year was a big year for the pro-life movement in North Carolina. The passage of SB 20‑Care for Women, Children, and Families Act made significant steps toward protecting the unborn and providing support to individuals and families facing unplanned and crisis pregnancies. You can see a breakdown of the many measures that were included in this legislation here.

While we made some amazing additional steps in the right direction, there were still thousands of lives lost due to abortion in North Carolina last year and hundreds of thousands of lives lost across the country,  so we still have a long way to go.

The History of Sanctity of Life Sunday

On the tenth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, President Ronald Reagan wrote an essay about abortion, which would become the only book to be published by a sitting president. He wrote that, “Prayer and action are needed to uphold the sanctity of human life. I believe it will not be possible to accomplish our work, the work of saving lives, ‘without being a soul of prayer.’”

The next year, Reagan issued “Proclamation 5147 — National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 1984,” which highlighted the lives that had already been lost due to abortion and designated 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,” the proclamation states, “and to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of every human being and the sanctity of each human life.”

This tradition was continued by George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump. Unfortunately, presidents Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and now Joe Biden each failed to recognize it while in office. Regardless of presidential support, pro-life citizens and churches have made it a point to continue marking Sanctity of Human Life Sunday across America. Read more about the origins of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

What You Can Do To Participate

Pray for Life

  • Pray that human life would be valued by our country, regardless of circumstances.
  • Pray for the end of abortion in all states.
  • Pray for the pregnancy resource centers that are helping women facing an unplanned pregnancy.
  • Pray for political and church leaders and that they would be willing to stand up for life.

Educate Yourself and Your Family

Have a Conversation About Life

Whether with a large audience or just your family, start a conversation about life and its inherent value. There are a variety of resources that you can share with your community. You can find some of these at

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