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, 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, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and now Joe Biden each discontinued 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.