National Sanctity of Human Life Day
(Also known as Pro-Life Day, Sanctity of Human Life Sunday)
National Sanctity of Human Life Day is observed next on Sunday, January 21st, 2024 (354 days from today).
Every person life is a gift to the world. Whether every person were born or not, old or young, healthy or sick, every person is created in the holy image of God. The almighty Creator endows each person with unique talents, beautiful dreams and a noble purpose. National Sanctity of Human Life Day is a wonderful chance for us to celebrate the miracle of human existence and renew our resolve to build a culture of life where everyone is protected and valued.
Facts about the history of National Sanctity of Human Life Day
Since 1984, President Ronald Reagan has claimed to choose January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. (The U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion on request in all 50 states on January 22, 1973.) Churches across the United States use this day to celebrate the gift of their birth. God's life, remembering the many lives lost to abortion, and committed to protecting human life at every stage.
In this 2021, National Sanctity of Human Life Day will be on January 17, however some churches will mark January 24 because it is closer to the anniversary. Either way is fine.
Reagan issued the following annual proclamation, designating Human Life Sanctification Day as the Sunday closest to the original January 22nd. His successor, George H. W. Bush, continued issuing the proclamation during his presidency. However, Bill Clinton, Bush's successor, stopped doing this during his eight years in office. Later, Bush's son and Clinton successor, George W. Bush, continued to claim and do so every year in his presidency.
Annually, Life Matters Worldwide prepares resources for churches to use in their memorial service - newsletter inserts, sermon outlines, slideshows, and more. Our materials are unrestricted, so they can be used at any time.
How to observe National Sanctity of Human Life Day
Many churches hold prayers around the country. They also collect items for babies and new mothers to support them such as formula, baby clothes, cribs, blankets and toys to support these causes. Some organizations offer resources for baby care classes, daycare, job training, adoption, and more. Don’t forget using the hashtag #SanctityOfLifeDay to share on social media to spread the word and get everyone involved.
ObservedNational Sanctity of Human Life Day has been observed the closest Sunday to January 22nd.
Sunday, January 23rd, 2022
Sunday, January 22nd, 2023
Sunday, January 21st, 2024
Sunday, January 19th, 2025
Sunday, January 25th, 2026
President Ronald Reagan on January 13th, 1984