On this day in 1984 Proclaimed

Our President Reagan deemed it proper to honor the foundational principle that was encoded in our Declaration of Independence with a proclamation honoring the sanctity of life issued his proclamation that the Sunday closest to the 22 January was to be declare "Sanctity of Life Sunday".

Proclamation 5147 -- National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 1984

January 13, 1984

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

The values and freedoms we cherish as Americans rest on our fundamental commitment to the sanctity of human life. The first of the ``unalienable rights'' affirmed by our Declaration of Independence is the right to life itself, a right the Declaration states has been endowed by our Creator on all human beings -- whether young or old, weak or strong, healthy or handicapped.

Since 1973, however, more than 15 million unborn children have died in legalized abortions -- a tragedy of stunning dimensions that stands in sad contrast to our belief that each life is sacred. These children, over tenfold the number of Americans lost in all our Nation's wars, will never laugh, never sing, never experience the joy of human love; nor will they strive to heal the sick, or feed the poor, or make peace among nations. Abortion has denied them the first and most basic of human rights, and we are infinitely poorer for their loss.

We are poorer not simply for lives not led and for contributions not made, but also for the erosion of our sense of the worth and dignity of every individual. To diminish the value of one category of human life is to diminish us all. Slavery, which treated Blacks as something less than human, to be bought and sold if convenient, cheapened human life and mocked our dedication to the freedom and equality of all men and women. Can we say that abortion -- which treats the unborn as something less than human, to be destroyed if convenient -- will be less corrosive to the values we hold dear?

We have been given the precious gift of human life, made more precious still by our births in or pilgrimages to a land of freedom. It is fitting, then, on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that struck down State anti-abortion laws, that we reflect anew on these blessings, and on our corresponding responsibility to guard with care the lives and freedoms of even the weakest of our fellow human beings.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim 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.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 13th day of January, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eighth.

Ronald Reagan

 

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:24 a.m., January 16, 1984]

It is sad to think that since a fateful January 22, 1973, more lives have been lost than 10 times all those lost in all battles America has fought for our country.  If any portion of life is devalued, beginning, middle or end then all is diminished.

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Comments (15)

  1. Walkaboutman

    That was lovely.Amen

    January 22, 2017
    1. SEC

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  2. Munkyman

    This past year has seen fewer abortions than any other since Roe V Wade.

    January 22, 2017
    1. SEC

      Amen to that!

      January 22, 2017
      1. Munkyman

        Amazing what the right approach to education can do. Kids don’t pay attention in class, but they sure do love their MTV.

        January 22, 2017
        1. SEC

          whatever works

          January 22, 2017
          1. Munkyman

            exactly & we know outlawing things rarely works, it usually just gets people hurt & costs US a lot of money dealing with the fallout. This is also why the scared straight program has been so successful… when combined with actual alternatives to street life.

            January 22, 2017
            1. SEC

              funny thing about prohibitions; they tend to make the prohibited more attractive and exciting

              January 22, 2017
            2. Munkyman

              Even the threat of it does.

              January 22, 2017
            3. SEC

              Ayup

              January 22, 2017
            4. Munkyman

              Ayup

              January 22, 2017
  3. noahbody

    Amen!

    January 23, 2017
    1. SEC

      January 23, 2017
      1. noahbody

        January 23, 2017
  4. anction42

    I am not sure about the process of proclaiming but I will learn this from some experts. I usually write my essay online because there is a number of resources online there.

    January 30, 2017