National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS) will be observed on January 19, 2020. Lifeline invites you to join us both in prayer and in action. SOHLS honors life as well as pays homage to the many lives that never get to see the light of the day because of the tragedy of abortion.
Each life is a gift from our Creator; it is precious, and it is beautiful. Oh how He values each and every one of us, the one who knitted us together in our mothers’ wombs (Psalm 139: 13-14), and who knew us before we were born (Jeremiah 1:5). Conversely, the thread of life is also extremely fragile. President Ronald Reagan recognized this fact in 1984, the year during which this annual observance came to life. It was 11 years after abortion became legal in the United States through the historical case of Roe v Wade. As a committed pro-life advocate, the former President declared that “To diminish the value of one category of human life is to diminish us all” and mourned the many lives that had been lost to abortion – 15 million at the time. That count has now reached 61 million, according to the latest report from the National Right to Life Committee. Since 1984, other Presidents have followed his lead by proclaiming a Sanctity of Human Life Day on the Sunday closest to the anniversary of Roe v Wade.
As we step into this new decade, let’s not grow weary, but instead rejoice in the fact that no less than 58 pro-life state policies were enacted in 2019 throughout the country. Among many others, a heartbeat bill was voted in the states of Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Ohio, making abortion illegal once a baby’s heartbeat can be detected, and the state of Missouri limited abortion to the first 8 weeks of pregnancy. The fight is far from being over, but we have evidence that God is moving in people’s lives and hearts. Hope is everywhere.
Let’s pray for unborn babies and for women and men – those whose lives get forever scarred by abortion each year and those who are facing unplanned pregnancies right now. Let’s reach out to them, help them heal, and show them grace. Our world desperately needs people who truly care. Not by telling women that they are unfit to be mothers and selling them a “miracle” solution that would supposedly solve all their problems, but by committing to being there, supporting them, and most importantly, by believing in them day-after-day.
At Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic, our goal is to extend hope to these women and their families by offering them compassionate alternatives to abortion, as well as judgment-free post-abortion counseling. In order to keep our services free of charge for all our clients, we need dedicated Partners for LIFE! One way you can get involved is through participating in Lifeline’s annual Baby Bottle Blessing fundraiser. Fill a baby bottle with change, cash, or check and return it to your local participating church or organization to support our mission. You can also donate your spare change year-round through our new Round-Up Giving program, which allows you to round up your purchases to the nearest dollar and give the change to Lifeline. You can learn more about it here.
Lastly, even after Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is over, let’s keep praying, without ceasing, and doing all we can to respect and defend all human life.
By Elodie Takamiya