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About Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

What is National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday?

Twenty-nine years ago, the Christian Action Council Education and Ministries Fund, which is today known as Care Net, asked President Ronald Reagan to create a special day to focus on the intrinsic value of human life and the fundamental right to life, as recognized by the American Founding Fathers.

In 1983, President Reagan issued a proclamation establishing a National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS). Since 1983, the SOHLS proclamation has also been issued by Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

When is SOHLS?

The National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is held on the Sunday in January that falls closest to the day on which the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973.

In 2012, SOHLS will take place on January 22nd.

How can I get involved?

Each year, individuals and churches sponsor a variety of activities and events to commemorate SOHLS, including special prayer services, ringing church bells, and special sermons and Sunday school lessons. In addition to worship services, thousands of Christians petition the Lord privately through prayer and fasting to codify the right to life in the United States.

As a national network of pregnancy centers has arisen to help women facing unplanned pregnancies, church leaders have begun to encourage members of their congregations to support their local centers in a variety of ways.

Care Net, the nation's largest network of pregnancy centers in North America, has distributed over 18 million SOHLS brochures to pregnancy centers to place in local church bulletins. Through such efforts, pregnancy centers, which are widely recognized for reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions, are able to raise awareness among churches for their various needs. These centers, whose services are free, rely heavily on churches for volunteers, prayer support, board members, and financial and material contributions.

Can you tell me more about the SOHLS brochure campaign?

This year, Frontlines Publishing is creating the most quality, informative SOHLS brochures to date. These brochures help pregnancy centers share their important work with churches and communities. To learn more about the brochures please visit their website at

More about Care Net...

Care Net is the largest network of pregnancy centers in North America, currently supporting a network of more than 1,100 centers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Care Net centers provide material, emotional, and spiritual help to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies.

Care Net was founded in 1975 by the late Dr. Harold O.J. Brown with the advice and encouragment of the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer and Dr. C. Everett Koop.

More about Frontlines...

Frontlines Publishing, a ministry of LIFE International, is the producer of high quality educational, training, and communication tools for life ministry.

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