President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed National Sanctity of Human Life Day in 1984 to be observed on the Sunday closest to January 22nd.
National Sanctity of Human Life Day recognizes the value of every human life. The day celebrates human life from the moment of conception and is set on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court Decision.
In 1973, the court ruled that the United States Constitution protects a pregnant woman’s right to choose to have an abortion. The ruling was a 7-2 decision in favor of Roe.
In 1984, President Reagan supported restrictions on abortion. Several Supreme Court Cases in the late 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s have since challenged Roe vs Wade. Additionally, states have taken action in the event Roe v. Wade is ever overturned – either writing legislation that mimics Roe v. Wade or setting limits or restrictions on abortions.
Since 1984, Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald J. Trump have proclaimed the day during their presidencies.