Trump proclaims January 22 "National Sanctity of Human Life Day"

by Laura Mize · Jan 22nd, 2020 12:57 pm

President Trump issued a proclamation on Tuesday naming January 22, 2020, as "National Sanctity of Human Life Day."

"Every person — the born and unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly — has inherent value. Although each journey is different, no life is without worth or is inconsequential; the rights of all people must be defended. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our Nation proudly and strongly reaffirms our commitment to protect the precious gift of life at every stage, from conception to natural death," the statement reads.

The president's proclamation also includes a statistic on the rate of abortions in the United States from 2007 to 2016, the latest duration for which figures are available. That rate decreased by 26 percent, as the rate of teen pregnancies has also decreased over the last 25 years and the abortion rate among teenagers is the lowest it has been since Roe v. Wade.

Trump's proclamation mentions some of his work in support of the pro-life cause, such as protecting "the conscience rights of healthcare workers and organizations, including with respect to abortion" and ongoing efforts to create "an international coalition to dispel the concept of abortion as a fundamental human right."

🔦 Jeanne Mancini, president of the annual event March for Life, recently said that Trump "has done more for the pro-life movement than any president when it comes to enacting policy."

Read the full proclamation here.