This weekend, pastors and churches are carrying on a tradition that officially began 36 years ago.
National Sanctity of Human Life Day is observed every year on the Sunday before the annual March for Life and the anniversary of the deadly decision that legalized abortion. Eric Verstraete of Life Matters Worldwide tells OneNewsNow it is both a time for believers to remember the day and a time to refresh everyone on the importance of life.
This Sunday, January 19th, he challenges churches and their members to specifically consult what the Word of God says about life.
"We were knit together in our mother's womb … we were fearfully and wonderfully made," he quotes from Psalm 139. "Be reminded of that, but then also ... challenge pastors and ... churches to get to know the life-honoring ministries that are in and around their area."
That would include, for example, pro-life pregnancy centers and sidewalk counseling ministries who have been working on the issue since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision 47 years ago.
"We have made progress," Verstraete asserts. "I think a lot of it is just the education that people have. They see what's going on in the world. They hear the word 'abortion.' They're beginning to recognize the gruesome nature of what's going on, and I think education has been a huge part."
Even so, he says there is a long way to go to resolve the issue permanently in favor of life.