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Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

You may have heard the term “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” before, or perhaps you’ve heard it as it’s acronym “SOHLS” (pronounced like “souls”).

But what is it? Why acknowledge it?

The commemoration of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday traces its roots to a U.S. Supreme Court decision made in 1973, and the presidential proclamation which followed in 1984.

January 22, 1973, was the day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Roe vs. Wade case that a state law which banned abortions, except to save the life of the mother, was unconstitutional. The ruling made abortion legal in many circumstances, and essentially legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.

On January 22, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating that day as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

Churches around the United States continue to recognize the third Sunday in January as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. They use the day to recognize that human beings are created in the image of God and that all human life is sacred – set apart for the worship of and service to Him. They commemorate the many lives lost to and impacted by abortion, and commit themselves to upholding the sanctity of human life at every stage.

We are pleased to offer the following resources to help churches and individuals champion the gospel and the sanctity of human life on the third Sunday in January and every day of the year.


Thinking of celebrating Sanctity of Human Life Sunday? Here are some free resources for you, including some ways we could partner together:

A Letter to Pastors and Churches

A Letter to Pastors and Churches

An invitation to partner together for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday 2021

Bulletin Insert

Bulletin Insert

January 2021  “Align & Shine” Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Bulletin Insert. (For hard copies, please send an email to Include the number of inserts you would like and the date by which you need them. You can arrange to pick them up at one of our locations, or we can mail them to you.)

Download PDF

“Align & Shine” Video Message

A special Sanctity of Human Life Sunday “Align & Shine” video message to local churches from our President, Lisa Hosler.

Short Version

Long Version

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Social Media Graphics:


Saved Baby Client Testimony Videos:

Irenia's Story

Kendra's Story

Post-Abortion Healing Client Testimony Videos:

Heather's Story

Rachel's Story

Baby Bottle Boomerang

Consider hosting a Baby Bottle Boomerang fundraising event, either hands-on or virtual.

Walk Run
for Life

Consider getting involved with our Walk Run for Life as a participant, volunteer, or sponsor.

Monthly Prayer Sheet

Sign up to receive our monthly prayer sheet. Email and hard copy version available.

Is someone in your congregation facing an unintended pregnancy?

Are there parents in your midst who would be strengthened by parenting classes / material support?

Do you know of someone struggling with a past abortion decision?

We’re here to help. Please visit for more information.