National Sanctity of
Human Life Day, 2008
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of
On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we
recognize that each life has inherent dignity and matchless value, and we
reaffirm our steadfast determination to defend the weakest and most vulnerable
members of our society.
America was founded on the belief that all men are created equal and have an
inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and our
country remains committed to upholding that founding principle. Since taking
office, I have signed legislation to help protect life at all stages, and my
Administration will continue to encourage adoption, fund abstinence education
and crisis pregnancy programs, and support faith-based groups. Today, as our
society searches for new ways to ease human suffering, we must pursue the
possibilities of science in a manner that respects the sacred gift of life and
upholds our moral values.
Our Nation has made progress in its efforts to protect human life, and we will
strive to change hearts and minds with compassion and decency. On National
Sanctity of Human Life Day and throughout the year, we help strengthen the
culture of life in America and work for the day when every child is welcomed in
life and protected in law.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by
virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United
States, do hereby proclaim Sunday, January 20, 2008, as National Sanctity of
Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate
ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the
life and dignity of every human being.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of January,
in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.
GEORGE W. BUSH