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Sanctity of human life 2023

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday began in 1984 when then President Ronald Reagan designated January 22 be set aside to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit to protecting human life at every stage – from conception to natural death. This date was selected because on January 22, 1973 – the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions were handed down by the United States Supreme Court, making abortion legal in all 50 states.

January 2023 commemorated the 39th year our nation has observed the sanctity of human life, and this year, we are celebrating the overturning of Roe v. Wade. However, the need to pray for a culture of life in our community and our nation is still vitally important. Abortions, especially chemical abortions, continue to occur – even in states where abortion is now illegal.

The Alaska Legislature had legalized abortion in 1970, which made Alaska one of a handful of states to do that before Roe v. Wade was decided, so abortion remains legal in our state. The women and men facing unplanned pregnancies need a safe place of help, hope and support and CPC is here to provide that to them.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday continues to be recognized by most churches on the third Sunday in January – and usually the Sunday closest to the date these court decisions were handed down. It is annually commemorated by thousands of churches and individuals who want to stand for Life.

If you are interested in having someone speak at your church, in person or through video (pre-recorded or zoom), please contact us to schedule a speaker.

Free Resources

Fact Sheet

Download and print a Fact Sheet, updated for 2023, with information for Alaska, the US, and the World.

31 Ways to be Pro-Abundant Life

Here are 31 ways to for you to live out the Pro-Abundant Life in your community.

CPC Videos

A variety of videos from CPC you may download and use, including our 2023 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Video.

Video. Music, Blog and Article Resources

 A collection of sample sermons, videos, music, blogs and articles that we have found helpful in communicating about the Sanctity of Human Life.

Four Gospel-centered, Non-political Things Every Pastor can do to Decrease the Impacts of Abortion

An excellent resource from Care Net.

CPC Brochures & Materials

Samples of materials available to organizations to help those facing pregnancy decisions, need parenting or adoption support, are dealing with post-abortion pain , or want to learn more about CPC. Request materials at this link.

Seven Day Devotional

Download a 7-day devotional to help you and your church or small group learn how to pray effectively for the issue of abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life.

Twenty One Day Devotional

Download a 21-day devotional to help you and your church or small group learn how to pray effectively for the issue of abortion and the Sanctity of Human Life.

Sanctity of Human Life Resources for Kids

 Resources for children including articles, blog posts and coloring sheets.