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Thompson on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, March for Life
January 22, 2014
"Mr. Speaker: On this coming Sunday, January 19th, communities and churches across America will be celebrating the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
Sanctity of Life Sunday is a call to defend the sanctity of human life.
Since 1983, Americans have observed Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS) as a day to celebrate the intrinsic value of all human life.
This important day also provides an opportunity for pregnancy centers to share about the work they do to bring life-affirming resources to their communities and to empower women and men to choose life for their unborn children.
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is held on the Sunday in January that falls closest to the day on which the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973.
I look forward to celebrating this Sanctity of Life Sunday worshipping with the Dubois First Baptist Church, which is located in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania – an area I proudly serve and represent.
That same week, on Wednesday January 22nd, the MARCH FOR LIFE will be held in Washington, D.C.
What began as a small demonstration has rapidly grown to be one of the largest pro-life events in the world.
The peaceful demonstration will be attended by hundreds of thousands of Americans including many from Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District.
Mr. Speaker, our Founders who penned our Declaration of Independence recognized this first principle as they stated "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life..”
Mr. Speaker, today we continue to live out this principle. For all of us, protecting the unborn is a value system; it’s a cause. It’s a distinct understanding that every child, every human life, has a purpose in this world – and that life is sacred and it must be protected.
The only way to offer a voice for those who have no voice is to ban together. And by educating our children and effectively communicating with our communities on the importance of Life, this is how we will successfully lead this fight.
Both Sanctity of Life Sunday and March for Life are spent doing just that – celebrating life and spreading our message.
Mr. Speaker: As for the right to Life, Americans, born and yet to be born, deserve as much.
I yield back the balance of my time."