January 23rd, 2013
"In light of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, how should Christians respond to sanctity of life issues? Genesis 1:26 states, "Then God said, 'Let us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.
"The phrase "sanctity of life" refers to the inherently sacred attribute of human life. It became a national observance in 1984, when U.S. President Ronald Reagan designated January 22 as the first national Sanctity of Human Life Day.
"The date was chosen because it closely coincided with the 11th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, a Supreme Court decision that defined abortion in the United States as a woman's right. This year, thousands of believers observed Sanctity of Life Sunday on January 20. The 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade came two days later on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
"While people commonly associate "sanctity of life" only with issues like abortion and euthanasia, U.S. President of Food for the Hungry (FH) Dave Evans says it covers far more.
" "Every human life should be valued, and is holy in God's eyes. The tragedy of trafficking; the tragedy of kids--mostly girls--being sold into slavery is something that absolutely must be confronted when we think about the sanctity of life."
"FH encounters countless examples of human tragedy in the 25 nations where they have programs, Evans continues.
" "We work in a number of countries where kids are born and…they're sent away from home to live with someone else, and they become enslaved in that other household," says Evans. "We see this in many cases, and it really is a sanctity of life issue.
" "It's an issue of the tragedy of a child that is born, but then is sent into slavery." "
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