Saturday, January 17, 2009

National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009

President Bush
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.

The most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent. My Administration has been committed to building a culture of life by vigorously promoting adoption and parental notification laws, opposing Federal funding for abortions overseas, encouraging teen abstinence, and funding crisis pregnancy programs. In 2002, I was honored to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to children who survive an abortion attempt. I signed legislation in 2003 to ban the cruel practice of partial-birth abortion, and that law represents our commitment to building a culture of life in America. Also, I was proud to sign the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, which allows authorities to charge a person who causes death or injury to a child in the womb with a separate offense in addition to any charges relating to the mother.

America is a caring Nation, and our values should guide us as we harness the gifts of science. In our zeal for new treatments and cures, we must never abandon our fundamental morals. We can achieve the great breakthroughs we all seek with reverence for the gift of life.

The sanctity of life is written in the hearts of all men and women. On this day and throughout the year, we aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law. We also encourage more of our fellow Americans to join our just and noble cause. History tells us that with a cause rooted in our deepest principles and appealing to the best instincts of our citizens, we will prevail.

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 January 18, 2009, 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 fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

GEORGE W. BUSH

The White House

Friday, January 16, 2009

Local Pro-Life Events This Weekend!!

This coming week, January 18-24, is Sanctity of Life Week. The occasion is marked with prayer, vigils, solemn assemblies, and remembrance of the millions of lives lost to abortion as the American Holocaust continues.

We encourage you to join with us as we pray for an end to abortion this Saturday, January 17, from 9:00-10:00am, on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood (1350 S. King St., Honolulu). Those of you who came out last Saturday know that these times of group prayer are powerful and a blessing to all who participate. We will gather to pray every Saturday at the same time and place in the weeks leading up to the 40 Days for Life Honolulu spring campaign, which starts February 25.

On Sunday, January 18, you're invited to take part in Stand for Life at the Capitol Rotunda from 3:30-5:00pm. This event is an opportunity to lay a foundation of prayer for the March for Life event on January 22. We will pray for President-elect Obama, our island, state, and country...and for LIFE. The attached flyer has more details.

Remember that March for Life is January 22, at the Capitol Rotunda. The largest pro-life event in the state each year, this event will draw hundreds of pro-lifers to pray and march around the historic Capitol district in a display of unity for life. The program starts at 4:00pm and will be followed by the march starting at approximately 5:30. See the attached flyer for details.

Our Lord said that "Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for Me" (Matthew 25:40). Don't miss these opportunities to pray and stand in silent witness for the innocent and defenseless.

Karen DiCostanzo
Communications Coordinator
40 Days for Life Honolulu

"Open your mouth for the dumb [those unable to speak for themselves], for the rights of all who are left desolate and defenseless." Proverbs 31:8, Amplified Bible