Proclamation 5931 -- National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 1989
the President of the
Reverence for human life and recognition of the sanctity of individual life are among the defining characteristics of a just civil order. For century upon century, mankind has struggled to establish such principles in law -- not merely as right ideas confirmable by experience, but as self-evident truths that provide the only possible basis for the creation of durable political institutions. Age after age of wars and persecutions, serfdom and slavery, have left bitter reminders of the consequences that everywhere follow a failure to recognize the fundamental dignity and equality of human beings in the sight of God.
Nation was born in the midst of a struggle in which these principles were the
real field of battle. The
our Nation, economically prosperous and at peace, bears a fresh, dark wound
upon its conscience, a wound created by a stark deviation from the course of
our national journey. Contrary to the purpose of law, to the character of
medicine, to the habit of charity, and to the spirit of our founding, abortion
has become routinized in
Americans are a generous and kindhearted people, a people who strive to strengthen and preserve those delicate bonds of affection that unite the human family and give safe harbor to all its members. We often fail in our tenderness and mercy; but it is not in our nature to choose failure. Rather, we are a people who thirst after justice and will give our all to achieve it and defend it. Most particularly, we are a people who will not settle for a national policy that each year condemns 1.5 million unborn children to an early death and consigns their mothers to exploitation and emptiness. We must and we will answer abortion with loving alternatives like adoption, and we will ensure that our laws preserve and protect the innocent unborn from destruction.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of January, in the
year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-nine, and of the
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