A North Texas city has declared January “Sanctity of Life Month” to reaffirm its commitment to protecting life in all forms. 

On Tuesday, Rowlett City Council member Mike Britton brought forth the proclamation, and the members recognized that the month of January be dedicated to reflecting on the value of human life. 

“[T]he inherent value and sanctity of every human life are fundamental principles that deserve recognition and respect,” reads the city’s proclamation per The Dallas Express. “[T]he commitment to upholding the dignity of all individuals, regardless of age, race, ability, or circumstance, is a cornerstone of our shared humanity.”

“[T]his month provides an opportunity to reaffirm our dedication to fostering a culture that cherishes and safeguards the sanctity of life in all its forms,” continues the proclamation. “Through advocacy, support, and compassion, we aim to create communities that uphold the intrinsic worth of each person.”

Ronald Reagan was the first president to issue a similar proclamation for the sanctity of life—a philosophical understanding that all human life has inherent dignity and worth. He proclaimed January 22, 1984 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. 

President Reagan signed the proclamation after more than 15 million unborn children had died due to legalized abortions since 1973. 

“These children, over tenfold the number of Americans lost in all our Nation’s wars, will never laugh, never sing, never experience the joy of human love; nor will they strive to heal the sick, or feed the poor, or make peace among nations. Abortion has denied them the first and most basic of human rights, and we are infinitely poorer for their loss,” reads the 1984 proclamation.

In 1988, Reagan again proclaimed January 17 as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. 

Mark Lee Dickson, a director with Right to Life of East Texas and the founder of the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Initiative, told Texas Scorecard that he hopes Rowlett will take the next step and pass an ordinance to prohibit abortion trafficking. 

“It is always a good thing when a city recognizes the sanctity of human life. I hope that the City Council of Rowlett will consider an ordinance, like the ones passed in cities like Abilene, Athens, Odessa, and San Angelo, that would protect human life by prohibiting the abortion trafficking of their residents,” said Dickson. “If they are interested, the Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn Initiative will be glad to help at no charge to the city or taxpayers.” 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.