Sanctity of (Human) Life Sunday is observed in South Africa on the Sunday closest to 1 February. It was on that day in 1997 the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act came into force in South Africa. This Act allows abortion on demand up to the twelfth week of pregnancy, under broadly specified circumstances from the thirteenth to the twentieth week, and only for serious medical reasons after the twentieth week. The Act has been described by the Guttmacher Institute as “one of the most liberal abortion laws in the world.”
Since 1997, well over one million children have lost their lives to legal abortion in South Africa, leaving untold thousands of women to silently suffer the pain and regret of what was described as a simple “choice.” But abortion is not about choice—it is about the systematic slaughter of innocent human beings.
There is a sense, as Russell Moore has pointed out, in which Christians should rightly hate Sanctity of (Human) Life Sunday. We should hate the fact that we have to say things that no one should have to say. It shouldn’t need to be said that mothers shouldn’t kill their children, or that fathers shouldn’t abandon their babies, or that no human life—regardless of skin colour, age, disability or economic status—is worthless. We long for a day when these things will no longer have to be said.
But we live in an age in which they must be said. And on Sunday, 29 January 2017, these issues will be addressed from the pulpit of the church.
Join us this Sunday as we observe Sanctity of (Human) Life Sunday. Join us as we proclaim a truth—the sanctity of human life—that is often denied in our culture. Join us as we learn how to stand for (human) life in a society that increasingly loves death.
Event: Sanctity of (Human) Life Sunday
Date: Sunday, 29 January 2017
Venue: 76 Roy Campbell Street, Brackenhurst, Alberton, 1448
Access past sermons on the issue of the sanctity of (human) life here.