Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts continued to stand strong for unborn babies on Wednesday by proclaiming Jan. 22 a Statewide Day of Prayer to end abortion.
KETV 7 reports the pro-life Republican governor issued the proclamation in response to the upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed abortions up to birth. Since 1973, Roe has allowed more than 61 million unborn babies to be legally aborted.
“Governor Ricketts’ proclamation encourages Nebraskans to pray for an end to abortion and a deepening in respect for the humanity of unborn children,” his office said in a statement.
Ricketts has a long record of working to protect unborn babies and mothers from abortion. In 2019, he signed a law requiring that women be informed about the abortion pill reversal procedure, which has saved hundreds of babies’ lives.
He also has supported pro-life license plates, proceeds from which go to help pregnant mothers and babies in need, and worked to defund the abortion chain Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars.
The governor has spoken at state March for Life events as well. In 2016, he encouraged pro-lifers not to give up hope.
“It has been a long fight,” Ricketts said. “Because of what you are doing we are making progress. We will, in the end, be successful.”