Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts continued to stand strong for unborn babies today by proclaiming Jan. 22 a Statewide Day of Prayer to end abortion.
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 63 million unborn babies to be legally aborted.
Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a proclamation declaring January 22, 2022 as a Statewide Day of Prayer. January 22nd is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision which struck down Nebraska’s laws protecting unborn babies.
“Nebraska is a pro-life state,” reads the Governor’s proclamation. “Nebraska state law states that it is ‘the will of the people of the State of Nebraska and the members of the Legislature to provide protection for the life of the unborn child whenever possible.’”
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In effect, the Roe v. Wade decision singlehandedly amended the U.S. Constitution to legalize abortion. Because the Constitution authorizes Congress and the states—not the Supreme Court—to amend the nation’s governing charter, Roe v. Wade has been disputed ever since it was decided. Later this year, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to issue an opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case regarding abortion regulation in Mississippi. In deciding the case, the Court may revisit the constitutionality of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
Governor Ricketts’ proclamation calls on Nebraskans to pray for an end to abortion and for renewed respect of the human dignity of unborn boys and girls.
It also encourages Nebraskans to take action to aid expectant mothers and fathers and families in need.
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.”