On Wednesday, Jan. 8, Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 22, 2020, as a Statewide Day of Prayer to end abortion.
Ricketts issued the proclamation in response to the upcoming anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade, a United States Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
“I, Pete Ricketts, Governor of the State of Nebraska, do hereby proclaim the 22nd day of January 2020 as a statewide day of prayer in Nebraska, and I do hereby urge all individuals to pray on their own or with others, according to their faith, for an end to abortion,” Ricketts said in a statement.
The governor also noted that since the Roe v. Wade decision, over 50 million unborn children have been killed by abortion in the United States.
It further noted that Nebraska “respects the dignity of human life, no matter how small” and that the state offers crisis pregnancy centers that “provide free care for expecting parents.”
The proclamation also encouraged citizens to take direct action to “aid mothers, fathers, and families in need, especially those expecting a child who cannot provide for themselves.”
However, despite issuing the public statement asking for prayers obviously carries no legal force, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) accused the governor of violating ‘the freedom of conscience of citizens in your state,’ LifeSiteNews reported.
“Our Founders even rejected a proposal to pray during the constitutional convention, when they adopted our godless Constitution,” FFRF co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor claimed in a letter lecturing Ricketts. “In issuing this call to prayer, you have abridged the freedom of conscience of citizens in your state.”
According to LifeNews. Ricketts also signed a law in 2019 requiring that women be informed about the abortion pill reversal procedure, which has saved hundreds of babies’ lives.