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Thousands gather for 48th Annual Nebraska Walk for Life 

by | Feb 4, 2022

The 48th Annual Nebraska Walk for Life gathered about 4,000 pro-life supporters on Saturday, January 29, on the steps of the Nebraska State Capitol. It is the largest, longest-running First Amendment demonstration against abortion in the state and is sponsored by Nebraska Right to Life, state affiliate to National Right to Life Committee.

Lt. Governor Mike Foley first addressed the crowd by saying, “I can’t tell the future any better than you can, but I have a sense a great moment is coming, that the U.S. Supreme Court will very soon tear down that wicked Roe v. Wade and send it where it belongs.” 

Other speakers included U.S. Senators from Nebraska, Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer, as well as Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry and Don Bacon. Also speaking on the Capitol steps were several Nebraska state senators, some of whom are sponsoring pro-life legislation in the current legislative session.

“This is an historic time where we could possibly see the reversal of Roe v. Wade,”said Sandy Danek, executive director, Nebraska Right to Life. “For 49 years, we have prayed and been steadfast in our fight to protect all human life, born and unborn. May we finally see an end to Roe v. Wade.” In memory of the 63 million babies lost to abortion in our country, pink and blue balloons were released during a moment of silence.

After a brief program at the State Capitol, marchers walked on to the University of Nebraska Student Union to hear the keynote speaker, Ashley Bratcher. Ashley starred in the movie “Unplanned,” portraying former abortion clinic worker, Abby Johnson. She shared with those gathered at the event that her own mother visited an abortion clinic when pregnant with her, but changed her mind and carried her to term.

More than 2,000 abortions are performed each year at the three abortion facilities in Nebraska: Omaha, Bellevue, and Lincoln. In the 2022 Nebraska Legislative session, Nebraska Right to Life is working to pass three pro-life bills: 1) the Nebraska Human Life Protection Act (enacted only if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade) would ban abortions in the state; 2) the Heartbeat Act, which would ban abortion once a pre-born baby’s heartbeat is detectable by ultrasound, at about 6 weeks gestation; and 3) the Chemical Abortion Protocol Act, which would utilize appropriate medical screening and require physician follow-up and the reporting any complications.

“The size of the crowd was a good indicator of the enthusiasm for the continued effort that Nebraskans are willing to make to protect the dignity of all human life,” Danek said.

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