By Nebraska Right to Life
Saturday’s 42nd annual Nebraska Walk for Life sponsored by Nebraska Right to Life was a huge success. 5,000 pro-life Nebraskans showing up at the State Capitol in Lincoln, cheered by balmy 40 degree temperatures and sunshine.
Kicking off the event were pro-life elected officials including Governor Pete Ricketts and U.S. Senator Deb Fischer. Several state Senators spoke about current legislation including Nebraska Right to Life’s priority bill, LB 767, the Dismemberment Abortion Ban.
In 2010 Nebraska was a leader in stopping late abortions when the state passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which banned abortion at 20 weeks based on an unborn child’s ability to feel pain by that juncture, if not earlier.
Nebraska Right to Life President Sandy Danek congratulated the bus loads of students who had been snowbound on the Pennsylvania turnpike the prior weekend on their way home from the March for Life in Washington, DC. (See here.)
After releasing pink-and-blue balloons remembering the over 58 million unborn babies who have died since 1973 (over 183,000 in Nebraska ), pro-life marched seven blocks through downtown Lincoln to the indoor venue at the University of Nebraska Student Union.
Special guest Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, addressed the importance of pro-life legislation. His remarks were seconded and amplified by Nebraska RTL Executive Director Julie Schmit-Albin, who gave an overview of bills pending in the Nebraska Legislature.
Keynote Speaker Sue Thayer of Iowa then told the standing room only crowd about her experience as a former clinic director with Planned Patent hood of the Heartland. The attendees gave Sue a standing ovation for her heartfelt conversion story.