American governor attacked for issuing day of prayer to end abortion
“I do hereby urge all individuals to pray on their own or with others, according to their faith, for an end to abortion,” reads the proclamation of Gov. Pete Ricketts. Even though issuing a public statement asking for prayers obviously carries no legal force, the Freedom From Religion Foundation accused the Nebraska governor of violating 'the freedom of conscience of citizens in the state.'
Nebraska Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts has received some pushback for his recent proclamation declaring January 22 a statewide day of prayer to end abortion, chiefly from a group notorious for opposing intersections of faith and government.
“I do hereby urge all individuals to pray on their own or with others, according to their faith, for an end to abortion,” reads the proclamation. It calls for prayers on the upcoming anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling.
It also encourages Nebraskans to “take direct action to aid mothers, fathers and families in need, especially those expecting a child who cannot provide for themselves.”
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