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Gov. Ricketts Recognized by Nebraskans Embracing Life

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Governor Ricketts on stage with keynote speaker Gianna Jessen, an abortion survivor and pro-life advocate, at the 45th Annual Celebration of Life Dinner.

Governor Ricketts on stage with keynote speaker Gianna Jessen, an abortion survivor and pro-life advocate, at the 45th Annual Celebration of Life Dinner.

OMAHA – During a recent event, Governor Pete Ricketts received “The Peter Bataillon Award” from Nebraskans Embracing Life.  The award recognizes Governor Ricketts’ public service for the protection of all human life, born and unborn.

“Nebraska is a pro-life state,” said Governor Ricketts.  “You can see it in the way Nebraskans care for each other and for the most vulnerable among us.  I am greatly honored to receive this recognition by Nebraskans Embracing Life and will continue to work to protect the unborn and support expecting mothers.”

Nebraskans Embracing Life’s mission is to “engage communities through educational, political, and spiritual means to enlighten and empower souls to embrace life.”  They presented The Peter Bataillon Award to Governor Ricketts at their 45th Annual Celebration of Life Dinner.

GOV. RICKETTS’ PRO-LIFE RECORD

Over the past few years, Governor Ricketts has worked with Nebraska’s pro-life advocates to champion several initiatives.  These initiatives include:

  • Pro-Life Budget Language: In 2018, the Governor and the Legislature approved important new budget language which ensures that taxpayer dollars do not fund abortion services, including abortions, abortion counseling, or abortion referrals. 
  • Pro-Life License Plate: In 2017, senators came together to pass legislation creating the “Choose Life” license plate.  This was the first pro-life legislation that had been passed in years.  Today, you will see many cars with these beautiful license plates.  The plates display a picture of a mother walking through a field while holding hands with her young child.
  • Perinatal Hospice Care: In 2017, Senator Joni Albrecht helped pass the “Compassion and Care for Medically Challenging Pregnancies Act.”  This act allows physicians who diagnose unborn children with a fetal anomaly to provide the parents with information pertaining to perinatal hospice care.  Before this legislation, many parents were provided minimal options when given a serious medical diagnosis during the early stages of a pregnancy.
  • Commemorative Certificates: In 2018, Senator Albrecht carried another bill, LB 1040, which provides for commemorative certificates of nonviable birth to mothers who miscarry prior to 20 weeks of gestation.  With this new bill, the state is now recognizing the loss that parents feel with every miscarriage. 
  • Maternity Leave Donation Program: In January 2018, Governor Ricketts announced a new maternity leave donation program for state teammates.  At his direction, expecting mothers or new mothers who work for the state can receive donated vacation and compensatory time from their co-workers to expand their own paid time off while on family medical leave.