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Nebraska Walk for Life 2016

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LINCOLN (SNR) – More than 5,000 people attended the annual Nebraska Walk for Life Jan. 30, the state’s largest First Amendment demonstration.

“I am encouraged every year by many families, young people, priests and religious at the Walk for Life,” Bishop James Conley said. “The walk is a sign of real commitment to protecting the lives of the unborn and the dignity of women.  I was so glad to be there.”

Participants gathered outside the State Capitol at 10 a.m. to hear remarks from leaders such as Governor Pete Ricketts, Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, and more. Father Jonathan Haschke, assistant pro-life director for the Diocese of Lincoln, preached the homily at a Mass in St. Mary Church, preceding the walk.

After the brief program outside the Capitol, the crowd marched seven blocks to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student Union for a keynote address by Sue Thayer. A former Planned Parenthood (PP) director in Storm Lake, Iowa, Thayer worked for Planned Parenthood nearly 18 years until PP of the Heartland initiated its webcam abortion scheme across Iowa.

She said she began to see PP in a new light and ultimately shared her insider knowledge in a whistleblower lawsuit, currently in litigation. She shared her conversion with honesty, transparency and humor.

Thayer led Storm Lake’s first ‘40 Days for Life’ campaign at the clinic she supervised for so many years. Shortly after completing the prayer vigil, the Planned Parenthood closed its doors. (Editor's Note: The campaign kicks off in Lincoln Feb. 9.)

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