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Stop the Scheduled Execution!

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Sign this petition now to stop Nebraska from taking a step backwards with their first execution in over 20 years.

In 2016, after a bipartisan super-majority in Nebraska’s unicameral Legislature voted to repeal the death penalty, Governor Pete Ricketts personally funded a referendum effort to reinstate the failed program. He then changed the protocol to a combination of drugs that has never before been used in a lethal injection, secretly acquired the drugs from an undisclosed supplier, and set a date for Nebraska’s first execution since 1997. That date is quickly approaching - Tuesday, August 14th.

Governor Ricketts is Catholic but has claimed that the death penalty is an exception to his church's long-standing emphasis on the sanctity of all human life. However, Pope Francis just changed the catechism to make the church’s teaching crystal clear: the death penalty is inadmissible in every way, with no exceptions.*

As Catholics, other people of faith, and concerned citizens, we call on Governor Ricketts: answer the call of all three of Nebraska's bishops and do not resume executions in Nebraska!


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