In a pastoral letter released June 1, 2017, Bishop Nickless praised the efforts of the 40 Days for Life that helped close four Planed Parenthood “abortion mills.” Nickless said this was a “great victory of prayer and witness for life.” His Excellency also said “we must not support pro-abortion politicians and parties.” Abortion is a “vicious” and “intrinsic evil” that can “never be supported.” We “cannot pray for an end to abortion in private, and then support pro-abortion politicians in public and believe that we are consistently following Christ. It is simply a contradiction.” Both “prayer and voting pro-life” are “necessary.”