The successes in passing pro-life laws in recent years have
largely been at the state level. A recent analysis rates the best
and the worst among the states.
for Life does an annual report detailing where each state
stands on life issues, including successful legislation in the past
year, before coming up with its "Top 10" states for both sides of
the issue. Mailee Smith, an Americans United attorney, explains
factors that affect the rating.
"Also, with the life list
this year we named some all-stars for just the supreme effort that
they made in passing pro-life laws -- and those all-stars were
Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire, Virginia and South Carolina," she
Others in the Top 10 best were Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania
and Arkansas. Topping the 10 worst is Washington state, but there
are others with a near-equal ranking.
"One reason [states are ranked worst] is because they lack
pro-life laws. For example, a number of those states toward the end
of the list don't have the most basic pro-woman laws, such as
informed consent," Smith tells OneNewsNow. "Other reasons that
states end up at the bottom of the list is because they have very
anti-life laws on the books."
For example, Washington approved doctor-assisted suicide in
The pro-life movement still has a lot of work to do, but Smith
says that as the nation's pro-life views have increased, more
legislation along that line is being passed -- and she finds that