Forty years and 55 million aborted lives after 1973's landmark
Roe v. Wade decision, a list sizing up states in their
protection and neglect of human life has been released.
for Life just unleashed its annual "Life List," to commend some
states in their strides to protect the sanctity of life and to
challenge others to step-up legislation protecting the innocent,
preborn, and disabled.
When AUL's analysis of the comprehensive successes of states was
tallied, it determined which ones have the best on-going legal
efforts to create and sustain a culture of life -- and which ones
are more geared toward promoting the "culture of death."
Winning top pro-life honors this year, for the
second year running, is Louisiana, followed (in order) by Oklahoma,
Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Arizona, Nebraska, Indiana, Missouri,
Georgia, and Virginia.
"While the 'Life List' notes legislative accomplishments from
the previous year, it also takes into account each state's
cumulative record in defending and protecting the lives of their
citizens -- from conception to natural death," AUL states.
The worst state? Ranking at #50 as the least pro-life state --
and #1 as the most pro-death state -- is Washington State, which
has claimed this abysmal position for the fourth straight year.
This is the same state that is currently trying to push through a
bill that would force residents to buy abortion insurance.
States right behind The Evergreen State as being the worst
offenders against human life are (in order) California, New York,
Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut, Oregon, Maryland, Hawaii, and
Montana. (See full listing of all states)
The wider scope
This list was compiled to do more than cast light on the most
current and powerful attempts to protect life.
"This analysis … [is] laying the foundation for rolling back and
reversing Roe v. Wade," said AUL president and CEO Dr.
And she predicts that the year 2013 will be anything other than
"unlucky" when it comes to laws protecting the preborn.
"Americans United for Life has been leading the way in
innovative legislation that protects women and girls from a
profit-hungry 'Big Abortion' industry, bloated with taxpayer
dollars," says Yoest. "I predict that we'll see a large number of
bills this year that also work to protect the First Amendment
freedom of all Americans who do not want to be forced into business
with Big Abortion."
The pro-life organization also believes that the tides have
already begun to turn in the United States when it comes to new
legal protections, as 2012 wasn't far behind 2011's record-breaking
"The 2012 state legislative year produced significant victories
for Life across the United States, building on 2011's historic
progress and laying the groundwork for future victories in 2013 and
beyond," AU contends. "Through its state representatives and other
significant relationships with state-based allies, AUL actively
worked in 39 states to enact life-affirming laws and to defeat
Its report shows strides it has made across multiple states.
"In 2012, AUL realized several important victories for life,
including the enactment of 19 life-affirming laws," the pro-life
organization reports. "[This year], the most popular
abortion-related legislative measures included prohibitions on
government funding and insurance coverage for abortion, legislation
and resolutions related to pregnancy care centers, informed consent
for abortion, ultrasound requirements, restrictions or regulations
on abortion-inducing drugs and so-call 'telemed' abortions, and
abortion clinic regulations and other abortion-provider
And with all of the pro-abortion
healthcare reform floating around from state to state during the
first term of the Obama administration, pro-life advocates have
been busy at work to counter different kinds of anti-life
"Importantly, there was a nearly 40-percent increase in the
number of measures introduced to protect healthcare freedom of
conscience," AUL points out. "Moreover, as a result of a
substantial increase in the number of bills related to pain
management and palliative care, measures related to end-of-life
issues increased nearly two-fold."
Pro-life honor roll
For the first time, AUL introduced its Life List All-Stars this
year to pay tribute to five states that made key pro-life
legislative contributions above and beyond the rest during their
Receiving the highest
honor for last year was Arizona.
"Arizona became the first state to enact AUL's
'Women's Health Defense Act,' prohibiting abortions at or after
20-weeks' gestation based on the well-documented dangers of
late-term abortions to women's health and the pain
experienced by unborn children," AUL revealed in its inaugural
report, which notes the strides The Grand Canyon State made. "Most
improved this year was Arizona, moving from No. 14 to No. 5."
Arizona's governor is also well aware of the leaps and bounds
made in her state for life.
"As a pro-life governor and former legislator, I know first-hand
the crucial role AUL plays on the state level to advance the cause
of protecting the unborn," said Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer. "Without a
doubt, AUL is an invaluable resource for pro-life legal guidance
and educational materials. Through AUL's efforts, we are winning
the battle as we encourage more mothers to make the choice for life
and give a voice to those who don't have one."
Also making the pro-life all-star list is runner-up Georgia,
with New Hampshire, Virginia and South Carolina taking the third,
fourth and fifth spots, respectively.