NARAL: States More Pro-Life, 19 Would Ban Abortion if Roe Overturned

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 13, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 13, 2005

Washington, DC ( — One of the country’s leading abortion advocacy groups released a new report on the status of abortion in the fifty states. The survey indicates states are passing pro-life laws at an increasing rate and that nineteen states would quickly ban abortions if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

NARAL on Thursday released the 14th edition of its compendium of state abortion laws. The report grades each state on how much their laws promote or pay for abortions.

The group doesn’t like what it sees — more pro-life laws limiting abortion and helping women choose abortion alternatives.

In fact, in 2004 alone, the group says state legislatures passed 714 pro-life laws, a 28 percent increase over 2003.

“State legislators are continuing to chip away at women’s freedom—and they are prepared to go much further if George Bush succeeds in his goal of overturning Roe v. Wade," said newly minted NARAL president Nancy Keenan.

NARAL also surveyed what states will prohibit abortion should President Bush replace retiring pro-abortion Supreme Court justices with ones who are pro-life. The current court backs the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion by a 6-3 margin.

If Roe is overturned, the group reports, 19 states would quickly prohibit abortion while another 19 would follow closely behind.

Dorinda Bordlee, senior legislative counsel for Americans United for Life, told that overturning Roe would "simply mean that the people decide in the democratic process, rather than leaving these life and death decisions to the robed rulers of the federal judiciary."

"NARAL is going to have to get comfortable with the democratic process," Bordlee said. "We are a compassionate nation, and the people are standing up to say that we should no longer allow judicial activists to dictate a boundless abortion policy that facilitates the sexual exploitation of women and the destruction of millions of unborn children."

NARAL’s numbers are slightly higher than those in an October report issued by the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, a leading pro-abortion law firm.

The CRR report shows 21 states where abortion would almost certainly be illegal if Roe is overturned and nine states where abortion would likely be illegal. The report said abortion would likely remain legal in 20 states if Roe falls.

NARAL indicates that, in only four states, does the governor and a majority of both chambers favor abortion: Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey and Washington.

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