by Steven Ertelt
January 19, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading abortion advocacy group released its most recent annual report on the status of state abortion laws across the country. The report comes just days before the nation mourns the 34th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade that overturned the pro-life laws of most states.
The NARAL report includes an assessment of each state and a grade based on how many laws limiting abortions the state has approved since 1973.
NARAL graded each state on the laws approved last year, the attitudes of the state legislature and leading state officials on abortion issues and how many abortion businesses exist in each state. Based on these criteria, NARAL assigned a letter grade to every state and the District of Columbia.
California and Washington were the only two states to receive an A+, and 11 other states were graded either an A or A-.
Four states received grades of B+, B, or B-, six states received grades of C+, C, or C-, and nine states received grades of D+, D, or D-.
Nineteen states received a failing grade of F, with Louisiana, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania ranking the worst in the nation in promoting abortion and allowing it without limits.
The NARAL report also indicated that states considered 470 pro-abortion and 650 pro-life measures during 2006. In total, 21 states enacted 56 pro-abortion measures while 17 states enacted 45 pro-life bills to limit abortions.
"This report is a reminder there is still much progress to be made," Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL, commented.
"On the challenge side, this report reminds us that favorable election returns won’t erase the calculated way in which anti-choice politicians and groups use the states as laboratories to test new policies designed to undermine women’s access to safe, legal abortioon," Keenan added.
"That’s why the "Who Decides" report still ranks the nation’s overall grade for women’s reproductive rights a dismal D minus," she concluded.