by Steven Ertelt
January 15, 2008
Chicago, IL (LifeNews.com) — A leading national pro-life group that works with state legislators to pass pro-life laws has released a new national ranking of states based on the laws they’ve approved related to abortion and bioethics topics. Americans United for Life’s fifth annual ranking of the most and least pro-life states shows Michigan in the lead for the third time.
After Michigan, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Kansas topped the list. South Dakota, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Virginia rounded out the top ten.
"These states have made great strides in protecting women and their children from the negative consequences of abortion," Denise Burke, an AUL attorney, told LifeNews.com Tuesday.
On the bottom end of the scale, Oregon, which has the only law legalizing assisted suicide, placed last with California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont and Hawaii finishing in the bottom.
Not surprisingly, euthanasia advocates have pressed for laws allowing assisted suicides in most of those states.
AUL’s criteria covers each state’s treatment of all pro-life issues and the final ranking depends largely on each state’s enactment of prudent and well-supported laws limiting abortions as much as the Supreme Court has allowed.
Among the laws that AUL looks for are informed consent, parental involvement for minors, abortion facility regulations, and abortion funding limits.
"Until all the pieces are in place to make the overruling of Roe a realistic possibility and until the truth has replaced misinformation about abortion," AUL president Clark Forsythe said, "laws that put fences around the abortion license and highlight the negative impact of abortion on women are imperative. And those laws are being passed in the 50 states."
The ranking also seeks to answer the question: Thirty-five years after Roe, are we making progress to restore a culture of life in America?
"We are making progress, state by state and law by law. In states that have passed these types of laws, the abortion rates have declined by up to 20% over the past 10 years," Burke said.
"Further, these laws highlight the significant dangers–physical, psychological, and relational–posed by abortion."
"Once the scope of the negative impact of abortion on women is fully understood, support for most or all abortions will erode and a renewed culture of life will be within our grasp," Burke contends.
Related web sites:
Americans United for Life – https://www.aul.org