State Legislatures Considered More Pro-Life Bills in 2008 on Abortion, Bioethics

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 29, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

State Legislatures Considered More Pro-Life Bills in 2008 on Abortion, Bioethics

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 29
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — A new report indicates state legislatures considered more pro-life bills in 2008 on abortion and bioethics issues like assisted suicide, human cloning and stem cell research than in the prior year. Americans United for Life, which released the report, says that was a 12 percent increase over the 2007 numbers.

The group appreciates the increase and says it means pro-life state lawmakers are continuing successful efforts to protect women from the increasingly well-documented negative consequences of abortion.

"While states continue to pass the kind of protective measures that a majority of Americans support, abortion supporters continue to ignore the tremendous evidence that abortion hurts women," Dr. Charmaine Yoest, the president of AUL, told

In 2008, 45 states considered nearly 450 measures related to abortion.

Some of the pro-life victories included an omnibus measure in Oklahoma, requiring an abortion practitioner to show a woman an aultrasound, regulating the dissemination of the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug, prohibiting coerced abortions, and protecting the rights of conscience of healthcare providers who decline to participate in abortions.

New laws in Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota were approved requiring abortion practitioners to give women a chance to see an ultrasound of the unborn baby before an abortion. When used in pregnancy centers, ultrasounds persuade as many as 85 percent of women to keep their baby.

AUL says legislatures in Colorado, Maryland, and Michigan voted to limit taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion counseling.

Idaho lawmakers strengthened the state’s informed consent law and prohibited coerced abortions.

And Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania approved the funding of abortion alternatives.

Denise Burke, the vice president and legal director of the group, told that, "We are seeing more and more legislation designed to protect women from the negative consequences of abortion."

"Examples include comprehensive informed consent requirements, stronger parental involvement provisions, and requirements that women be offered the opportunity to view an ultrasound before abortion," she added.

The complete AUL 2008 State Legislative Session Report is available at

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