Americans United for Life has released its annual report about the most pro-life and pro-abortion states when it comes to passing pro-life legislation that protects women and unborn children. For 2023, Arkansas was again was named most pro-life and Vermont most pro-abortion.
Arkansas has gained the highly coveted number one ranking, closely followed by Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Indiana. All five states currently have abortion bans in place that protect babies from abortions and allow legitimate medical care for pregnant women.
Each of those states have either been named the most pro-life state in the nation previously or been in the top 5 on AUL’s annual list.
Vermont remained at the bottom of the list where it has been previously, as it is one of several states that allow killing babies in abortions up to birth. New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii follow closely behind and each of those states allow unlimited abortions as well.
“This is Arkansas’s fourth year as the most pro-life state in America after the state maintained existing protections for life and enacted an additional 9 life-protecting laws. But Arkansas is facing challenges for the top slot from numerous other states, including Mississippi, South Dakota, and Florida,” AUL said in a statement to LifeNews.
“After being the biggest mover of last year, Florida jumped another 6 spots with the addition of a Heartbeat law. North Carolina was the biggest mover this year, gaining 7 spots by overriding the state governor’s veto to protect life at 12-weeks and requiring true informed consent for chemical abortion,” AUL added.
Florida is still waiting on its state Supreme Court to rule in a case about whether it will uphold the heartbeat law so babies there can finally be protected from abortion. While pro-life Americans wait for that decision, people from many Southern states have been going to Florida in droves for abortions.
AUL praised those states that have approved abortion bans protecting the lives of unborn children.
“Overall, in the past year, the states have been very active in considering life-related policy, much for the good, some to the detriment of life. Thanks to the groundwork state legislatures laid to prepare for the fall of Roe and their response thereafter, hundreds of thousands of innocent preborn lives will be saved in the coming years. With the freedom to defend life restored, state lawmakers now pass life-affirming laws with confidence to protect women, preborn children, and families,” it said.
“With few exceptions, states that have stood strong for life for decades continue to forge ahead, and their leadership is reflected in the Life List rankings. South Dakota is on track to see a year of zero abortions in the state, while Nebraska and South Carolina added protections at 12 weeks and a detectible heartbeat, respectively,” AUL told LifeNews.
Other states are moving in a decidedly pro-abortion direction like Ohio and Michigan.
Unfortunately, at the bottom of the Life List, states have been outrunning each other to enable the extinguishing of human life, whether by eliminating so-called “protections” around physician-assisted suicide as seen in Oregon and Vermont or by divining new legal methodologies to protect those who kill the unborn from accountability or oversight. Michigan was the largest mover against life, dropping 10 spots after voters approved a “right to abortion” and the Michigan legislature began stripping away protections for the unborn.
All that being said, however, 2023 was another pro-life year. As of the Life List cutoff date of November 30, at least 59 life-affirming laws have been passed and signed into law. The number of states that are abortion free, or nearly so, continues to grow.
AUL’s ranking is based on criteria that score the states’ protection of life from conception to natural death. This is sorted into the categories of abortion, legal recognition of preborn children, bioethics (such as destructive human embryo research), assisted suicide and end-of-life patient care, and healthcare rights of conscience. In addition, each state is awarded points for its life-affirming cultural and political landscape and momentum, which measures political outlook and the frequency the state legislature effectuates pro-life laws, respectively.