For the pro-life movement, 2011 was a banner year. According to the group Americans United for Life (AUL), a total of 47 state legislatures introduced 460 pro-life bills, ultimately implementing 70 laws designed to protect the unborn and their mothers. From de-funding Planned Parenthood, to informed consent laws, to measures designed to discourage abortion among minors, more states pushed more pro-life legislation than ever before.
The most pro-life states in 2001, according to AUL’s seventh annual “Life List,” were Louisiana, which took the number-one ranking for the third year in a row, followed by (in order) Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Indiana.
Of the top state, AUL boasted that Louisiana “has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to life and an unwillingness to rest on prior accomplishments, instead enacting innovative, protective laws year after year, such as last year’s ‘Signs of Hope,’ which protects women considering abortion from coercion.”
By contrast, the least pro-life state last year was Washington, followed by (in order) California, Hawaii, Vermont, Montana, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Nevada.
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Photo: The Louisiana State Capitol