Of the top 10 states in Life List, AUL has been and continues to be actively involved in the passage of life-affirming legislation in 8: Oklahoma (#2), Arkansas (#4), Arizona (#5), Nebraska (#6), Indiana (#7), Missouri (#8), Georgia (#9), and Virginia (#10).
2. This year’s most improved state was Arizona, moving from #14 in 2012 to #5 this year.
- In 2012, Arizona became the first state to enact AUL’s “Women’s Health Protection Act,” prohibiting abortions at or after 20 weeks based growing medical evidence of the risks of late-term abortions on women’s health.
- AUL also worked with legislators and allies in Arizona to enacted regulations on the provision of abortion-inducing drugs, supplemented its existing abortion clinic regulations, mandated that women receiving negative prenatal diagnoses be given information about perinatal hospice, and mandated the performance of an ultrasound at least 24 hours before an abortion.
3. After working with AUL to enact an ultrasound requirement and a new statute permitting a wrongful death cause of action when an unborn child is killed through the criminal or negligent actions of another, Virginia also moved into the Top 10. In 2011 and 2012, AUL also supported efforts in Virginia to hold abortion clinics to the same medically appropriate standards as outpatient surgical facilities.
4. The 2012 state legislative year produced significant victories for Life across the United States, building on 2011’s historic progress and laying the groundwork for future victories in 2013 and beyond. Through its state representatives and other significant relationships with state-based allies, AUL actively worked in 39 states to enact life-affirming laws and to defeat anti-life initiatives. In 2012, AUL realized several important victories for life, including the enactment of 19 life-affirming laws.
5. States of Shame: Meanwhile, since 1973, a number of states have tragically embraced abortion-on-demand and shown a continuing disregard for its negative consequences on women: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Vermont, and Washington.
Notably, in each of these states, a state court has “manufactured” a state constitutional right to abortion (protecting the abortion “right” to a greater extent than the federal constitution) and/or the state has adopted a state Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), effectively prohibiting the enactment of legislation designed to protect women and the unborn from the harms inherent in abortion.
6. Louisiana tops the list for the second year in a row. Louisiana tops the list because it has a decades-long history of enacting commonsense limitations on abortion; it also comprehensively protects healthcare freedom of conscience and is one of only a small number of states that has enacted meaningful regulations on biotechnologies such as destructive embryo research
7. For the fourth year in a row, Washington state earns AUL’s lowest ranking. Washington has enacted a state FOCA, has no meaningful limitations on the abortion license, and permits physician-assisted suicide and the exploitation of those facing the end of life.