AUL’s Life List is a part of Defending Life 2011.
Defending Life 2012 provides the necessary building blocks for a culture that respects and protects life and for laws that reflect and further this desired cultural imperative. As this one-of-a-kind legal guide shows, we are making significant progress—state by state and law by law – to protect women and the unborn from the harms inherent in abortion; to curb and eliminate unethical and life-debasing uses of biotechnology; to combat efforts to encourage and legalize euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide; and to protect the freedom of conscience of America’s health care providers.
To guide these critical efforts, Defending Life 2012 has several key components:
- Specific information on all 50 states including the Life List, an overall ranking of the states, and comprehensive analysis of each state’s successes, opportunities, and challenges.
- In-depth discussions of key legislative and policy issues related to abortion, protection of the unborn, bioethics and biotechnologies, the end of life, and health care freedom of conscience.
- Review and analysis of the 2011 state legislative sessions, overviews of the important gains and key challenges in the ongoing fight to preserve and defend the sanctity of all human life, and strategic recommendations for each of the 50 states.
- Forty-three pieces of model legislation developed by AUL experts to assist legislators and policymakers in drafting, debating, and passing life-affirming laws.
In evaluating and ranking the 50 states, AUL looked at laws in five primary areas:
- Laws related to abortion including informed consent, parental involvement, abortion clinic regulations, limitations on funding for abortion, and support of abortion alternatives.
- Laws that protect unborn victims of violence.
- Laws related to biotechnologies including human cloning, stem-cell research, uses of prenatal and genetic testing, and assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization.
- Laws impacting the end of life.
- Laws protecting the freedom of conscience of health care providers, institutions, and payers.
In our analysis, we look beyond the mere existence of a law to the actual substance and practical effect of the law. Using this state-specific information and taking into account the unique political realities of each state, we have also identified key opportunities for each state in 2011 and beyond.
Defending Life, an annual resource produced by Americans United for Life, was launched in 2006.