With the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade just around the corner Americans United for Life (AUL) released their seventh annual “Life List” detailing the most pro-life states, based on issues ranging from abortion to euthanasia.
This year the AUL ranked Louisiana as the most pro-life state. The Pelican State was followed by Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Arkansas.
The AUL listed Washington State, California, Hawaii, Vermont and Montana as the least pro-life states.
Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina and Utah were rated the “most improved” states on pro-life issues.
The AUL ranked states using five piece of pro-life criteria including laws related to: abortion, unborn victims of violence, biotechnologies including stem-cell research, end of life issues and freedom of conscience for health care providers.
The pro-life group is intent on increasing the number of pro-life states and boasts that 2011 was a “watershed” for pro-life initiatives as 47 states considered more than 460 abortion-related measures, and actually enacted about 70 of them.
“The states are preparing for the day after Roe. And as the ‘Life List’ documents, we’re seeing tremendous gains in defending life in law,” said Charmaine Yoest, AUL president.
Alternatively, NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation released their 21st edition of Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States, which had similar findings — namely that 26 states adopted 69 “anti-choice” initiatives in 2011, which according to NARAL was the second-highest number since the NARAL began keeping track in 1995 — but reached a much different conclusion.
“Lawmakers waged a War on Women, and as a result, women in many states will see more political interference in their personal, private medical decisions,” said NARAL president Nancy Keenan. “In some cases, women could lose access to reproductive-health services they currently have.”
See the AUL’s full list:
8. South Dakota
9. North Dakota
20. South Carolina
25. North Carolina
29. Rhode Island
32. New Hampshire
33. West Virginia
39. New Mexico
43. New Jersey
44. New York