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Pro-lifers and pro-aborts agree: American laws are increasingly pro-life

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Pro-life and pro-abortion groups may not agree on much, but reports from leading organizations on each side last week show they agree at least that America's state laws are increasingly pro-life.

In its annual "Life List" report, Americans United for Life (AUL) ranked Louisiana as the number one pro-life state in the nation for the sixth year in a row. Filling out the top five were Mississippi, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

AUL's report says that "ALL STAR States" include Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arizona, Texas, and Indiana. The five worst states when it comes to "overall advances since Roe v. Wade toward re-building a culture of life" were New Jersey, California, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, in descending order.

“In the last 4 years, states have enacted more than 200 pro-life laws protecting women and girls from abortion industry abuses,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest in a statement about the Life List. According to Yoest, "legislators and pro-life Americans worked together at the state level nationwide to protect women and girls from an abortion industry that puts profits over people.”

Also released last week was the NARAL Pro-Choice America "Who Decides" report. According to NARAL, America's states averaged a "D" in terms of "the status of women's reproductive rights in America."

California was the only state to receive an "A+" by NARAL, though a number of other states received "A" grades.

Both the AUL and NARAL reports note Louisiana led the nation in 2014, with NARAL criticizing the state for enacting four pro-life laws.

The NARAL report attacked the 2003 partial-birth abortion ban, calling it a law that "outlaws certain safe, medically appropriate abortion care often necessary to protect a woman's health." It also decried the 20-week abortion ban that has seen success at the state level, which puts NARAL in opposition to bans on abortion when babies can feel pain and are able to survive outside the womb.

AUL's "Defending Life" booklet, which outlines dozens of state-level pro-life strategies for 2015, was also released last week. The foreword was written by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a pro-life Catholic Republican who is considered a likely presidential candidate in 2016.

Americans United for Life’s full ranking:

  1. Louisiana
  2. Mississippi
  3. Kansas
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Arkansas
  6. Missouri
  7. Indiana
  8. North Dakota
  9. Nebraska
  10. Texas
  11. South Dakota
  12. Arizona
  13. Pennsylvania
  14. Michigan
  15. Georgia
  16. Ohio
  17. Alabama
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Virginia
  20. Kentucky
  21. South Carolina
  22. Idaho
  23. Tennessee
  24. Illinois
  25. North Carolina
  26. Rhode Island
  27. Florida
  28. Utah
  29. Colorado
  30. Minnesota
  31. Delaware
  32. Maine
  33. Alaska
  34. West Virginia
  35. New Hampshire
  36. Iowa
  37. Wyoming
  38. Massachusetts
  39. Maryland
  40. New Mexico
  41. Connecticut
  42. Nevada
  43. Montana
  44. New York
  45. Hawaii
  46. New Jersey
  47. California
  48. Oregon
  49. Vermont
  50. Washington

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