Americans United for Life, a pro-life policy group in Washington DC, publishes an annual “Life List” ranking the 50 states for their pro-life legal accomplishments.
At the top of the 2015 Life List for the 6th year in a row was Louisiana, followed by Mississippi, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
At the bottom of the list for the 6th year in a row was the state of Washington, followed by Vermont, Oregon, California, and New Jersey.
Rankings are determined by states’ legislation and latest achievements in helping to protect human life from fertilization until natural death.
To see where your state stands on life click here.
State Legislation Increasingly Important in the Battle for Life
More than 200 pro-life laws have been passed by states in the last four years.
Most of these laws focus on mandatory waiting periods for abortion, partial-birth abortion bans and prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks, a point well after that which science can demonstrate unborn children feel pain.
State legislation has become increasingly important in efforts to protect innocent life, as the inability to pass life-saving federal legislation continues.
This past year, for example, Congress passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act banning most abortions after 20 weeks; but the legislation was vetoed by President Obama. Fortunately, 10 states have passed legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks, and another 9 states have similar bans at 22 or 24 weeks.
Similarly, while President Obama also vetoed federal legislation eliminating 89% of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding, 12 states passed legislation to end Planned Parenthood’s state Medicaid funding.
As you prepare to cast your vote in November, know where the candidates stand on life issues.
It’s important to vote, and even more important to make an informed decision.