In our introduction to Defending Life 2008, we argue that “[I]t is in the states where we are winning the battle to create a culture of life and to protect all human life from its earliest stages until its natural end. Each year, we are making progress incrementally – state by state and law by law.” State-by-state building blocks for a culture of life has been AUL’s focus for decades, even more so in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Gonzales v. Carhart, upholding the federal ban on partial-birth abortion and opening the door to more state legislation that protects women and their children from the negative consequences of abortion.
AUL’s focus on the states is driven by our belief that there is where we, in partnership with pro-life Americans, legislators, and policy-makers, are truly making a difference. Information just released by State Net, a group that actively monitors all legislative activity in the 50 states, confirms our analysis and validates our focus. According to State Net, abortion is one of most debated topics in 2008, along with illegal immigration and the housing crisis.
Moreover, abortion-related legislation is being actively considered in nearly 80% of the state capitols. AUL’s independent analysis shows that pro-life measures far exceed pro-abortion measures and that the states continue to make measurable progress toward a culture of life.