Americans United for Life is proud to present our 2018 Life List. Our Life List is our annual state ranking based on our comprehensive legal analysis of each state’s legal protections for human life from conception to natural death.
This year, we are excited to announce that Arizona has gained our highly coveted #1 ranking this year, closely followed by Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kansas.
Sadly, for the ninth year in a row, Washington remained the state where women and their children have the fewest legal protections, followed by California, Vermont, New Jersey, and Oregon.
Alabama and Texas made notable gains as well, each moving up in the rankings by five places after fighting hard to pass significant protections during the 2017 legislative sessions. Meanwhile, Illinois fell a disappointing seven spots following a contentious legislative session that resulted in the passage of several pro-abortion laws.
Steve Aden, AUL’s Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, said that legislators across the country are continuing to fight back against “increasingly corporate abortion industry, that is determined to put their profit margins before the health and safety of women and children.”
Overall, at least 19 states adopted more than 60 life-affirming measures in 2017, making it the most productive pro-life year since 2013. Some of the most significant abortion-related measures in 2017 included late-term abortion limitations, prohibitions on abortions based on sex, and genetic abnormalities, ultrasound requirements, and financial or other support for abortion alternatives. In addition, states fought back against the physician-assisted suicide movement, defeating every attempt to legalize physician-assisted suicide, as well as passing proactive prohibitions to protect the elderly, disabled, and vulnerable.
Americans United for Life is proud to have worked with lawmakers and policy leaders across the country to help pass these important, life-affirming measures in 2017, and with your support, we will continue to accumulate victories, build momentum, and advance a culture of life in America in 2018.