Thursday, January 20th, 2011
AUL’S LIFE LIST SHOWS CUTTING EDGE LEGISLATION RESTRICTS ABORTIONS/PROTECTS LIFE AT THE STATE LEVEL
LAUNCHES NATIONAL PETITION TO URGE THE SAME AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL
WASHINGTON, D.C. (01-20-11) – For the sixth year in row, Americans United for Life released the “Life List” – a ranking of all 50 states based on the way each deals with a comprehensive list of life issues – from euthanasia to abortion. AUL CEO and President Dr. Charmaine Yoest said that the model legislation AUL specializes in, and the state-based approach to protecting life in the law, is “changing the momentum towards life at the state level. We are seeing a cultural shift toward protecting life and rolling back the tide of unrestricted abortions that Roe v. Wade produced.”
“The results reveal that legislative action at the state level is turning the tide toward life with strategic refinement of the law,” said Yoest. AUL has produced 38 pieces of model legislation and been influential in drafting opt-out language for states that do not wish to pay for President Obama’s health care plan that includes abortion coverage.
In the top 5 spots in 2011 are 1: Oklahoma, 2: Louisiana, 3: Pennsylvania, 4: Arkansas and 5: Texas. At the bottom of the list were New Jersey, Vermont, Hawaii, California and Washington State. For the complete listing and executive summary of the project, click here.
AUL released the Life List in advance of the Saturday anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and also announced a national initiative – a petition to influence the national abortion debate by targeting the millions of tax dollars going to abortions. Sending Congress the message that “Life Counts” with the American people, a top AUL legislative priority will be Defunding Planned Parenthood. Click here to see the petition.
“Common ground on the abortion issue is possible when we begin with the fact that no tax money should go to abortion, a principle violated by the Democratic leadership in the health care law,” said Yoest. “The new pro-life leadership in the House will find that defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is essential to protecting life.”
For information on AUL’s cutting-edge model legislation, click here.
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