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Defending Life 2018

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Americans United for Life’s legal team is proud to announce the release of our 13th edition of Defending Life, our premiere annual publication.

Defending Life, which has been called “the pro-life playbook,” is an important tool that combines more than 50 pieces of our model legislation, expert analysis, and 50 state report cards into a single non-partisan guide to assist legislators across the nation in protecting human life from conception to natural death.

“This 13th edition of Defending Life is designed to equip state lawmakers and thought leaders with strategic model legislation, expert analysis, 50 state report cards, and critical tools to transform pro-life principles into law,” said Catherine Glenn Foster, President and CEO of Americans United for Life.

“Recognizing that the abortion debate is not about choosing sides between mother and child, Defending Life this year highlights both AUL’s ‘Women’s Protection Project’ and our ‘Infants’ Protection Project.’ Our woman-empowering model legislation recognizes and affirms that mothers are victimized by a corrupt and profit-driven abortion industry, while protecting those who are most vulnerable of all, the unborn children, whose lives are on the line every day in our nation.”

Defending Life

In Defending Life, AUL’s expert legal team comprehensively addresses abortion, protection of the unborn (in contexts outside of abortion), bioethics, the end-of-life, and health care freedom of conscience; expertly tackles the legal and policy challenges for the pro-life movement; and reports on recent legislative and courtroom victories, continuing progress toward protecting life in each of the 50 states, and emerging issues and trends.

Among the most important tools in Defending Life are the State Report Cards, which are updated by our legal team each year, to reflect the latest legal protections in each individual state. In 2017, at least 19 states adopted more than 60 life-affirming measures, 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 law makers and policy leaders across the country to help pass these indispensable, life-affirming measures in 2017, and we hope that Defending Life 2018 will help pro-life lawmakers make this upcoming year an even better year for defending all human life!

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