Americans United for Life "Life List" Shows Huge Legislative Gains for Life in the 50 states in 2011

And AUL prepares for 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Events with AUL's Dr. Charmaine Yoest and Abby Johnson together during the March for Life.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans United for Life released its seventh annual "Life List" – a ranking of all 50 states based on the way each deals with a comprehensive list of life issues – from abortion to euthanasia. For the second time in three years, Louisiana tops the list, followed closely by Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Arkansas.

Washington, California, Hawaii, Vermont, and Montana come in as the least life-affirming states, while Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, and Utah rate as the "most improved." For the entire list, and a graphic model of the nation, click here.

AUL CEO and President Dr. Charmaine Yoest said that the remarkable gains for Life at the state level reveal that many state legislators are creating a blueprint for legislative changes when Roe v. Wade is ultimately overturned. 2011 was a watershed year in the defense of life.  Forty-seven states considered more than 460 abortion-related measures, ultimately enacting more than 70 of them. And that is just the beginning.

Yoest noted that AUL legislative involvement was significant. During the 2011 state legislative session:

  •  At least 86 bills were introduced in 32 states that were based in whole or in part on AUL's model language and/or on which AUL consulted and advised.
  • AUL's experts testified 21 times, supporting 20 pro-life bills and opposing legislation in Hawaii that would have compromised healthcare freedom of conscience.
  • AUL distributed more than 1,600 copies of our model legislation (with accompanying policy guides) to individuals in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and overseas nations.

"As the legal arm of the pro-life movement, the AUL legal team has created the legal architecture for reversing Roe v. Wade," said Dr. Yoest. "The states are preparing for the day after Roe.  And as the Life List documents, we're seeing tremendous gains in defending life in law."

One of the key tools for state legislators who wish to advocate for constitutionally sound and effective pro-life policies is Defending Life, AUL's guidebook of Model Legislation. This year's soon-to-be released guidebook will include 43 pieces of model legislation, including legislation restricting insurance coverage of abortions within state Exchanges created pursuant to the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's healthcare plan. AUL's model legislation has already been used by five states to opt out of Obama's healthcare law.

MEDIA ADVISORY

AUL released the Life List in advance of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. During the events leading up to the anniversary and to the March for Life, Dr. Charmaine Yoest will be joined in Washington, D.C., by well-known life advocate Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic executive who left her position to work against the life-ending practices of the nation's largest abortion provider. Ms. Johnson recently joined AUL as a Senior Policy Advisor. While at Planned Parenthood, Johnson was a clinic director in the fourth largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the United States.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest and Abby Johnson will be available to the media during the up-coming March for Life events on Monday, Jan. 23, to discuss the "Life List" and other life-affirming policies advocated by AUL.

For interviews with Dr. Yoest and Ms. Johnson or on AUL's cutting-edge model legislation and the "Life List," contact press@aul.org.

SOURCE Americans United for Life




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