Americans United for Life, which has ranked states on governmental issues from abortion to euthanasia for seven years, chose Louisiana to top the list because it "has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to life" and pushed laws protecting women considering abortions.
Charmaine Yoest, AUL president, said, "As the legal arm of the pro-life movement, the AUL legal team has created the legal architecture for reversing Roe v. Wade. 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."
The president's home states of Illinois and Hawaii rank 34th and 48th. Obama is pro-choice and a champion of Planned Parenthood, defending taxpayer funding to the group despite GOP objections.
Key points in the annual Life List provided to Whispers:
-- For the second time in three years, Louisiana is among the tops in the Life List. "Louisiana has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to life and an unwillingness to rest on prior accomplishments, instead enacting innovative, protective laws year after year such as last year's 'Signs of Hope' which protects women considering abortion from coercion," said AUL.
-- "For the third year in a row, Washington, California, and Hawaii rank as the List's least life-affirming states," said AUL. "These states lack the most basic laws to protect women and the unborn from the harms inherent in abortion and have embraced a variety of destructive policies such as support for research on human embryos and assisted suicide."
-- "The List's 'most improved' states are Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, and Utah," said AUL. "Each of these states enacted multiple life-affirming laws in 2011--most notably, Indiana, Kansas, and North Carolina took steps to de-fund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers."
The Life List
AUL's State Rankings
8. South Dakota
9. North Dakota
20. South Carolina
25. North Carolina
29. Rhode Island
32. New Hampshire
33. West Virginia
39. New Mexico
43. New Jersey
44. New York
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Clarification: A previous version of this story was based off of the 2011 list, not the 2012 list.