Top 10 Least Pro-Life States

Americans United for Life (AUL) two weeks ago released its fifth annual ranking of the most and least pro-life states based on the laws in the states. (See “Top 10 Pro-Life States” in last week’s issue.) For the third year in a row, Michigan topped the list. According to AUL Vice President and Legal Director Denise M. Burke, “These states have made great strides in protecting women and their children from the negative consequences of abortion.”

AUL’s criteria cover each state’s treatment of all life issues, but the final ranking depends largely on each state’s enactment of prudent and well-supported laws that fence in the abortion license granted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade. Among the laws that AUL looks for are informed consent, parental involvement for minors, abortion-clinic regulations and limitations on the use of public money for abortion.

“Until all the pieces are in place to make the overruling of Roe a realistic possibility and until the truth has replaced misinformation about abortion,” said AUL President Clarke D. Forsythe. “Laws that put fences around the abortion license and highlight the negative impact of abortion on women are imperative. And those laws are being passed in the 50 states.” According to AUL, the ranking also seeks to answer the question: Thirty-five years after Roe, are we making progress to restore a culture of life in America?

1. Oregon
2007 Ranking: 1

2. California
2007 Ranking: 5

3. Connecticut
2007 Ranking: 6

4. New Jersey
2007 Ranking: 3

5. Vermont
2007 Ranking: 4

6. Hawaii
2007 Ranking: 2

7. New Hampshire
2007 Ranking: 7

8. Iowa
2007 Ranking: 20

9. Alaska
2007 Ranking: 8

10. New Mexico
2007 Ranking: 9