Arizona, Arkansas Top New List of Pro-Life States in US

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Americans United for Life released its annual report this week identifying the most pro-life and pro-abortion states, based on legislation passed in 2017.

Arizona topped the most pro-life list, followed by Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Kansas.

Washington was ranked the most pro-abortion state, with California, Vermont, New Jersey and Oregon following behind.

Steven Aden, AUL’s Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, told LifeNews that at least 19 states adopted more than 60 life-affirming measures in 2017, making it the most productive pro-life year since 2013.

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“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,” according to LifeNews.

Aden told the media outlet that legislators across the country are continuing to fight back against “an increasingly business-driven abortion industry that is determined to put its profit margins before the health and safety of women and children.”

Arizona’s state budget passed last spring diverted money away from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Additionally, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation in the spring requiring medical care be given to babies born alive following an abortion.

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In contrast with Arizona, Washington maintains a “Freedom of Choice Act” requiring if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned, women have a “fundamental right” to obtain an abortion, according to AUL.

The Evergreen State does not have an informed consent law, parental involvement law for minors seeking an abortion or many abortion facility regulations required by other states. Washington also requires taxpayers to fund abortions for women receiving public assistance.

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President Donald Trump was named the “Pro-Life Person of the Year” by the pro-life group Operation Rescue.

Operation Rescue pointed to several accomplishments during the president’s first year that advanced the pro-life cause.

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They included appointing conservative, pro-life Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the Department of Justice launching a “formal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s illegal baby parts trafficking scheme.”

Additionally, Trump removed an Obama-era regulation forcing states to continue to fund Planned Parenthood.

Further, the president “provided protections for those of religious and moral convictions from paying for abortifacient drugs through Obamacare, and continues to work to repeal and replace it,” according to Operation Rescue.

The pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List lauded Trump for accomplishments in promoting life during his first year in office, as well.

Trump was the first president to address the annual March for Life live on Friday.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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