By Grace Carr
Americans United for Life (AUL) released its 2018 Life List Tuesday, ranking states based on their legal protections for human life from conception to natural death.
“We are excited to announce that Arizona has gained our highly coveted number one ranking this year…sadly, for the ninth year in a row, Washington remained the state where women and their children have the fewest legal protections,” AUL president Catherine Glenn Foster wrote in a press release provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Arizona ranks first, followed closely by Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Kansas. Washington remained at the bottom of the list, followed by California, Vermont, New Jersey and Oregon.
Alabama and Texas each moved up in the rankings by five places from 2017’s rankings. Illinois fell seven spots from the previous year, following the passage of pro-abortion laws in its 2017 legislative session.
Legislators across the country are fighting 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,” said AUL’s Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, Steven H. Aden, according to AUL’s report.
Roughly 19 states adopted pro-life measures in 2017, marking the most pro-life movement that states have seen since 2013, AUL reports. These measures included late-term abortion limitations, prohibitions on abortions based on sex and genetic abnormalities, ultrasound requirements and more.
“We will continue to accumulate victories, build momentum, and advance a culture of life in America in 2018,” Foster wrote in a statement.
The pro-life movement also saw wins after Planned Parenthood closed 32 clinics closed in 2017. The abortion giant now operates less than 600 facilities in the country compared to the 700 facilities it operated in 1973, according to LifeNews.
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