NEW ORLEANS – Today, the national pro-life policy organization Americans United for Life (AUL) announced that Louisiana is the most pro-life state in America.
AUL released its 2020 “Defending Life” report after analyzing progress made legislatively or in litigation in 2019. The annual report contains its annual “Life List ranking all 50 states based on each state’s body of law associated with the life issues, ranging from abortion to euthanasia.
AUL’s decision to place Louisiana at the top of the list was based on the strong Louisiana pro-life legislation passed in 2019, Louisiana’s role in the upcoming June Medical Services v. Gee Supreme Court case, the presence of the Love Life Constitutional Amendment on the 2020 ballot, and the continued bipartisan commitment to the pro-life cause.
“We are thankful that Louisiana has been named the most pro-life state in the nation by Americans United for Life,” said Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life. “In Louisiana, we are proud of our commitment to the protection of every human life and the safeguarding of the health and safety of mothers. We appreciate our Legislature and Gov. Edwards for their steadfast and bipartisan dedication to life as evidenced by pro-life laws enacted in 2019. We also applaud our Attorney General Jeff Landry and his team for their tireless resolve in defending these laws, even to the halls of the Supreme Court. Most importantly, though, we are thankful lives are being saved every day, as Louisiana has seen a 21 percent decrease in abortions in Louisiana since 2014.
“With the upcoming June Medical Services v. Gee case at the Supreme Court, and the Nov. 3 vote on our Love Life Constitutional Amendment, 2020 will be perhaps the most significant year for the Louisiana pro-life cause. We look forward to working with our citizens to protect babies and help mothers so that every life is welcomed with love and protected by law in Louisiana.”
Dorinda Bordlee, Vice President and Senior Counsel of the Bioethics Defense Fund and a Louisiana resident, advises many Louisiana legislators and Louisiana Right to Life on pro-life policy matters. Today, Bordlee said the following on the release of the rankings: “Bioethics Defense Fund is honored to provide legal consultation to legislators and policy groups. The proactive leadership of Louisiana Right to Life makes a big difference in our state for the dignity and well-being of both unborn children and their mothers.”
The following is a review of pro-life legislation passed into law in 2019:
• HB 425: The Love Life Constitutional Amendment:
• SB 184: Unborn Child Heartbeat Protection Act
• HB 484: Protection of Patient Records at Abortion Facilities Act
• HB 133: Chemical Abortion Regulation Act
• HB 143: Evie’s Law
• SB 221: Abortion Physician Disclosure Act
• SB 238: Trafficking at Abortion Facility Prevention Act