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After years of enacting laws to restrict abortions, Arizona has been named the most pro-life state in the country by Americans United for Life.
The anti-abortion advocacy group released its annual “Life List” this week, ranking states based on their legal protections for “human life from conception to natural death.”
Arizona topped the list, followed by other conservative states like Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. The least pro-life states were the progressive bastions of Washington, California and Vermont, according to the list.
Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, an activist group that lobbies for anti-abortion legislation, said the ranking speaks to the state’s track record of passing laws that protect women and “pre-born children.”
“Arizona has a pro-life governor, a pro-life Legislature and the ranking reflects that,” Herrod said Friday after attending the national March for Life in Washington, D.C.
But Jodi Liggett, vice president of external affairs for Planned Parenthood Arizona, said the pro-life ranking is a misplaced recognition considering about 394,000 Arizona children live in poverty as the state has slashed its social services.
“Regardless of where you think life begins, we have a lot of walking, talking children who don’t do very well in our state because of our failure to address the safety net,” she said. “By any measure, except theirs, we’re not a pro-life state.”
Herrod said it’s unclear exactly what laws prompted Americans United for Life to bump Arizona to the top of its list, up from fifth place in 2017; the group is expected to release its full report on the rankings this week.
However, it’s highly likely that national attention around Arizona’s Senate Bill 1367 played a role.
The law, approved by state lawmakers last year, regulates how doctors must care for a baby born alive during a late-term abortion. It requires doctors to employ all life-saving means if an infant shows signs of life.
Opponents, including medical professionals, say it cruelly forces doctors to try to resuscitate fetuses that aren’t expected to survive. They say the law applies to mothers who are induced early because of a fatal fetal anomaly or because something has gone wrong with the pregnancy.
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