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State of the states

"State of the states" Continued...

Issue: "Earthquake in Bam," Jan. 10, 2004

The rest of AUL's "10 Most Dangerous States," in order of worst to marginally better: Oregon, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Alaska, New Mexico, New Jersey, Maryland, California, and Montana. Ms. Burke notes that the most dangerous states tend to be in the West and Northeast, "where liberal values are stronger, while Christianity and traditional morality are often ridiculed." Many of the most dangerous states also have interpreted their constitutions to afford women a broader "right" to abortion than that established by Roe vs. Wade. That ensures that even common-sense laws, such as parental involvement or informed consent, are quickly branded "unconstitutional."

AUL's report named three states-Texas, Missouri, and Minnesota-"most improved" on issues of abortion-related safety. Texas and Minnesota in 2003 joined Kansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi as the only states that require healthcare workers to inform women of the link between abortion and breast cancer. Missouri legislators, meanwhile, mustered enough votes to override Gov. Bob Holden's veto of informed-consent legislation. That law is now, of course, in litigation.

AUL will post its full report at www.aul.org later this month. "We hope the project will encourage people to be active and informed at the state and local levels," said Ms. Burke, "because that is where we are winning the battle to create a culture of life."

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