AUL - Which States Rank at the Top of AUL's Life List?


In This IssueAUL releases our seventh annual “Life List” showing how the 50 states compare when it comes to protecting life; Two influential pro-life women join AUL’s efforts as anniversary of Roe approaches; and Dr. Yoest leads the way in celebrating a win in a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals case involving a Texas sonogram law.

Americans United for Life “Life List” Shows Huge Legislative Gains for Life in the 50 states in 2011

“States are using the blueprint in AUL’s Defending Life guidebook of model legislation to provide innovative protections for all – from birth to natural death,”
says AUL’s President Dr. Charmaine Yoest

Americans United for Life released our seventh annual “Life List” this week – a ranking of all 50 states based on the way each addresses a comprehensive list of life issues – from abortion to euthanasia. For the second time in three years, Louisiana tops the list, followed closely by Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Arkansas.

Washington, California, Hawaii, Vermont and Montana come in as the least life-affirming states, while Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina and Utah rate as the “most improved.” For the entire list, and a graphic model of the nation, click here.

AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest said that the remarkable gains for life at the state level reveal that the many state legislators are using AUL’s blueprint for legislative changes to save lives now and prepare for the day when Roe v. Wade is overturned. 2011 was a watershed year in the defense of life.  Forty-seven states considered more than 460 abortion-related measures, ultimately enacting more than 70 of them.  

Yoest noted that AUL legislative involvement was significant. During the 2011 state legislative session:

• At least 86 bills were introduced in 32 states that were based in whole or in part on AUL’s model language and/or on which AUL consulted and advised.

• AUL’s experts testified 21 times, supporting 20 pro-life bills and opposing legislation in Hawaii that would have compromised healthcare freedom of conscience. 

• AUL distributed more than 1,600 copies of our model legislation (with accompanying policy guides) to individuals in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and overseas nations.

“As the legal arm of the pro-life movement, the AUL legal team has created the legal architecture for reversing Roe v. Wade,” said Dr. Yoest. “The states are preparing for the day after Roe. And as the Life List documents, we’re seeing tremendous gains in defending life in law.” 

To read more from AUL’s legal team about how the 50 states compare, click here.


Charmaine Yoest and Abby Johnson join together
mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Kellie Fiedorek, Dr. Charmaine Yoest, Rep. Marsha Blackburn,
Abby Johnson, & Dan McConchie

Dr. Charmaine Yoest and well-known former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson will join forces during Monday’s March for Life, walking together along with thousands to celebrate the hope of a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. Johnson recently joined AUL as a Senior Policy Advisor, helping to refine and advocate for pro-life public policy at the state level. While at Planned Parenthood, Johnson was a clinic director in the fourth largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the United States. 

For interviews Monday related to the March for Life event, contact


Care Net General Counsel Jeanneane Maxon joins AUL as Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel

“Jeanneane’s legal intellect is matched by her loving compassion for all who suffer
at the hands of the abortion industry,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.


Dr. Charmaine Yoest announced this week that Jeanneane Maxon, formerly Care Net General Counsel, has joined the nation’s premier legal team as Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel. Maxon also served on the board of AUL before transitioning to her new role beginning in mid-January.

"I cannot imagine anyone better for this role of shepherding the public image of AUL and overseeing the legal language that is AUL’s signature contribution to the public policy debate over life issues,” said Dr. Yoest.

“Americans United for Life is the most important public policy and legal force for life in the nation,” said Ms. Maxon. “The plans underway for 2012 make AUL the place to be in this pivotal year.”


Dr. Yoest debates NARAL’s Nancy Keenan on a pro-life win in the Fifth Circuit
Court of Appeals



Twice in three days, Dr. Yoest discussed on the FOX News channel a unanimous decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in which pro-life Americans won an important victory. A three-judge panel upheld a newly enacted Texas ultrasound law and vacated a lower court’s injunction against the law’s enforcement. At issue is the constitutionality of a law requiring that a pregnant woman be given an ultrasound and provided medical information about her child’s stage of development before an abortion. For more on the case, click here.


“One Step at a Time”
World Magazine features AUL in
pro-life special issue

In his lead editorial marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and in a Question and Answer article, World Magazine’s Marvin Olasky noted the accomplishments of AUL and our “successful strategy across the country.”  

His wide-ranging discussion with Dr. Yoest included the following exchange:

Twenty years ago pro-life leaders were asking whether younger people would be pro-life. What are you seeing now? The data are clear: This generation of young people is much more pro-life than their parents were. Part of the reason is that we're on the side of science, of technology. This is the post-sonogram generation. The first baby picture in their baby books is a sonogram picture. Sonograms are not just getting stuck on the refrigerator, they're getting put on YouTube and set to music, linked on Facebook, shared via Tumblr and Twitter, and sent all the way around the world in the time it takes to finish the sentence. I love being on our side of the issue!

To read more, click here.


More In the News

From Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint: In a column that ran in many locations across the country, noted Christian leader and author Chuck Colson talked about the current struggles to protect life. He wrote, “The pro-life cause is gaining tremendous ground in the states. Let me list just some of the signs of progress. According to Americans United for Life (AUL) five states have reacted to ObamaCare by restricting insurance coverage of abortion: Florida, Idaho, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Virginia. Good start.

“In addition, more than 30 states have either introduced or are laying the groundwork to introduce an opt-out bill as soon as their legislative calendars allow. Many have already passed such legislation like Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Utah, [and] Mississippi.

“Meanwhile, AUL sees ‘an unprecedented level of pro-life activity in the states.’”

To read more, click here.