Pro-Life States Successfully Defend Life

Bradley Mattes   |   June 06, 2024

Since the reversal of Roe v Wade, we’ve read disappointing reports that the number of abortions in America has actually gone up.  

The increase can primarily be traced to the sale and distribution of black-market abortion pills via mail and dealers on the street. Feminists who for decades ominously foretold the dangers of illegal abortion are now advocating for and in some cases peddling these dangerous black-market drugs.  

While the media-fueled advocacy of unbridled abortion captures the headlines, let’s look at states that have quietly achieved amazing results legislatively protecting their most vulnerable citizens. These pro-life states successfully defend life.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge

The day the Dobbs decision overturned Roe v Wade, Arkansas’ Attorney General Leslie Rutledge signed a certification of Act 180, a “trigger law” that had been passed in 2019 which protects Arkansas unborn babies. Trigger laws were passed and in the inevitable event Roe was overturned they would automatically go into effect. When the Arkansas health department released its report, the total number of abortions performed during 2023 was zero! 

West Virginia passed legislation ending abortion in September of 2022 with exceptions for rape, incest, if the baby was deemed “nonviable,” and to protect the life of the mother. Since then, the number of abortions dropped by 98%.  

Kentucky’s life at conception and heartbeat bills went into effect in August 2022 and abortions dropped to almost zero!

A law protecting unborn babies in Indiana went into effect in August 2023. The Indiana Department of Health released its first quarter report of 2024 that showed a drop of 98% in abortions.  

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported zero abortions during 2023! 

Data from #WeCount

The numbers reported by #WeCount demonstrated that far reaching protective legislation in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas brought the abortion industry to its knees, granted not likely in prayer. These pro-life states successfully defend life.

It is imperative that state authorities and police curtail the scourge of black-market abortion pill networks flooding pro-life states with illegal and dangerous drugs. Last week I highlighted states that are fighting back against these illegal drugs by taking bold and novel approaches to protecting the unborn and their parents. 

Another pressing issue faced today are deep blue states that have passed extreme pro-abortion measures allowing abortion until birth. And they’ve rolled out the welcome mat to women in surrounding states where babies are protected. 

We long predicted that after the demise of Roe pro-lifers would be confronted with a messy and hard-fought process as states found their way to defending the defenseless. We are now living that reality yet are fully dedicated to protecting innocent human life from fertilization until natural death.

In the battle for LIFE, 

Brad Mattes,  

President, Life Issues Institute 

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