National Review: This month, the Guttmacher Institute released an interesting analysis of trends in state level pro-life legislation. It shows that much of the recent success that pro-lifers have had in passing state-level pro-life laws has been concentrated in conservative states in the South and Midwest. These states have been more likely to enact a variety of pro-life laws including waiting periods, parental-involvement laws, and informed-consent provisions. Not surprisingly, the Guttmacher analysts find this alarming. They have promoted their report by stating that more than half of all reproductive-age women live in states that are “hostile” to abortion rights.
As Republican officeholders have become more consistently pro-life, Democratic elected officials have become more consistently supportive of legal abortion. This means that pro-life legislative initiatives face long odds in blue states – even when these initiatives enjoy broad public support. Interestingly, it was not always this way. The pro-life movement used to be more bi-partisan