Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tough anti-abortion laws approved by Okla. lawmakers prompts No. 1 ranking from national group #prolife

OKLAHOMA CITY — A national anti-abortion group placed Oklahoma No. 1 among the 50 states in its national rankings released Thursday, in part because of more than a half-dozen bills lawmakers passed last year restricting abortion in the state.

The Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Life placed Oklahoma atop its 2011 "Life List," which ranks states based primarily on laws restricting abortion, stem-cell research and assisted suicide.

Oklahoma ranked No. 2 in 2010 behind Louisiana, which slipped one spot to No. 2 in this year's ranking. Washington ranked No. 50.

"It's been a process that Oklahoma has gone through over the last several years," said Daniel McConchie, a spokesman for Americans United for Life. "Oklahoma was down around 15 when we started these rankings, and it's climbed up very steadily each year."

Abortion opponents hailed Oklahoma's 2010 legislative session as a tremendous success, with the passage of seven separate bills to further restrict the practice in the state.

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