States on record pace to enact pro-life laws

States on record pace to enact pro-life laws

State governments are on pace to enact a record number of pro-life laws during a year.

Already in 2021, a total of 13 states have placed into law 61 abortion restrictions, including eight bans on the procedure, according to a report issued April 30 by the Guttmacher Institute. The number of laws restricting abortion far surpasses the previous record for the first four months of a year – which was 42, including six bans, in 2011, the institute reported.

During April 26-29 alone, governors in seven states signed 28 restrictions into law, the report said.

“We are grateful for the Baptist leaders and committed pro-life advocates in each of these states who worked to pass these laws and ensure the health and safety of women and children. Our prayer is that God would continue to bless this work and hasten the day when preborn children are protected in law and cherished in our culture,” said Elizabeth Graham, vice president of operations and life initiatives for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Reprinted from Baptist Press (, news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.