Americans United for Life, one of the nation's most preeminent pro-life organizations,  today announced that it has ranked Virginia as the 10th most pro-life state in the nation, and recognized it as an "All Star" state for passage of important pro-life legislation. Family Foundation of Virginia President Victoria Cobb said:

A long time goal of The Family Foundation is to make Virginia the most pro-life state in the nation. We are honored by AUL's recognition, but the thanks goes to voters who continue to send pro-life legislators to Richmond, and pro-life elected officials who stand for the unborn despite hysterical and vulgar attacks from abortion industry supporters. We have advanced the cause of life in recent years, but we have a long way to go. We will continue to fight for the pro-life cause until Virginia is safe for every unborn child.

According to AUL, Virginia was recognized as an "All Star" state because:

Virginia enacted an ultrasound requirement that is based, in substantial part, on AUL’s model language. Recognizing that the performance of an ultrasound is the "gold standard" of patient care, the measure requires the performance of an ultrasound before an abortion and that the woman be given an opportunity to view the ultrasound and have it explained to her.

In 2012, with the approval of comprehensive health and safety standards for abortion clinics, Virginia continued progress toward protecting women from the substandard conditions and practices that are all-too-common at some abortion clinics. The state Board of Health, with input and support from AUL, had been working on the standards since 2011, when the enabling legislation was signed into law by Governor Bob McDonnell.

Finally, with the assistance of AUL, Virginia enacted a measure permitting a family to bring a wrongful death (civil) action in the death of an unborn child. Virginia joined 39 other states that already permitted such lawsuits.

Today, the Senate Education and Health Committee rejected attempts to repeal both the abortion center safety and ultrasound law, and a Health, Welfare and Institutions subcommittee defeated a repeal of abortion center safety. Cobb said:

Protecting these important women's rights laws and ensuring the health and safety of Virginians should be paramount. We applaud the majority of the Senate Education and Health committee and the members of the HWI subcommittee that, today, rejected bills that would have reversed these advances.

The full text of AUL's announcement can be found here.