Though none of the numerous pro-life bills submitted to Congress has moved, Ingrid Duran, director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), says the states have been doing their part to protect the preborn.
"Whether it is the Texas heartbeat protection bill, abortion pill reversal, or a born-alive infant protection act, we were wildly successful in securing rights for the preborn child," Duran says of 2021.
In fact, 19 states passed a record 106 pro-life laws last year. That is based on research from the Guttmacher Institute, an arm of the abortion industry that calls 2021 the worst year on record for the so-called right to abortion.
"I definitely think that the states are gearing up to see more ways that they can protect unborn children, and I'm really excited to see what happens in 2022," says Duran. "I think we'll see a lot of the continuation of the bills that we saw in 2021 come back in 2022 in the states that were not able to pass [them]."
About a half dozen states are already considering legislation similar to the Texas heartbeat law that is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. A ruling on the case is expected by the middle of the year.