Author Archives: Charlotte Lozier Institute

10 Legal Reasons to Reject Roe

Susan Wills, J.D., LL.M.  

Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court rarely attract much public interest. One news cycle and a few op-eds are probably the norm for even the most important and sweeping decisions. But one Supreme Court decision eclipses all others in the past century. Far from being forgotten, in the almost 50 years since Roe v. Wade announced that the “constitutional” right to privacy encompasses a woman’s decision to abort her child, including late-term abortions, its fame (or infamy) just keeps growing.

Overview of U.S. Pro-Life Bills and Provisions Advanced and Laws Enacted from January to May 2021: Pro-Life Banner Year as States Continue to Reject the Radical Abortion Agenda

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

With the Biden administration reversing numerous life-affirming policies, it is clear there is an aggressive abortion agenda in Washington D.C. It is also clear the pro-abortion sentiment in the nation’s capital is not aligned with the views of Americans at the state level.

CLI Experts Urge SCOTUS to Catch Up to Science in Mississippi Abortion Case

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

“Viability as understood in 1973 is a relic – with today’s technology, premature babies are increasingly able to survive at 22 weeks or even earlier with active care. We hope the Court will take this opportunity to catch up to science and reconsider Roe’s arbitrary and unscientific standard for the protection of unborn human life.”

Fact Sheet: What are Pregnancy Help Organizations? (PHOs)

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

View this fact sheet as a PDF   Pregnancy Help Organizations (PHOs) are nonprofit organizations that hold a pro-life viewpoint and seek to provide a range of services to women and men facing unintended pregnancies. Support services range from pregnancy testing, to material assistance, to parental education, to sexual risk avoidance (SRA) education, to housing […]

CLI Comment: HHS Proposed Rule Fetal Tissue Regulations

David Prentice, Ph.D., Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D.   

The trafficking of aborted baby body parts for research is barbaric. The Trump administration was dedicated to ending this practice and protecting the sanctity of human life. Grave injustices were exposed that exploited unborn children for experimentation, but were not fully remedied.   Policy changes brought an immediate halt to federal contracts that trafficked organs […]

Only a Minority of Abortions Are for Unwanted Pregnancies, New Study

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

by David C. Reardon   This is Issue 57 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Only a Minority of Abortions Are for Unwanted Pregnancies, New Study   A major abortion advocacy group has recently found that only 42% of aborting women described their pregnancies as unwanted.1 Unexpectedly, 38% […]

The Hyde Amendment is Constitutional and Remains Critically Important

Mary E. Harned, J.D.  

Abortion advocates have always vehemently opposed laws that limit taxpayer funding for abortion. The Hyde Amendment, which Congress has applied to the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services for nearly all of the last 45 years, draws their greatest contempt, because it prohibits the use of federal and state matching Medicaid funds for most abortions—and has likely saved 2.4 million lives. However, for many years the abortion industry grudgingly tolerated lawmakers who supported the Hyde Amendment, for principled or pragmatic reasons, as long as they remained in lockstep with the rest of their abortion agenda.

FDA Decision to Relax Chemical Abortion Rule Ignores the Science, Neglects Women, Places Them in Danger

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

“Our review of all the Adverse Events from mifepristone as an abortion drug revealed serious concerns about hemorrhage, infections, and fetal tissue left inside. There were over 500 life-threatening complications, which would have been deaths if the women had not had timely access to the Emergency Room. These women without access to an ER are exactly the women being targeted with abortions by mail, and those who are most at risk of death by patient abandonment. We know from other studies that reports from the FDA only represent a small fraction of the actual adverse events happening to women across the country.”

CLI Responds to Calls to Drop “14-Day Limit” on Growing Human Embryos

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Human embryos should not be grown for research, manipulated like mice in a lab, or used instrumentally at all. Those who care about the sanctity of life support a zero-day limit that will preserve respect for every human life and refrain from exploitation of or injury to human subjects.

Lozier Institute Hires Stephen M. Billy as Executive Director

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Prior to joining CLI, Mr. Billy worked in the Trump administration from 2017-2020, serving as senior advisor at the White House Office of Management and Budget, deputy chief of staff at the Office of Personnel Management, and deputy chief of staff at the Bureau of Industry and Security. Billy also served as chief of staff to a North Carolina pro-life congressman.

Written Testimony of Dr. Tara Sander Lee on South Dakota’s HB 1110 to Prohibit Abortions due to Down Syndrome

Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D.  

Dr. Tara Sander Lee testified on HB 1110, noting her scientific and clinical experience spanning 20 years, which includes expertise in molecular genetics and diagnostic testing. Dr. Sander Lee provided information on: the incidence of Down syndrome in the United States, methods of prenatal screening and testing, the high false-positive rate of incorrect reporting in standard screening tests, limitations with newer methods of non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS or NIPT), and the “perinatal revolution”

CLI Statement on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine: Abortion-Derived Cell Lines Used in Production Process

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

“For many Americans, the approval of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine raises renewed questions about the use of cells derived from elective abortions. Many leading vaccine candidates supported by Operation Warp Speed, including the approved vaccines produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, do not use abortion-derived cell lines in their production. Unlike the majority of those candidates, Johnson & Johnson does use these cell lines in the production process.

Fact Sheet: Planned Parenthood’s 2019-20 Annual Report

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

See Fact Sheet: Planned Parenthood’s 2019-20 Annual Report as a PDF [1]   Planned Parenthood’s Financials In its 2019-20 annual report, Planned Parenthood reported $1.6 billion in income[2] and over $2.0 billion in net assets[3] — an increase from the previous report. $510 million came from private contributions, down 14% from the previous report.[4] Taxpayer […]

New Report Reveals Planned Parenthood Prioritizes Abortion Over Women’s Health

Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

Late Friday afternoon, Planned Parenthood released their annual report for 2019-2020. As always, this report contains glossy color photos and statements from Planned Parenthood leadership. However, the most interesting part of these annual reports is the data they include about Planned Parenthood’s services.  Planned Parenthood spokespeople and their allies in the media frequently argue that abortion constitutes a small fraction of their activities. However, the data contained in their annual reports tell a much, much different story.

Assisted Suicide’s Slippery Slope in Action: Washington State May Drop “Safeguards” Against Abuse

Richard Doerflinger, M.A.  

Opponents of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) have long warned that there is a “slippery slope” from initially limited acceptance of the practice to a broader “right” to take the lives of the sick and elderly. PAS supporters have generally dismissed this claim as alarmist. In my home state of Washington, however, supporters are now embracing the claim, and urging lawmakers to ski down the slope.

Cell Lines Used for Viral Vaccine Production

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Vaccines Licensed for Use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)   Current FDA list accessed 4 January 2021   View this chart as a PDF here   Use of Cell Lines for Vaccine Production  🟩 No fetal cells  🔺 fetal cells —  no cell lines – bacteria grow independently Vaccine […]

New Obamacare Report Uncovers Massive Taxpayer Subsidies for Abortion; Continuing Violation of Hyde Amendment Principles

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Pro-life Americans Deserve Transparency in Healthcare Plans   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2020 Contact: Prudence Robertson, probertson@sbalist.org, 240-672-2828 Washington, D.C.  – Today Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research arm of Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), in partnership with Family Research Council (FRC) and The Heritage Foundation, released a new report detailing the extent […]

What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines

David Prentice, Ph.D., Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D.   

Last updated June 2, 2021   Most COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Use Fetal Cells for Production; Several Used Abortion-Derived Cell Lines in Testing; Experts Urge All Vaccine Developers to Use Noncontroversial Alternatives   View short chart View full chart Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) has published a new chart (en español) detailing whether the eight leading […]

Análisis del Instituto Charlotte Lozier (CLI): La mayoría de las vacunas de la Operation Warp Speed no se producen usando células derivadas de abortos

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Comunicado de prensa INMEDIATO: 3 de diciembre de 2020. Contacto: Prudence Robertson, probertson@sbalist.org, 240-672-2828   Varias líneas celulares derivadas del aborto se utilizan en pruebas; los expertos instan a todos los desarrolladores de vacunas a utilizar alternativas no controversiales   Washington, D.C. – Hoy el Instituto Charlotte Lozier (CLI) ha publicado un nuevo gráfico que […]

CLI Analysis: Majority of Operation Warp Speed Vaccines Not Produced Using Abortion-Derived Cells

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2020 Contact: Prudence Robertson, probertson@sbalist.org, 240-672-2828   Several Used Abortion-Derived Cell Lines in Testing; Experts Urge All Vaccine Developers to Use Noncontroversial Alternatives Washington, D.C.  – Today Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) published a new chart detailing whether the eight leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates supported by Operation Warp Speed are produced or […]

Slight Increase in Abortion Rate Largely Due to Surge in Chemical Abortion Nationwide

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2020   Contact: Prudence Robertson, probertson@sbalist.org, 240-672-2828   Washington, D.C.  – Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new data on abortion rates in 2018. The report generally comports with the preliminary survey of 38 individual state reports released by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI)  in September 2020. […]

Pro-life Pregnancy Centers Served 2 Million People with Essential Medical, Education and Support Services in 2019

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2020   Contact: Prudence Robertson, probertson@sbalist.org, 240-672-2828   Pro-life Pregnancy Centers Served 2 Million People with Essential Medical, Education and Support Services in 2019 New Report Highlights Wellspring of Care for Women and Families Washington, D.C.  – Today Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research arm of Susan B. Anthony List […]

Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts

Mary E. Harned, J.D.  

This is Issue 53 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 53: Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts   This is an updated version of On Point Issue 26, On Point Issue 29, On Point Issue 33.   Abortion advocates contend that the United States Supreme Court […]

COVID-19, Nursing Homes, and the Need to Protect the Elderly

Hannah Howard  

*The term “resident” will be used to describe nursing home residents unless otherwise indicated.   **All data is accurate as of 10/06/2020   In early 2020 news began circulating that a life-threatening respiratory illness was sweeping across the world and had made its way to the United States. Reactions to the severity of the problem […]

Federal Bioethics Commissions and Bias Against the Unborn

Richard Doerflinger, M.A.  

This is Issue 17 in The American Reports Series. The paper may be viewed as a PDF here: Federal Bioethics Commissions and Bias Against the Unborn   In August, the Trump administration’s new Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board reviewed requests made to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for federally funded fetal tissue […]

Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines

David Prentice, Ph.D.  

To view this chart as a PDF, see: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines   Updated June 2, 2021   Accurate information about the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines is essential, especially because many proposed candidates use newer molecular technologies for production of a viral vaccine. One concern regarding the ethical assessment of […]

New Abortion Trends in the United States: A First Look

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2020 | Link Contact: Prudence Robertson, probertson@sbalist.org, 240-672-2828    Washington, D.C.  – Today Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research arm of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), published a new report on emerging abortion trends in the United States.   Ahead of the Centers for Disease […]

FDA’s Race to Defend Women From Dangerous Drugs

Mary E. Harned, J.D.  

This is Issue 50 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 50: FDA’s Race to Defend Women From Dangerous Drugs   Abortion advocates—seeking to exploit the COVID-19 crisis to advance unfettered access to abortion-inducing drugs—found a friend in federal court.  In mid-July, Judge Theodore D. Chuang issued […]

Designing Babies: Science, Ethics, and Policies of a Post-Genomic Era

Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D., David Prentice, Ph.D.   

At the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity annual summer conference “Bioethics in Real Life,” Dr. David Prentice and Dr. Tara Sander Lee presented a workshop entitled Designing Babies: Science, Ethics, and Policies of a Post-Genomic Era.   Scientific advancements in the fields of genetics, molecular diagnosis, and genetic engineering were introduced so that participants […]

After June Medical ruling, meaning of Hellerstedt legal standard remains open question

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

The Supreme Court’s ruling today in the June Medical case does not answer the question whether the free-form balancing test required by the 2016 Hellerstedt decision “supplants” or “supplements” the undue burden test from Casey.   Background   Before Hellerstedt, it was thought that a health and safety regulation would pass muster if it was reasonably related to […]

Muestra de la infección viral y la producción de vacunas

David Prentice, Ph.D., Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D.   

Como resultado de la rápida propagación del nuevo coronavirus, técnicamente conocido como SARS-CoV-2, los gobiernos de Estados Unidos y de otros paises han pasado por varios intentos fallidos en la producción de una vacuna efectiva contra esta enfermedad que se transmite tan rápidamente.  Ha surgido una selección de candidatos para esta vacuna  y se encuentran en distintas etapas de desarrollo y de prueba.  Al mismo tiempo, se han manifestado otras preguntas acerca de la manera en la cual estas vacunas son producidas; inlcuyendo los procesos sobre los cuales millones de americanos tienen objeciones en material moral.  Hoy en día, la variedad de medios utilizados para producir vacunas es inmensa; en algunos casos son éticament lícitas, mientras que en otros los procedimientos que utilizan son questionables.  Para ayudar a la comprensión de estos modos de producción, ofrecemos una guía básica respecto a la ciencia involucrada.

Video: Multiple Sclerosis Survivor Thriving Six Years after Adult Stem Cell Transplant

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

May 30 marked World Multiple Sclerosis Day, a day to bring together the global MS community, raise awareness, and share stories. In a new patient video released by the Charlotte Lozier Institute’s Stem Cell Research Facts project, multiple sclerosis survivor Allison Carr shares about her journey of thriving and encouraging others six years after her […]

**NEWS ALERT—March 27, 2020, Update on Coronavirus and Pregnancy**

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Two research teams in China presented details in the journal JAMA of 3 neonates who may have been infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in utero from mothers with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).[1][2]  In a corresponding JAMA editorial, Drs. David Kimberlin and Sergio Stagno of the University of Alabama at Birmingham cautioned […]

The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

by R. J. Snell, Ph.D. This paper can be viewed as a pdf here: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Italy, many hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, necessitating difficult triage decisions that can seem like choosing who lives and who dies. In the United States, already […]

Charlotte Lozier Institute Responds to Claim that Aborted Baby Parts Are Needed to Develop COVID-19 Treatment

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Washington, D.C. – In response to news reports claiming that potential treatments for coronavirus will not be discovered unless the body parts of aborted children are used in experiments, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) issued the following comment: “Those who advocate experimentation using body parts harvested from aborted children are shamelessly exploiting the coronavirus pandemic, […]

Impact of the Strict Scrutiny Standard of Judicial Review on Abortion Legislation Under the Kansas Supreme Court’s Decision in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt

Elizabeth Kirk, J.D.  

This is Issue 42 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Impact of the Strict Scrutiny Standard of Judicial Review on Abortion Legislation Under the Kansas Supreme Court’s Decision in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt   This paper is focused on a narrow matter, namely, the nature of the […]

Ignoring the Scientific Facts Doesn’t Make the Pain Go Away

Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A.  

Fetal pain, according to Rep. Dr. Kim Schrier’s statements at a recent hearing in the House of Representatives, is “pseudoscience, total baloney.”  Interestingly, though she recalled caring for extremely premature babies during her pediatric training, perhaps the congresswoman was unaware that, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the medical standard of care for these […]

State Abortion Reporting

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Choose your state to view its most recent report   In the United States, national abortion reports are compiled and published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). States voluntarily aggregate and share their data to be included in the CDC’s annual reports. Some states, including California, Maryland, and New Hampshire, have […]

Abortion Reporting: Hawaii

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

  Hawaii’s abortion reporting is 10 years out of date⁠— its last full report was completed in 2009.

Abortion Reporting: Nevada (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Nevada abortion data for 2016, 2017, and 2018 was provided upon request to CLI by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. In 2018, abortion totals increased after experiencing a slight dip in 2017.   Changes in Nevada Abortions, 2017-2018  Information on Planned Parenthood’s Nevada market share is not publicly available   Abortion Totals […]

Abortion Reporting: California

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

California does not collect or report abortion data.   The Centers for Disease Control’s 1996 abortion surveillance report was the last to include California data. In response to an inquiry from the Charlotte Lozier Institute in October 2019, the California Department of Public Health informed CLI that “California does not collect information on induced termination […]

Abortion Reporting: New Hampshire

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

New Hampshire does not collect or report abortion data.   New Hampshire has not reported abortion data to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control since 1997. In response to an inquiry from the Charlotte Lozier Institute in November 2017, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services informed CLI, “Please be advised that there […]

Abortion Reporting: Maryland

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Maryland does not collect or report abortion data.   Until 2006, the Maryland Department of Health maintained a voluntary abortion reporting system. Maryland’s reports cautioned that the “State of Maryland has a voluntary abortion reporting system, so the data contained in this report are incomplete. The number of facilities submitting data can change from year […]

New Study: Elevated Suicide Rates Among Mothers after Abortion

Hannah Howard  

In 2019, a study titled Maternal Suicide in Italy by Lega et al. was published in the journal Archives of Women’s Mental Health detailing suicide rates in Italian mothers. In the study, “maternal suicide” is defined as “women who died by suicide during pregnancy or within 1 year after giving birth, induced abortion or miscarriage.” The […]

Major Pro-life Victory: HHS Cancels Huge Contract for Taxpayer-Funded Experimentation with Body Parts of Aborted Babies, Announces New Approach

David Prentice, Ph.D.  

Washington, D.C. – Following news that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) will not renew a major contract with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to fund research using the body parts of aborted babies, the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) […]

Abortion Pill Reversal – Infographic

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

On April 4, 2018, Culture of Life Family Services announced the release of a study on abortion pill reversal. The study was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Issues in Law and Medicine. Click here for more information on the study.