Author Archives: Caroline Funk

Abortion Reporting: Mississippi (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Mississippi’s 2017 abortion report reveals that chemical abortions are on the rise. Abortion statistics have been published online only through 2012, but the Mississippi State Department of Health made reports for 2013 through 2017 available to the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) upon request.   Changes in Mississippi Abortions, 2016-2017     *Information on Mississippi’s state […]

Abortion Reporting: Florida (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Author’s Note (September 2019): This article has been updated to reflect Florida’s legal definition of “gestation” to be equivalent to post-fertilization age.   Florida is one of the first states to publish its abortion statistics each year. Some tables are available on the website of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, while others were […]

Abortion Reporting: New Mexico (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

New Mexico’s abortion statistics for 2017 were published as part of the annual selected health statistics report in January 2019. The report shows that abortions in the Land of Enchantment have continued to decline.     Changes in New Mexico Abortions, 2016-2017     *Total abortions occurring in New Mexico. This information was provided to […]

Abortion Reporting: Missouri (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Missouri’s 2017 abortion report reveals that abortions in the state have fallen every year over the past decade. Since 2008, abortions performed in Missouri have dropped by 47 percent.   Changes in Missouri Abortions, 2016-2017     *Total abortions occurring in Missouri. Missouri also reports abortions performed on Missouri residents both inside and outside the […]

Abortion Reporting: Alaska (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Alaska’s 2018 abortion report, published online in February of 2019, shows that abortions increased in the state for the first time in six years. Alaska is one of the first states to publish its annual abortion report every year.   Changes in Alaska Abortions, 2017-2018   *Information on Alaska market share is not publicly available. […]

Abortion Reporting: Utah (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Utah’s 2017 abortion report, published by the Utah Department of Health in January 2019, reveals that reported abortions in the Beehive State reached their lowest level in over 40 years. Utah has been reporting abortion data since 1974.   Changes in Utah Abortions, 2016-2017 *The changes in total and chemical abortions reflect abortions performed on […]

Abortion Reporting: Pennsylvania (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Pennsylvania’s abortion report for 2017 shows that total abortions are continuing to trend downward, while chemical abortions are rising.   Changes in Pennsylvania Abortions, 2016-2017     *Information on Planned Parenthood’s Pennsylvania market share is not publicly available.     Abortion Totals and Trends   Total reported abortions in Pennsylvania fell by almost three percent […]

Abortion Reporting: Connecticut (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Connecticut’s annual abortion report for 2017 shows that abortions in the state have continued their downward trend. The report was provided to the Charlotte Lozier Institute by the Connecticut Department of Public Health upon request.   Changes in Connecticut Abortions, 2016-2017     *Information on Connecticut’s state abortion rate and Planned Parenthood’s Connecticut market share […]

Abortion Reporting: Georgia (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Georgia’s abortion statistics for 2017 reveal that reported abortions in the state have declined after an increase in 2016. Rather than publishing an abortion report, the state makes abortion data available in an online portal hosted by the Georgia Department of Public Health.   Changes in Georgia Abortions, 2016-2017     *Information is for resident […]

Abortion Reporting: Delaware (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Delaware’s pregnancy report for 2017 was published in February 2019 by the Delaware Department of Public Health. The report shows a sharp decline in abortions from 2016.   Changes in Delaware Abortions, 2016-2017     *Information on Delaware’s state abortion rate and Planned Parenthood’s Delaware market share is not publicly available.   Abortion Totals and […]

Abortion Reporting: Tennessee (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Tennessee’s abortion report for 2017, published online by the Tennessee Department of Health in December 2018, shows that abortion in the state continues to fall. Tennessee provides no information on chemical abortion.   Change in Tennessee Abortions, 2016-2017   *Information on Tennessee chemical abortions, Tennessee’s state abortion rate, and Planned Parenthood’s Tennessee market share is […]

Abortion Reporting: Wisconsin (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Wisconsin’s state abortion report for 2017 shows that abortions in the state increased from the previous year as a result of a new abortion center opening in 2017. State pro-life groups predict that the increase could continue in 2018.   Changes in Wisconsin Abortions, 2016-2017   *Resident abortions only. Information on Planned Parenthood’s Wisconsin market […]

Abortion Reporting: Iowa (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Iowa’s abortion report for 2017, published online in October 2018 on the Iowa Department of Public Health website, shows that annual abortion totals are continuing to trend downward.   Changes in Iowa Abortions, 2016-2017   *Information on Planned Parenthood’s Iowa market share is not publicly available     Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2017, […]

Abortion Reporting: Idaho (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Idaho’s 2017 Induced Abortion report was published by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in December 2018. The report shows that there was little change from the number of abortions reported in 2016.     Changes in Idaho Abortions, 2016-2017   *Information on Planned Parenthood’s Idaho market share is not publicly available.     […]

Abortion Reporting: Alabama (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Alabama’s abortion report for 2017, published in October 2018, shows that abortion totals in the state are falling. Planned Parenthood’s abortion market share has shrunk after several negative health department inspections.   Statistics and Changes in Alabama Abortions, 2016-2017   *Information is for all abortions reported in Alabama. Information on Alabama’s state abortion rate is […]

Abortion Reporting: Illinois (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Illinois’ 2017 abortion report shows that abortions reported in the state increased from the previous year. The report was published in December 2018 on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.     Changes in Illinois Abortions, 2016-2017     Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2017, there were 39,329 abortions reported in Illinois, an […]

Abortion Reporting: North Carolina (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

North Carolina’s annual abortion report for 2017 was published online by the State Center for Health Statistics in September 2018. The abortion report is published as part of the state’s Reported Pregnancies publication and contains information on abortions performed in North Carolina and abortions performed on North Carolina residents.   Changes in North Carolina Resident […]

Abortion Reporting: Kentucky (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Kentucky’s 2017 abortion report, which the Kentucky Department for Public Health provided to the Charlotte Lozier Institute upon request in August 2018, shows that almost half of all abortions reported in the state were chemical abortions. Only one abortion clinic is currently operating in Kentucky.         Abortion Totals and Trends   Kentucky […]

Abortion Reporting: Oregon (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Oregon has released preliminary data for 2018, but the final report has not yet been published   Oregon’s abortion statistics for 2017 were published in September 2018 on the website of the Oregon Health Authority. During 2017, reported abortions in the state declined after increases in 2015 and 2016.     Changes in Oregon Abortions, […]

Abortion Reporting: Maine (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Maine’s abortion report for 2017 was published in September 2018 by the state Department of Health and Human Services. The report demonstrates that the total annual number of abortions reported in Maine continues to fluctuate, while chemical abortions are rising steadily.   Changes in Maine Abortions, 2016-2017     Abortion Totals and Trends   In […]

Written Testimony of Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D., in Support of Ethical Alternatives to Aborted Fetal Tissue Research

Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D.  

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules and Government Operations for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on “Exploring Alternatives to Fetal Tissue Research.” The hearing was called as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services re-evaluates funding for research using […]

Abortion Reporting: New York City (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

New York City has included abortion data in its vital statistics report since 1962. The city’s vital statistics report for 2016 reveals that abortion in the Big Apple is continuing to decline, although the abortion rate is still high compared to the rest of the nation.     Changes in New York City Abortions, 2015-2016 […]

Abortion Reporting: New Jersey (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

New Jersey’s 2016 abortion report shows that abortions in the state have increased. However, abortion reporting in the state is not mandatory for all abortion providers, meaning that abortions in the Garden State are underreported. New Jersey does not publish its abortion report online but made it available to the Charlotte Lozier Institute upon request. […]

Nonprofit Works to Fill the Knowledge Gap on Human Embryology

Caroline Funk  

Human embryologists’ best-kept secret could arguably be the Carnegie Stages of Human Embryonic Development. This system was established in 1942 and classifies the first eight weeks of every human being’s life into 23 stages based on objective developmental mile markers, beginning at the first contact of egg and sperm and continuing on into the fetal […]

Current Bipartisan Opposition to Assisted Suicide

Caroline Funk  

To view this paper as a PDF, see: Current Bipartisan Opposition to Assisted Suicide   Bipartisan legislation recently emerged in the U.S. House of Representatives against assisted suicide and for real health care for Americans facing illness and the end of life. The concurrent resolution H.Con.Res.80 expresses “the sense of the Congress that assisted suicide… puts […]

Abortion Reporting: Ohio (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Ohio’s 2016 state abortion report shows that the state’s resident abortion rate is unchanged from 2015, consistent with the gradual downward trajectory it has maintained over the past decade (Fig. 1). The 38-page report, published every September by Ohio’s Department of Health, contains comprehensive information on abortions performed in the Buckeye State.   Changes in […]

Oregon’s Command Performance on Abortion Chains Conscience

Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan  

Oregon Governor Kate Brown broke what theater patrons would call the “fourth wall” when she signed House Bill 3391 into law on August 14, dragging every resident of her state into the vast public drama over abortion and human rights. In an egregious and unprecedented move, Oregon has become the first state to guarantee free abortions for all residents—backed by the full faith and credit of the taxpayer.  With this step, it becomes increasingly difficult for any Oregonian to sit in the audience on so important as issue.

Connecticut’s Annual Abortion Report Leaves Ample Room for Improvement

Tessa Longbons  

Connecticut’s 2016 abortion report provides a useful, yet lacking, snapshot of abortion in the state. Though not published online, the annual abortion report is made available to individuals upon request by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The one-page report contains data on women who seek abortions, the abortion procedures that occur in Connecticut, and the children that are killed by abortion.

Planned Parenthood: “Irreplaceable” and “Lifesaving”?

Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan, James Studnicki, Sc.D., MPH, MBA   

In its most recent annual report, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America makes two fundamental claims, both of which are directly relevant to the question involving continued government funding for its services, approximately $555 million in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. These claims are:

• First, that Planned Parenthood health centers are “an irreplaceable component of our country’s healthcare system”, and;
• Second, that Planned Parenthood provides “lifesaving care.”

Pregnancy Help Centers Win Another Legal Victory in Struggle Against Oppressive Regulations

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

Pregnancy help centers (PHCs) have won a victory in their struggle against oppressive regulations.

At issue is a 2016 Illinois law regulating physicians and other health care personnel. Plaintiffs, including the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), challenged the law, arguing, in the words of a federal district court, that it “compels [PHCs] to tell pregnant women the names of other doctors they believe offer abortions, and compels them to tell pregnant women that abortion has ‘benefits’ and is a ‘treatment option’ for pregnancy.”

Netherlands Forcible Euthanasia Case and the Slippery Slope

Eugene C. Tarne  

Proponents of assisted suicide often dismiss “slippery slope” arguments on the grounds that proper safeguards will assure that assisted suicide will not devolve into euthanasia, either voluntary or not.

Earlier this year, for example, Hawaii became another of several states to consider legislation to legalize assisted suicide (the effort failed).  During debate, one lawmaker who supported the bill dismissed concerns over where legalization might lead, saying “the inclusion of protections, such as euthanasia bans, helps allay the fears of critics who worry about the ‘slippery slope.’”

Oregon Lawmakers Promote Abortion, Crush Civil Liberty, and Hate on Social Justice

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill that would force health benefit plans offered in the state to provide coverage for abortion and voluntary sterilization.

The bill, known as HB 3391, also would require health benefit plans to cover any contraceptive drug, device, or product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As this Lozier paper explains, some contraceptives can also cause abortions.

Charlie Gard’s Case and Parental Advocacy for Chronically Ill Children

Katherine Rafferty, Ph.D., M.A.  

“My biggest issue is this: a parent is a caregiver and then of course the health professionals are the caregivers, but you know, who gets the final say?”

-Mother whose daughter has osteosarcoma

This essential question was posed by the mother of one of 33 children living with chronic conditions whose parents I interviewed for my recently published study in the current issue of Health Communication. The study is titled, “You know the medicine, I know my kid”: How parents advocate for their children living with complex chronic conditions.