Science has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that each human life begins at conception. From this point on, the developing being is a unique, irreplaceable member of our human family. Sound public policy must reflect this definitive scientific consensus, safeguarding the right to life for every human being at every stage of development irrespective of his or her age, health, or utility to others.

Abortion Reporting: South Carolina (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

South Carolina’s 2018 abortion report was released in July 2019. The report was published online by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.   Changes in South Carolina Abortions, 2017-2018   Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2018, 4,646 abortions were reported in South Carolina, down nine percent from the previous year and […]

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 […]

News Release: Abortion Activist Sues FDA over Regulation of Dangerous Drugs 

Katey Price, J.D.  

Reckless Push to Expand Mail-order Abortion Pills from Overseas Jeopardizes Women’s Health and Safety   Washington, D.C.  – Today Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research arm of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, released the following response to a lawsuit seeking to stop U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement of the regulation of dangerous abortion […]

Fact Sheet: Late-Term Abortion Stats

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

This entire report may be viewed as a PDF: Fact Sheet: Late-Term Abortions in the States   In the United States, abortion reporting at the national level is incomplete and out of date[i] with the most recent national abortion surveillance report covering data from 2014, as published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and […]

Abortion Reporting: North Dakota (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

North Dakota’s 2018 abortion report was published on the website of the North Dakota Department of Health in June 2019. Information on the types of abortion procedures performed in North Dakota was provided to the Charlotte Lozier Institute upon request.   Changes in North Dakota Abortions, 2017-2018 *Planned Parenthood operates no centers in North Dakota. […]

Abortion Reporting: Nebraska (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Nebraska’s 2018 abortion report shows that the number of abortions increased from 2017. The report was published by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in June 2019.   Changes in Nebraska Abortions, 2017-2018 *Information on Planned Parenthood’s Nebraska market share is not publicly available.   Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2018, there […]

Advancements in Fetal Surgery for Treating Spina Bifida

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

By Taryn Posch   This last month, the Cleveland Clinic issued a press release announcing its first successful in utero fetal surgery for spina bifida, a congenital condition that occurs in about 1,645 babies born each year in the United States. The baby girl was nearly 23 weeks gestation when she and her mother underwent […]

Abortion Reporting: Louisiana (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Louisiana’s 2018 abortion report shows that abortion totals in the state have continued a decline that began in 2014. The report does not provide the number of chemical abortions performed in Louisiana.   Statistics and Changes in Louisiana Abortions, 2017-2018 *Information on chemical abortions performed in Louisiana is not publicly available.   Abortion Totals and […]

Abortion Reporting: Maine (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Maine’s abortion report for 2018, published on the website of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in June 2019, shows that abortions in the state dropped slightly from the previous year.   Changes in Maine Abortions, 2017-2018 *Information on Planned Parenthood’s Maine market share is not publicly available.   Abortion Totals and Trends […]

Legislative and Litigation Overview of Five-Month Abortion Laws Enacted Before or After 2010

Thomas M. Messner, J.D., Amanda Stirone, J.D.   

The entire paper may be viewed as a pdf here: On-Point-34_Legislative-and-Litigation-Overview-of-Five-Month-Abortion-Laws-Enacted-Before-and-After-2010_Final   This paper sets out legislative and litigation information involving state laws that prohibit abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy, roughly five months or more than halfway through pregnancy.   Summary   Since January 2010, twenty-one states have enacted statutes prohibiting abortion at 20 […]

Abortion Reporting: Arkansas (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Arkansas’ abortion report for 2018 was published on the website of the Arkansas Department of Health in June 2019. The report shows that the increase in chemical abortions that began in 2007 continued into 2018.   Changes in Arkansas Abortions, 2017-2018 *Information on Planned Parenthood’s Arkansas market share is not publicly available.   Abortion Totals […]

Abortion Reporting: Oklahoma (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Oklahoma’s 2018 abortion report was published in May 2019 on the Oklahoma State Department of Health website. The report shows that total abortions in Oklahoma have increased for the second year in a row after a decade of decline.   Changes in Oklahoma Abortions, 2017-2018 *Planned Parenthood’s Oklahoma market share is not publicly available.   […]

Pregnancy Help in Ohio: States Are Stepping Up

Moira Gaul, M.P.H.  

As Planned Parenthood is being defunded of $1.5 million in annual state funds this year, pro-life pregnancy centers are being allocated $7.5 million in Ohio’s state budget. Taken together, these two changes represent a bold stride for protecting unborn lives and supporting women’s well-being at the state level.   The Ohio Department of Health decided […]

Abortion Reporting: Connecticut (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Abortion Reporting: Connecticut (2018)   Connecticut’s annual abortion report for 2018 shows that abortions in the state declined from the previous year. Because the abortion report is not published online, the Connecticut Department of Public Health provided it to the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) upon request.   Changes in Connecticut Abortions, 2017-2018 *Information on Planned […]

Abortion Reporting: Virginia (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Virginia’s health statistics report for 2016 was published on the website of the Virginia Department of Health in March 2019. Health statistics tables for 2014 and 2015 were made available to the Charlotte Lozier Institute upon request.   Statistics and Changes in Virginia Abortions, 2015-2016   Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2016, there were […]

Abortion Reporting: Texas (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Texas’ abortion report for 2016 was published in May 2019. Texas abortion reporting is now handled by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.   Changes in Texas Abortions, 2015-2016 *Information on Texas’ state abortion rate and Planned Parenthood’s Texas market share is not publicly available.   Abortion Totals and Trends   There were […]

Use of Aborted Fetal Tissue: Questions & Answers  

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

On May 23, Susan B. Anthony List and Charlotte Lozier Institute hosted a hearing for Capitol Hill staff on the state of fetal issue research. The panel consisted of Drs. David Prentice, Tara Sander Lee, and James Sherley, and was moderated by SBA List’s Autumn Christensen. These are their questions and answers, as provided to […]

Abortion Reporting: Massachusetts (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Massachusetts’ abortion report for 2018 shows that Planned Parenthood continues to perform more than half the abortions in the state. Massachusetts does not publish its annual abortion reports online, but the report was provided to the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) upon request.   Statistics and Changes in Massachusetts Abortions, 2017-2018   Abortion Totals and Trends […]

Lozier Institute Adds 4 New Associate Scholars

Katey Price  

Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) is pleased to announce the addition of four new associate scholars to its roster of now 60 accomplished physicians, research scientists, statisticians, attorneys and theologians. The new associate scholars are Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P., Ph.D., S.T.D., Drs. J. Wells Logan, M.D., Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A. and Kathryn Nix Carnahan, M.D.   […]

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 […]

Abortion Reporting: Montana (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Montana’s vital statistics report for 2017 shows that abortions are continuing to trend downward. Montana has been tracking abortions in the state since 1974.   Changes in Montana Abortions, 2016-2017         Abortion Totals and Trends   There were 1,561 abortions reported in Montana in 2017, down four percent from 1,618 the previous […]

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 […]

Top 7 Quotes from Justice Stegall’s Opinion Dissenting from Kansas Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

On April 26, 2019 the Kansas Supreme Court declared that the Kansas state constitution guarantees a right to abortion.   The case involves a challenge to a Kansas statute banning the practice of dismemberment abortion—i.e., “with the purpose of causing the death of an unborn child, knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such […]

Removal of “Sexual and Reproductive Health” Language from UN Resolution: What the Media Got Wrong

Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

Many mainstream media outlets are unfairly criticizing the Trump administration for removing the phrase “Sexual and Reproductive Health” from a United Nations resolution on sexual violence. Such a policy change was necessary to ensure that this resolution did not support legal abortion. Many organizations affiliated with the United Nations including the United Nations Population Fund […]

Science Has Failed to Study Abortion

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Lozier Institute Scholars Researching Issue Avoided by Scientific Community   Scholars from the Charlotte Lozier Institute are presenting the scientific case for greater research and discussion around abortion—something lacking from the rest of the scientific, medical and public health communities. Recent publication of both peer-reviewed studies and opinion pieces cover late-term abortion, hospital admitting privileges […]

Massachusetts’ Draconian Abortion Proposal

Mary E. Harned, J.D.  

This is part of CLI’s On Point Series and appears as Issue 31. To view the report as a PDF, see: Massachusetts’ Draconian Abortion Proposal.   Introduction   In the first few months of 2019, with the prospect of a Supreme Court that is more willing to defer to state judgments about abortion law, several […]

New CLI Paper Examines Abortionists Holding Hospital Admitting Privileges

Katey Price  

Study Looks at the Characteristics and Patterns of Holding and Using Privileges   Today, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) hailed the publication of a new paper entitled “Doctors Who Perform Abortions: Their Characteristics and Patterns of Holding and Using Hospital Privileges,” authored by CLI scholars and staff. This is the first published peer-reviewed study of […]

CLI Announces New Senior Fellow and Director of Life Sciences

Katey Price  

  Today, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the education and research arm of national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), announced that associate scholar Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D. will transition to a larger role as CLI’s Senior Fellow and Director of Life Sciences.   CLI president Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan, said:   “During […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Paper Coauthored by CLI Scholars Examines Treating the Patient within the Patient

Katey Price  

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) hailed the publication of a new paper entitled “The Perinatal Revolution,” coauthored by two CLI associate scholars, which looks at new developments in medically treating a mother’s unborn child while still in the womb. CLI president Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan, said: “With advanced imaging, innovative medical in utero […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saving Babies, One Surgery at a Time

Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D.  

Recently, more news articles are reporting how mothers in the United Kingdom have undergone groundbreaking fetal surgery while pregnant to repair defects in their babies before birth.[1] The common thread in all these stories is that these babies were diagnosed prenatally with spina bifida, a severe congenital disorder in which the spinal column does not […]

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 […]

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 […]

Abortion Reporting: South Dakota (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

South Dakota’s 2017 abortion report, published on the website of the South Dakota Department of Health in November 2018, shows that abortions in the state increased from the previous year. Some of the increase is likely attributable to a rise in chemical abortions.     Changes in South Dakota Abortions, 2016-2017   Abortion Totals and […]

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 […]

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’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, 2016-2017         Abortion Totals and Trends   A total of 8,506 abortions were reported […]

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 […]

Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

To view this fact sheet as a PDF, see: Fact Sheet: Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion   Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion   What is a Late-Term Abortion?   “Late-term” abortion is an imprecise term. Authorities have disagreed on how the phrase should be defined, with some including any abortion performed after the […]

Abortion Facility Closures Behind Delaware’s Abortion Decline

Michael J. New, Ph.D., Tessa Longbons   

Editor’s Note: Delaware’s clinic closures appear to be internally driven and due, in large part, to gross legal and medical violations surrounding multiple abortion practitioners in the state. The 2019 edition of Americans United for Life’s survey of state laws on abortion states: “Delaware maintains only minimal protections for a woman considering an abortion. ‘Loopholes’ […]

Unique from Day One: Pro-life is Pro-science

Moira Gaul, M.P.H.  

Science displays majesty in Alexander Tsiaras’ “From Conception to Birth Visualization” shared during his 2010 TED Talk.  Through magnificent artistry and scientific genius, Tsiaras’ visualization embodies this year’s March for Life theme – Unique from Day One: Pro-life is Pro-science. The presentation depicts the indisputable science of the beginning of human life through its nine-month […]

Abortion Reporting: New York (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

New York’s state abortion statistics for 2016 were published online in August 2018. The state’s report shows that abortion rates in the Empire State are continuing to fall even as chemical abortions increase and the state attempts to expand funding for abortion.   Changes in New York Abortions, 2014-2016     Abortion Totals and Trends […]

Written Testimony of David A. Prentice, Ph.D., in Support of Ethical Alternatives to Aborted Fetal Tissue Research

David Prentice, 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 tissue from […]

Reviving the Equal Rights Amendment to Keep Abortion Legal

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

By Robert Marshall   Many Americans think of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as an issue from another era in American history.  And so it is – a 22-word amendment to the Constitution first proposed in 1972, fiercely debated, but failing of ratification by the deadlines Congress established, then extended by majority vote, for it.  […]

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. […]

Irish Member of Parliament Dismissed Mental Health Impact of Abortion

Hannah Howard  

Recently Patricia Gaughran took to the internet to challenge Irish deputy Lisa Chambers TD, a member of the lower house of the Irish Parliament, on her statement that abortion regret is a “makey-uppy thing.” Chambers made the comment while railing against an amendment to the planned abortion law that would require “the relevant medical practitioner […]

Fact Sheet: Science of Fetal Pain

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

On May 13, the United States House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This fact sheet explains the science of fetal pain.

Congress to Hear from Scientific Experts on Ethical Alternatives to Aborted Fetal Tissue Research

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2018 Contact: Nicole Stacy, nstacy@sbalist.org, 202-223-8073   New StemCellResearchFacts.org Video Shows that Adult Stem Cells and Other Ethical Alternatives are Delivering Powerful Results for Patients Now Washington, D.C. – A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Exploring Alternatives to Fetal Tissue Research” tomorrow, December 13 at […]

Abortion Reporting: Ohio (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Released in September 2018, Ohio’s 2017 abortion report is available on the Ohio Department of Health website. The report shows that total abortions in the state increased slightly from 2016, while chemical abortions, and complications resulting from them, rose significantly.   Changes in Ohio Abortions, 2016-2017       Abortion Totals and Trends   Abortions […]

Abortion Reporting: Massachusetts (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Massachusetts’ annual abortion report, provided to the Charlotte Lozier Institute in July 2018, shows that chemical abortions in the state are rising. Planned Parenthood continues to perform well over half of the abortions reported in Massachusetts.     Statistics and Changes in Massachusetts Abortions, 2016-2017         Abortion Totals and Trends   In […]

Fetal EEGs: Signals from the Dawn of Life

Katrina Furth, Ph.D.  

To view this report as a PDF, see Fetal EEGs: Signals from the Dawn of Life    As a neuroscientist, and the mother of two children, I have always wanted to know how little ones’ brains work. According to some websites I had read, electrical activity had been recorded from the brain of a human fetus […]

Abortion Reporting: Montana (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Montana’s 2016 abortion report, published online in September 2018 as part of the state vital statistics report, shows that abortions in the state continue to be performed at later gestational ages. The number of abortions reported in Montana was basically unchanged from the year before, but chemical abortions now make up a larger percentage of […]

Abortion Reporting: Arizona (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Arizona’s abortion report for 2017, published online by the Arizona Department of Health Services in October 2018, shows that abortions in the state declined from 2016. The 2017 report is the first with information on babies born alive during abortions in Arizona.   Changes in Arizona Abortions, 2016-2017       Abortion Totals and Trends […]

Q&A with the Scholars: Experiences as a Pediatric Critical Care Physician

Monique Robles, M.D.  

Monique Robles, M.D., M.S. is a board-certified pediatric critical care physician. In this interview she discusses her experience treating critically ill children, offers encouragement to parents of ill children, and discusses why she is pro-life.   Monique Robles, M.D., M.S. As a pediatric critical care physician, you have experience treating children with a range of […]

Ten Truths about Title X

Jeanneane Maxon, J.D.  

To view this report as a PDF, see: Ten Truths about Title X   Introduction   Title X was enacted in 1970 as an addition to the Public Health Service Act (the “Act”), becoming the only federal grant program directed solely at providing individuals and families with comprehensive family planning and related reproductive health services. Title […]

Abortion Reporting: Minnesota (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Note: In July 2019, the Minnesota Department of Health revised the 2017 abortion report to reflect the addition of abortion reporting forms that were received after the report had been published and the removal of abortion reporting forms that were incorrectly filed. There were 10,134 abortions in Minnesota in 2017, of which 4,015 were chemical […]

Abortion Reporting: North Dakota (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

North Dakota’s 2017 abortion report, published in August 2018 on the North Dakota Department of Health’s website, shows that abortion in the state is trending downward. Just one abortion center operates in North Dakota.   Changes in North Dakota Abortions, 2016-2017         Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2017, there were 1,155 […]

Abortion Reporting: South Carolina (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

South Carolina released its 2017 abortion report in July of 2018. Previously, the state reported abortion performed on residents only, but now provides statistics for all abortions performed in the state.   Statistics and Changes in South Carolina Abortions, 2016-2017         Abortion Totals and Trends   There were 5,112 abortions performed in […]

Q&A with the Scholars: Conscience and Reason in Health Care

Steven Braatz, M.D.  

Steven Braatz, M.D. is a board-certified Ob/Gyn physician. He retired from the Navy in 2008 where he served as Chairman of the Ob/Gyn Department at the Naval Medical Center. He is a board member of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists and has written op-ed pieces for newspapers, magazines, and pro-life websites. In this […]

Dr. David Prentice: U.S. Gov’t Must Stop Using Aborted Baby Parts for Research

David Prentice, Ph.D.  

Charlotte Lozier Institute’s Vice President and Research Director, Dr. David Prentice, joined the hosts of EWTN’s Morning Glory to discuss a letter from four dozen pro-life groups to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar calling for an end to government-sponsored research using tissue from aborted babies. Dr. Prentice explains the ethical alternatives […]

Minnesota Court Rules in Favor of University’s Use of Aborted Fetal Tissue for Research

Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D.  

    The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled in opposition of Pro-life Action Ministries, legally represented by Thomas More Society, which filed a lawsuit in 2016 against the University of Minnesota for its unlawful use of aborted human fetal tissue in research.  Pro-life Action Ministries alleged that the University of Minnesota was procuring and […]

Abortion Reporting: Oklahoma (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Correction: Oklahoma’s ultrasound requirement is not in effect due to an Oklahoma State Supreme Court decision.   Oklahoma’s 38-page abortion report, published annually by the state Department of Health, was released in June 2018. The report, which covers calendar year 2017, reveals that abortions in Oklahoma increased after several years of decline.   Changes in […]

Q&A with the Scholars: Fetal Brain Development and Pain-Capability

Katrina Furth, Ph.D.  

Katrina Furth, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in neuroscience at Boston University, performing her dissertation research at the National Institutes of Health. Since graduating, she has worked as an adjunct professor at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Furth enjoys educating scientists and non-scientists alike about brain development and leads seminars and talks about the neuroscience […]

Abortion Reporting: Arkansas (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Arkansas’ abortion report for 2017 was published in June 2018 by the state Department of Health. The 13-page report shows that chemical abortions in the state have risen dramatically.   Changes in Arkansas Abortions, 2016-2017     Abortion Totals and Trends   There were 3,249 abortions performed in Arkansas in 2017, up slightly from the […]

Abortion Reporting: Idaho (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Idaho’s abortion report for 2016 shows that total abortions and the abortion rate are slightly up in the state. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s annually published report is approximately 25 pages long. The report was released on the health department’s website in December 2017.   Changes in Idaho Abortions, 2015-2016       […]

Pro-life Groups Submit Comments Supporting President Trump’s Protect Life Rule

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2018 Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sbalist.org, 202-223-8073   Restored Reagan-era rule disentangles taxpayers from abortion businesses without reducing family planning funding   Washington, D.C. – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and its partner organizations the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and Life Issues Institute submitted a joint […]

Researchers Create First Human-Chicken Hybrid Embryos

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

  Scientists at New York City’s Rockefeller University recently created the first human-chicken hybrid embryos and used them to identify the presence of a human developmental cell organizer; the creation of the hybrid embryos has caused some to question the ethical implications of grafting embryonic human cells into other species.   Organizer cells have been […]

Abortion Reporting: Michigan (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Published in May 2018, Michigan’s 48-page abortion report for 2017 contains a wealth of information on abortion trends in the state. The report is produced by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.   Changes in Michigan Abortions, 2016-2017     Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2017, there were 26,594 abortions performed in […]

Abortion Reporting: Nebraska (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Nebraska’s annual abortion report for 2017, published online by the state Department of Health and Human Services, was published ahead of schedule in April 2018. Nebraska was the fifth state to release its abortion report for 2017, further indication that prompt reporting of annual data is feasible.   Changes in Nebraska Abortions, 2016-2017     […]

How the Legal Status of Abortion Impacts Abortion Rates

Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

One argument frequently made by supporters of legal abortion is that the incidence of abortion is not affected by its legal status. As such, proponents of legal abortion maintain that legalizing abortion will not result in more abortions, but will instead improve the safety of abortions – ensuring they are done by trained medical professionals […]

Abortion Reporting: West Virginia (2015)

Tessa Longbons  

West Virginia’s abortion report for 2015, comprising five pages in the state’s annual vital statistics report, was released online in March 2018. The report is compiled by the state Department of Health and Human Services.   Changes in West Virginia Abortions, 2014-2015       Abortion Totals and Trends   Abortions continued to fall in […]

Planned Parenthood: Supply-Induced Demand — Infographic

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

This infographic is based on research by CLI Vice President and Director of Data Analytics James Studnicki, Sc.D. and by John Fisher, Ph.D., J.D., published in the peer-reviewed Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. Click here to read the paper.  

Abortion Reporting: Louisiana (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Louisiana was the third state to publish its abortion report for 2017. The preliminary 2017 report was released online by the Louisiana Department of Health in February 2018; however, one of the tables contained errors regarding the gestational ages of the babies killed by abortion, and the corrected report was not published until April 2018. […]

Abortion Reporting: Virginia (2015)

Tessa Longbons  

The most recent statistics published by the Virginia Department of Health show that abortion in the state is falling. Virginia releases its abortion data in three separate reports: an abortion report, a report of abortions by facility, and the state vital statistics report.   Statistics and Changes in Virginia Abortions, 2014-2015     Abortion Totals […]

Abortion Reporting: Kansas (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Kansas released its preliminary abortion report on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website in April 2018, becoming the fourth state to publish its report for data from 2017. The report shows that while abortion in the state is falling, Kansas continues to be a destination for out-of-state women seeking abortion.   Changes in […]

Planned Parenthood Responsible for 3 Million+ ‘Extra’ Abortions, Study Shows

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2018 Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sba-list.org, 202-223-8073   New Peer-reviewed Research Refutes Cecile Richards, Shows Planned Parenthood Propped Up Falling U.S. Abortion Rates   Washington, D.C. – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and its research arm, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) rebutted statements by former […]

Abortion Reporting: Overview (March 2018)

Tessa Longbons  

As of March 2018, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) had produced articles reviewing the most recent annual abortion reports from 11 states. The reports were released by Alabama, Alaska (for both 2016 and 2017), Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. This ongoing state series is an extension of the […]