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: 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 […]

Abortion Reporting: Colorado (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Colorado’s 2017 abortion report shows that abortions have increased from the previous year. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provided statistics to the Charlotte Lozier Institute upon request and has since published the report online.   Changes in Colorado Abortions, 2016-2017         Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2017 there […]

Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Last updated: February 24, 2020   To view this fact sheet as a PDF, see: Fact Sheet: 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 20th […]

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 […]

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  

Author’s Note: Figure 1 has been updated.   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 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 […]

Fact Sheet: Online Sales of Mifeprex and Misoprostol for Self-Abortion

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

To view as PDF, see Fact Sheet: Online Sales of Mifeprex and Misoprostol for Self-Abortion   In March 2018, CLI reviewed sites on the worldwide web that offer the two-component abortion pill regimen, either as their business focus or as part of a larger online pharmacy.  We found:   At least 72 unique websites that sell […]

Abortion Reporting: Utah (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Utah’s annual abortion report for 2016, published online by the state’s Department of Health in April 2018, shows that abortions in the state continue to fall. In 2016, Utah’s state abortion rate reached a historic low.   Changes in Utah Abortions, 2015-2016     Abortion Totals and Trends   There were 3,008 abortions performed in […]

Abortion Reporting: Florida (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Note: Florida uses the term “gestational age” to refer to post-fertilization age. Post-fertilization age is typically two weeks less than gestational age. After this article was published, Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration updated the 2017 abortion total to 69,035 abortions.   Florida’s annual abortion report for 2017 shows that the abortion count in the […]

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.

Abortion Reporting: Iowa (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Iowa’s 2016 vital statistics report, which includes seven pages of information on abortions performed in the state, was released on schedule this past December. Published by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the report reveals that total abortions in Iowa continue to go down, while chemical abortions are on the rise.   Changes in Iowa […]

Nonprofit Works to Fill the Knowledge Gap on Human Embryology

Private: 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 […]

Abortion Reporting: Pennsylvania (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Pennsylvania’s 2016 abortion report was published by the state Department of Health in December 2017. Additional abortion statistics for Pennsylvania residents are included in the state’s annual vital statistics report. Overall, total abortions in Pennsylvania continued to decline in 2016, while total chemical abortions increased.   Changes in Pennsylvania Abortions, 2015-2016     Abortion Totals […]

Fact Sheet: Government Funding of International Abortion Organizations (2013-2015)

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

To view as PDF, see Fact Sheet: Government Funding of International Abortion Organizations   In March 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report examining federal government program funding of Federally Qualified Health Centers and three abortion advocacy groups, including International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International (MSI) from 2013 to 2015.[1] IPPF […]

Abortion Reporting: South Dakota (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

South Dakota’s 2016 abortion report reveals that abortion in the state is up from the previous year. The abortion report, published in November by the state’s Department of Health, comprises 12 pages in the annual vital statistics report.   Changes in South Dakota Abortions, 2015-2016     Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2016, there […]

Abortion Reporting: South Carolina (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

South Carolina’s annual abortion report for 2016 shows that abortion in the state is falling. Published online in November 2017 by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the abortion report takes up four pages of the state’s vital statistics report. Additional information is published in an online database.   Changes in South […]

Abortion Reporting: Alaska (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Alaska’s 2017 annual abortion report was published by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services in February 2018. With this 17-page report, Alaska is the first state to release its complete 2017 abortion data, just weeks into the new year.   Changes in Alaska Abortions, 2016-2017     Abortion Totals and Trends   There […]

Abortion Reporting: Missouri (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Missouri’s annual abortion report for 2016 shows that abortion is declining in the Show-Me State, while Missouri residents continue to get abortions in neighboring states. Published online in January by the Department of Health and Senior Services, the report comprises eight pages in the state’s vital statistics report.   Changes in Missouri Abortions, 2015-2016   […]

Abortion Reporting: Alabama (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Alabama’s annual abortion report for 2016 was published online by the state’s Department of Public Health in November 2017. The nine-page report reveals that abortions in the state have increased after a temporary drop the year before.   Statistics and Changes in Alabama Abortions, 2015-2016     Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2016, there […]

Abortion Reporting: Illinois (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

This article was updated on January 24, 2019 with corrected abortion totals for 1995.    Illinois’ 2016 annual state abortion report was published on schedule in December 2017. The 15-page report reveals that abortion totals in Illinois are declining steadily, while chemical abortions are increasing rapidly. Illinois’ abortion report is published by the Illinois Department […]

Abortion Reporting: Alaska (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Alaska’s annual abortion report for 2016, published in February 2017 on the state’s Department of Public Health website, reveals that abortions are down by almost six percent from the previous year. The 17-page report provides a concise summary of abortion trends in the state.   Changes in Alaska Abortions, 2015-2016     Abortion Totals and […]

Reckless Push for Dangerous At-Home Pill Abortions Follows Yet Another Flawed Study

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2017 Contact: Nicole Stacy, nstacy@sba-list.org, 202-223-8073   Experts Criticize Study and Reporting, Citing Numerous Flaws that Put Women’s Safety at Risk   Washington, D.C. – Charlotte Lozier Institute experts today criticized a recent study purporting to demonstrate the safety of mail-order abortion pills manufactured overseas, as well as coverage of […]

Abortion Reporting: Nebraska (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Nebraska’s 2016 abortion report shows that abortion totals in the state continue to fall. The 16-page report is published every May by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and made available on the health department’s website.   Changes in Nebraska abortions 2015-2016     Abortion Totals and Trends Since 2000, the earliest reporting […]

Abortion Rate Keeps Declining, Although Data are Incomplete

Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released U.S. abortion data for the year 2014, indicating that the U.S. abortion-rate decline, which began in the early 1980s, continues at a steady pace. According to the CDC, both the number of abortions and the abortion rate declined by about 2 percent between 2013 and 2014. The decline was fairly […]

Abortion Reporting: Minnesota (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Minnesota’s 2016 abortion report provides a detailed look at abortion trends in the state. Published on-time every July by the Minnesota Department of Health, the 63-page report reveals that the state’s abortion rate increased slightly over the previous year from 8.4 to 8.6 (Fig. 1).   Statistics and Changes in Minnesota Abortions, 2015-2016     […]

What’s Really Causing the Abortion Rate to Decline?

Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

Last month two researchers affiliated with the Guttmacher Institute published a report in the American Journal of Public Health.  The study analyzes abortion trends between 2008 and 2014. It finds that the U.S. abortion rate declined by 25 percent during that 6-year timespan. There were declines in the incidence of abortion among a wide range of […]

Trump Administration Policies Won’t Increase the Abortion Rate

Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

Last month, two analysts from the think tank Third Way published an opinion piece in U.S. News and World Report claiming that new Trump-administration policies would cause a surge in the abortion rate. They also credited Obama-administration policies with reducing the incidence of abortion. The piece went on to assert that the Trump administration’s decisions […]

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 […]

Adoption: The Case for the Credit

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

To view this fact sheet as a pdf, see: Adoption: The Case for the Credit     The adoption tax credit (ATC) as structured today was introduced more than two decades ago by Ways and Means Committee chairman Bill Archer as part of the Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996.  It is related to the […]

Abortion Reporting: Wisconsin (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Wisconsin’s 2016 abortion report reveals that the abortion rate in the state is maintaining its slow but steady decline (Fig. 1). Published annually by the state’s Department of Health Services, the 24-page report includes information on all the abortions occurring in the state and on abortions performed on Wisconsin residents specifically. The report is normally […]

Fact Sheet: Responses Regarding Poor Prenatal Diagnosis

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

This fact sheet outlines the various responses to a “poor prenatal diagnosis” for a fetal abnormality, noting especially recent medical advances well as the life-affirming option for perinatal hospice.

Texas Dismemberment Abortion Ban Headed to Trial

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

The Texas law banning dismemberment abortions is heading to trial. A federal court in Austin, Texas has scheduled the law, known as S.B. 8, for a bench trial starting November 2, 2017.   Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed S.B. 8 on June 6, 2017.   Under S.B. 8, “A person may not intentionally perform a […]

Science of Abortion Pill Reversal: Too Hard a Pill for Planned Parenthood to Swallow?

Kristi Burton Brown, J.D.  

When a woman regrets her original choice for abortion, she deserves information on other science-based options, writes Associate Scholar Kristi Burton Brown: When Amy Mendoza had a change of heart the day after she swallowed an abortion pill, a word she’d seen on Facebook flashed through her mind: “reversal.” She recalled a story she’d read on social […]

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.

Abortion Advocates Push Risky ‘Telemed’ Abortions

Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities endanger women with risky, unsupervised chemical abortions, writes Dr. Michael New at National Review: The number of abortion facilities in the United States has been declining, and many midwestern and southern states have few abortion clinics left. In response, supporters of legal abortion have advanced some medically risky proposals to […]

Planned Parenthood Poll Misleads on Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

Contrary to the purported findings of a misleading Planned Parenthood-commissioned poll, a majority of Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortion, writes Dr. Michael New at the New Boston Post: This summer, a coalition of center-right groups launched a signature drive to try to make it possible to stop taxpayer funding of abortion in Massachusetts. In response, the Planned […]

CLI President Chuck Donovan: Eliminating Down Syndrome Children Is Not Something to Be Proud Of

Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan  

In a recent op-ed at The Daily Signal, CLI President Chuck Donovan responded to tragic news about the disappearance of children with Down Syndrome from Iceland due to genetic screening and abortion: This week, the CBS News program “On Assignment” included a long feature on what it described as the near eradication of Down syndrome in Iceland. […]

Adoption Tax Credits: Utilization, State Expansions, and Taxpayer Savings

Matt Connell  

In 2013, the Charlotte Lozier Institute published a report titled, “The Adoption Tax Credit: Progress and Prospects for Expansion.” The report both outlines the history of the adoption tax credit at the federal level and analyzes the number of states that provide some form of tax relief for adoption. Since the report was published, the federal adoption tax credit has continued to increase in dollar amount and is utilized by tens of thousands of Americans pursuing adoption each year. In addition, several states have created or expanded adoption tax credits at the state level, helping to offset adoption costs for American families.

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.”

Heritage Foundation “Index of Culture and Opportunity”: Life Is on the Right Track

Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan  

On July 20, 2017, The Heritage Foundation published the fourth installment of its annual Index of Culture and Opportunity (“Index”). The Index is an exercise in civil society that tracks and analyzes data that affects freedom and opportunity. Heritage writers explore three indicators: (1) cultural indicators, (2) poverty and dependence indicators, and (3) general opportunity indicators. Among the cultural indicators, Heritage analyzes America’s abortion rate.

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.”

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.

Virginia’s Annual Abortion Report Reveals Planned Parenthood’s Growing Market Share

Matt Connell, Tessa Longbons   

State abortion reporting provides a valuable perspective on abortion trends throughout the country. In particular, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s most recent report of abortion by facility, released by the Virginia Department of Health with data for 2015, offers a helpful overview of the numbers of abortions performed by each facility in the state. As Planned Parenthood fights for continued federal funding by insisting that abortion plays only a small part in its total health care services, Virginia’s information is especially relevant.  

Oklahoma’s Annual Abortion Report A Top Model For State Reporting

Tessa Longbons  

Oklahoma’s annual abortion report serves as proof that state abortion reports can be both comprehensive and timely. Out of the 43 states that publish annual abortion reports, Oklahoma is one of only nine to have published its 2016 annual report by June of 2017. At the same time, Oklahoma’s 40-page report on abortion remains one of the most exhaustive in the nation.

Flawed Study on Pill Abortions Endangers Women’s Health & Safety

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Experts Call for Unbiased National Reporting and Strict Regulation of Dangerous Abortion Drugs   Washington, D.C. – Charlotte Lozier Institute experts criticized a new study on the purported safety of self-administered, self-reported abortions, calling it dangerously flawed.   Two of the authors of the study, published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal, were affiliated with […]

Q&A with the Scholars: Life-Affirming Care and Pregnancy Help Centers

Margaret H. (Peggy) Hartshorn, Ph.D.  

Margaret H. “Peggy” Hartshorn, Ph.D., served as President of Heartbeat International from 1993 to 2016 and is now the group’s chairman of the board. Under Peggy’s leadership, Heartbeat has grown to become the most expansive network of pregnancy help ministries in the world, with over 2,000 affiliated pregnancy help centers, medical clinics, maternity homes, adoption agencies, and abortion recovery programs located in 48 countries on six continents. In this interview, she discusses her lengthy experience operating and managing a network of life-affirming pregnancy help centers both in the United States and abroad.