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Phone: 202-223-8073
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2776 S. Arlington Mill Dr.
#803
Arlington, VA 22206

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Science: At 6 Weeks, Unborn Baby’s Heart Rate is Approximately 110 Beats Per Minute

“While some people falsely claim that a preborn baby at 6 weeks’ gestation is just a clump of cells, science demonstrates the baby is already a complex human being,” said Dr. Tara Sander Lee, senior fellow and director of life sciences at the nonprofit Charlotte Lozier Institute.  “A preborn baby’s heart is actively beating at 6 weeks and will have already beat nearly 16 million times by 15 weeks.  In fact, at 6 weeks’ gestation, the baby’s heart rate is about 110 beats per minute, which can be easily detected by ultrasound.”

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September 2, 2021
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At Different Times in Life

As children head back to school, many parents are snapping “first day of school” pictures. This annual event documents not only some interesting fashion trends, but also how physically different we look at different ages.  I recently found an older family album that solidified this fact. I had to take a second look to verify that the young woman in the black-and-white wedding photo was indeed a person I know very well, my grandmother.  Pictures of her as a young child are more difficult to reconcile with the elderly reality—but then I found a photo that caught a gesture, or something about the twinkle in those eyes that is undeniably her.  It’s a reminder that we are more than our physical parts.  Mere anatomy and physiology, though incredibly complex, fail to capture or define our character. 

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The ACOG Should Reconsider Fetal Pain

Can a fetus feel something like pain before viability, perhaps even by 15 weeks’ gestation? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says no, but increasing evidence suggests that the answer is yes.

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If it is a Baby, Is it a Person?

The CNN headline touted, “The world’s most premature baby has celebrated his first birthday after beating 0% odds of surviving.”[1] The baby is Richard Scott William Hutchinson and he was born at 21 weeks and 2 days. In the article’s accompanying picture, he still wears a nasal cannula but the device fails to obstruct his view of his birthday cake or the clear joy expressed on his happy, round face.

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Scientists Ask Supreme Court to Modernize Outdated, “Cruel” U.S. Abortion Law

Today Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), together with Dr. Maureen Condic, a human embryology professor and CLI associate scholar, filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion limit in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and allow legislators to enact abortion laws based on modern science.

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Fact Sheet: Fetal Survival and Risk of Pregnancy Loss  

With advancements in science, non-surgical interventions are available to women that can increase pregnancy health.  A mother’s daily consumption of folic acid and immunization are important proactive steps that every mother can take to decrease the risk of disease for herself and her baby.

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Stories of Premature Births, Anomalies Involving Fetal Surgery and Perinatal Hospice Sorted by Diagnosis

The following is a compilation of public stories shared by families who have been affected by a prenatal diagnosis of fetal anomaly or very premature birth. This page is sorted by diagnosis.

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

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

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