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Phone: 202-223-8073
Fax: 571-312-0544

2776 S. Arlington Mill Dr.
#803
Arlington, VA 22206

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Written Testimony of David A. Prentice, Ph.D. in Support of Prohibiting Prenatal Discrimination

On March 17, 2021, the Arizona House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on SB 1457, a bill to prohibit prenatal discrimination. Charlotte Lozier Institute’s Vice President and Research Director David A. Prentice, Ph.D., was invited by Senator Nancy Barto to testify as an expert witness, and submitted the following testimony.

David Prentice, Ph.D.
March 17, 2021
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Written Testimony of Dr. Tara Sander Lee on South Dakota’s HB 1110 to Prohibit Abortions due to Down Syndrome

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

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Will Ohio Down Syndrome Law Split the Circuit Courts, Provoke Supreme Court Review?

As the Supreme Court moves toward the end of its term having heard abortion cases involving admitting privileges and legal standing, a provocative question of potentially wide scope could be headed its way. The question is whether states may prohibit the eugenic practice of Down syndrome discrimination abortion, which occurs when an abortion is performed because a child has Down syndrome. The question has already drawn a powerful opinion from Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote last year that the issue is still one of first impression after nearly five decades of abortion decisions.

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

Fetal pain, according to Rep. Dr. Kim Schrier’s statements at a recent hearing in the House of Representatives, is “pseudoscience, total baloney.”  Interestingly, though she recalled caring for extremely premature babies during her pediatric training, perhaps the congresswoman was unaware that, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the medical standard of care for these little ones is to prevent pain, “not only because it is ethical but also because repeated painful exposures have the potential for deleterious consequences.”

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New Study Shows Unborn Babies Feel Pain at 12 Weeks

A new study “Reconsidering Fetal Pain” confirms that babies in the womb can feel pain as early as 12 weeks old.

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Anti-Discrimination Laws in the Womb: New Momentum for Protection

Something interesting is afoot in recent disappointments for advocates of the right to life.  In a series of cases that may test the appeal of a new jurisprudence on abortion, two federal appeals courts and the Supreme Court itself have turned aside attempts to enact a law banning disability discrimination abortions.

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Advancements in Fetal Surgery for Treating Spina Bifida

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.

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Landmark Pain-Capable and Five-Month Abortion Bans

CLI is pleased to release a new map showing landmark pain-capable and five-month abortion bans passed at the state level.

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