Among the foundational purposes of government is the legal protection of vulnerable citizens against attacks by others or by government itself. Since the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions of 1973 our nation has withdrawn the vast majority of legal protections the unborn once enjoyed, contributing to new arguments over withdrawing protection for the newborn, the disabled, the sick elderly, and even the mentally ill and depressed. Reversing this spiral of declining respect for life is a cultural challenge, but cultural efforts cannot succeed without the commitment of society to embody protection for life in its foundational law. CLI supports these efforts through pinpoint research, data collection, and legal arguments offered to lawmakers and the courts by staff members and associated scholars.

The Effort to Reinterpret EMTALA to Mandate Abortions

Richard Doerflinger, M.A.  

This is Issue 91 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: The Effort to Reinterpret EMTALA to Mandate Abortions   In an Executive Order of July 8, 2022, President Biden said his Administration would expand its effort to promote abortion as this “is essential to justice, equality, and our […]

More Than Half of Colorado Abortions Use Drugs Linked to Higher Rates of Complications

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

National Medicaid Data Shows 500% Increase in Rate of Abortion Pill-Related Emergency Room Utilization   Washington, D.C. – The most recent data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows that abortion pills are now used in over 60 percent of Colorado abortions.   The use of abortion pills (sometimes referred to as […]

STATE DATA: ‘Dismemberment’ Used to Complete 10% of Alaska Abortions

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Science Demonstrates Unborn Babies Feel Pain at 15 Weeks   Washington, D.C. – According to the most recent Alaska Department of Health and Social Services data, 10% of all induced abortions in Alaska are completed using dismemberment procedures, in which the unborn baby is literally torn apart inside the mother’s womb.   Also known as […]

FACT CHECK: S.C. Chief Justice Beatty is Wrong; Heart Rate at Six Weeks is 110 Beats Per Minute

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

‘Semantic Gymnastics’ Doesn’t Change the Scientific Consensus That a Baby’s First Heartbeat Occurs at 6 Weeks   Washington, D.C. – South Carolina Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty today incorrectly claimed that a six-week gestation baby does not have a heartbeat, stating in a South Carolina Supreme Court hearing that, “it’s really not a heartbeat.  It’s […]

Charlotte Lozier Institute Submits Public Comment on HHS Proposed Rule regarding Sect. 1557 of the Affordable Care Act

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

On October 3, 2022, Charlotte Lozier Institute submitted a public comment on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” related to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, published by the Department of Health and Human Services (Department) in the Federal Register on August 4, 2022.   U.S. Department of […]

Experienced OB/GYN on Idaho Pro-Life Law: Standard Obstetric Treatment Offers Women Better Outcomes Than Abortion for Pregnancy Complications

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Federal Judge in Idaho Asks Lawyers Hypothetical Questions Regarding Medical Treatment Under Idaho Pro-Life Law   Washington, D.C. – A federal judge on Monday asked lawyers representing the State of Idaho two hypothetical questions regarding real-world application of Idaho’s pro-life “trigger law,” which is scheduled to take effect this Thursday, August 25th.   In one […]

Testimony of Dr. Christina Francis before the U.S. House of Rep. Energy & Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Christina M. Francis, M.D.  

On July 19, 2022, the U.S. House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing titled “Roe Reversal: The Impacts of Taking Away the Constitutional Right to an Abortion.” Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) Associate Scholar, board-certified Ob/Gyn, and board member and CEO-elect of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and […]

Adoption Tax Credits: Utilization, State Expansions, and Taxpayer Savings (2022)

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

By Matt Connell and Maria Donovan   This is Issue 87 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Adoption Tax Credits: Utilization, State Expansions, and Taxpayer Savings (2022)   In 2013, the Charlotte Lozier Institute published a report titled, “The Adoption Tax Credit: Progress and Prospects for Expansion.” The report both […]

Fact Check: State Pro-Life Laws Explicitly Protect Lives of Pregnant Women

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Despite Pro-Abortion Misinformation, Plain Reading of Actual Laws Shows Necessary Medical Care is Protected   Washington, D.C. – A new Charlotte Lozier Institute legal and medical analysis shows that all 23 states with strong pro-life laws currently on the books allow necessary and timely medical treatment for miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and other procedures necessary to […]

Sperm and Egg Fetal Development Stages Illustration

Science to Kentucky Judge Mitch Perry: Human Life Begins at Fertilization

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Kentucky Circuit Judge Confuses Basic Scientific Facts for Religious Belief in Decision to Block State Pro-Life Laws   Washington, D.C. – Jefferson Circuit Judge Mitch Perry incorrectly claimed on Friday that two Kentucky pro-life laws were based on a “distinctly Christian doctrine of the beginning of life … unduly interfering with the free exercise of […]

The Role of Adoption in Dobbs-Era Pro-Life Policy

Elizabeth Kirk, J.D.  

This is Issue 85 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: The Role of Adoption in Dobbs-Era Pro-Life Policy   In discussions about the Dobbs era for America, adoption is mentioned often by those across the ideological spectrum. On the pro-life side, adoption is promoted as a life-giving alternative […]

Fact Sheet: State Alternatives to Abortion Funding

Jeanneane Maxon, J.D.  

This fact sheet may be viewed as a PDF: Fact Sheet: State Alternatives to Abortion Funding   OVERVIEW   Fourteen (14) states authorize some form of alternatives to abortion (A2A) funding to life-affirming Pregnancy Help Organizations (PHOs), which typically include pregnancy centers, adoption agencies, maternity homes and life-affirming social service agencies. These states include Florida, […]

Servant Leader, Pro-Life Fighter

Moira Gaul, M.P.H.  

Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) associate scholar Jeanneane Maxon was honored with a special award at the recent Heartbeat International’s 50th annual conference March 28 – April 1, the theme of which was “Onward” for the over 1,500 people in attendance.  The Servant Leader Award, named for Heartbeat International’s first president, Dr. Margaret Hartshorn, has been […]

New Radical Laws in States Hostile to Unborn Children

Mary E. Harned, J.D.  

This is Issue 82 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: New Radical Laws in States Hostile to Unborn Children   The United States Supreme Court will soon release its opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, potentially marking the dawn of a brighter future for unborn children […]

Memo to Speaker Pelosi: Science Has Changed Significantly Since 1973

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Pelosi Appears Unaware of Advancements in Ultrasound, Fetal Diagnosis, Fetal Pain, and Prenatal Surgery Since Roe   Washington, D.C. – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi incorrectly claimed on Sunday’s Face the Nation that “science hasn’t changed” while discussing her political views on abortion and the Dobbs late-term abortion case currently before the Supreme Court.   Dr. […]

Overview of U.S. Pro-Life Bills & Provisions Advanced in the States from January to April 2022: Preparing for the Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision on Abortion Laws

Genevieve Plaster, M.A.  

By Arina O. Grossu, M.A., M.S. and Genevieve Plaster, M.A.   This is issue 80 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Overview of U.S. Pro-Life Bills & Provisions Advanced in the States from January to April 2022: Preparing for the Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision on Abortion […]

Using Tax Policy to Fund Pro-Life Objectives: A Case Study in Mississippi

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

By Jameson Taylor, Ph.D.   This is issue 79 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Using Tax Policy to Fund Pro-Life Objectives: A Case Study in Mississippi   For decades, the pro-life movement has fought federal funding decisions that channel hundreds of millions of dollars to pro-abortion nonprofits […]

Rockefeller Commission at 50: Pro-Life Leaders Reject ‘‘Heartless’’ Policies, Urge Respect for Human Life

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

A Declaration for a New American Future   Washington, D.C. – 50 years ago, the Rockefeller Commission on Population Growth and the American Future released a massive report calling for the United States to achieve zero population growth.   The March 27, 1972, report, requested by President Nixon and authorized by Congress, called for the […]

‘The Amazon Of Baby Body Parts’

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Pro-Life Activists Say They Discovered Fetuses Stored in Paper Bags at University of Washington   Washington, D.C. – A disturbing photograph released Wednesday reportedly show human fetuses stored in paper bags inside a freezer at the University of Washington Birth Defects Research Laboratory in Seattle.  The photographs were taken by Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, Survivors of […]

Science to Judge Jackson: Yes, An Unborn Child Can Feel Pain

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Pro-Abortion and Pro-Life Scientists Agree That Unborn Babies Are Capable of Pain as Early as 12 Weeks   Washington, D.C. – Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson today answered, “I don’t know,” when asked by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) if an unborn child can feel pain at 20 weeks gestation.   According to modern, […]

Public Health Threat: Delaware DHSS Data Reveals Dramatic Increase in Risky Abortion Method

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Multiple Studies Link Chemical Abortion to Higher Rates of Emergency Room Utilization and Complications   Washington, D.C. – The most recent Delaware Health and Social Services data shows a dramatic increase in the use of potentially dangerous abortion drugs which multiple peer-reviewed studies have linked to higher rates of complications.   The public data, analyzed […]

Chemical Abortion: FDA Ignores ‘Inconvenient’ Science and Data Confirming Public Health Threat

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Major Studies Link Chemical Abortion to Higher Rates of Emergency Room Utilization and Complications   Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced plans to irresponsibly erode longstanding patient safeguards on the abortion pill, despite major U.S. and international research confirming that chemical abortion has led to a surge in emergency […]

Memo for Justice Kagan: A Lot Has Changed Since Roe and Casey

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Babies Can Now Be Seen Clearly, Diagnosed, and Treated Before Birth   Washington, D.C. – Justice Elena Kagan today stated during Dobbs oral arguments that “not much has changed since Roe and Casey.”  In reality, science and medicine have made tremendous advancements since 1973, including major advancements in ultrasound, fetal diagnosis, and the ability to […]

Justice Sotomayor Is Wrong: Fetal Pain Is Not ‘Fringe Science’

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Science Demonstrates Unborn Babies Capable of Pain at 12 Weeks   Washington, D.C. – Justice Sonia Sotomayor incorrectly claimed during today’s Dobbs oral arguments that the existence of fetal pain before 24 weeks is only believed by a “small fringe of doctors,” seeming to ignore modern peer-reviewed studies that have influenced the work of Dr. […]

Chief Justice Roberts Is Correct: U.S. Abortion Law Is Outside Global and European Mainstream

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

47 Out of 50 European Nations Limit Elective Abortion Prior to 15 Weeks   Washington, D.C. – Chief Justice John Roberts correctly stated during today’s Dobbs oral arguments that United States abortion law is extreme in comparison to global and European norms.   According to a comprehensive 2014 Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) analysis of abortion […]

Abortion Industry Cites Outdated Science, Flawed Analysis in Dobbs Late Abortion Case

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Babies Can Experience Pain Prior to 15 Weeks, Majority of European Countries Limit Abortion No Later Than 15 Weeks   Washington, D.C. – Using outdated research and flawed analysis, the abortion industry today ignored both modern science and basic legal facts while asking America’s highest court to overturn Mississippi’s 15-week limit on late abortions.   […]

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

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Following the Science on Texas Heartbeat Act   Washington, D.C. – With a national debate raging over the new Texas law which protects life from the first heartbeat, what does science say about unborn babies at 6 weeks’ gestation?   “While some people falsely claim that a preborn baby at 6 weeks’ gestation is just […]

New Study: Rapid Repeat Pregnancy Most Common Among Women Who Have Abortions

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 8, 2021     Medicaid Data in 17 States with Taxpayer-Funded Abortion “Consistent” with Evidence of Women Being Pressured into Unwanted Abortions   Washington, D.C. – A new peer-reviewed study of 2,162,600 Medicaid beneficiaries in 17 states with state taxpayer-funded abortion shows that “rapid repeat pregnancy” (defined as a second pregnancy […]

Hyde @ 40: Analyzing the Impact of the Hyde Amendment with July 2020 Addendum

Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

This paper provides a history of the Hyde Amendment and summarizes the substantial body of academic and policy research which shows that the Hyde Amendment lowers abortion rates. It uses this research to estimate the number of lives saved by the Hyde Amendment since it was first signed into law in 1976. Our estimates indicate that as of July 2020, the Hyde Amendment has saved approximately 2,409,311 lives.

10 Legal Reasons to Reject Roe

Susan Wills, J.D., LL.M.  

Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court rarely attract much public interest. One news cycle and a few op-eds are probably the norm for even the most important and sweeping decisions. But one Supreme Court decision eclipses all others in the past century. Far from being forgotten, in the almost 50 years since Roe v. Wade announced that the “constitutional” right to privacy encompasses a woman’s decision to abort her child, including late-term abortions, its fame (or infamy) just keeps growing.

Overview of U.S. Pro-Life Bills and Provisions Advanced and Laws Enacted from January to May 2021: Pro-Life Banner Year as States Continue to Reject the Radical Abortion Agenda

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

With the Biden administration reversing numerous life-affirming policies, it is clear there is an aggressive abortion agenda in Washington D.C. It is also clear the pro-abortion sentiment in the nation’s capital is not aligned with the views of Americans at the state level.

Map: Assisted Suicide in the States

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

This map shows the status of laws prohibiting or permitting assisted suicide, including physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in the United States. Last updated: April 29, 2021.   To view as a PDF, see: Assisted Suicide in the States   

CLI Comment: HHS Proposed Rule Fetal Tissue Regulations

David Prentice, Ph.D., Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D.   

The trafficking of aborted baby body parts for research is barbaric. The Trump administration was dedicated to ending this practice and protecting the sanctity of human life. Grave injustices were exposed that exploited unborn children for experimentation, but were not fully remedied.   Policy changes brought an immediate halt to federal contracts that trafficked organs […]

The Hyde Amendment is Constitutional and Remains Critically Important

Mary E. Harned, J.D.  

Abortion advocates have always vehemently opposed laws that limit taxpayer funding for abortion. The Hyde Amendment, which Congress has applied to the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services for nearly all of the last 45 years, draws their greatest contempt, because it prohibits the use of federal and state matching Medicaid funds for most abortions—and has likely saved 2.4 million lives. However, for many years the abortion industry grudgingly tolerated lawmakers who supported the Hyde Amendment, for principled or pragmatic reasons, as long as they remained in lockstep with the rest of their abortion agenda.

FDA Decision to Relax Chemical Abortion Rule Ignores the Science, Neglects Women, Places Them in Danger

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

“Our review of all the Adverse Events from mifepristone as an abortion drug revealed serious concerns about hemorrhage, infections, and fetal tissue left inside. There were over 500 life-threatening complications, which would have been deaths if the women had not had timely access to the Emergency Room. These women without access to an ER are exactly the women being targeted with abortions by mail, and those who are most at risk of death by patient abandonment. We know from other studies that reports from the FDA only represent a small fraction of the actual adverse events happening to women across the country.”

D.C. Statehood and Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

To view this fact sheet as a PDF, see: Fact Sheet: D.C. Statehood and Taxpayer Funding of Abortion     Medicaid covers abortions only in rare cases. Since 1976, federal funding for Medicaid has been passed by Congress with an annual rider known as the Hyde Amendment, which limits federal dollars from funding abortion except in […]

Questions and Answers on Born-Alive Abortion Survivors

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Last updated: April 14, 2021   To view this fact sheet as a PDF, see: Fact Sheet: Questions and Answers on Born-Alive Abortion Survivors   Do Late-Term Abortions Really Happen in the U.S.?   Yes. The definition of a late-term abortion is imprecise – and shifting. The gestational age at which an unborn child can […]

Written Testimony of Dr. Tara Sander Lee on South Dakota’s HB 1110 to Prohibit Abortions due to Down Syndrome

Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D.  

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”

Assisted Suicide’s Slippery Slope in Action: Washington State May Drop “Safeguards” Against Abuse

Richard Doerflinger, M.A.  

Opponents of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) have long warned that there is a “slippery slope” from initially limited acceptance of the practice to a broader “right” to take the lives of the sick and elderly. PAS supporters have generally dismissed this claim as alarmist. In my home state of Washington, however, supporters are now embracing the claim, and urging lawmakers to ski down the slope.

New Obamacare Report Uncovers Massive Taxpayer Subsidies for Abortion; Continuing Violation of Hyde Amendment Principles

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Pro-life Americans Deserve Transparency in Healthcare Plans   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2020 Contact: Prudence Robertson, probertson@sbalist.org, 240-672-2828 Washington, D.C.  – Today Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research arm of Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), in partnership with Family Research Council (FRC) and The Heritage Foundation, released a new report detailing the extent […]

COVID-19, Nursing Homes, and the Need to Protect the Elderly

Hannah Howard  

*The term “resident” will be used to describe nursing home residents unless otherwise indicated.   **All data is accurate as of 10/06/2020   In early 2020 news began circulating that a life-threatening respiratory illness was sweeping across the world and had made its way to the United States. Reactions to the severity of the problem […]

After June Medical ruling, meaning of Hellerstedt legal standard remains open question

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

The Supreme Court’s ruling today in the June Medical case does not answer the question whether the free-form balancing test required by the 2016 Hellerstedt decision “supplants” or “supplements” the undue burden test from Casey.   Background   Before Hellerstedt, it was thought that a health and safety regulation would pass muster if it was reasonably related to […]

The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

by R. J. Snell, Ph.D. This paper can be viewed as a pdf here: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Italy, many hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, necessitating difficult triage decisions that can seem like choosing who lives and who dies. In the United States, already […]

Charlotte Lozier Institute Responds to Claim that Aborted Baby Parts Are Needed to Develop COVID-19 Treatment

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Washington, D.C. – In response to news reports claiming that potential treatments for coronavirus will not be discovered unless the body parts of aborted children are used in experiments, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) issued the following comment: “Those who advocate experimentation using body parts harvested from aborted children are shamelessly exploiting the coronavirus pandemic, […]

Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts

Mary E. Harned, J.D.  

This is Issue 37 in CLI’s On Point Series and update to Issue 33. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 37 Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts   Introduction   Our nation’s highest court may soon clarify or modify federal abortion jurisprudence after agreeing to hear June Medical Services v. […]

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

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

Note: This paper was updated in August 2021 and can be found at: https://lozierinstitute.org/legislative-and-litigation-overview-of-20-week-abortion-laws/   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. […]

Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts

Mary E. Harned, J.D.  

This is an updated version of On Point Issue 26 and On Point Issue 29. To view this report as a PDF, see: Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts   Introduction   While several states have appealed court decisions enjoining abortion restrictions to the United States Supreme Court, the Court has thus far failed to clarify or […]

Lozier Institute Adds 4 New Associate Scholars

Katey Price, J.D.  

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.   […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Overview of Legislation and Litigation Involving Protections Against Down Syndrome Discrimination Abortion

Amanda Stirone Mansfield, J.D.  

To view this report as a PDF, see: Overview of Legislation and Litigation Involving Protections Against Down Syndrome Discrimination Abortion   Last updated: March 21, 2019.   Five states have enacted legislation to prohibit the eugenic practice of Down syndrome discrimination abortion. Courts have enjoined the law in three of the states. Several additional states have […]

Federal Trial Court Won’t Block Missouri Admitting Privileges Requirement Pending Further Litigation

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

A federal district court has denied a motion by abortion providers to temporarily block a health and safety law in Missouri.   The case is Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains v. Randall Williams, No. 2:16-cv-04313 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. The case is on remand following a […]

Statement in Opposition to Raised Bill No. 7070 “An Act Concerning Deceptive Advertising Practices of Limited Services Pregnancy Centers”

Jeanneane Maxon, J.D.  

On June 26, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in NIFLA v. Becerra, striking down a California law that interfered with the free speech rights of pregnancy help centers to counsel women and offer alternatives to abortion. The 5-4 decision should have quelled the efforts across the country by state and city governments to […]

Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts

Mary E. Harned, J.D.  

This is an updated version of On Point Issue 26. To view this report as a PDF, see: Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts. To view the most recent version, see: Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts, On Point 33   Introduction   The challenged abortion laws that may be reviewed by the United […]

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 […]

Justice Thomas to Supreme Court Justices: Don’t “consult popularity,” rely only on “the Constitution and the laws”

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

Last week Justice Clarence Thomas issued a respectful but strong admonition to his colleagues on the U.S. Supreme Court.   Justice Thomas’s admonition comes in his opinion dissenting from the decision of the Court to deny review in Gee v. Planned Parenthood, No. 17-1492, and Andersen v. Planned Parenthood, No. 17-1340.   As the Supreme […]

Pro-life Advocates Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold Two Indiana Pro-life Laws

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2018 Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sbalist.org, 202-223-8073 Briefs Submitted in Support of Ban on Down Syndrome Discrimination Abortions and Humane Disposition of Fetal Remains   Washington, D.C.  – The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) has submitted an amicus curiae brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold […]

Former Kennedy Law Clerk Argues Stare Decisis No Obstacle to Reversing Roe and Casey’s “Viability Rule”

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

To view as a PDF, see: Former Kennedy Law Clerk Argues Stare Decisis No Obstacle to Reversing Roe and Casey’s “Viability Rule”   Table of Contents   I. The “viability rule”—the “most central principle” of Roe v. Wade   II. “Stare decisis”—what it is and why abortion activists invoke it with vigor   III. The three exceptions to […]

Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts

Mary E. Harned, J.D.  

This article has been updated. To view the most recent version, see: Abortion Cases in the Higher Federal Courts, On Point 33   Introduction   The challenged abortion laws that may arrive at the United States Supreme Court in the near future can be divided into three main groups: (I) Limitations on the availability 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 Industry’s Latest Strategy Dismissed in Virginia Lawsuit

Mary E. Harned, J.D.  

Last week, a federal court held that a lawsuit challenging multiple pro-life laws in Virginia may proceed. However, the court rightfully dismissed the plaintiffs’ “cumulative undue burden” claim—the centerpiece of the abortion industry’s latest strategy to undermine laws written to protect unborn children and their mothers.   While it is common for abortion providers to […]

Victory: Court Strikes Down Another State Law Targeting Pro-life Pregnancy Centers

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

CLI Report: Thousands of Pregnancy Centers Nationwide Served Nearly 2,000,000 People in 2017, Saving Communities at Least $161 Million   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2018 Contact: Nicole Stacy, nstacy@sbalist.org, 202-223-8073   Washington, D.C.  – In response to news that a Hawaii law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion has been struck down in […]

Eighth Circuit on Hellerstedt: Supreme Court did not find, as a matter of law, that “abortion was inherently safe”

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued an important opinion in the abortion case Comprehensive Health v. Josh Hawley (No. 17-1996).   At issue were two pro-life laws from Missouri.   The hospital relationship requirement requires all doctors who perform abortions at ambulatory surgical centers to be privileged to perform […]

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 […]

Frozen Embryos and the “Disposition Decision”

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

  “Now, they’re gone. Now, I’m never going to know what those babies are going to grow up to be or anything. That’s how it hurts me.”   Carrianne Mahoney, a woman suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome, uttered these words in March after she and other patients were notified that a system malfunction at Cleveland’s […]

Q&A with the Scholars: Treatment of Medically Vulnerable Patients

Bobby Schindler, M.S.  

Bobby Schindler is president of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network and associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Bobby advocates for the medically vulnerable in honor of Terri Schiavo, his sister. A full-time advocate, speaker, and writer, Bobby and the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network have been instrumental in providing resources and […]