Impact of the Strict Scrutiny Standard of Judicial Review on Abortion Legislation Under the Kansas Supreme Court’s Decision in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt

Elizabeth Kirk, J.D.  

This is Issue 42 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Impact of the Strict Scrutiny Standard of Judicial Review on Abortion Legislation Under the Kansas Supreme Court’s Decision in Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt   This paper is focused on a narrow matter, namely, the nature of the […]

“Medicare for All” Means “Abortion for All”

Mary E. Harned, J.D.  

This is Issue 38 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 38 Medicare for All Means Abortion for All.   Introduction   Advocates for taxpayer-funded abortion likely underestimated the backlash they would face when they attempted to include abortion funding and coverage in healthcare reform in 2010. […]

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.   

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Path to Active Euthanasia

Richard Doerflinger, M.A.  

To view this report as a PDF, see Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Path to Active Euthanasia   Introduction   Groups promoting the legalization of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) have worked for decades to persuade state and national medical societies to support their agenda – or to take a “neutral” stance, widely recognized by advocacy groups and news media […]

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 […]

State Regulation of Telemedicine Abortion and Court Challenges to Those Regulations

Amanda Stirone Mansfield, J.D.  

To view this report as a PDF, see:  State Regulation of Telemedicine Abortion and Court Challenges to Those Regulations   In February 2018, an article appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine (Cosmo) lauding the practice of telemedicine abortion.[1] The article described the process of meeting with a nurse for blood testing and an ultrasound at a “local health […]

Oregon’s Assisted Suicides: The Up-to-Date Reality in 2017

Richard Doerflinger, M.A.  

To view this paper as a PDF, see: Oregon’s Assisted Suicides: The Up-to-Date Reality in 2017   In February 2018 the Oregon Health Authority released its latest annual report on legally authorized physician-assisted suicides, covering deaths that occurred in 2017.[1]  This provides a renewed opportunity to test the constantly repeated claim of the advocacy group […]

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.”

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.

A Reality Check on Assisted Suicide in Oregon

Richard Doerflinger, M.A.  

In short, despite a thoroughly inadequate reporting system designed to cover up rather than reveal problems, Oregon shows exactly the problems that critics predicted: No meaningful protection against coercion, influence by others on patients with depression and dementia, an expansion beyond imminently dying patients, and a road toward active euthanasia.

Ad Campaign Ruling Highlights Needs for Outreach and Healing

Moira Gaul, M.P.H.  

Last December a Canadian appeals judge ruled against the appearance of a provocative pro-life ad campaign on the exterior of municipal buses in Grand Prairie, Alberta.[1] Justice C. S. Anderson stated in her decision, “Expression of this kind may lead to emotional responses from the various people who make use of public transit and other uses of the road, creating a hostile and uncomfortable environment.”

The Effect of Legalizing Assisted Suicide on Palliative Care and Suicide Rates: A Response to Compassion and Choices

Richard Doerflinger, M.A.  

The leading national organization promoting legalization of physician-assisted suicide, “Compassion & Choices” (formerly known as the Hemlock Society), has distributed a December 2016 “Medical Aid in Dying Fact Sheet” in various state legislatures around the country to persuade them to approve what they call “medical aid in dying.”

The Reality of Late-Term Abortion Procedures

Elizabeth Ann M. Johnson, M.D.  

Of interest to the medical, moral, sociological, and political issues surrounding late-term abortion is the question of why women seek abortion after twenty weeks gestation. Any data considered to answer this question must be examined carefully for limitations. However, a greater understanding of the reasons why women choose these late-term procedures is valuable to those who seek to offer alternative, compassionate options.

The Constitutional Viability of Five-Month Abortion Laws

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

Five-month abortion laws restrict abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy—when an unborn child can feel pain from abortion. Opponents of five-month abortion laws argue they violate the “viability rule” created by the U.S. Supreme Court. The viability rule provides that government “may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.” In most cases viability will occur after 20 weeks of pregnancy. However, the viability rule is unworkable, arbitrary, unjust, poorly reasoned, inadequate, and extreme. The viability rule cannot be justified, especially as applied to five-month laws. In a challenge to a five-month law it is reasonable to conclude that the Court might abandon the viability rule altogether or not apply it to five-month laws.

Ethical Stem Cells: Back to Basics

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

This report looks at the continuing pattern of stem cells research funding and finds that grants continue to be given to projects that show the most promise – namely ethical stem cell research.