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 […]

Safe Haven Laws: An Invitation to Life

Hannah Howard  

This paper was originally published on December 1, 2021. This is issue 71 of CLI’s On Point series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Safe Haven Laws: An Invitation to Life   Editor’s Note (10/31/2022): As of October 2022, there are now 121 Baby Boxes located in 6 states: Indiana (86), Ohio (6), […]

Politifact and Fiction on Abortion

Richard Doerflinger, M.A.  

This is Issue 89 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Politifact and Fiction on Abortion   The U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey has led abortion supporters to propose sweeping legislation, and to mislead Americans about pro-life legislation.   One example […]

A Primer on the Standing with Moms Act

Mia Steupert, M.A.  

This is Issue 88 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: A Primer on the Standing with Moms Act    With the recent Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and states across the country enacting strong laws to protect life, it is now more important […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Lives Saved Impact at U.S. Pregnancy Help Centers

Moira Gaul, M.P.H., Jeanneane Maxon, J.D.   

This is Issue 83 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Lives Saved Impact at U.S. Pregnancy Help Centers   Life-affirming pregnancy help centers (PHCs) (also known as pregnancy resource centers, pregnancy care centers, or pregnancy centers) exist to provide support, education, classes, medical care and critical resources for […]

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 […]

No-Test Chemical Abortion Provision: Can it be Justified?

Ingrid Skop, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.  

This is issue 81 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: No-Test Chemical Abortion Provision: Can it be Justified?   Despite their verbal commitment to safe abortion provision, abortion advocates are advancing a dangerous strategy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for in-person medical evaluation prior to […]

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 […]

The Evolution of “Self-Managed” Abortion: Does the Safety of Women Seeking Abortion Even Matter Anymore?

Ingrid Skop, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.  

This is Issue 77 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: The Evolution of “Self-Managed” Abortion: Does the Safety of Women Seeking Abortion Even Matter Anymore?   A particularly malignant form of “misinformation” is being spread to women today.  Flawed information regarding “self-managed” abortion has the potential to seriously […]

We the People Say No: The Democratic Demise of the ERA

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

The proposed 1972 Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution reads, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”  Behind the simple words of the proposed amendment lie a series of dangerous impacts that, once unmasked, stood in the way of its ratification.

Three Fabrications of Roe

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

During oral arguments on December 1, 2021, in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization late-term abortion case, President Biden’s Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar opposed reversing the Supreme Court’s 1973 decisions legalizing abortion. Justice Samuel Alito asked if the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision upholding “separate but equal” treatment of blacks and whites was initially wrong in 1896 and should have been overruled. Prelogar’s answer undid the logic of her opposition to overturning Roe:

Continued Attempts to Regulate Pro-life Pregnancy Help Centers Amount to “Lipstick on a Pig”

Jeanneane Maxon, J.D.  

This is issue 73 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Continued Attempts to Regulate Pro-life Pregnancy Help Centers Amount to “Lipstick on a Pig”   Editor’s Note (6/2022): Updated to include original citations that were inadvertently not transferred from author’s final text.   On November 16, 2021, the […]

Abortion Jurisprudence Primer

Elizabeth Kirk, J.D.  

This is issue 70 of CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Abortion Jurisprudence Primer   During its upcoming term, the Supreme Court will review the Mississippi Gestational Age Act, which forbids abortions after 15 weeks’ gestational age, except in cases of medical emergencies or severe fetal abnormalities.[1] This case, […]

Women’s Health Protection Act: An Analysis

  

This is issue 67 of CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see, Women’s Health Protection Act: An Analysis   If the “Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021” were to become law, it would impose abortion on demand in all 50 states by invalidating current state laws and undermining the ability […]

15 Facts at 15 Weeks

Katrina Furth, Ph.D.  

This is issue 3 in CLI’s On Science Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: 15 Facts at 15 Weeks     This year, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which would allow Mississippi to limit abortions at 15 weeks. Medical advancements have long surpassed […]

The ACOG Should Reconsider Fetal Pain

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

By John C. Bockmann     This is Issue 65 of CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: 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 […]

If it is a Baby, Is it a Person?

Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A.  

                     By Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A.   This is issue 64 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, See: 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% […]

Mississippi’s 15-Week Gestational Limit on Abortion is Mainstream Compared to European Laws

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

In 2018, Mississippi passed the Gestational Age Act, limiting elective abortion to 15 weeks. Mississippi’s 15-week law was invalidated by the lower federal courts and will be considered by the United States Supreme Court during their next term, which begins in October 2021. A comparative analysis between Mississippi and European abortion laws finds gestational limits on elective abortion—terminations performed without restriction as to reason—prior to 15 weeks, and more often at 12 weeks, are common and the norm for the majority of European countries. This comparison found 47 out of 50 European countries analyzed in this report either do not allow elective abortion (8) or limit elective abortion to 15 weeks or earlier (39), whereas, other than Texas, no state in the U.S. limits elective abortion to 15 weeks.

ISSCR’s Reversal of the 14-Day Rule

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Society sits on the cusp of some of the few remaining battles threatening to permanently alter the course of bioethical history; if these battles are not engaged, the proposed changes in bioethics will make acceptable atrocities upon human dignity the magnitude of which can only be imagined.

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.

Only a Minority of Abortions Are for Unwanted Pregnancies, New Study

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

by David C. Reardon   This is Issue 57 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: Only a Minority of Abortions Are for Unwanted Pregnancies, New Study   A major abortion advocacy group has recently found that only 42% of aborting women described their pregnancies as unwanted.1 Unexpectedly, 38% […]

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.

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.

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.   

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 […]

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.