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  • The Future of IVF’s Genetic Testing?

    Caroline Savoie  

    In opening scenes of the sci-fi thriller Gattaca, the viewer meets a couple who decides to conceive their second child by In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), which has become the “natural” method in this futuristic society. They are told by the scientist who created, screened, and edited the DNA of their embryos, “This child is still […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Nebraska (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Nebraska’s 2016 abortion report shows that abortion totals in the state continue to fall. The 16-page report is published every May by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and made available on the health department’s website.   Changes in Nebraska abortions 2015-2016     Abortion Totals and Trends Since 2000, the earliest reporting […]

  • New CLI Report Sounds the Alarm on Euthanasia of Disabled Persons by Denial of Food and Water

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30, 2017 Contact: Nicole Stacy, nstacy@sba-list.org, 202-223-8073   Outdated Information and Dehumanizing Terminology Puts Patients’ Lives at Risk, Says CLI Scholar & Advocate Bobby Schindler   Washington, D.C. – A new report by Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) Associate Scholar Bobby Schindler sheds light on the widespread legality of euthanasia by denial […]

  • Remembering Pro-life Hero Henry Hyde

    Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan  

    The following article appeared at National Review Online, November 29, 2017   Today is the tenth anniversary of the death of the greatest champion the pro-life cause has ever known, Representative Henry J. Hyde of Illinois. It is hard to believe that this physical and moral giant of a man is gone, much less that […]

  • Current Bipartisan Opposition to Assisted Suicide

    Caroline Savoie  

    To view this paper as a PDF, see: Current Bipartisan Opposition to Assisted Suicide   Bipartisan legislation recently emerged in the U.S. House of Representatives against assisted suicide and for real health care for Americans facing illness and the end of life. The concurrent resolution H.Con.Res.80 expresses “the sense of the Congress that assisted suicide… puts […]

  • Abortion Rate Keeps Declining, Although Data are Incomplete

    Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

    Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released U.S. abortion data for the year 2014, indicating that the U.S. abortion-rate decline, which began in the early 1980s, continues at a steady pace. According to the CDC, both the number of abortions and the abortion rate declined by about 2 percent between 2013 and 2014. The decline was fairly […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Minnesota (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Minnesota’s 2016 abortion report provides a detailed look at abortion trends in the state. Published on-time every July by the Minnesota Department of Health, the 63-page report reveals that the state’s abortion rate increased slightly over the previous year from 8.4 to 8.6 (Fig. 1).   Statistics and Changes in Minnesota Abortions, 2015-2016     […]

  • Basic Care, Human Dignity, and Care for Medically Vulnerable Persons

    Bobby Schindler  

    To view this paper as a PDF, see: Basic Care, Human Dignity, and Care for Medically Vulnerable Persons   Physical and cognitive disability should not mean one’s situation is considered “end of life,” yet too many persons who are not dying are described this way.   Earlier this year, Oregon’s state legislature considered a bill that […]

  • Video: “Stunning” Recovery of Woman from Stroke after Adult Stem Cell Transplant

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Today the Charlotte Lozier Institute releases its eighth Stem Cell Research Facts video, which tells the story of Sonia Coontz’s “miracle” stroke recovery thanks to an adult stem cell transplant at Stanford University.   Sonia, a 31-year-old Californian, suffered a stroke in 2011. Without any warning, she found herself unable to move her right arm […]

  • What’s Really Causing the Abortion Rate to Decline?

    Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

    Last month two researchers affiliated with the Guttmacher Institute published a report in the American Journal of Public Health.  The study analyzes abortion trends between 2008 and 2014. It finds that the U.S. abortion rate declined by 25 percent during that 6-year timespan. There were declines in the incidence of abortion among a wide range of […]

  • Supreme Court Will Hear Pregnancy Help Center Case

    Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

    The U.S. Supreme Court has granted review in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. The case involves a challenge to a California law forcing pro-life pregnancy help centers to post information about public programs that provide free or low-cost access to abortion.   This lawsuit is very important. Pregnancy help centers play […]

  • Adult Stem Cells and Gene Therapy Save a Young Boy

    David Prentice, Ph.D.  

    When people talk about something that “saved their skin,” they usually mean that it helped them out of a difficult situation. But a young boy in Germany has literally had his skin—and his life—saved through the use of genetically-engineered adult stem cells. The boy suffered from a condition called junctional epidermolysis bullosa, a severe and […]

  • Trump Administration Policies Won’t Increase the Abortion Rate

    Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

    Last month, two analysts from the think tank Third Way published an opinion piece in U.S. News and World Report claiming that new Trump-administration policies would cause a surge in the abortion rate. They also credited Obama-administration policies with reducing the incidence of abortion. The piece went on to assert that the Trump administration’s decisions […]

  • Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to California’s Reproductive FACT Act

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to California’s Reproductive FACT Act   By Melanie Arter | November 13, 2017 | 5:29 PM EST   (CNSNews.com) – The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to California’s Reproductive FACT Act, which requires pro-life pregnancy centers to give information on and refer pregnant women for abortions.   The […]

  • Dr. David Prentice on Embracing Ethical New Technologies

    David Prentice, Ph.D.  

    Some scientists have said one reason they don’t consult bioethicists or think about the ethical implications of their research is because ethicists usually say “no” to new technologies, or that ethics is arbitrary. But what they are really avoiding is the necessity of setting rational limits on science, thinking they can thereby avoid any limits […]

  • Supreme Court Will Hear Pro-life Pregnancy Help Centers’ Conscience Case

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 13, 2017 Contact: Nicole Stacy, nstacy@sba-list.org, 202-223-8073   Pregnancy Centers Challenging California Law that Forces them to Promote Abortion   Washington, D.C.  – The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear pro-life pregnancy help centers’ challenge to California’s so-called “Reproductive FACT Act,” which forces them to advertise and refer for abortion. […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Ohio (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Ohio’s 2016 state abortion report shows that the state’s resident abortion rate is unchanged from 2015, consistent with the gradual downward trajectory it has maintained over the past decade (Fig. 1). The 38-page report, published every September by Ohio’s Department of Health, contains comprehensive information on abortions performed in the Buckeye State.   Changes in […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Wisconsin (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Wisconsin’s 2016 abortion report reveals that the abortion rate in the state is maintaining its slow but steady decline (Fig. 1). Published annually by the state’s Department of Health Services, the 24-page report includes information on all the abortions occurring in the state and on abortions performed on Wisconsin residents specifically. The report is normally […]

  • New York Court Rules there is no “Right-to-Die”

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    By Andrea Arellano, fellow at the Charlotte Lozier Institute.   This September, a New York State court unanimously decided on an assisted suicide case and upheld state prohibitions on the practice of physician assisted suicide.  The plaintiffs in Myers v Schneiderman consisted of patients with terminal diagnoses who, along with euthanasia-rights advocates, sought the establishment […]

  • Texas Dismemberment Abortion Ban Headed to Trial

    Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

    The Texas law banning dismemberment abortions is heading to trial. A federal court in Austin, Texas has scheduled the law, known as S.B. 8, for a bench trial starting November 2, 2017.   Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed S.B. 8 on June 6, 2017.   Under S.B. 8, “A person may not intentionally perform a […]

  • Science of Abortion Pill Reversal: Too Hard a Pill for Planned Parenthood to Swallow?

    Kristi Burton Brown, J.D.  

    When a woman regrets her original choice for abortion, she deserves information on other science-based options, writes Associate Scholar Kristi Burton Brown: When Amy Mendoza had a change of heart the day after she swallowed an abortion pill, a word she’d seen on Facebook flashed through her mind: “reversal.” She recalled a story she’d read on social […]

  • Seeking Pro-life Leadership at the National Institutes of Health

    David Prentice, Ph.D.  

    In a recent op-ed, Dr. David Prentice and Congressman Jim Banks argue that it’s time for a change in leadership at the National Institutes of Health: Dr. Francis Collins has not shown any pro-life leadership at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In fact, in an interview, Dr. Collins‘ response to a congressional letter outlining pro-life members’ […]

  • Oregon’s Command Performance on Abortion Chains Conscience

    Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan  

    Oregon Governor Kate Brown broke what theater patrons would call the “fourth wall” when she signed House Bill 3391 into law on August 14, dragging every resident of her state into the vast public drama over abortion and human rights. In an egregious and unprecedented move, Oregon has become the first state to guarantee free abortions for all residents—backed by the full faith and credit of the taxpayer.  With this step, it becomes increasingly difficult for any Oregonian to sit in the audience on so important as issue.

  • Connecticut’s Annual Abortion Report Leaves Ample Room for Improvement

    Tessa Longbons  

    Connecticut’s 2016 abortion report provides a useful, yet lacking, snapshot of abortion in the state. Though not published online, the annual abortion report is made available to individuals upon request by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The one-page report contains data on women who seek abortions, the abortion procedures that occur in Connecticut, and the children that are killed by abortion.

  • Abortion Advocates Push Risky ‘Telemed’ Abortions

    Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

    Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities endanger women with risky, unsupervised chemical abortions, writes Dr. Michael New at National Review: The number of abortion facilities in the United States has been declining, and many midwestern and southern states have few abortion clinics left. In response, supporters of legal abortion have advanced some medically risky proposals to […]

  • Mainstream Media Mislead on Public Health in Texas

    Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

    Texas has clearly shown that positive public health outcomes are possible without taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood — but one would scarcely know from reading the media coverage, writes Dr. Michael New at CNSNews: After Texas defunded Planned Parenthood in 2011, The Heidi Group, led by long time pro-life activist Carol Everett, planned to establish a […]

  • Planned Parenthood Poll Misleads on Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

    Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

    Contrary to the purported findings of a misleading Planned Parenthood-commissioned poll, a majority of Americans oppose taxpayer-funded abortion, writes Dr. Michael New at the New Boston Post: This summer, a coalition of center-right groups launched a signature drive to try to make it possible to stop taxpayer funding of abortion in Massachusetts. In response, the Planned […]

  • CLI President Chuck Donovan: Eliminating Down Syndrome Children Is Not Something to Be Proud Of

    Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan  

    In a recent op-ed at The Daily Signal, CLI President Chuck Donovan responded to tragic news about the disappearance of children with Down Syndrome from Iceland due to genetic screening and abortion: This week, the CBS News program “On Assignment” included a long feature on what it described as the near eradication of Down syndrome in Iceland. […]

  • Adoption Tax Credits: Utilization, State Expansions, and Taxpayer Savings

    Matt Connell  

    In 2013, the Charlotte Lozier Institute published a report titled, “The Adoption Tax Credit: Progress and Prospects for Expansion.” The report both outlines the history of the adoption tax credit at the federal level and analyzes the number of states that provide some form of tax relief for adoption. Since the report was published, the federal adoption tax credit has continued to increase in dollar amount and is utilized by tens of thousands of Americans pursuing adoption each year. In addition, several states have created or expanded adoption tax credits at the state level, helping to offset adoption costs for American families.

  • Heritage Foundation “Index of Culture and Opportunity”: Life Is on the Right Track

    Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan  

    On July 20, 2017, The Heritage Foundation published the fourth installment of its annual Index of Culture and Opportunity (“Index”). The Index is an exercise in civil society that tracks and analyzes data that affects freedom and opportunity. Heritage writers explore three indicators: (1) cultural indicators, (2) poverty and dependence indicators, and (3) general opportunity indicators. Among the cultural indicators, Heritage analyzes America’s abortion rate.

  • Pregnancy Help Centers Win Another Legal Victory in Struggle Against Oppressive Regulations

    Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

    Pregnancy help centers (PHCs) have won a victory in their struggle against oppressive regulations.

    At issue is a 2016 Illinois law regulating physicians and other health care personnel. Plaintiffs, including the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), challenged the law, arguing, in the words of a federal district court, that it “compels [PHCs] to tell pregnant women the names of other doctors they believe offer abortions, and compels them to tell pregnant women that abortion has ‘benefits’ and is a ‘treatment option’ for pregnancy.”

  • Netherlands Forcible Euthanasia Case and the Slippery Slope

    Eugene C. Tarne  

    Proponents of assisted suicide often dismiss “slippery slope” arguments on the grounds that proper safeguards will assure that assisted suicide will not devolve into euthanasia, either voluntary or not.

    Earlier this year, for example, Hawaii became another of several states to consider legislation to legalize assisted suicide (the effort failed).  During debate, one lawmaker who supported the bill dismissed concerns over where legalization might lead, saying “the inclusion of protections, such as euthanasia bans, helps allay the fears of critics who worry about the ‘slippery slope.’”

  • Virginia’s Annual Abortion Report Reveals Planned Parenthood’s Growing Market Share

    Matt Connell, Tessa Longbons   

    State abortion reporting provides a valuable perspective on abortion trends throughout the country. In particular, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s most recent report of abortion by facility, released by the Virginia Department of Health with data for 2015, offers a helpful overview of the numbers of abortions performed by each facility in the state. As Planned Parenthood fights for continued federal funding by insisting that abortion plays only a small part in its total health care services, Virginia’s information is especially relevant.  

  • Oklahoma’s Annual Abortion Report A Top Model For State Reporting

    Tessa Longbons  

    Oklahoma’s annual abortion report serves as proof that state abortion reports can be both comprehensive and timely. Out of the 43 states that publish annual abortion reports, Oklahoma is one of only nine to have published its 2016 annual report by June of 2017. At the same time, Oklahoma’s 40-page report on abortion remains one of the most exhaustive in the nation.

  • Charlie Gard’s Case and Parental Advocacy for Chronically Ill Children

    Katherine Rafferty, Ph.D., M.A.  

    “My biggest issue is this: a parent is a caregiver and then of course the health professionals are the caregivers, but you know, who gets the final say?”

    -Mother whose daughter has osteosarcoma

    This essential question was posed by the mother of one of 33 children living with chronic conditions whose parents I interviewed for my recently published study in the current issue of Health Communication. The study is titled, “You know the medicine, I know my kid”: How parents advocate for their children living with complex chronic conditions.

  • Near Absence of Embryonic Stem Cells in California Clinical Trial Program

    Eugene C. Tarne  

    In 2013, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) – the nation’s largest funder of stem cell research outside of the federal government – authorized a new program, the Alpha Stem Cell Clinics Network.

    The Network’s goal, according to CIRM, “is to accelerate the development and delivery of stem cell treatments to patients.”  To achieve this, CIRM approved $70 million “to create a new statewide network of sites that will act as a hub for stem cell clinical trials.”  CIRM envisioned a network of “up to five clinic sites at established academic institutions.”  To date, three Alpha Stem Cell Clinics have been created, housed at City of Hope, University of California San Diego, and UCLA/UC Irvine.