• Minnesota Governor Vetoes Informed Consent Bill

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

      On May 16, 2018, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) vetoed legislation that would have protected patient autonomy and shielded physicians from liability. The Minnesota Legislature passed and presented S.F. 2849 to Governor Dayton to ensure that expectant mothers may give informed consent to abortion procedures. S.F. 2849 would have codified a woman’s right to […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Nebraska (2017)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Nebraska’s annual abortion report for 2017, published online by the state Department of Health and Human Services, was published ahead of schedule in April 2018. Nebraska was the fifth state to release its abortion report for 2017, further indication that prompt reporting of annual data is feasible.   Changes in Nebraska Abortions, 2016-2017     […]

  • How the Legal Status of Abortion Impacts Abortion Rates

    Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

    One argument frequently made by supporters of legal abortion is that the incidence of abortion is not affected by its legal status. As such, proponents of legal abortion maintain that legalizing abortion will not result in more abortions, but will instead improve the safety of abortions – ensuring they are done by trained medical professionals […]

  • Abortion Reporting: West Virginia (2015)

    Tessa Longbons  

    West Virginia’s abortion report for 2015, comprising five pages in the state’s annual vital statistics report, was released online in March 2018. The report is compiled by the state Department of Health and Human Services.   Changes in West Virginia Abortions, 2014-2015       Abortion Totals and Trends   Abortions continued to fall in […]

  • Planned Parenthood: Supply-Induced Demand — Infographic

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    This infographic is based on research by CLI Vice President and Director of Data Analytics James Studnicki, Sc.D. and by John Fisher, Ph.D., J.D., published in the peer-reviewed Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. Click here to read the paper.  

  • Abortion Reporting: Louisiana (2017)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Louisiana was the third state to publish its abortion report for 2017. The preliminary 2017 report was released online by the Louisiana Department of Health in February 2018; however, one of the tables contained errors regarding the gestational ages of the babies killed by abortion, and the corrected report was not published until April 2018. […]

  • “Unresponsive Wakefulness,” Explained Simply

    Bobby Schindler, M.S., Tom Shakely   

    It’s a simple reality that many patients who are not actively dying are nonetheless described as facing “end of life” issues, often simply due to physical or cognitive disabilities.   This is particularly true for patients diagnosed with “Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome,” the terminology doctors and patient advocates increasingly prefer to the more pejorative “Persistent Vegetative […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Virginia (2015)

    Tessa Longbons  

    The most recent statistics published by the Virginia Department of Health show that abortion in the state is falling. Virginia releases its abortion data in three separate reports: an abortion report, a report of abortions by facility, and the state vital statistics report.   Statistics and Changes in Virginia Abortions, 2014-2015     Abortion Totals […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Kansas (2017)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Kansas released its preliminary abortion report on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website in April 2018, becoming the fourth state to publish its report for data from 2017. The report shows that while abortion in the state is falling, Kansas continues to be a destination for out-of-state women seeking abortion.   Changes in […]

  • Planned Parenthood Responsible for 3 Million+ ‘Extra’ Abortions, Study Shows

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2018 Contact: Mallory Quigley,, 202-223-8073   New Peer-reviewed Research Refutes Cecile Richards, Shows Planned Parenthood Propped Up Falling U.S. Abortion Rates   Washington, D.C. – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and its research arm, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) rebutted statements by former […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Overview (March 2018)

    Tessa Longbons  

    As of March 2018, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) had produced articles reviewing the most recent annual abortion reports from 11 states. The reports were released by Alabama, Alaska (for both 2016 and 2017), Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. This ongoing state series is an extension of the […]

  • Mississippi Launches Challenge to Roe v. Wade

    Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

    In March 2018 the Governor of Mississippi signed a law banning elective abortions at 15 weeks of pregnancy and beyond.   The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states may not ban abortion before the unborn child reaches “viability”, i.e., before the child can potentially survive outside the womb, albeit with what the Court called […]

  • Fact Sheet: Online Sales of Mifeprex and Misoprostol for Self-Abortion

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    To view as PDF, see Fact Sheet: Online Sales of Mifeprex and Misoprostol for Self-Abortion   In March 2018, CLI reviewed sites on the worldwide web that offer the two-component abortion pill regimen, either as their business focus or as part of a larger online pharmacy.  We found:   At least 72 unique websites that sell […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Utah (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Utah’s annual abortion report for 2016, published online by the state’s Department of Health in April 2018, shows that abortions in the state continue to fall. In 2016, Utah’s state abortion rate reached a historic low.   Changes in Utah Abortions, 2015-2016     Abortion Totals and Trends   There were 3,008 abortions performed in […]

  • New Study: Maternal Mortality in Texas Rose Earlier than Previously Claimed

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2018 | Link Contact: Nicole Stacy,, 202-223-8073   Problematic Aspects of Influential 2016 Study Go Beyond Poor Source Data, CLI Vice President & Lead Researcher Says   Washington, D.C. – New research by Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) Vice President and Director of Data Analytics James Studnicki, Sc.D. and by […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Florida (2017)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Florida’s annual abortion report for 2017 shows that the abortion count in the state has fallen from the year before. The Sunshine State is one of the first to make abortion statistics publicly available each year, demonstrating once again the ability of public officials to provide timelier data than is common among other states and […]

  • Louisiana Legislature Moves to Expand Adoption

    Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan  

    On April 4, 2018, the Louisiana House of Representatives made significant progress in the promotion of adoption as an abortion alternative. The Louisiana House Education Committee and Health and Welfare Committee each advanced pro-adoption legislation to a full House session for debate on April 11, 2018.     First, the Louisiana House Health and Welfare […]

  • 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 6, 2018.   To view as a PDF, see: Assisted Suicide in the States  

  • Abortion Pill Reversal – Infographic

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    On April 4, 2018, Culture of Life Family Services announced the release of a study on abortion pill reversal. The study was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Issues in Law and Medicine. Click here for more information on the study.

  • Abortion Reporting: Iowa (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Iowa’s 2016 vital statistics report, which includes seven pages of information on abortions performed in the state, was released on schedule this past December. Published by the Iowa Department of Public Health, the report reveals that total abortions in Iowa continue to go down, while chemical abortions are on the rise.   Changes in Iowa […]

  • Food for Thought: The Push to Starve Helpless Seniors

    Richard Doerflinger, M.A.  

    On March 11, The Washington Post reported on efforts to expand the “right to die” in Oregon and elsewhere.   The state has passed legislation to study changing its law on “advance directives,” by which people can decide on future care in case they lose cognitive powers. A key supporter of this effort is Bill […]

  • Nonprofit Works to Fill the Knowledge Gap on Human Embryology

    Caroline Savoie  

    Human embryologists’ best-kept secret could arguably be the Carnegie Stages of Human Embryonic Development. This system was established in 1942 and classifies the first eight weeks of every human being’s life into 23 stages based on objective developmental mile markers, beginning at the first contact of egg and sperm and continuing on into the fetal […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Pennsylvania (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Pennsylvania’s 2016 abortion report was published by the state Department of Health in December 2017. Additional abortion statistics for Pennsylvania residents are included in the state’s annual vital statistics report. Overall, total abortions in Pennsylvania continued to decline in 2016, while total chemical abortions increased.   Changes in Pennsylvania Abortions, 2015-2016     Abortion Totals […]

  • Freedom of Speech and the Truth about Life

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    by Kevin Petrisek   On Tuesday, March 20, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in NIFLA v. Becerra. The legal defense group working on the case, Alliance Defending Freedom, summarized this case well. It stated that the California law at issue forces pro-life pregnancy help centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry. The […]

  • Report from the Supreme Court: Lozier Interview with Bioethics Defense Fund Attorneys Nikolas Nikas and Dorinda Bordlee on Oral Argument in NIFLA v. Becerra

    Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

      Earlier this year I joined attorneys Nikolas T. Nikas and Dorinda C. Bordlee as counsel on the amicus brief the Charlotte Lozier Institute submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the pregnancy care center case, NIFLA v. Becerra. Nik is co-founder, president and general counsel of Bioethics Defense Fund (BDF) and Dorinda is Vice […]

  • As Oregon’s Assisted Suicide Deaths Double, Advocates Push to Expand to Mentally Incompetent & Deny Spoon-Feeding

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    CLI Expert: Oregon’s 20-year-old law “tailor-made to conceal, not reveal, abuses”   Washington, D.C. – A new report by Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) Associate Scholar Richard Doerflinger, M.A. finds that deaths by assisted suicide in Oregon nearly doubled in just four years, with 143 assisted suicide deaths occurring in 2017 compared to 73 in 2013. […]

  • Fact Sheet: Government Funding of International Abortion Organizations (2013-2015)

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    To view as PDF, see Fact Sheet: Government Funding of International Abortion Organizations   In March 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report examining federal government program funding of Federally Qualified Health Centers and three abortion advocacy groups, including International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International (MSI) from 2013 to 2015.[1] IPPF […]

  • Fact Sheet: Government Funding Sources for Planned Parenthood (2013-2015)

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    To view as PDF, see Fact Sheet: Government Funding Sources of Planned Parenthood   According to a data point in Planned Parenthood’s annual report for 2016-2017, the organization received $543.7 million in funds from all levels of government in that fiscal year.[1]  These funds are largely from the U.S. government and primarily from the Medicaid […]

  • Abortion Reporting: South Dakota (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    South Dakota’s 2016 abortion report reveals that abortion in the state is up from the previous year. The abortion report, published in November by the state’s Department of Health, comprises 12 pages in the annual vital statistics report.   Changes in South Dakota Abortions, 2015-2016     Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2016, there […]

  • Abortion Reporting: South Carolina (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    South Carolina’s annual abortion report for 2016 shows that abortion in the state is falling. Published online in November 2017 by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the abortion report takes up four pages of the state’s vital statistics report. Additional information is published in an online database.   Changes in South […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Alaska (2017)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Alaska’s 2017 annual abortion report was published by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services in February 2018. With this 17-page report, Alaska is the first state to release its complete 2017 abortion data, just weeks into the new year.   Changes in Alaska Abortions, 2016-2017     Abortion Totals and Trends   There […]

  • 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 […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Missouri (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Missouri’s annual abortion report for 2016 shows that abortion is declining in the Show-Me State, while Missouri residents continue to get abortions in neighboring states. Published online in January by the Department of Health and Senior Services, the report comprises eight pages in the state’s vital statistics report.   Changes in Missouri Abortions, 2015-2016   […]

  • Life Issues Institute’s Human Trafficking Special

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Life Issues Institute recently joined the Susan B. Anthony List family of organizations. Learn more here!   Brad Mattes, President of Life Issues Institute, recently recorded a radio special on the dangers of human trafficking. He reports that there are currently over 27 million persons held in slavery worldwide. One out of every three children who […]

  • CLI’s Dr. David A. Prentice Named Chairman of Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center Advisory Board

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    The Charlotte Lozier Institute’s Vice President and Director of Research, Dr. David A. Prentice, has recently been named chairman of the advisory board for the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center (MSCTC), a leading hub of stem cell treatment, research, and education in Kansas and the surrounding region.   The MSCTC was created by Governor Sam […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Alabama (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Alabama’s annual abortion report for 2016 was published online by the state’s Department of Public Health in November 2017. The nine-page report reveals that abortions in the state have increased after a temporary drop the year before.   Statistics and Changes in Alabama Abortions, 2015-2016     Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2016, there […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Illinois (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Illinois’ 2016 annual state abortion report was published on schedule in December 2017. The 15-page report reveals that abortion totals in Illinois are declining steadily, while chemical abortions are increasing rapidly. Illinois’ abortion report is published by the Illinois Department of Public Health.   Changes in Illinois Abortions, 2015-2016     Abortion Totals and Trends […]

  • Trends Show More Federal Funds Awarded to Non-Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    Eugene C. Tarne  

    Soon after then-President Clinton’s National Bioethics Advisory Committee (NBAC) in 1999 issued a report recommending federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research (hESCR) the subject of such funding became one of the nation’s most hotly contested public policy issues. It was the subject of President George W. Bush’s first nationally televised address, and in […]

  • Video: Once Quadriplegic, Woman Celebrates Lasting Improvement from Adult Stem Cells

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Today the Charlotte Lozier Institute releases its ninth Stem Cell Research Facts video, which revisits the life of adult stem cell recipient Laura Dominguez-Tauer. Her story is a testament to hope, inspiration, and what can happen when the best modern medicine meets unwavering human resilience.   When Laura was only 16, a devastating car crash left […]