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  • A Half Century of Hope, A Legacy of Life and Love: Pregnancy Center Service Report, Third Edition

    Moira Gaul, M.P.H., Mai W. Bean   

    To view this summary as a PDF, see: A Half Century of Hope, A Legacy of Life and Love Pregnancy Center Service Report, Third Edition: Executive Summary   The full text of this publication can be found at: http://lozierinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/A-Half-Century-of-Hope-A-Legacy-of-Life-and-Love-FULL.pdf   Executive Summary   Introduction   A Half Century of Hope, A Legacy of Life and Love commemorates 50 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Oklahoma (2017)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Oklahoma’s 38-page abortion report, published annually by the state Department of Health, was released in June 2018. The report, which covers calendar year 2017, reveals that abortions in Oklahoma increased after several years of decline.   Changes in Oklahoma Abortions, 2016-2017       Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2017, 4,723 abortions were performed […]

  • Q&A with the Scholars: Fetal Brain Development and Pain-Capability

    Katrina Furth, Ph.D.  

    Katrina Furth, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in neuroscience at Boston University, performing her dissertation research at the National Institutes of Health. Since graduating, she has worked as an adjunct professor at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Furth enjoys educating scientists and non-scientists alike about brain development and leads seminars and talks about the neuroscience […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Arkansas (2017)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Arkansas’ abortion report for 2017 was published in June 2018 by the state Department of Health. The 13-page report shows that chemical abortions in the state have risen dramatically.   Changes in Arkansas Abortions, 2016-2017     Abortion Totals and Trends   There were 3,249 abortions performed in Arkansas in 2017, up slightly from the […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Idaho (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Idaho’s abortion report for 2016 shows that total abortions and the abortion rate are slightly up in the state. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s annually published report is approximately 25 pages long. The report was released on the health department’s website in December 2017.   Changes in Idaho Abortions, 2015-2016       […]

  • Pro-life Groups Submit Comments Supporting President Trump’s Protect Life Rule

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2018 Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sbalist.org, 202-223-8073   Restored Reagan-era rule disentangles taxpayers from abortion businesses without reducing family planning funding   Washington, D.C. – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and its partner organizations the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and Life Issues Institute submitted a joint […]

  • Researchers Create First Human-Chicken Hybrid Embryos

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

      Scientists at New York City’s Rockefeller University recently created the first human-chicken hybrid embryos and used them to identify the presence of a human developmental cell organizer; the creation of the hybrid embryos has caused some to question the ethical implications of grafting embryonic human cells into other species.   Organizer cells have been […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Michigan (2017)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Published in May 2018, Michigan’s 48-page abortion report for 2017 contains a wealth of information on abortion trends in the state. The report is produced by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.   Changes in Michigan Abortions, 2016-2017     Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2017, there were 26,594 abortions performed in […]

  • 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 […]

  • State Regulation of Telemedicine Abortion and Court Challenges to Those Regulations

    Amanda Stirone, 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 […]

  • U.K. Court Rules Against Participating in Assisted Suicide Case

    Hannah Howard  

      On June 27, Noel Conway, a 68-year-old man suffering from a motor neurone disease, was denied assisted suicide by the United Kingdom’s Court of Appeal. Conway, who uses a wheel chair and requires assistance for breathing, has reportedly described his illness as making him feel “entombed.” In October 2017, Mr. Conway requested the ability […]

  • The Hill: Supreme Court ruling may pave way for more faith-based pregnancy centers

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    BY JESSIE HELLMANN June 26, 2018 – 10:12 AM EDT   The Supreme Court’s ruling Tuesday in favor of anti-abortion clinics in California will make it easier for similar facilities in other states to dissuade women from getting abortions.   The court ruled 5-4 that a California law requiring clinics known as “crisis pregnancy centers” to inform women […]

  • Pro-life Pregnancy Centers Win Big at Supreme Court

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Court Sides with Pregnancy Centers in Free Speech Case   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2018 Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sbalist.org, 202-223-8073   Washington, D.C.  – The U.S. Supreme Court today delivered a major victory for the constitutional rights of pro-life pregnancy centers, reversing a 9th Circuit ruling upholding a California law that would force them […]

  • 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, mquigley@sba-list.org, 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, nstacy@sba-list.org, 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 […]

  • 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 Funk  

    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  

    This article was updated on January 24, 2019 with corrected abortion totals for 1995.    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Fact Sheet: Pregnancy Help Centers – Serving Women and Saving Lives

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    To view as PDF, please see: Fact Sheet: Pregnancy Help Centers – Serving Women and Saving Lives   Last updated: January 17, 2018.   WHAT ARE THEY?   Pregnancy help centers (formerly known as crisis pregnancy centers and also as pregnancy care or resource centers) provide support services, medical care and resources to women facing difficult or unexpected […]

  • Pro-life Groups File Brief in Pregnancy Help Centers’ Conscience Case

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2018 Contact: Nicole Stacy, nstacy@sba-list.org, 202-223-8073   Supreme Court Will Hear Pregnancy Centers’ Challenge to California Law that Forces Them to Promote Abortion   Washington, D.C.  – The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), March for Life Education Fund, and Susan B. Anthony List’s National Pro-life Women’s Caucus have submitted an amicus […]

  • Abortion Reporting: Alaska (2016)

    Tessa Longbons  

    Alaska’s annual abortion report for 2016, published in February 2017 on the state’s Department of Public Health website, reveals that abortions are down by almost six percent from the previous year. The 17-page report provides a concise summary of abortion trends in the state.   Changes in Alaska Abortions, 2015-2016     Abortion Totals and […]

  • Reckless Push for Dangerous At-Home Pill Abortions Follows Yet Another Flawed Study

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2017 Contact: Nicole Stacy, nstacy@sba-list.org, 202-223-8073   Experts Criticize Study and Reporting, Citing Numerous Flaws that Put Women’s Safety at Risk   Washington, D.C. – Charlotte Lozier Institute experts today criticized a recent study purporting to demonstrate the safety of mail-order abortion pills manufactured overseas, as well as coverage of […]

  • Pro-life Group Blasts Insurance Companies for Not Disclosing Abortion Coverage

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2017 Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sba-list.org, 202-223-8073 With Deadline Looming, Eight Carriers in Five States Still Provide No Information About Whether Their Obamacare Plans Cover Abortion   Washington, D.C.  – Today the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and its research arm the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) sent […]

  • The Future of IVF’s Genetic Testing?

    Caroline Funk  

    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 Funk  

    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     […]

  • 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”

    Private: Andrea Arellano  

    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 of a “right-to-die” with a physician’s aid by challenging the […]

  • 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’ […]