• 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,, 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,, 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,, 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 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 […]