Tag Archives: abortion

ANALYSIS: After 9 Million Heartbeats, NPR Abortion Broadcast Leaves No Doubt About When Unborn Baby’s Life Ends

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Abortion Equipment Has 10 to 20 Times the Suction Power of a Household Vacuum   Washington, D.C. – NPR on Thursday broadcast heartbreaking audio of a recent abortion performed in Michigan on a mother who was 11 weeks pregnant.   While the reporter described the setting as “feeling like childbirth,” Dr. Ingrid Skop, an OB/GYN […]

Medicaid Data: Decision to Abort First Pregnancy Carries Lifetime Risks of Adverse Events

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Researchers Find Women Whose First Pregnancy Ends in Abortion Have Four Times More Abortions Over Reproductive Lifetime   Washington, D.C. – Researchers analyzing 17 years of comprehensive Medicaid claims data have discovered that women whose first pregnancy ends in abortion are likely to have more pregnancies, more abortions, and more miscarriages than women whose first […]

Here for a Reason: Planned Parenthood Performs Almost 200 Abortions for Every One Adoption Referral

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Annual Report Shows Abortions Are Nearly 100% of Planned Parenthood’s Pregnancy Resolution Activities   Washington, D.C. – Planned Parenthood performed 383,460 abortions in 2019-2020 according to their latest annual report, performing almost 200 abortions for every one adoption referral.   Nichole C. Wilson, executive director of Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), said:   “Planned Parenthood’s annual […]

Health Risk: State of Florida Data Reveals Dramatic Increase in Risky Abortion Method

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

European and American Studies Show Chemical Abortions Inflict a Complication Rate Four Times That of Surgical Abortions   Washington, D.C. – Newly released State of Florida abortion data shows a dramatic increase in the number of women using potentially dangerous abortion drugs, which according to multiple peer-reviewed studies pose higher rates of complications.   Data […]

Scientists Ask Supreme Court to Modernize Outdated, “Cruel” U.S. Abortion Law

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Science Shows Unborn Babies Feel Pain Well Before 1970s-era Standard of Viability   Washington, D.C.  – Today Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), together with Dr. Maureen Condic, a human embryology professor and CLI associate scholar, filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion limit in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization […]

Ignoring the Scientific Facts Doesn’t Make the Pain Go Away

Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A.  

Fetal pain, according to Rep. Dr. Kim Schrier’s statements at a recent hearing in the House of Representatives, is “pseudoscience, total baloney.”  Interestingly, though she recalled caring for extremely premature babies during her pediatric training, perhaps the congresswoman was unaware that, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the medical standard of care for these […]

New Study Shows Unborn Babies Feel Pain at 12 Weeks

Katey Price, J.D.  

“Science Again Points to the Humanity of the Unborn.”   Washington, D.C.  – A new study “Reconsidering Fetal Pain” confirms that babies in the womb can feel pain as early as 12 weeks old. Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Stuart W.G. Derbyshire and John C. Bockmann state: “Overall, the evidence, and a balanced reading of the evidence, points towards an immediate […]

“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. […]

CLI Responds to Halting of Abortion Pill Trial

Katey Price, J.D.  

Scholar Says Failed Trial Only Underscores Danger of Medication Abortion   Today, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research and education arm of Susan B. Anthony List, issued the following statement in response to a report that researchers suspended a trial concerning the abortion pill reversal protocol:   “Pro-abortion researchers would rather continue to mislead women about the real risks […]

State Abortion Reporting

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Choose your state to view its most recent report   In the United States, national abortion reports are compiled and published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). States voluntarily aggregate and share their data to be included in the CDC’s annual reports. Some states, including California, Maryland, and New Hampshire, have […]

Abortion Reporting: Hawaii

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

  Hawaii’s abortion reporting is 10 years out of date⁠— its last full report was completed in 2009.

Abortion Reporting: Nevada (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Nevada abortion data for 2016, 2017, and 2018 was provided upon request to CLI by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. In 2018, abortion totals increased after experiencing a slight dip in 2017.   Changes in Nevada Abortions, 2017-2018  Information on Planned Parenthood’s Nevada market share is not publicly available   Abortion Totals […]

Abortion Reporting: California

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

California does not collect or report abortion data.   The Centers for Disease Control’s 1996 abortion surveillance report was the last to include California data. In response to an inquiry from the Charlotte Lozier Institute in October 2019, the California Department of Public Health informed CLI that “California does not collect information on induced termination […]

Abortion Reporting: Maryland

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Maryland does not collect or report abortion data.   Until 2006, the Maryland Department of Health maintained a voluntary abortion reporting system. Maryland’s reports cautioned that the “State of Maryland has a voluntary abortion reporting system, so the data contained in this report are incomplete. The number of facilities submitting data can change from year […]

Guttmacher Report Shows Pro-Life Progress Continues as U.S. Abortion Rates Decline

Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

On Tuesday, the Guttmacher Institute released a report which included updated abortion data from the year 2017. This new Guttmacher data provides further evidence that America’s abortion rate continues its steady decline. Between 2011 and 2017, the U.S. abortion rate fell by approximately 20 percent. The long-term decline is even more impressive. Since peaking in […]

News Release: Abortion Activist Sues FDA over Regulation of Dangerous Drugs 

Katey Price, J.D.  

Reckless Push to Expand Mail-order Abortion Pills from Overseas Jeopardizes Women’s Health and Safety   Washington, D.C.  – Today Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research arm of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, released the following response to a lawsuit seeking to stop U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement of the regulation of dangerous abortion […]

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. […]

Pregnancy Help in Ohio: States Are Stepping Up

Moira Gaul, M.P.H.  

As Planned Parenthood is being defunded of $1.5 million in annual state funds this year, pro-life pregnancy centers are being allocated $7.5 million in Ohio’s state budget. Taken together, these two changes represent a bold stride for protecting unborn lives and supporting women’s well-being at the state level.   The Ohio Department of Health decided […]

Abortion Reporting: Virginia (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Virginia’s health statistics report for 2016 was published on the website of the Virginia Department of Health in March 2019. Health statistics tables for 2014 and 2015 were made available to the Charlotte Lozier Institute upon request.   Statistics and Changes in Virginia Abortions, 2015-2016   Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2016, there were […]

Abortion Reporting: Texas (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

Texas’ abortion report for 2016 was published in May 2019. Texas abortion reporting is now handled by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.   Changes in Texas Abortions, 2015-2016 *Information on Texas’ state abortion rate and Planned Parenthood’s Texas market share is not publicly available.   Abortion Totals and Trends   There were […]

Use of Aborted Fetal Tissue: Questions & Answers  

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

On May 23, Susan B. Anthony List and Charlotte Lozier Institute hosted a hearing for Capitol Hill staff on the state of fetal issue research. The panel consisted of Drs. David Prentice, Tara Sander Lee, and James Sherley, and was moderated by SBA List’s Autumn Christensen. These are their questions and answers, as provided to […]

Lozier Institute Adds 4 New Associate Scholars

Katey Price, J.D.  

Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) is pleased to announce the addition of four new associate scholars to its roster of now 60 accomplished physicians, research scientists, statisticians, attorneys and theologians. The new associate scholars are Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P., Ph.D., S.T.D., Drs. J. Wells Logan, M.D., Robin Pierucci, M.D., M.A. and Kathryn Nix Carnahan, M.D.   […]

Abortion Reporting: Mississippi (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Mississippi’s 2017 abortion report reveals that chemical abortions are on the rise. Abortion statistics have been published online only through 2012, but the Mississippi State Department of Health made reports for 2013 through 2017 available to the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) upon request.   Changes in Mississippi Abortions, 2016-2017     *Information on Mississippi’s state […]

Abortion Reporting: Montana (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Montana’s vital statistics report for 2017 shows that abortions are continuing to trend downward. Montana has been tracking abortions in the state since 1974.   Changes in Montana Abortions, 2016-2017         Abortion Totals and Trends   There were 1,561 abortions reported in Montana in 2017, down four percent from 1,618 the previous […]

Abortion Reporting: Florida (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Author’s Note (September 2019): This article has been updated to reflect Florida’s legal definition of “gestation” to be equivalent to post-fertilization age.   Florida is one of the first states to publish its abortion statistics each year. Some tables are available on the website of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, while others were […]

Top 7 Quotes from Justice Stegall’s Opinion Dissenting from Kansas Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

On April 26, 2019 the Kansas Supreme Court declared that the Kansas state constitution guarantees a right to abortion.   The case involves a challenge to a Kansas statute banning the practice of dismemberment abortion—i.e., “with the purpose of causing the death of an unborn child, knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such […]

Removal of “Sexual and Reproductive Health” Language from UN Resolution: What the Media Got Wrong

Michael J. New, Ph.D.  

Many mainstream media outlets are unfairly criticizing the Trump administration for removing the phrase “Sexual and Reproductive Health” from a United Nations resolution on sexual violence. Such a policy change was necessary to ensure that this resolution did not support legal abortion. Many organizations affiliated with the United Nations including the United Nations Population Fund […]

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 […]

New CLI Paper Examines Abortionists Holding Hospital Admitting Privileges

Katey Price, J.D.  

Study Looks at the Characteristics and Patterns of Holding and Using Privileges   Today, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) hailed the publication of a new paper entitled “Doctors Who Perform Abortions: Their Characteristics and Patterns of Holding and Using Hospital Privileges,” authored by CLI scholars and staff. This is the first published peer-reviewed study of […]

CLI Announces New Senior Fellow and Director of Life Sciences

Katey Price, J.D.  

  Today, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the education and research arm of national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), announced that associate scholar Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D. will transition to a larger role as CLI’s Senior Fellow and Director of Life Sciences.   CLI president Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan, said:   “During […]

Abortion Reporting: New Mexico (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

New Mexico’s abortion statistics for 2017 were published as part of the annual selected health statistics report in January 2019. The report shows that abortions in the Land of Enchantment have continued to decline.     Changes in New Mexico Abortions, 2016-2017     *Total abortions occurring in New Mexico. This information was provided to […]

Abortion Reporting: Missouri (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Missouri’s 2017 abortion report reveals that abortions in the state have fallen every year over the past decade. Since 2008, abortions performed in Missouri have dropped by 47 percent.   Changes in Missouri Abortions, 2016-2017     *Total abortions occurring in Missouri. Missouri also reports abortions performed on Missouri residents both inside and outside the […]

Abortion Reporting: Alaska (2018)

Tessa Longbons  

Alaska’s 2018 abortion report, published online in February of 2019, shows that abortions increased in the state for the first time in six years. Alaska is one of the first states to publish its annual abortion report every year.   Changes in Alaska Abortions, 2017-2018   *Information on Alaska market share is not publicly available. […]

New Paper Coauthored by CLI Scholars Examines Treating the Patient within the Patient

Katey Price, J.D.  

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) hailed the publication of a new paper entitled “The Perinatal Revolution,” coauthored by two CLI associate scholars, which looks at new developments in medically treating a mother’s unborn child while still in the womb. CLI president Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan, said: “With advanced imaging, innovative medical in utero […]

Abortion Reporting: Utah (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Utah’s 2017 abortion report, published by the Utah Department of Health in January 2019, reveals that reported abortions in the Beehive State reached their lowest level in over 40 years. Utah has been reporting abortion data since 1974.   Changes in Utah Abortions, 2016-2017 *The changes in total and chemical abortions reflect abortions performed on […]

Abortion Reporting: Pennsylvania (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Pennsylvania’s abortion report for 2017 shows that total abortions are continuing to trend downward, while chemical abortions are rising.   Changes in Pennsylvania Abortions, 2016-2017     *Information on Planned Parenthood’s Pennsylvania market share is not publicly available.     Abortion Totals and Trends   Total reported abortions in Pennsylvania fell by almost three percent […]

Abortion Reporting: Georgia (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Georgia’s abortion statistics for 2017 reveal that reported abortions in the state have declined after an increase in 2016. Rather than publishing an abortion report, the state makes abortion data available in an online portal hosted by the Georgia Department of Public Health.   Changes in Georgia Abortions, 2016-2017     *Information is for resident […]

Abortion Reporting: Delaware (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Delaware’s pregnancy report for 2017 was published in February 2019 by the Delaware Department of Public Health. The report shows a sharp decline in abortions from 2016.   Changes in Delaware Abortions, 2016-2017     *Information on Delaware’s state abortion rate and Planned Parenthood’s Delaware market share is not publicly available.   Abortion Totals and […]

Abortion Reporting: Tennessee (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Tennessee’s abortion report for 2017, published online by the Tennessee Department of Health in December 2018, shows that abortion in the state continues to fall. Tennessee provides no information on chemical abortion.   Change in Tennessee Abortions, 2016-2017   *Information on Tennessee chemical abortions, Tennessee’s state abortion rate, and Planned Parenthood’s Tennessee market share is […]

Abortion Reporting: Wisconsin (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Wisconsin’s state abortion report for 2017 shows that abortions in the state increased from the previous year as a result of a new abortion center opening in 2017. State pro-life groups predict that the increase could continue in 2018.   Changes in Wisconsin Abortions, 2016-2017   *Resident abortions only. Information on Planned Parenthood’s Wisconsin market […]

Abortion Reporting: Iowa (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Iowa’s abortion report for 2017, published online in October 2018 on the Iowa Department of Public Health website, shows that annual abortion totals are continuing to trend downward.   Changes in Iowa Abortions, 2016-2017   *Information on Planned Parenthood’s Iowa market share is not publicly available     Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2017, […]

Abortion Reporting: Idaho (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Idaho’s 2017 Induced Abortion report was published by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in December 2018. The report shows that there was little change from the number of abortions reported in 2016.     Changes in Idaho Abortions, 2016-2017   *Information on Planned Parenthood’s Idaho market share is not publicly available.     […]

Abortion Reporting: Alabama (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Alabama’s abortion report for 2017, published in October 2018, shows that abortion totals in the state are falling. Planned Parenthood’s abortion market share has shrunk after several negative health department inspections.   Statistics and Changes in Alabama Abortions, 2016-2017   *Information is for all abortions reported in Alabama. Information on Alabama’s state abortion rate is […]

Abortion Reporting: South Dakota (2017)

Tessa Longbons  
South Dakota’s 2017 abortion report, published on the website of the South Dakota Department of Health in November 2018, shows that abortions in the state increased from the previous year. Some of the increase is likely attributable to a rise in chemical abortions.   Changes in South Dakota Abortions, 2016-2017   *Information on South Dakota’s [...]

Abortion Reporting: Illinois (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Illinois’ 2017 abortion report shows that abortions reported in the state increased from the previous year. The report was published in December 2018 on the Illinois Department of Public Health website.     Changes in Illinois Abortions, 2016-2017     Abortion Totals and Trends   In 2017, there were 39,329 abortions reported in Illinois, an […]

Abortion Reporting: North Carolina (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

North Carolina’s annual abortion report for 2017 was published online by the State Center for Health Statistics in September 2018. The abortion report is published as part of the state’s Reported Pregnancies publication and contains information on abortions performed in North Carolina and abortions performed on North Carolina residents.   Changes in North Carolina Resident […]

Abortion Reporting: Kentucky (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Kentucky’s 2017 abortion report, which the Kentucky Department for Public Health provided to the Charlotte Lozier Institute upon request in August 2018, shows that almost half of all abortions reported in the state were chemical abortions. Only one abortion clinic is currently operating in Kentucky.         Abortion Totals and Trends   Kentucky […]

Abortion Reporting: Oregon (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Oregon’s abortion statistics for 2017 were published in September 2018 on the website of the Oregon Health Authority. During 2017, reported abortions in the state declined after increases in 2015 and 2016.   Changes in Oregon Abortions, 2016-2017   Abortion Totals and Trends   A total of 8,506 abortions were reported in Oregon in 2017, […]

Abortion Reporting: Maine (2017)

Tessa Longbons  

Maine’s abortion report for 2017 was published in September 2018 by the state Department of Health and Human Services. The report demonstrates that the total annual number of abortions reported in Maine continues to fluctuate, while chemical abortions are rising steadily.   Changes in Maine Abortions, 2016-2017     Abortion Totals and Trends   In […]

Reviving the Equal Rights Amendment to Keep Abortion Legal

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

By Robert Marshall   Many Americans think of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as an issue from another era in American history.  And so it is – a 22-word amendment to the Constitution first proposed in 1972, fiercely debated, but failing of ratification by the deadlines Congress established, then extended by majority vote, for it.  […]

Abortion Reporting: New York City (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

New York City has included abortion data in its vital statistics report since 1962. The city’s vital statistics report for 2016 reveals that abortion in the Big Apple is continuing to decline, although the abortion rate is still high compared to the rest of the nation.     Changes in New York City Abortions, 2015-2016 […]

Abortion Reporting: New Jersey (2016)

Tessa Longbons  

New Jersey’s 2016 abortion report shows that abortions in the state have increased. However, abortion reporting in the state is not mandatory for all abortion providers, meaning that abortions in the Garden State are underreported. New Jersey does not publish its abortion report online but made it available to the Charlotte Lozier Institute upon request. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

Issues in Law and Medicine Spring 2017 Summaries

Nora Sullivan, M.P.A  

Issues in Law and Medicine is a peer-reviewed professional journal that has been published twice a year since 1985. It is currently cosponsored by the Watson Bowes Research Institute and the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent & Disabled, Inc. The new issue (spring 2017) includes a fine article by CLI associate scholar Nora Sullivan, M.P.A., cowritten with Dr. Eoghan de Faoite., an Irish physician committed to the sanctity of human life. This edition of the journal includes many other articles of current significance. We summarize them here. Further information about the journal and how to access current and past articles can be found at http://issuesinlawandmedicine.com/. We highly recommend ILM.

Flawed Study on Pill Abortions Endangers Women’s Health & Safety

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Experts Call for Unbiased National Reporting and Strict Regulation of Dangerous Abortion Drugs   Washington, D.C. – Charlotte Lozier Institute experts criticized a new study on the purported safety of self-administered, self-reported abortions, calling it dangerously flawed.   Two of the authors of the study, published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal, were affiliated with […]

Q&A with the Scholars: Life-Affirming Care and Pregnancy Help Centers

Margaret H. (Peggy) Hartshorn, Ph.D.  

Margaret H. “Peggy” Hartshorn, Ph.D., served as President of Heartbeat International from 1993 to 2016 and is now the group’s chairman of the board. Under Peggy’s leadership, Heartbeat has grown to become the most expansive network of pregnancy help ministries in the world, with over 2,000 affiliated pregnancy help centers, medical clinics, maternity homes, adoption agencies, and abortion recovery programs located in 48 countries on six continents. In this interview, she discusses her lengthy experience operating and managing a network of life-affirming pregnancy help centers both in the United States and abroad.

Q&A with the Scholars: Science, Ethics, and Fetal Tissue

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D., is a Molecular and Cell Biologist with over 15 years of experience in academic research and healthcare. In this interview, she discusses genetic testing for diagnosis and treatment of children and the ethical and scientific issues surrounding the use of fetal tissue procured from abortion for research.

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.”

Nat Hentoff, Pro-Life Journalist Extraordinaire

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Few people have ever heard of Ana Rosa Rodriguez. But that is not the fault of Nat Hentoff, the renowned jazz critic, author, and syndicated columnist who died in Manhattan on January 7 at 91. You see, Mr. Hentoff was also a superb investigative reporter, one who was relentless at digging out the truth and fearless in telling it.

Q&A with the Scholars: Down Syndrome and Prenatal Testing

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

I believe that the decision to abort is responsible for far more sadness and family difficulties than the acceptance of a child with Down syndrome who truly does bring a family’s capacity for love to a whole new level.

Alabama Supreme Court Rules in Support of Unborn Life

Tim Bradley  

Kimberly Stinnett learned from her obstetrician on May 9, 2012, that she was pregnant. Stinnett called her doctor’s answering service just two days later when she experienced fever and abdominal cramps. Karla Kennedy, M.D., called back and told Stinnett to report to the emergency room at a nearby hospital. Kennedy was not Stinnett’s regular obstetrician, but was sharing calls with him that weekend.

Lawsuit Filed Against New Mexico Abortion Center

Tim Bradley  

Jessica Duran underwent an abortion at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO), an abortion center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in October 2012. Last week she filed a lawsuit against the abortion center and its licensed physicians in Second Judicial District Court for the County of Bernalillo.