Tag Archives: Supreme Court

Science to Judge Jackson: Yes, An Unborn Child Can Feel Pain

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Pro-Abortion and Pro-Life Scientists Agree That Unborn Babies Are Capable of Pain as Early as 12 Weeks   Washington, D.C. – Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson today answered, “I don’t know,” when asked by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) if an unborn child can feel pain at 20 weeks gestation.   According to modern, […]

Memo for Justice Kagan: A Lot Has Changed Since Roe and Casey

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Babies Can Now Be Seen Clearly, Diagnosed, and Treated Before Birth   Washington, D.C. – Justice Elena Kagan today stated during Dobbs oral arguments that “not much has changed since Roe and Casey.”  In reality, science and medicine have made tremendous advancements since 1973, including major advancements in ultrasound, fetal diagnosis, and the ability to […]

Justice Sotomayor Is Wrong: Fetal Pain Is Not ‘Fringe Science’

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Science Demonstrates Unborn Babies Capable of Pain at 12 Weeks   Washington, D.C. – Justice Sonia Sotomayor incorrectly claimed during today’s Dobbs oral arguments that the existence of fetal pain before 24 weeks is only believed by a “small fringe of doctors,” seeming to ignore modern peer-reviewed studies that have influenced the work of Dr. […]

Chief Justice Roberts Is Correct: U.S. Abortion Law Is Outside Global and European Mainstream

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

47 Out of 50 European Nations Limit Elective Abortion Prior to 15 Weeks   Washington, D.C. – Chief Justice John Roberts correctly stated during today’s Dobbs oral arguments that United States abortion law is extreme in comparison to global and European norms.   According to a comprehensive 2014 Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) analysis of abortion […]

Dobbs Case: What Science Reveals About 15-Week-Old Unborn Babies

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Resources for Reporters and Commentators Covering the Dobbs Case   Washington, D.C. – Science reveals that an unborn baby’s heart has already beat nearly 16 million times by the 15th week of gestation, or the point at which a contested Mississippi law limits elective abortion.   As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments […]

Abortion Industry Cites Outdated Science, Flawed Analysis in Dobbs Late Abortion Case

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Babies Can Experience Pain Prior to 15 Weeks, Majority of European Countries Limit Abortion No Later Than 15 Weeks   Washington, D.C. – Using outdated research and flawed analysis, the abortion industry today ignored both modern science and basic legal facts while asking America’s highest court to overturn Mississippi’s 15-week limit on late abortions.   […]

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 […]

Justice Thomas to Supreme Court Justices: Don’t “consult popularity,” rely only on “the Constitution and the laws”

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

Last week Justice Clarence Thomas issued a respectful but strong admonition to his colleagues on the U.S. Supreme Court.   Justice Thomas’s admonition comes in his opinion dissenting from the decision of the Court to deny review in Gee v. Planned Parenthood, No. 17-1492, and Andersen v. Planned Parenthood, No. 17-1340.   As the Supreme […]

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 […]

What Happens Next If Roe Is Overturned?

Tim Bradley  

A legislator in Indiana has announced plans to introduce a bill that would ban abortion in that state when its legislature convenes in January. In Texas, lawmakers introduced several pro-life measures on November 14, including a proposed amendment to the state constitution prohibiting abortion to the extent permitted by federal law.


Three Life Policies that Challenge Supreme Court Abortion Standards

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

Today I’m going to talk about three legal policies involving life protections for unborn children. I’m going to explain how each of these policies could actually be upheld under current Supreme Court abortion precedent. However, at the same time, each of these policies represents a serious challenge to current Supreme Court abortion standards by forcing the Court to consider and, hopefully, uphold policies that narrow the abortion right and call into question its continued legitimacy. But first, let’s step back and consider three basic points that help us put pro-life legislative initiatives into context.

Supreme Court Ruling on Texas Abortion Regulations: What Happened and What Now?

Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

This Q&A-style fact sheet explains the background and implications of the Supreme Court ruling on October 14, 2014 regarding challenges to abortion-related laws enacted in Texas. It answers questions regarding which abortion provisions are at issue, whether the Supreme Court ruling deals with the constitutionality of the provisions, what the key court rulings are leading up to this ruling, and what happens next.