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Charlotte Lozier Institute

Phone: 202-223-8073
Fax: 571-312-0544

2776 S. Arlington Mill Dr.
#803
Arlington, VA 22206

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Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan

Strategic Adviser

Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan is strategic adviser at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. He served as legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee from 1978-1981, worked as a senior writer for President Reagan until1989, helped to lead the Family Research Council for nearly two decades and served as Senior Fellow in Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation. He is the founder and was president (2011-2024) of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research and education arm of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.

Chuck has played key roles in the development of federal and state policy regarding public financing of abortion, compassionate alternatives to abortion, the child tax credit, marriage penalty relief, rights of conscience, and a wide array of other life and family issues.

Donovan is the author or co-author of books and monographs on family topics, including Blessed Are the Barren (1991), on the social policy of Planned Parenthood. Appearances on national radio and television include CNN’s Inside Politics and ABC’s Nightline as well as programs on FOX, BBC, NPR, the Voice of America, EWTN and CBN. His articles and commentaries have been published in dozens of newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Cincinnati Enquirer, San Diego Union and National Catholic Register, and in magazines such as Reader’s Digest, The Weekly Standard, American Legion Magazine, World Magazine, American Library Journal, Crisis, and Focus on the Family’s Citizen. He has published in the peer-reviewed journals Linacre Quarterly and the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. He has spoken to audiences across the United States and in Venezuela and the United Kingdom.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Donovan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Notre Dame.

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Life & the Law

ObamaClarity at Day 9: Abortion Coverage Still Opaque

More than a week into the enrollment period for health insurance via the federal-state insurance exchanges, whether existing plan options include elective abortion remains anything but clear.  Under Obamacare, a cluster of Multi-State Plans (MSPs) are likely to include elective abortion coverage in 27 states.  In each of those states, at least one MSP is required under federal law to exclude elective abortion coverage so that individual subscribers can select an option that squares with this element of conscience.  But how to tell an elective-abortion plan from one that does not include it?

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Life & the Law

Multi-State Health Plans: A Potential Avenue to Tens of Thousands of Publicly Subsidized Abortions

In this report, CLI President Chuck Donovan documents how multi-state plans (MSPs) created under the Affordable Care Act are one pathway that would allow for an additional 111,500 publicly subsidized abortions per year.

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Life & the Law

CLI Comment on West Virginia Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Abortion

The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) is a non-profit pro-life and bioethics research and policy organization.  As such, CLI supports the protection of all human life from conception and appreciates the opportunity to comment on West Virginia law pertaining to abortion, abortion regulation, and women’s health.  CLI strongly supports policies which will protect the health and lives of women and unborn children.  To that end, CLI advocates gestational limitations on abortion and government regulation, rather than private accreditation, of abortion clinics at the same level as other facilities that provide outpatient surgical care.

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Fetal Development

Survival of Extremely Premature Infants Possible, Improving

In a new video released by commentator William Saletan at Slate magazine, the author critiques videos released by the activist group Live Action regarding clinics that perform late-term abortions.  In those videos, Live Action shows interactions between women whose pregnancies are in the range of 23 completed weeks of gestation.  Saletan critiques the editing of the video to omit points he argues show the clinics in a more favorable light, then states, “Here’s the big thing… even if you didn’t administer an injection, that kills the fetus inside the womb, which nearly all of these clinics do, the mere expulsion of the fetus, even at 21, 22, or 23, weeks is, itself, fatal.  That fetus is not prepared to survive the womb.”

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Maternal & Public Health

Lozier Institute President Chuck Donovan Discusses Abortion Reporting at NY Times

Charlotte Lozier Institute President Chuck Donovan discusses the importance of accurate and reliable abortion reporting in the states at the New York Times.

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Life & the Law

The Adoption Tax Credit: Progress and Prospects for Expansion

This paper surveys the current state of federal and state adoption tax credits, which provide relief to families who choose to adopt a child. The paper makes several recommendations including making the adoption tax credit refundable so that adoption is an option for more families as it is such a positive force for children, families, and the country as a whole.

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Maternal & Public Health

Abortion Reporting Laws: Tears in the Fabric

National and state abortion reporting laws and policies in the United States are a patchwork that falls far short of fulfilling the potential of this information to inform and guide public policy.   The composite picture they reveal is at once impressionistic and incomplete, non-contemporaneous and of limited use in providing a true and timely rendering of the impact of public policies and attitudes on the reality of abortion in the United States.

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Maternal & Public Health

Saving Savita

The tragic news of the death of an expectant mother in Ireland has drawn worldwide attention in a way, it is safe to say, deaths of other expectant mothers (like Tonya Reaves, who died as a result of a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood last July) have not.  The death of Savita Halappanavar is worthy of the closest scrutiny, because she and her family, as well as every expectant mother in Ireland, has a right to know if the sequence of events that led to her death was a case of medical malpractice or neglect, a result of the Irish law on abortion, a result of misapplication of that law, an admixture of these factors - or even unavoidable.

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Maternal & Public Health

Pregnancy, Preventive Services and Cost Saving: An Ethical and Economic Mirage

On March 21,2012 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the final version of its advanced notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM) for mandatory preventive services coverage under the Affordable Care Act (77 Fed.Reg.16501).

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Maternal & Public Health

Chiaroscuro Foundation’s Riveting Look at New York Abortion Data

Thanks to a detailed abortion reporting policy for New York City and a riveting graphic just published by the Chiaroscuro Foundation, we know that the city’s abortion ratio is 41%, using a Guttmacher Institute formula calculated as "abortions per 100 pregnancies ending in abortion or live birth."