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Elizabeth Ann M. Johnson, M.D.

Associate Scholar

Elizabeth Ann M. Johnson, M.D., received an AB cum laude from Princeton University (2003) in public policy. In 2011 she received her M.D. from the University of Minnesota Medical School where she was recognized in 2009 by being elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She has served as Fellow with the Program for Human Rights and Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (2011-2016) and as Adjunct Professor of Biology at Bethel University in Minnesota (2013-15).  Her publications include (with co-authors) “Religious Freedom and the War on Terror,” and “The Flickering of a Heartbeat.”

Latest Research & News

  • Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion | May 16, 2022

    First published: February 2019 Last updated: May 16, 2022   To view this fact sheet as a PDF, see: Fact Sheet: Questions and Answers on Late-Term Abortion   What is a Late-Term Abortion?   “Late-term” abortion is an imprecise term, but under any “formal” definition offered or as accepted by the public at large late-term […]

  • The Reality of Late-Term Abortion Procedures | January 20, 2015

    Of interest to the medical, moral, sociological, and political issues surrounding late-term abortion is the question of why women seek abortion after twenty weeks gestation. Any data considered to answer this question must be examined carefully for limitations. However, a greater understanding of the reasons why women choose these late-term procedures is valuable to those who seek to offer alternative, compassionate options.

  • Momentum for Late-Term Abortion Limits | August 5, 2013

    (Click here for a chart detailing all state abortion limitations: Abortion Funding Limits)   In the last three years, an increasing number of states have debated and/or passed statutes limiting abortions beyond a certain point in pregnancy.  Most recently, Texas legislators voted to ban abortions after five months of pregnancy and to increase the health and safety […]

  • More States Move to Restrict Late-Term Abortions | July 22, 2013

    Amid the firestorm in Texas politics on the legislative vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks and increase regulation of the health and safety of clinics that perform abortions (despite a failed filibuster, a successful mob takeover of the statehouse, and now a special session of the legislature), national attention has turned to these laws […]

  • Webinar Discusses Relationship between Abortion and Pre-Term Birth | July 3, 2013

    In a fascinating new webinar sponsored by Heartbeat International and the Charlotte Lozier Institute, CLI adjunct scholar Dr. Elizabeth Johnson gave a fascinating presentation on induced abortion and the subsequent risk of pre-term birth.  In her talk, Dr. Johnson describes the serious public health concerns of pre-term birth and discusses the growing body of research […]

  • Texas Filibuster a Life Decision | June 25, 2013

    In a scene familiar to many, the young senator passionately defends his state constituents through a 24-hour filibuster while the older senators refuse to listen, but as he grows weary there is a sudden change in perspective and his cause is accepted as the right choice for America.  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a piece […]

  • Unsafe Abortion: More Information Needed for True Informed Consent | March 4, 2013

    The Maryland Office of Health Care Quality is investigating the tragic death of 29-year-old Jennifer Morbelli, who died after a suspected late-term abortion procedure performed at a controversial abortion clinic in Germantown, Maryland.  They are right to do so.  However, a more comprehensive response is warranted from the wider obstetrical and medical community.  Americans should be outraged […]

  • Induced Abortion and Risk of Subsequent Preterm Birth | December 1, 2012

    This report examines the growing body of large, population-based studies which have shown elective pregnancy terminations in the first and second trimesters to be associated with an increased risk of subsequent spontaneous preterm birth.