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Nora Sullivan, M.P.A

Associate Scholar

Nora Sullivan is Research Director at the Life Institute in Dublin, Ireland and an Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute in Washington, D.C. A 2010 graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Nora has extensive experience in pro-life research and policy work.  From 2011-2014, Nora worked at the Charlotte Lozier Institute in Washington, D.C. where she provided research support and data analysis with a focus on public policy and health care policy.  She also provided editorial support for all the Institute’s publications.  Previous to that, Nora worked at Americans United for Life.

Nora’s work has been published by National Review, the Daily Caller, the Lozier Institute, the Catholic Thing, and LifeNews. In August 2015, she completed her Master’s in Public Affairs from University College Dublin.

Latest Research & News

  • Issues in Law and Medicine Spring 2017 Summaries | June 5, 2017

    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.

  • Marie Stopes International Suspends Abortion after Unannounced Inspection Yields Safety Concerns | August 22, 2016

    Late Friday, it was announced that leading United Kingdom abortion agency Marie Stopes International will suspend a significant percent of abortion procedures following a surprise inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

  • Ireland High Court: Unborn Child Has Rights “Beyond the Right to Life Alone” | August 18, 2016

    Earlier this month in Ireland, a High Court judge ruled that the unborn child possesses “significant” rights by common law, by statute, and under the Irish Constitution. Mr. Justice Richard Humphreys went on to say that the unborn child enjoys rights “going well beyond the right to life alone” and that these rights “must be taken seriously” by the State.

  • America: A Global Outlier for Its Ultra-Permissive Abortion Policy | July 27, 2016

    Recently, the Atlantic published an article entitled “Why America is a Global Outlier on Abortion.” The author, Olga Khazan, wrote that the United States stands apart from the rest of the developed world due to restrictions to public funding of abortion.

  • Dept. of Health and Human Services Defends Planned Parenthood as Videos Continue to Emerge | August 19, 2015

    Late last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rose to the defense of the embattled Planned Parenthood organization, which is currently caught up in a fetal tissue and organ harvesting scandal following an undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress.

    In a letter addressed to Senators Joni Ernst and Roy Blunt, HHS insisted that they know of no breach of the law in the actions taken by Planned Parenthood in its selling of fetal remains. In the letter, Jim Esquea, the HHS’s assistant secretary for legislation, wrote, “We have confirmed that HHS researchers working with fetal tissue obtained the tissue from non-profit organizations that provided assurances to us that they are in compliance with all applicable legal requirements.”

  • Planned Parenthood’s Fetal Tissue and Organ Harvesting Forces a Reconsideration of Medical Ethics | August 10, 2015

    Over the past few weeks you have most likely seen – unless you work at the White House – the undercover videos released by David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, which show various Planned Parenthood employees discussing the harvesting and sale of fetal organs and body parts. The negotiations caught on camera suggest that these transactions are not at all unusual for the organization nor are they limited to these few incidences but are, in fact, systemic throughout the organization. This suggests that Planned Parenthood, which performs about 330,000 abortions a year in the United States, has found a way to make abortion even more profitable.

  • Virginia to Compensate Victims of Its Forced Sterilization Program | March 9, 2015

    In February, Virginia became the second state in the union to legislate in favor of compensating victims of the state’s infamous eugenic sterilization program. The living victims of state sponsored forced sterilization are set to be awarded $25,000 following a protracted battle in the legislature. In 2013, North Carolina was the first state to compensate surviving victims, at $50,000 each.

    This news of the decision has been welcome relief for Virginia survivors of this program, most of whom are quite elderly and were only teenagers when they were forced to undergo these procedures. “I couldn’t have a family like everybody else does,” stated 87-year-old Lewis Reynolds. “They took my rights away.”

  • Non-invasive Prenatal Screening Expands Disability Discrimination Abortion | December 18, 2014

    A recent report on prenatal genetic screening from the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has caused quite a stir. The report showed significant inaccuracies in non-invasive (i.e., using blood tests and not invasive means such as chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis) prenatal screening and told the stories of a number of women who chose to terminate based on these inaccurate test results. The report, which is the result of a three-month investigation by the group, found that prenatal testing companies are overselling the accuracy of their screening tests and doing little to inform parents and doctors of the major risk of unreliability of these test results – a circumstance that can lead to a multitude of problems.

  • The Term “Incompatible with Life” is Incompatible with the Best Care | December 1, 2014

    This past week, a new campaign was launched in Dublin, Ireland seeking to end the use of the term “incompatible with life” to describe unborn children prenatally diagnosed with life-limiting conditions. The campaign, which is calling on the media as well as those in the medical and legal fields to stop using the term, is part of an effort by the group Every Life Counts, which represents families whose children have been diagnosed with such severe conditions as anencephaly and Trisomy 18.

  • Slate Oversimplifies and Obscures U.S. Abortion Law Radicalism | November 14, 2014

    In an article published November 6 in Slate, columnist Joshua Keating asks the question, “How do America’s abortion laws compare to the rest of the world’s?” In light of the recent mid-term elections which saw an increase of pro-life legislators elected to Congress and the state houses, Keating’s look at international abortion limitations is timely. He relies on information from a new report released by the Center for Reproductive Rights, which favors legal abortion.

  • The United Kingdom’s Rubicon on Three-Parent Embryos | October 15, 2014

    Later this month, leading scientists from around the world are set to caution a UK parliamentary inquiry against the creation of babies using the genetic material of three parents. On October 22, this group will warn the inquiry against such genetic engineering and the possible scientific and ethical problems it could bring.

  • Pennsylvania Latest State to Offer Positive Information on Down Syndrome | July 31, 2014

    The month of July marked a step forward for people with Down syndrome  as Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed into law the Down Syndrome Prenatal Education Act, also known as Chloe’s Law, which will make sure parents are given the information and support they need to understand their child’s diagnosis.

  • Irish Pro-Life Rally Reveals Need for Perinatal Hospice, Not Abortion | July 10, 2014

    This past Saturday, in Belfast, thousands of pro-life demonstrators from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland joined together to send a clear message to their respective governments that “the lives of the unborn must be protected.”

  • Quebec Legalizes Euthanasia, Compromises Conscience | June 10, 2014

    Late last week, a radical new Euthanasia bill passed into law by a free vote in the National Assembly in Quebec.  The bill, Bill 52, passed Thursday afternoon, by a margin of 94 to 22 with no abstentions.

  • Royal College Punishes Doctors’ Conscience | May 5, 2014

    Recent updates to official medical guidelines in the United Kingdom regarding specialization in sexual and reproductive health now bar doctors and nurses, with religious or moral objections to proscribing abortion inducing drugs such as the morning after pill, from receiving specialist professional qualifications.

  • NY Health Commissioner Resigns Amid Abortion Clinic Inspection Controversy | April 11, 2014

    Yesterday, New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah announced he will resign. The news comes amidst the scandal breaking this week that the Department of Health failed to conduct regular inspects of abortions clinics in New York for more than a decade.

  • Ohio Abortion Clinic Wants to Use “Local” Michigan Hospital | April 2, 2014

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  • Eugenics Compensation Bill Offers Hope to Virginia Victims | March 6, 2014

    When Virginian E. Lewis Reynolds was a child, he was hit on the head in a tragic accident that resulted in epileptic-like convulsions that lingered for years.  Mr. Reynolds ultimately did manage to overcome this affliction and he was able to enlist in the Marine Corps where he served in Korea and Vietnam in the […]

  • UN Report Details Infanticide, Forced Abortion, and Other Horrific Human Rights Abuses in North Korea | February 20, 2014

    This week the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea released a report detailing the harrowing human rights atrocities being perpetrated by the North Korean dictatorship upon its people.  North Korea has been essentially cut off from the rest of the world since the ceasefire was declared in the Korean War.  This new […]

  • OH House of Representatives Passes Comprehensive Adoption Reform | January 31, 2014

    This week the Ohio House of Representative passed landmark adoption reform legislation with a significant bipartisan majority vote. The legislation will now head to the Ohio State Senate.  The ultimate passage of this legislation will make adoption a much more accessible and affordable choice for Ohio families.  Additionally, these reforms will streamline and safeguard the adoption process.

  • NY Governor Cuomo Out of Step With American Women | January 29, 2014

    Last Wednesday marked the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade.  This monumental Supreme Court decision was commemorated, as it has been every year since, by tens of thousands of Americans marching along the National Mall to the steps of the Supreme Court, this year trudging through arctic conditions. The annual March for Life stands […]

  • CDC Report Shows Abortion Decrease, Reinforces Need for Improved Abortion Reporting | December 19, 2013

    On November 29, the day after Thanksgiving, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released their 2010 Abortion Surveillance report to the public. The annual report is composed of statistical data and analysis documenting induced abortions in the States. The report revealed that there was a total of 765,651 abortions in 2010 – a 3% decrease from the figure CDC reported in 2009. This number also represents the lowest abortion total reported by the CDC since 2001.

  • Belgium Expands Euthanasia Law to Include Children | December 13, 2013

    On Thursday, the Belgian Parliament voted by a significant majority to legalize euthanasia for terminally ill children.  The new legislation will extend the existing euthanasia law in Belgium which decriminalized the practice for adults. The law will also legalize the practice to adults suffering from dementia.

  • European Parliament Again Rejects Abortion as a Human Right | December 10, 2013

    This Tuesday, December 10, which is interestingly enough Human Rights Day, the European Parliament once again voted on the controversial Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, which would classify abortion as a fundamental human right.  Despite the intense lobbying of the proposed legislation’s supporters, the measure was once again rejected by Members of the European […]

  • Britain’s Missing Girls | November 26, 2013

    A new report out of the United Kingdom reveals that illegal, sex-selective abortions have potentially reduced the female population of the UK by between 1,500 to 4,700 girls.

  • Abolition of China’s Population Control Policy Becoming Area of Consensus | November 22, 2013

    Last week the Chinese government announced that a series of changes would be made in China’s social policy.  The reported reforms include the abolition of the much-criticized forced labor camps used for prisoners as well as the relaxation of China’s infamous one-child policy.

  • Suspension of Telemed Abortion Ban Puts Iowa Women at Risk | November 12, 2013

    Last week an Iowa district court agreed to temporarily suspend the ban on tele-med abortions, allowing abortion mega-provider Planned Parenthood to continue to distribute abortion inducing drugs while the organization challenges the ban on the practice in court.

  • Chen Discusses How China’s Human Rights Violations Threaten Global Justice | October 23, 2013

    Last week Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng released an article on Public Discourse where he discusses the next human rights revolution- writing on the abuses taking place in China.  His article highlights how China’s barbaric violations of human dignity threaten justice not only in China but across the world.

  • A Human Right to End Life? | October 21, 2013

    On Tuesday of this week, the European Parliament will vote on a measure that classifies abortion as a fundamental human right.   The measure was scheduled for a vote after the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality issued a draft report last month discussing sexual and reproductive health and rights.

  • The Worst Human Rights Abuse in the World | October 7, 2013

    Last week the news broke of yet another forced abortion in China.  In an interview with the UK’s Sky News, Liu Xinwen and her husband Zhou Guoquing revealed that their home was invaded by officials from the Shandong Family Planning who held down Mr. Zhou while his wife was pulled from her bed and forcibly […]

  • UK Fails to Uphold Sex-Selective Abortion Ban | September 9, 2013

    The news came of the United Kingdom this past week that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) rules that it would not be in the “public interest” to prosecute two doctors who agreed to arrange illegal sex-selective abortions.  This ruling was made despite the fact that prosecutors admit that there is more than enough evidence to […]

  • Adult Stem Cells Imitate Human Brain, Are Hope for Neurological Disorders | September 3, 2013

    A study published last week has shown that ethical adult stem cells can be used to create three-dimensional living tissues that imitate the developing human brain.  In their findings, published in the science journal Nature, researchers asserted that, by using human stem cells derived from skin cells, they were able to assemble brain-like pieces of […]

  • Stem Cell Alternative Campaign Progressing in the European Union | August 19, 2013

    A European grassroots initiative with the bold objective of protecting human life even in its most vulnerable embryonic state has gained considerable support across the continent- collecting over 850,000 signatures from a wide array of nations. The “One of Us” initiative is a valiant effort that has been taken up by groups and individuals across […]

  • Victims of NC Eugenics Program to Receive Compensation At Last | August 5, 2013

    Despite signals earlier this year that the State of North Carolina would once again not include plans compensation for the victims of the state’s infamous eugenics programs in the state’s budget, it seems that those who suffered forcible or coerced sterilization at the hands of the state will see some restitution after all as North […]

  • Illegal Sterilizations of California Inmates Reminiscent of Eugenics Era | July 10, 2013

    Information released this week by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) has revealed that doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation used state funds to sterilize at least 148 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approval.

  • Irish Parliament Considers Pivotal Abortion Bill This Week | July 9, 2013

    This week in Ireland, the final vote on proposed abortion legislation is expected to take place.  The Dáil is expected to hear and discuss proposed amendments to the divisive bill, though Taoiseach Enda Kenny has made it clear that one of the most contentious portions of the bill — legalized abortion on the grounds of suicidality […]

  • 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 […]

  • Human Trafficking Report Shows One Child Policy a Lead Cause of Trafficking in China | July 2, 2013

    Last week, the State Department released their annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report.  The years report saw the downgrade of three countries (China, Russia, and Uzbekistran) from a Tier 2 ranking to Tier 3, which is the lowest possible ranking.  Countries designated into the Tier 3 category are those countries that “do not fully comply […]

  • Pro-Life Ireland Safer for Mothers, Babies than Pro-Abortion UK | June 24, 2013

    Last week, a fascinating new research paper was released which demonstrates that mothers and babies in Ireland are safer there and receive better care than they would in the neighboring United Kingdom, in spite of the fact that abortion remains illegal in Ireland.  The paper, entitled Maternal and Neonatal Health and Abortion: 40 Year Trends […]

  • Ireland Should Avoid America’s Mistakes | June 11, 2013

    Last Saturday, in Dublin, an estimated 40,000 people came out to stand in opposition to legalized abortion-on-demand in Ireland.  The abortion issue has simmered in Ireland for years, but the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar in October 2012 has pushed the issue to the forefront of national debate.

  • Chinese Government Targets Single Mothers | June 5, 2013

    The central Chinese city of Wuhan has sparked controversy worldwide with the publication of a draft ordinance proposing to fine women who have children out of wedlock up to six times the average annual disposable income.

  • Vermont Legislature Passes Assisted Suicide | May 15, 2013

    On Monday night, state lawmakers in Vermont approved an assisted suicide bill which will make Vermont the fourth state in the union to legalize assisted suicide.  Governor Peter Shumlin (D) has said that he plans on signing the bill within a week.  Governor Shumlin has stated that legalizing assisted suicide “gives Vermonters who are suffering […]

  • Assisted Suicide Effort Defeated in Connecticut | April 10, 2013

    This past Friday, disability rights and others working against an effort to legalize assisted suicide in the state of Connecticut, were able to successfully stop the momentum of this bill for the rest of the legislative session.

  • Gosnell Case Demonstrates Need for Rigorous Clinic Inspections | April 2, 2013

    This past week the court case of abortionist Kermit Gosnell took on a new level of dreadfulness as a health inspector from the Pennsylvania Department of Health took to the witness stand.  Elinor Barsony testified to the deplorable conditions she discovered upon her initial inspection of Women’s Medical Society, Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion clinic, in 2010.  […]

  • Abortion Limits are NOT a Form of Torture | March 11, 2013

    This past Friday, March 8, marked International Women’s Day.  The observance, quite admirably, draws attention to the social, political, and economic struggles of women throughout the world as well as the plethora of human rights abuses committed against them. There is no doubt that women have made and continue to make vital contributions to society […]

  • Belgium Considers Expansion of Euthanasia Law to Include Children | February 28, 2013

    Last week, the Belgian Senate heard evidence from medical experts as legislators began the process of considering an amendment on the country’s euthanasia law to cover minors.  Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002 but has, since its enactment, been prohibited for patients under 18.

  • Poll Reveals New York Abortion Expansion Plan Goes Too Far for New Yorkers | February 14, 2013

    A new poll released by the Chiaroscuro Foundation in New York reveals that the majority of New Yorkers support sensible restrictions on abortion and oppose proposed changes to current law which would considerably expand abortion in the state.  This poll, which surveyed both pro-choice and pro-life New Yorkers, has been released at a time of […]

  • New Research Shows Abortion Poses Higher Risk of Death than Giving Birth | February 11, 2013

    For years abortion advocates and researchers have been asserting that an abortion is in fact safer than carrying a pregnancy to term.  They contend that pregnancy is a long process and the chance of complications during the gestational period and birth is significantly higher than complications resulting from the abortion procedure.  However, a study released […]

  • Eugenics Compensation Bill Reintroduced in NC General Assembly | January 31, 2013

    Wednesday marked the first working session of the North Carolina General Assembly and already a bill has been filed to compensate victims of North Carolina’s infamous, state-run eugenics and forced sterilization program, a representative for House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) confirms.

  • Russia’s Adoption Ban: A Crime Against Russia’s Most Helpless | January 9, 2013

    Just before the New Year, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law a bill which bans the adoption of Russian children by U.S. citizens.  The bill was sent to President Putin’s desk following quick and almost unanimous passage in both houses of the Russian Parliament.