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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

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • International Day of the (Unborn) Girl Child | October 11, 2012

    Today, October 11, the United Nations marks the first annual International Day of the Girl Child.  The observance was formally adopted by the U.N. General Assembly on December 19, 2011 as an official day on which to raise awareness of the situation of girls across the globe.  The institution of this day is a decidedly positive […]

  • Medical Students for Choice Fund Abortion Training in the U.K. | April 16, 2012

    An American group called Medical Students for Choice (MSFC) has announced plans to fund abortion training for medical students in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  Medical Students for Choice was established in 1993 with the mission of creating “tomorrow’s abortion providers and pro-choice physicians.”  To that end, the organization seeks to reform the curriculum in medical schools […]

  • Sex Selection Abortion: Human Rights at Risk East and West | April 3, 2012

    Recent undercover investigations by the Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom) into the incidence of sex-selective abortion in England have revealed a startling pattern:  the nation’s ban is only being selectively enforced.  Despite a nationwide prohibition on aborting a child because of his or her gender, the Daily Telegraph reports that several abortionists were willing to perform the procedures even though their faux-patients made […]

  • The District of Columbia’s Sudden Abortion Surge | March 30, 2012

    According to “Reported Pregnancies and Pregnancy Rates in the District of Columbia, 2005-2009,” the statistical summary of pregnancies, births, fetal deaths, and induced abortions for the District of Columbia; the nation’s capital underwent a dramatic increase in induced abortion procedures in 2009.