Two decades ago, when the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List was formed, a new wave of anti-life legislators and policymakers had control of the levers of power in Washington. The truth, however, is that the advocates of abortion on request had advantages dating back to the 1970s and even before Roe v. Wade. Using tax dollars, they even developed publications like Family Planning Digest that bolstered their historically distorted views on human life, feminism, and the family.
SBA List has led the way since 1992 in countering this wave by electing a new generation of pro-life leaders and training thousands of women activists. In 2011 SBA took the next step in this work and launched our first full-time education and policy arm, the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Named after a 19th century feminist physician who, like Susan B. Anthony, championed equality for women without sacrificing either equal opportunity or the lives of the unborn, the Charlotte Lozier Institute adds a profound new dimension to our work.
The Institute brings together physicians, sociologists, statisticians, and policy researchers in a powerful new way to examine today’s most pressing issues in public policy
Working from a profound conviction that life is the first right of every human being, the Institute will do both original and interpretive research on a wide array of topics. Already it has begun to gather information on such issues as state abortion reporting, sex selection abortion, sex trafficking, and pro-life health care reform and social trends.
“The Charlotte Lozier Institute is intended,” says the Institute’s first president Charles A. Donovan, “to give the life policy and research questions facing our society the attention they deserve in the coming decades. The progress we are making toward building a Culture of Life is promising, but abortion is all too common in America and worldwide, and our politically correct culture is all too likely to leave the destructive impact of current policies unexamined or unreported. Our aim is to complement the existing work of life issue organizations and to deploy the truth coming to us from science – including the explosive growth in knowledge about the unborn – to promote the health and well-being of mother and baby alike.”