Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 25, 2014

Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073

International Norm: Vast Majority of Countries Limit Abortion after 20 Weeks

U.S. & Canada Outside Mainstream in Permitting Late-Term Abortion


Washington, D.C.
– A new report authored by Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) associate scholar Angelina Baglini and co-released today by CLI and Life Canada finds that the United States and Canada are two of only seven in the world to permit elective abortion beyond 20 weeks.  The two nations join China, North Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, and Netherlands in allowing abortion beyond 20 weeks, more than halfway through pregnancy and the point at which research shows the unborn child feels pain.

“Our fresh review of international statutes and case law was undertaken with the knowledge that U.S. policies, set by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton in 1973, are among the world’s most permissive,” said Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which commissioned the report.  “Our goal was to establish what a 20-week-limit would mean in the global context, and the news is that our nation and our northern neighbor, Canada, would still be among the top 4% in permissive law and practice if we adopted such a limit.  Laws restricting abortion on demand after 20 weeks would move the bulk of North America away from the fringe and closer to the international mainstream.”

“There is a clear need to put into place laws that protect human life, and the dignity of life, in a nation where no such laws exist,” said Natalie Sonnen, Executive Director of LifeCanada.  “The definition of human life in the Canadian Criminal code, which states that a child becomes a human being when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother, is just one example of how Canada completely ignores pre-natal human life, and runs contrary to science, logic and international humanitarian standards. This study demonstrates how radical the US and particularly Canada are in regards to international norms for abortion.”

Last year national polling by Quinnipiac, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post/ABC News all found that a plurality or majority of Americans support limiting abortion after 20 weeks gestation and that women support the measure in higher proportions than men.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute was launched in 2011 as the education and research arm of Susan B. Anthony List.  The CLI is a hub for research and public policy analysis on some of the most pressing issues facing the United States and nations around the world.  LifeCanada/VieCanada is a national, not-for-profit organization working to ensure respect and dignity for all Canadians. Lifecanada.org.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute is named for a feminist physician known for her commitment to the sanctity of human life and equal career and educational opportunities for women.  She was an associate of Susan B. Anthony and her capsule biography can be found at lozierinstitute.org.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2013
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073

Lozier Institute Calls for Permanent, Expanded Adoption Tax Credits

Credits Promote Adoption, Child Well-being, & Decrease Taxpayers’ Cost


Washington, DC
– In a new paper released today, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) detailed the history and progress of the Adoption Tax Credit in the United States and called on the federal and state governments to create or expand existing credits to promote a culture of adoption. In addition to improving lives by providing a permanent and stable home for a child in a distressed situation, adoption also has a fiscal element. The Adoption Tax Credits help avert the public expense due to the social costs associated with raising children under less than ideal conditions.

“Over the years and across many states, the Adoption Tax Credit has proved to be an effective, simple way to encourage adoption,” said Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute. “Adoption provides a stable home for children in need and also relieves taxpayers of the burden of costs associated when parenting roles fall to the state. The many states that do not currently provide for an adoption tax credit or deduction could reduce public expenditures substantially by doing more to encourage adoption. This is a commonsense solution that would ease the difficulty of good-hearted parents seeking to expand their families through adoption.”
Of the 42 states which have income tax, plus the District of Columbia, 17 provide some form of credit against taxes or deduction from income to encourage adoption.  The other 26 provide no adoption-specific relief at all in order to reduce state income tax liability.
The paper, a part of the Lozier Institute’s American Reports Series, is available in its entirety here.
Previously as a part of the series, CLI assessed abortion reporting requirements across the country and exposed the rampant weaknesses in reporting data from state-to-state.  The Institute has called on Congress and the states to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve reporting requirements in order to obtain more complete data and clearer conclusions about abortion trends in the U.S.


The Charlotte Lozier Institute is named for a feminist physician known for her commitment to the sanctity of human life and equal career and educational opportunities for women.  She was an associate of Susan B. Anthony and her capsule biography can be found at lozierinstitute.org.

###

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2012
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073

 

Life-Issue Think Tank Announces Associate Scholars
Charlotte Lozier Institute Names New Contributors to Counter Abortion Industry-Influenced Policy Research

 

Washington, D.C. – The Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education and research arm of Susan B. Anthony List, announced today a list of associate scholars from across the country who will address life issues from a variety of disciplines, including medicine, sociology, bioethics, and end-of-life care.  The CLI scholars will contribute blog posts, reviews, and commentaries to www.lozierinstitute.org, a hub for research and public policy analysis on some of the most pressing issues facing the United States and nations around the world. (Note: Institutional affiliations are for identification purposes only.)

  • Samuel B. Casey – Managing Director & General Counsel, Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project
  • Byron C. Calhoun, M.D., FACOG, FACS, MBA – Professor & Vice-Chair, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, West Virginia University-Charleston
  • Reginald Finger, M.D. – Physician, Former Member, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Maureen Condic, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah
  • Jean Peduzzi-Nelson, Ph.D. –Associate Professor, Dept. of Anatomy of Cell Biology, Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Michael New, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Pia de Solenni, Ph.D. – Ethicist and cultural analyst, Owner, Diotima Consulting.
  • Steven E. Calvin, M.D. – Clinical Associate Professor, Dept of OB/GYN and Women’s Health, and co-chair, Program in Human Rights and Health, School of Public Health (both at the University of Minnesota)
  • Margaret H. (Peggy) Hartshorn, Ph.D. – President, Heartbeat International
  • Jacqueline Harvey, Ph.D. – Bioethicist and public policy scholar
  • Teresa A. Donovan, M.P.H. – Researcher, University of Kentucky College of Public Health and Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention
  • Dawn Eden – American author and journalist
  • Keiren D. Smith, M.D. – Former Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University Health Services
  • Gracie Yu, M.H.S. – Former Policy Analyst, Family Research Council
  • Elizabeth Ann M. Johnson, M.D., Fellow, Program in Human Rights and Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

 

“With the addition of this first group of associate scholars, the Charlotte Lozier Institute is expanding its team of extramural policy experts in the fields of medicine, sociology, and bioethics,” commented Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute.  “We are thrilled to have these doctors, ethicists, and academics join our team to make pro-life, pro-family research more useful and accessible to policy makers and activists.”

The Charlotte Lozier Institute is named for a feminist physician known for her commitment to the sanctity of human life and equal career and educational opportunities for women.  She was an associate of Susan B. Anthony and her capsule biography can be found at lozierinstitute.org.

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2012

Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073

Perinatal Hospice Provides Critical Care for Unborn and Families

Lozier Institute Releases First In-Depth Paper on Pioneer Field

Washington, DC – A new policy paper released today by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) features Byron Calhoun, M.D., a perinatologist and professor at West Virginia University-Charleston, addressing the subject of care and treatment for unborn children diagnosed with genetic disorders. “The Perinatal Hospice: Allowing Parents to be Parents,” the first in-depth paper released by the education and research arm of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, offers research on the effects and benefits of perinatal hospice.

“Dr. Calhoun is a pioneer in the recent field of perinatal hospice, which takes principles from end-of-life hospice and applies them to the care of mother, child and family upon diagnosis of a terminal fetal abnormality,” said Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute. “Perinatal hospice offers a humane and caring option for parents and their unborn child, rather than just abandoning them to abortion.”

Dr. Calhoun’s paper for the Lozier Institute is available here.

Last week, Dr. Calhoun testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution on the subject of perinatal hospice.  The subcommittee examined the current legal regime in the nation’s capital that allows abortion, for any reason, up to and beyond viability to the moment of birth.  The subcommittee also heard testimony on proposed legislation to ban abortion in the District of Columbia after the fetus has reached 20 weeks gestation, based on their ability to feel pain at that point. Dr. Calhoun’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution is available here.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute was launched in 2011 as the education and research arm of Susan B. Anthony List. The CLI is a hub for research and public policy analysis on some of the most pressing issues facing the United States and nations around the world. The CLI website features commentaries, reviews and blog posts by an array of policy experts and scholars whose work covers statistics, medicine, bioethics, health care and law.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute is named for a feminist physician known for her commitment to the sanctity of human life and equal career and educational opportunities for women.  She was an associate of Susan B. Anthony and her capsule biography can be found at lozierinstitute.org.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2012
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073

Poll: 77% of Americans Support Ban on Sex-Selective Abortion
Gendercide Issue Resurfaces in Light of Chinese Activist Fight

Washington, DC – A new public opinion poll released today by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) finds that strong majorities of American adults of both sexes, in every region of the country, and irrespective of age or race, favor enactment of legislation to make sex-selection abortions illegal.

The CLI poll of 1,016 U.S. adults found that, overall, 77 percent of respondents answered “yes” when asked, “When the fact that the developing baby is a girl is the sole reason for seeking an abortion, do you believe that abortion should be illegal?”  Only 16 percent of all respondents said that abortion should be legal in this circumstance.

Among women, support for a law making sex-selection abortion illegal is higher (80-13 percent) than it is among men, who favor such a law by a margin of 74-18 percent.  Support for a protective law is found among all age groups, but is highest among those age 45-54 where a ban is supported 87-11 percent.  By region, support for a ban ranges from a high of 81 percent in the Midwest and South to 68 percent in the West.

A fact sheet on sex-selective abortion including the poll results is available online here.

“The issue has received renewed attention because of accounts of the life of Chen Guangcheng, who has highlighted forced abortion and sterilization under the one-child policy of the People’s Republic of China,” said Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute. “Americans seem comfortable with the idea that the deliberate abortion of girls is a form of unacceptable sex discrimination.”

The poll was conducted as part of an omnibus survey by the polling company, inc./Womantrend.  The survey was conducted from May 10-13, 2012 and has a margin of error of ±3.1 percent.

Sex-selection abortions are procedures that some parents procure when they find that the child they are expecting is not of the particular sex they desire.  The practice of sex selection abortion, almost always carried out against females, has been a growing concern to a spectrum of human rights bodies worldwide.  Estimates of the number of “missing girls” as a result of sex selection procedures, including abortion, range as high as 163,000,000.

To date, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Arizona have all banned sex-selective abortion.  Similar bans have been enacted in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, India, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Launched late last year, the Charlotte Lozier Institute is named for a feminist physician known for her commitment to the sanctity of human life and equal career and educational opportunities for women.  She was an associate of Susan B. Anthony and her capsule biography can be found at lozierinstitute.org.

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2012
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073

Charlotte Lozier Institute Unveils New WebsiteSBA List Education Arm Aims to Counter Abortion Industry-Influenced Policy Research

Washington, D.C. – Today the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education and research arm of Susan B. Anthony List, unveiled its new web site at www.lozierinstitute.org. The web site will be a hub for research and public policy analysis on some of the most pressing issues facing the United States and nations around the world.

The site features commentaries, reviews and blog posts by an array of policy experts and scholars whose work covers statistics, medicine, bioethics, health care and law.

“We envision lozierinstitute.org as a crossroads for both new information and fresh analysis of policy questions that vex the modern world, centered on the value of human life and care for mothers, the children they carry, and the family,” commented Charlotte Lozier Institute president Chuck Donovan. “We will address topics from abortion, to population policy, advances in fetal medicine, health policy, and even end-of-life care.  We will supplement and encourage existing organizations, as well as provide a balance to existing research organizations embedded in the abortion industry, by focusing on mid- and long-term topics where reflection and deeper examination can make lasting contributions.”

The web site includes articles on such topics as eugenics restitution legislation in North Carolina, the sudden and unexplained surge in abortion in the District of Columbia, the status of Chinese human rights activist Cheng Guangcheng, and the adoption of “whole women” legislation in a number of states to prioritize family planning funding to agencies offering primary care.  Topics coming soon to the site include the quality of U.S. abortion reporting laws and the growth of perinatal hospice as a form of compassionate care for parents facing the birth of children with lethal anomalies.

Staff members of the Institute represent some of the most experienced writers and editors in the area of life issue studies.  Chuck Donovan is a four-decade veteran in Washington policy circles and has written and spoken widely on public policy issues during work at the National Right to Life Committee, in the Reagan White House, at Family Research Council and, most recently, the Heritage Foundation.  Gene Tarne, who edits lozierinstitute.org, is the founder and president of Tarne Communications.  He has 30 years of experience in public affairs, journalism, media relations, and issue advocacy, representing a variety of non-profit, international, and public policy clients.

Launched late last year, the Charlotte Lozier Institute is named for a feminist physician known for her commitment to the sanctity of human life and equal career and educational opportunities for women.  She was an associate of Susan B. Anthony and her capsule biography is also included at lozierinstitute.org.

###