Reardon, David C.
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David C. Reardon, Ph.D., is a biomedical ethicist, director of the Elliot Institute, and editor of their quarterly publication, The Post-Abortion Review. He is widely recognized as one of the leading experts on the aftereffects of abortion on women, a field in which he has specialized since 1983. He is the author of numerous books and popular and scholarly articles on this topic. Articles about Dr. Reardon and his work have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including NEWSWEEK and the NEW YORK TIMES. He is a frequent guest on Christian radio and Christian television talk shows and has been a key note speaker at many state and national conventions for crisis pregnancy centers and pro-life organizations. In his work, Dr. Reardon has been the chief investigator on several original research projects. One of these was the first long-term follow-up study of a large number of women who had abortions an average of ten years previously. In a subsequent study of 700 randomly selected women, his research has shown that the women who aborted their first pregnancies were five times more likely to engage in subsequent abuse of drugs or alcohol compared to women who carried to term.

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Abortion Has Done Nothing to Advance Women's Freedom

The legalization of abortion has done nothing to advance women's freedom. Given research and anecdotal evidence showing that most abortions are unwanted or coerced, one could argue that abortion makes women less free.

Date posted: 2017-02-03

"If I Don't Go Ahead With It, I'll Be Dead:" Forced Abortion and Human Trafficking Go Hand in Hand

A woman who was a victim of human trafficking spoke out about being forced to abort in a UK study of people who survived trafficking.

Date posted: 2016-04-30

Planned Parenthood Is Guilty of Negligent Screening

Congressional hearings into Planned Parenthood should look beyond the deceptive fetal tissue donation forms they ask women to sign. These misleading disclosure forms typify a larger pattern of deception and exploitation.

Date posted: 2015-12-29

Abortion and Mental Health Controversy Reignited by New Study

David Reardon has posted a video that (1) discusses the main findings of the study, (2) provides a brief tutorial on interpreting the graphs confidence intervals shown in the study, and (3) describes how the APA Task Force on Abortion and Mental Health fashioned a very nuanced statement to summarize it's findings in a way that obscured the truth and ensured misreporting of the evidence by the majore media (begins at the 10 minute mark.)

Date posted: 2011-10-08

Rape, Incest and Abortion: Searching Beyond the Myths

"How can you deny an abortion to a twelve-year-old girl who is the victim of incest?" complains an indignant supporter of abortion. "And how can you call yourself a loving Christian if you would force a victim of violent rape to give birth to a rapist's child?"

Date posted: 2007-03-11

Vegetative State May Be Caused by Brain Cooling, New Study

The odds of recovery from brain injuries and vegetative states may be dramatically improved simply by restoring normal brain temperatures, according to a new medical theory published in the August issue of Medical Science Monitor.

Date posted: 2006-08-03

Secret Births

Abortion, infanticide, and child abandonment are acts of fear and despair. They are symptoms of a society that does not embrace young mothers and fathers, but instead subjects them to criticism, abuse, and coercion. The only solution is to offer young women and men unconditional love and life-affirming support. That's hard to do, especially in a society that is so enamored with death.

Date posted: 2006-06-27

"Evidence Doesn't Matter" -- APA Spokesperson Says of Abortion Complications

According to a spokesperson for the American Psychological Association, the APA's pro-choice position, first adopted in 1969, is based on a civil rights view, not on scientific proof of any mental health benefits arising from abortion.

Date posted: 2006-03-05

Abortion Causes Mental Disorders

A study in New Zealand that tracked approximately 500 women from birth to 25 years of age has confirmed that young women who have abortions subsequently experience elevated rates of suicidal behaviors, depression, substance abuse, anxiety, and other mental problems.

Date posted: 2006-03-05

Abortion Causes Mental Disorders: New Zealand Study May Require Doctors to Do Fewer Abortions

A study in New Zealand that tracked approximately 500 women from birth to 25 years of age has confirmed that young women who have abortions subsequently experience elevated rates of suicidal behaviors, depression, substance abuse, anxiety, and other mental problems.

Date posted: 2006-02-10

Sleep Disorders Increase After Abortion

A new study published in Sleep, the official journal of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, has found that women who experienced abortion were more likely to be treated for sleep disorders or disturbances compared to women who gave birth.

Date posted: 2006-01-31

Abortion and Substance Abuse Link Often Overlooked, Women's Health Review Reports

A new research review published in highlights the growing body of evidence that abortion is linked with increased rates of substance abuse among women.

Date posted: 2006-01-31

Women's Suicide Rates Highest After Abortion, New Study

Compared to women who have not been pregnant in the prior year, deaths from suicide, accidents and homicide are 248% higher in the year following an abortion, according to a new 13-year study of the entire population of women in Finland.


Date posted: 2005-12-24

Be Kind to "Vegetables"

Is God perhaps using this soul as an instrument of grace for shaping the souls of those around her? Is He using her to call forth compassion, patience, endurance, and love from her family, her caretakers, her society? By causing her to die through our neglect, are we interfering with God's Will for her? Or are we rejecting His Will for us? Are we rejecting an opportunity to practice sacrificial love?

Date posted: 2004-03-06

Poor-Choice (Abortion) Advocates Exposed

They call themselves "pro-choice" advocates. But in fact, as our research over the last twenty years has shown, what they are really selling women is a "poor choice." Women who make the choice to have an abortion subsequently face an elevated risk of death from all causes (especially suicide), more depression, more substance abuse, more delivery problems in later pregnancies, more divorces, more breast cancer . . . and the list goes on and on.

Date posted: 2003-04-09

Over 500,000 Women Affected By Post-Abortion

Reardon and Rue agree that several other findings reported by Major's team also deserve greater attention. "Major's study clearly demonstrates the presence of delayed reactions," Reardon said. "She found that negative feelings and dissatisfaction with the abortion decision increased with time-even among her final, lower-risk population. In addition, only a minority of women reported positive emotions, and on average the women reported no beneficial effect from their abortions. This general ambivalence about their abortions, combined with a trend toward increasing negative reactions, contradicts the claim that abortion is generally beneficial to women."

Date posted: 2001-12-31

Women Who Abort

The knowledge that the human fetus, the human embryo, or even the human zygote, is in fact a human being is as undeniable as the answer to the child's question: Where do babies come from? The women in the waiting room remember when they once asked that question. They remember the answer. They remember the truth. And it is this truth -- no matter how much they try to ignore it, forget it, or bury it beneath slogans or philosophical quibbles -- that demands their attention.

Date posted: 2001-12-30

Identifying High Risk Abortion Patients

The risk factors for post-abortion psychological maladjustments can be divided into two general categories. The first category includes women for whom there exists significant emotional, social, or moral conflicts regarding the contemplated abortion. The second category includes women for whom there are developmental problems, including immaturity, or pre-existing and unresolved psychological problems. Women with characteristics in either or both of these categories would properly be classified as high risk patients.

Date posted: 2001-12-29

The Hidden Agenda of Population Control Zealots

Zealots are the ones who make excuses for programs that involve coerced sterilizations, forced abortions, or the withholding of food or medical care unless poor women 'voluntarily' accept IUDs or Norplant insertions. Many believe that population growth threatens the survival of humanity while others believe that higher birth rates will actually improve the political and economic power of developing countries -- but at the expense of U.S. and European dominance.


Date posted: 2001-12-24

The Aftereffects of Abortion

National abortion policy is built upon this judicial "fact" that abortion is a "safe" procedure. If this "fact" is found to be false, then national policy toward abortion must be re-evaluated. Indeed, if it is found that abortion may actually be dangerous to health of women, there is just cause for governments to regulate or prohibit abortion in order to protect their citizens. This is especially true since over 1.5 million women undergo abortions each year.

Date posted: 2001-12-22

After an Abortion

Just as mourning the loss of a parent or spouse takes time, so does mourning the loss of an aborted child. Accept your grief as normal rather than something which must covered up or pushed away.


Date posted: 2001-12-19

Q & A

Abortion is not a true "choice" on the woman's part; it is an act of despair. On a very basic level, it is precisely because women who abort are acting against their consciences and their maternal instincts that the psychological impact of abortion is so profound.

Date posted: 2001-12-16

Church Speaks to Those Who Have Been Involved in an Abortion

The church understands. Do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. God will forgive you.

Date posted: 2001-12-08

Major Psychological Sequelae of Abortion

In a study of post-abortion patients only 8 weeks after their abortion, researchers found that 44% complained of nervous disorders, 36% had experienced sleep disturbances, 31% had regrets about their decision, and 11% had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor.

Date posted: 2001-12-02

List of Major Physical Sequelae Related to Abortion

The leading causes of abortion related deaths are hemorrhage, infection, embolism, anesthesia, and undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies. Legal abortion is reported as the fifth leading cause of maternal death in the United States, though in fact it is recognized that most abortion related deaths are not officially reported as such.

Date posted: 2001-12-01