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David C. Reardon, Ph.D.

Associate Scholar

David C. Reardon is director of the Elliot Institute and an associate scholar with the Charlotte Lozier Institute. He is widely recognized as one of the leading experts on the aftereffects of pregnancy loss on women. He is the author of numerous books and peer-reviewed articles on this topic, including the most comprehensive summary of the medical literature on abortion and mental health. He has been a noted advocate of healing programs for women, men, and families who have lost children to abortion, miscarriage, or neonatal death.  

His studies have been published in such prestigious medical journals as the British Medical Journal and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and have proven that, compared to childbirth, abortion and miscarriage are associated with higher rates of maternal death, psychiatric hospitalization, subsequent substance abuse, clinical depression, and numerous other complications. 

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 keynote speaker at many state and national conventions for crisis pregnancy centers and pro-life organizations. 

Dr. Reardon was propelled to center stage of the pro-life movement after the publication of his first book, Aborted Women, Silent No More.  This was the first major book examining abortion’s impact on women and was described by one reviewer as “the most powerful book ever written on abortion.” He is also the author ofMaking Abortion Rare: A Healing Strategy for a Divided Nation, andThe Jericho Plan: Breaking Down the Walls That Prevent Post-Abortion Healing. He is co-author of Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions, and Children Resulting from Sexual Assault, and Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion. 


Latest Research & News

  • Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines | September 30, 2020

    To view this chart as a PDF, see: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines   Updated June 2, 2021   Accurate information about the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines is essential, especially because many proposed candidates use newer molecular technologies for production of a viral vaccine. One concern regarding the ethical assessment of […]

  • A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production | June 15, 2020

    This is Issue 1 in CLI’s On Science. To view this report as a PDF, see: A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production   Updated November 2020   Introduction As a result of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus technically known as SARS-CoV-2, the United States and other governments have begun crash […]

  • The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage | March 26, 2020

    by R. J. Snell, Ph.D. This paper can be viewed as a pdf here: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Italy, many hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, necessitating difficult triage decisions that can seem like choosing who lives and who dies. In the United States, already […]

  • Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus | March 25, 2020

    This is Issue 43 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 43 Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus.   Abortion advocates have found a new ally—COVID-19.   During this intensely stressful time, the vast majority of Americans are focused on protecting their health and the health of […]