Sharon Joy MacKinnon has over 25 years of experience on the front lines of health care serving predominantly low-income patients in urban and rural settings in the South, first as a nurse, and then as a family nurse practitioner. Dr. MacKinnon completed her doctoral work in health services research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, directed by Dr. James Studnicki, now CLI’s vice president of data analytics with whom she completed several abortion research publications. She currently serves as adjunct faculty and clinical coordinator of public health & community nursing at Northeastern University’s Charlotte, North Carolina campus. Her current research interests include maternal-fetal attachment, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and addiction as they relate to abortion behavior, as well as the role of local faith communities in abortion prevention. Dr. MacKinnon currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, Michael and their beloved adopted son, Gabriel.