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Elliot Institute for Social Sciences Research






[email protected]


(217) 525-8202


PO Box 7348
Springfield, IL 62791-7348


From its website:

In 1988, Dr. David Reardon founded the Elliot Institute in order to conduct original research on the effects of abortion on women, men, families and society. His first study was funded by a few donations from friends and family, and in the early years he did everything himself on a volunteer basis, squeezed in between his “regular” job and raising a family.

Eventually Dr. Reardon was able to devote himself full time to Elliot Institute work, and hired his first full-time staff member in 1997.

From those very small beginnings, we have expanded to three permanent staff members and periodically have supplemented our staff with research assistants, interns and volunteers. We also work remotely with researchers from various parts of the United States and Canada to prepare, write and publish original research.

With a lot of hard work and the help of our friends, we are now one of the leading organizations researching the impact of abortion. In addition, we serve as a major resource for organizations around the world who are concerned about protecting the rights of women and their unborn children. Our mission also includes educating others about abortion’s injustice, trauma, and risk to all involved, and raising awareness of the urgent need for meaningful support and healing.

This mission has led us to undertake numerous efforts in the areas of research, education, and advocacy.