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About The Elliot Institute


Our Story


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 (that same year, we also acquired office space.


From those very small beginnings, we have expanded to three permanent staff members and have had research assistants, interns and volunteers as part of our staff at various times. Dr. Reardon now works with other 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.


Where Did Our Name Come From?


The name Elliot Institute was chosen at the time of our first survey. A name such as "The Post-Abortion Research Institute" would have biased the survey results. "Elliot" was chosen from a baby name book and means "faithful to God."



We Are Making A Difference!

Here is what some of our supporters are saying:


“Thank you so much for doing this advertising campaign. I truly wish this had been around when I had my abortions many years ago. I am just sitting here crying, thinking, 'If only ...' It may be too late for me but I know with all my heart you will reach many, many women. This is so necessary and life saving. Thank you again.”  --Jane, Colorado


“I just want to say I am so thankful for your web site. I have a friend who was considering abortion so I sent her to your web site. She called me around two in the morning, crying. Anyway, it changed her mind. I’ll be praying for your ministry. Thanks so much!”  --Jenny, Idaho


"Thank you for your [more than] 20 years of service to our nation by documenting and exposing how legal abortion has been devastating to women, and has significantly increased domestic violence to the point that homicide has tragically become the leading cause of death for pregnant women. ... Your invaluable work serves to educate the public about the need to assist desperate women with the financial and moral support they so often lack and need ..." --Elizabeth, New York


"I am currently studying to receive my Master’s in Social Work and I have used the studies conducted and promoted by the Elliot Institute countless times in the past year. As a pro-life, pro-woman, faithful Catholic, I seem to be in the minority in the field of social work and have found it difficult to find and use studies that illustrate the truth about abortion. I have geared all of my papers in my classes toward the detrimental effects of abortion, as well as related issues. The Elliot Institute has been an immense help to me as a source of information and reliable studies. I encourage you to keep up the wonderful work!"
--Katherine, Texas


"Thank you for enlightening me so widely about the abortion crisis in our world." --Peter, Australia


"I had worked through intensive healing during the first two years after my abortion. Now, seven years later, I am happily married to a wonderful man and we have a beautiful daughter. But abortion is something that always stays with you. Although I don't feel it as intensely or as often, there are times when pain comes flooding back to me. At these times, I go on your web site and/or read [your email newsletter] and it helps me so much. It reminds me that I am not alone and that I am ok. Thank you so much. You are angels sent from heaven." --Anonymous


"Your ad is very persuasive. Just the right tone, too. I've emailed your ad to pro-life state leaders and suggested that they email/air/publish it before the election. I've also emailed it to my family, pro-life email list and the Post Abortion Forum members. You are such a great resource for us in the trenches" --Sharon, Minnesota


My family and I feel a stronger need to be pro-active for advocating LIFE now more than ever. My daughter [is doing] a short film on the detrimental effects that abortion has on mothers. Your e-mail and new campaign is exactly the approach she is going for. Thank you for sending your updates and e-mails, they are a great resource for her project and inspiring! --Kirk, UK

This mission has led us to undertake many efforts over the past 20 years. Click here for a look back at the past 20 years through 20 of the most important projects we have undertaken. (Note: This link will take you to our UnChoice Campaign site.)



How to Help


Here are several ways you can be a part of the Elliot Institute's work:


1. Make a donation to support our work.


2. Sign up for our free email list for the latest updates, news, information, free resources and more.


3. Tell others about us. Encourage them to sign up for our free email list.


4. Follow us on Facebook.


5. Follow us on Twitter.


6. Volunteer. You don't have to be in local area to share your time and talent. (Note: this link takes you to a page on our companion site).



Contact Us


Elliot Institute
PO Box 7348
Springfield, IL 62791-7348
(217) 525-8202


Questions or comments? Email [email protected]

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