Association Provides Important Pro-Life Research

By Marie Rivers

The Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change, a professional organization for pro-life researchers and educators, offers a forum for an exchange of information from a wide range of scientific and social science disciplines. Since its inception in 1986, The Association has focused heavily on research and publications on Post Abortion Syndrome, a pattern of psychological problems suffered by some women after abortion.

Among its most important contributions are an annual Professional Paper Session at the National Right to Life Convention that shares research and insights with the pro-life community,  and a News Bulletin which provides a scholarly examination of important selected topics.

At the 2011 convention held in Jacksonville, Florida, attendees heard  from Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D., Director of Education and Research, National Right to Life Committee; Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D., Professor, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio; and Martha Shuping, M.D., Psychiatrist, Author and Continuing Education Instructor on Women’s Mental Health and Reproductive Issues, on the history and impact of chemical abortions—RU486 in particular.

Ground breaking research has been presented at these sessions, including papers on the concept of Post Abortion Syndrome, the relationship between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and negative after-effects of abortion, and increase risks of physical health problems following abortion

The last three News Bulletins addressed issues that need more attention: Abortion Mental Health Research: Update & Quality of Evidence;  Mothers Living In Poverty: Uninvolved & Unreliable Men Drive Them to Abortion; Perceptions of Pre-abortion Counseling Inadequacy and Decision Disagreement as Predictors of Subsequent Relationship Problems & Psychological Stress in Men and Women; and Toward Evidence-Based Practice: Use of Scientific Literature Reviews with Focus on Suicide Risk and Abortion

The Association’s objectives include creating a network of pro-life professionals, encouraging research and academic publication, and developing textbooks and curricula for high schools and colleges.

To receive an Association membership form and/or a list of back-issues, send an email to mrivers@nrlc.org. You may also view back-issues at http://www.abortionresearch.us

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