Maher, Bridget
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As Family Research Council's Policy Analyst on Marriage and Family, Bridget Maher researches, writes and offers expert commentary on the issues of marriage, divorce, cohabitation, adoption and family structure. Miss Maher tracks data and research on marriage and the family, examines public policy initiatives and monitors popular culture to glean an understanding of contemporary views of the American family. In addition, she is knowledgeable and articulate on the factors contributing to a healthy cohesive family structure and the consequences of its breakdown.

Miss Maher is the author of several FRC publications, including the forthcoming "Family Portrait." She is also a contributor to FRC's flagship publication, Washington Watch, as well as the organization's teen webzine, i.e. Her editorial correspondence has been published in First Things and The Wall Street Journal and she has been quoted in several leading newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Times. Miss Maher has appeared on Fox News Channel and been a guest on the USA Radio Network among other nationally syndicated talk shows.

Prior to assuming the role of policy analyst, Miss Maher served as FRC's librarian and research assistant in which she conducted in-depth research for the diverse policy department.

A native of Skaneateles, New York, Miss Maher graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts in 1992 from Magdalen College. In 1995, she received a Masters in Theology of Marriage and Family from the John Paul II Institute in Washington, D.C.


Insight: "The Benefits of Marriage"

Marriage confers many social and economic benefits on children, adults, and society, but it has been severely weakened by feminism, the sexual revolution, and the population-control campaign. The breakdown of marriage over the past four decades has resulted in low rates of marriage, high rates of divorce, out-of-wedlock childbearing, and cohabitation.

Date posted: 2010-05-18

The Devastation of Divorce

American families have suffered greatly from divorce. The effects of divorce on children are particularly devastating. In 1990, over one million children were involved in divorce, which is more than double the number in 1960.

Date posted: 2003-05-11

Abstinence Until Marriage: The Best Message For Teens

Teen unwed childbearing has negative consequences for mothers, children, and society. Unwed teen mothers are likely to live in poverty and be dependent on welfare, and only about 50 percent of them are likely to finish high school... Children born to teen mothers are more likely than other children to have lower grades, to leave high school without graduating, to be abused or neglected, to have a child as an unmarried teenager, and to be delinquent. ... Aside from the risk of pregnancy, teens have a high risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Each year 3 million teens -- 25 percent of sexually active teens -- are infected with an STD.

Date posted: 2003-05-11