RealChoice has an interesting post about the issue of septic wards during the years abortion was not legal.
Her research challenges the view that obstetrical wards were full of abortion patients suffering from abortion complications.
Christina Dunnigan, to the best of my knowledge, is not an academic: she's a passionate blogger.
But by doing some original research, she was able to contribute factual knowledge to debunk a myth of abortion history.
I think pro-lifers need to invest more in research in the social sciences and humanities. Research doesn't have to be academic. Ordinary people like you and me can create a simple research project (e.g. "search the internet or the local university library for information on septic abortion wards"), then post the information on the internet for anyone who Googles it.
We need more of this. Especially in Canada.