21 Feb Myth Buster Monday: Is there a link between abortion and increased risk of breast cancer?
“In February 2003, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) convened a workshop of over 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk… They concluded that having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer.” So states the National Cancer Institute Fact sheet on the topic.
What the NCI fails to mention is that Dr. Louise Brinton, chairperson of the working group, chose “100 of the world’s leading experts” who were either dependent on the NCI or other government agencies for grants, or were known pro-abortion advocates – some of them radical pro-abortion proponents. Yet none of the researchers whose work had found a possible abortion breast cancer link were included in Brinton’s gathered group.
Conveniently, the NCI working group then proceeded to exclude 29 of the 38 studies conducted over the prior 40 years that showed an increase in abortion breast cancer risk, but included most of the studies that reached the opposite conclusion.
In 2009, Dr. Louise Brinton, however, turned the pro-abortion world on its head when she conducted research that found a type of breast cancer that tends to attacks women under 40 and the risk of getting that particular cancer rises by 40 percent if a woman has had an abortion. To substantiate her 2009 study, Brinton even included two studies from the body of work that her NCI group had rejected back in 2003 – one of which Brinton, herself, authored back in 1983. To read more on the NCI “expert committee” and Dr. Brinton’s strange reversal go here.
The bottom line: There is a large body of research that has been done that shows there is reason to believe that there is some type of link between abortion and breast cancer. There is certainly enough evidence for the health and medical community to be upfront with women, make them aware, and then let them “choose.” But the pro-abortion community has way too much to lose to let information about an abortion breast cancer link become part of the abortion dialogue. (Imagine a lawsuit against the pro-abortion industry similar to the one against the tobacco industry.) Count on the pro-abortion community to continue to dissemble and suppress information (with the media complicit) while women die.
To see a list of studies on the Abortion Breast Cancer link go to UFI’s Guide to Family Issues: Abortion (page 53)