Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Abortion/Breast Cancer Link non-existent

Hat tip to Birth Pangs

One of the pro-lifer's (Or as Birth Pangs delightfully describe them 'fetus fetishists') favorite myths is that abortion leads to breast cancer. It was always a tenuous and highly debatable link - now its not even that.
WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) - Abortions and miscarriages do not raise the risk of breast cancer, despite claims by some groups and some studies that suggest they do, researchers said on Monday. A study of more than 100,000 U.S. nurses found that those who had an abortion or miscarriage were no more likely to have breast cancer than any other woman in the study. The findings fit with a 2003 report from an international expert panel put together by the U.S. National Cancer Institute. "If you look at the high-quality evidence, it does not support an association between induced abortions and breast cancer," said Karin Michels of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. But her team set out to create the most reliable type of research that is possible -- a prospective study, starting with women before they ever had cancer, and following them for years.


Alison said...

Last May, Maurice Vellacott invited US anti-abortionist Angela Lanfranchi up to Ottawa for their big fetus rally on the hill to explain the rise in breast cancer over the last forty years.

According to her, breast cancer is caused by abortions which are caused by feminists.

Angela Lanfranchi at Vellacott's press conference:
"It's the women of the Roe v. Wade generation that account for most of this increase. Dramatic lifestyle changes brought about by the sexual revolution and the women's liberation movement are largely responsible for the rampant breast cancer we see today."

Of course all this was debunked ten years ago, but as recently as two months ago, LifeSite had huge billboards along the 401 highway just outside of Vancouver featuring a picture of a woebegone teen with a message asking if an abortion is worth the risk of cancer.

And in another ten years from now we'll be fighting this all over again.

Alison said...

Link to Lanfranchi quote

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