CBS Criticized for Claiming Abortion-Breast Cancer Link False

National   Steven Ertelt   Oct 24, 2011   |   12:26PM    Washington, DC

CBS News is facing criticism from a women’s group that educates about the link between abortion and breast cancer because it recently ran a story supposedly debunking falsehoods about breast cancer that claims the link is false. That’s even as one of the top breast cancer surgeons in the nation points out that 53 of 66 studies concerning breast cancer and abortion published in medical journals in the last 54 years shows the link exists.

“Myth: Having an abortion raises your risk of getting breast cancer,” CBS News writes. “Reality: Because abortion is believed to disrupt hormone cycles during pregnancy and breast cancer is linked to hormone levels, numerous studies have investigated a causal link – but found no conclusive evidence for one.” h

The CBS News publication of the 25 myths is a reproduction of a document at Health.com that makes the same erroneous and misleading statements about the abortion-breast cancer link.

Karen Malec, the head of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer organization, noticed the CBS News and Health.com publication, which she says have damaged their credibility by publishing statements that falsely claim the abortion-breast cancer link is a myth. She challenges both organizations to a debate over the issue.

“We expect CBS News and Health.com to duck the challenge, just as other organizations have whose leaders would rather see women die of breast cancer than expose the truth that abortion is not safe,” she told LifeNews. “After behaving like snipers, they cut and run. They should be ashamed of themselves.

“If medical texts and medical authorities say childbearing reduces breast cancer risk, then who has the greater risk – the woman who aborts or the woman who has a baby?” Malec asked. “The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute reported last week that 53 of 66 epidemiological studies reported an independent link between abortion and breast cancer, meaning that abortion leaves the breasts with more places for cancers to start (in addition to the loss of the protective effect of childbearing). That doesn’t count the biological and experimental evidence that supports the link.”

Malec also points out that National Cancer Institute branch chief Louise Brinton co-authored a 2009 study on use of the birth control pill and triple-negative breast cancer. She and her colleagues included abortion among “known and suspected risk factors” for the disease and found a statistically significant 40% increased breast cancer risk among women who had abortions. They concluded abortion is a risk factor for breast cancer.

“Try to debunk that, CBS News and Health.com,” demanded Malec.

ACTION: Contact Health.com to complain at http://www.health.com/health/service/contact-us and contact CBS News at http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/feedback/fb_news_form.shtml?tag=ftr