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Planned Parenthood Ignores 71 Studies Linking Abortion, Breast Cancer

by Karen Malec | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/22/13 11:58 AM

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Planned Parenthood reported in its 2008 tax returns that its purpose is “[a]chieving, through informed individual choice, a U.S. population of stable size in an optimum environment; in stimulating and sponsoring relevant biomedical, socio-economic, and demographic research.” [1]

In other words, its purpose is to assist the U.S. government in achieving its population control objectives. Its last two annual reports show it received over a billion dollars in taxpayer money between June 2010 and June 2012. [2]

Increased childbearing, starting before age 25, has long been known to provide significant protection against breast cancer. But, Planned Parenthood is waging a cancer war on women through its sales of induced abortions, contraceptives, abortifacients, injections, vaginal rings, skin patches, implants, IUDs and sterilizations.

Although the abortion chain acknowledges the risk reducing effects associated with having an early first full term pregnancy and breastfeeding, it contradicts itself by denying that abortion puts women at an increased risk for the disease. Planned Parenthood omits from its “fact sheet” most of the 71 epidemiologic studies reporting an independent link, meaning that abortion also raises breast cancer risk by leaving the breasts with more places for cancers to start. [3,4]

Like Big Tobacco, the abortion industry will not inform women that induced abortion raises breast cancer risk. That’s why we applaud legislators in seven states that have passed informed consent legislation requiring abortionists to either provide pregnant women this information before an abortion themselves or in state health department literature. [5]

Planned Parenthood ought to be compelled to inform women about the breast cancer risks of abortion and the birth control pill. The World Health Organization lists combined oral contraceptives (the pill containing estrogen + progestin) as a Group 1 carcinogen that puts women at risk for cancers of the breast, liver and cervix (although it reduces risk for rare cancers of the endometrium and ovaries). [6] Two studies report a strong connection between use of the pill and an aggressive form of breast cancer – triple-negative breast cancer. [7,8]

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards justifies her organization’s gluttony for taxpayer funds (nearly $1.48 million daily) by claiming the organization provides health care services, but its annual reports show that between October 2010 and October 2011 it:

1) Performed 4,519 more abortions;
2) Provided 289,171 fewer cancer screening and prevention services; and
3) Provided 108,223 fewer breast exams and breast care services.

Importantly, Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms. It refers women to other providers.

In December of 2011, the breast cancer group, Susan G. Komen for the Cure attempted to stop giving Planned Parenthood what its leadership called “crappy grants,” according to the book, Planned Bullyhood. [9] In response, Cecile Richards and her allies in the Oversexed Left responded with lightening speed by orchestrating a blitzkrieg publicity campaign against Komen. They falsely alleged that women’s health would be harmed by the loss of the grants and forced the charity to agree to resume the grants after three days.

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Planned Parenthood’s allies in Congress and the media, however, have shown zero concern about the abortion chain’s inferior and declining performance in providing cancer screening and prevention services.

It is evident from Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report that Komen’s original decision to terminate the grants was correct. Richards and her associates don’t care about women’s health. They care most about profiteering in abortion, contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilizations, no matter how many women’s lives are lost.

References:

1. Planned Parenthood Federation of American 2008 Income Tax Returns. Available at: <http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/PPFA_FY09_Form_990_Copy_for_Public_Inspection.PDF>.

2. Planned Parenthood Annual Financial Report 2010-2011 and Planned Parenthood Annual Report 2011-2012 are available at: <http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/annual-report-4661.htm>.
Planned Parenthood Annual Report 2009-2010 is available at: <http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/PP_Services.pdf>.

3. “Anti-choice claims about abortion and breast cancer,” Planned Parenthood fact sheet, January 2012. Available at: <http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/PPFA/Anti_Choice_Claims_About_Breast_Cancer.pdf>.

4. “Epidemiologic studies: Induced abortion and breast cancer risk,” Breast Cancer Prevention Institute fact sheet, September 2012. Available at: <http://www.bcpinstitute.org/FactSheets/BCPI-FactSheet-Epidemiol-studies.pdf>.

5. “Informed consent laws,” Defending Life. Americans United for Life, p. 151. Available at: <http://www.aul.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/maps-2.pdf>.

6. “IARC Monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans,” International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization, “Agents classified by the IARC monographs, volumes 1-106,” Group 1 carcinogens. Available at: <http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Classification/index.php>.

7. Dolle J, Daling J, White E, Brinton L, Doody D, et al. Risk factors for triple-negative breast cancer in women under the age of 45 years. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2009;18(4)1157-1166. Available at: <http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/download/Abortion_Breast_Cancer_Epid_Bio_Prev_2009.pdf>.

8. Ma H, Wang Y, Sullivan-Halley J, Weiss L, Marchbanks PA, Spirtas R, Ursin G, Burkman RT, Simon MS, Malone KE, Strom BL, McDonald JA, Press MF, Bernstein L. Use of four biomarkers to evaluate the risk of breast cancer subtypes in the Women’s Contraceptive and Reproductive Experiences Study. Cancer Research 2010;70(2):575-587. Available at: <http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/70/2/575.long>.

9. Karen Handel, Planned Bullyhood, Howard Books, 2012. Available at: <http://www.plannedbullyhood.com/invitation/coalition-on-abortion-breast-cancer/>.

LifeNews Note: Karen Malec is the president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer.