Doctors Group Favors Disclosing Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 4, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Doctors Group Favors Disclosing Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 4, 2003

Tucson, AZ ( — A doctors group has become the latest medical organization favoring the disclosure of information regarding the abortion-breast cancer link to women considering abortion.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons says the relationship is "highly plausible" and women may reconsider abortion if they are told the facts.

"The AAPS believes that patients have the right to give or withhold fully informed consent before undergoing medical treatment. This includes notification of potential adverse effects," says AAPS executive director Jane Orient, M.D.

"While there is a difference of medical opinion concerning the abortion-breast cancer link, there is a considerable volume of evidence supporting this link, which is, moreover, highly plausible. We believe that a reasonable person would want to be informed of the existence of this evidence before making her decision," Orient explained.

Karen Malec, head of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, said AAPS becomes the fifth medical organization to confirm the link and ask that women considering abortion be told of it.

The National Physicians Center for Family Resources, Catholic Medical Association, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Polycarp Research Institute, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute all acknowledge the link.

"We encourage all medical groups and the cancer establishment to take a pro-information stand," Malec said.  "In particular, we challenge the National Cancer Institute, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to discontinue their pro-censorship practices by offering women an honest evaluation of the research."

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1996 reported a 23% risk elevation of contracting breast cancer among American women having induced abortions.

Malec published an article in the Summer 2003 issue of the AAPS’ Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. She discussed widespread scientific misconduct and efforts to conceal the research during the last half century.

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Malec article on abortion/breast cancer –