by Steven Ertelt
September 22, 2004
Chicago, IL (LifeNews.com) — Two people who have been touched by the tragedy of breast cancer took information about the link between abortion and the deadly disease to participants in the Chicago-area "Race for the Cure," sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They received mixed reactions from those involved.
Jeanette Joyce and a friend, Tom Morrison, know how breast cancer can affect people’s lives.
Jeanette was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago. A mammography educator, she regularly gives talks on the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link. Tom Morrison’s mother died of breast cancer.
The two both wanted race participants to know that research as far back as 1957 shows the link between induced abortions and breast cancer.
Together, they held a banner at the Chicago event saying, "Abortion is a cause of breast cancer. Why aren’t women being told?" The banner also mentioned the web site of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, a women’s organization that educates about the link.
Jeanette and Tom smiled and clapped for the cancer walkers.
Karen Malec, president of the Coalition, said the duo were received well by most participants, with some thanking them for their presence at the event.
"Remarkably, a couple of walkers said Jeanette and Tom shouldn’t be educating women about this risk factor for the disease at all," Malec said.
The duo told those who objected to their banner that women have a right to know that there is an increased risk of contracting breast cancer associated with an abortion. Carrying a pregnancy to term reduces the long-term risk — especially for teenagers.
"When the occasional cancer survivor suggests to me that the ABC link should be covered up, I’m appalled," Malec, a 14-year survivor of colon cancer, said.
"Cancer survivors have a greater obligation than do other men and women to spare others their own suffering, regardless of their personal feelings about this risk factor," Malec explained. "They know better than anyone else does about the depth of the physical and emotional suffering that is involved in chemotherapy, radiation, and surgical removal of the breasts and the impact of their disease on their families."