Supreme Court Won’t Hear Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Lawsuit Women Filed

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 18, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 18, 2004

Washington, DC ( — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case filed by two California women who sued Planned Parenthood abortion businesses there because they refuse to disclose information concerning the link between abortion and breast cancer.

The nation’s high court allowed a decision by the California Supreme Court to stand and told the women they must pay $77,000 in attorney fees to the nation’s largest abortion business.

The women had asked a judge to required the Planned Parenthood abortion business in San Diego and Riverside counties to tell women considering an abortion that induced abortions increase the risk of breast cancer.

Of the 41 studies which have been previously published, 29 show increased risk of breast cancer among women who have chosen abortion. According to the Breast Cancer Prevention Institution, some 16 of those studies are statistically significant.

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.

According to BCPI, a teenager who has an abortion between 9 and 24 weeks of pregnancy — when most are performed — has a 30% chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime, compared with a 12.5% risk among all women.

If that same teenager also has a family history of breast cancer, the risk increases so much that one study showed all such women developed breast cancer by the age of 45.

A medical research analyst for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation resigned last month because she is upset that the group denies the link between abortion and breast cancer and has sent large grants to Planned Parenthood.

According to former Komen public relations director Kristin Kelly, Komen affiliates awarded $38.4 million in grants to support community outreach programs in 2003. That figure includes 21 grants to their local Planned Parenthood chapters totaling more than $475,000.

When confronted with data showing Komen made donations to Planned Parenthood, the information didn’t sit well with Komen analyst Eve Sanchez Silver. The Hispanic outreach director for the national chairty, SIlver resigned in protest.

Related web sites:

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Breast Cancer Prevention Institute –
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons –