Medical Journal: Research Used to Deny Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Flawed

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 2, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 2, 2005

Washington, DC ( — A scientific review of 10 studies on the link between abortion and breast cancer find the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) and others are using seriously flawed research to deny an abortion-breast cancer link. The review was published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Professor Joel Brind of Baruch College, the lead author of the review, concluded, "These recent studies therefore do not invalidate the large body of previously published studies that established induced abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer."

Brind is the second breast cancer expert to accuse the NCI and other researchers of bias in favor of abortion in their reviews of the abortion-breast cancer link. He said some scientists have engaged in "shoddy research" in an attempt to disprove the link.

The review represents Brind’s first overall analysis of the total research done on abortion and breast cancer since his seminal work published in 1996. In that work, he found that 18 out of 23 studies reported women who have had an abortion show a higher incidence of breast cancer.

Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, a women’s group which studies the link, said NCI has a history of being wrong about other factors that cause cancer.

"The NCI was wrong about the tobacco-cancer link in 1954, and it’s wrong again today," she explained. "Scientists are behaving much as they did when tobacco executives corrupted cancer research."

Schlafly, General Counsel for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, went further and accused abortion advocates of withholding information about abortion’s link to breast cancer to avoid malpractice lawsuits.

"The abortion industry and medical establishment withholds this information in an attempt to prevent massive lawsuits from being filed," he said.

Scientists don’t debate the secondary risk of abortion — the longer a woman delays a first birth, the greater her breast cancer risk is. But scientists debate whether abortion is independently linked to breast cancer — whether it leaves women with more cancer-susceptible breast tissue.

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