Glamour Magazine Again Denies Abortion-Breast Cancer Link, Women Upset

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 20, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 20, 2006

New York, NY ( — A women’s group that monitors the link between abortion and breast cancer is challenging Glamour Magazine to a debate on the issue. The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer says the women’s magazine has attempted to cover up the existence of the link in two different articles.

In an August 2005 article, Glamour claimed the link has been "disproved" despite an overwhelming majority of studies showing induced abortion significantly raises a woman’s breast cancer risk.

Now, in its May 2006 issue, in an article titled, "The new lies about women’s health," Glamour again denies the link exists.

"Abortion does not increase a woman’s chance of breast cancer," Glamour wrote, saying the claims were only supported by "radical" pro-life groups. The article goes further to decry pro-life groups and lawmakers pressing for laws to tell women about the breast cancer link before they have an abortion.

Karen Malec, president of the coalition, says Glamour is exhibiting a "stone-cold disregard for women’s health."

"Women shouldn’t be deceived by those who stand to profit from legalized abortion," continued Malec.

"Consider what the tobacco industry did to protect its bottom line. Fearing massive product liability lawsuits, its lawyers marshaled a stable of journalists, doctors and scientists who represented smoking as ‘safe’ and glamorous, especially for the ‘liberated’ woman," she explained.

Breast cancer surgeon Angela Lanfranchi, M.D. says Glamour and those who deny the abortion-breast cancer link would likely oppose a debate on the issue because they know they would lose.

"The normal discourse in medicine when there is controversy on a scientific issue is to present arguments for both sides in texts and debate at scientific meetings," she said. "There has not been normal discourse concerning the ABC link."

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.

In total, eight medical groups recognize an independent link between abortion and cancer.

The abortion breast cancer link prominently affects teenagers.

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 who has an abortion 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.

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Related web sites:
Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer –
Breast Cancer Prevention Institute –
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons –