Pro-Life Group Upset Mayo Clinic Denied Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 15, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 15, 2006

Rochester, MN ( — A pro-life group that monitors the link between abortion and breast cancer is upset that the respected Mayo Clinic is advising women there is no link between abortion and breast cancer. The group also says Mayo should inform women that studies show carrying a pregnancy to term lowers the risk of contracting the disease.

As reported in an exclusive news story on Tuesday, Mayo posted a response on its web site to a Wisconsin woman who asked whether a link exists.

"There’s no credible evidence of a link between induced abortion and breast cancer," Dr. Sandhya Pruthi wrote the woman on behalf of the Mayo Clinic.

As proof, Mayo cites the National Cancer Institute, but the organization has come under fire as politically charged and relying more on the political beliefs of leading officers there than scientific studies.

Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, says the Mayo Clinic may feel like its has to toe the line of the National Cancer Institute because it receives significant amounts of federal taxpayer funding.

"The federal government funds most of the cancer research in the U.S. through [NCI]," Malec said in a statement provided to "The NCI concealed the existence of extensive research dating from 1957 and now expects women to believe there is no link."

"Experts at the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute have heard complaints from federally funded scientists who say that the NCI is leaning on them not to acknowledge an ABC link or to participate in research showing a link. The NCI rigorously enforces its ideology among scientists," Malec explained.

"Mayo Clinic is a participant in the National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers Program," Malec added. "One would expect the leaders of a federally funded cancer research facility to be reluctant to risk sabotaging their research program by blowing the whistle on a government cover-up."

Pruthi goes on in her response for Mayo to say that some studies have shown a link between abortion and breast cancer. It cites a "large meta-analysis" compiled by Dr. Joel Brind and other researchers in 1996.

They conducted a synthesis of all the major studies done in the field to that time and concluded that women who had an abortion before their first term child had a 50% increased of developing breast cancer while women who had an abortion after their first child sustained a 30% increased risk.

"If Mayo Clinic’s staff had told the truth about the ABC link, they might have helped post-abortive women to prevent the disease by encouraging them to adopt risk-reduction strategies," Malec explained. "They might have saved the lives of countless abortion-bound adolescents and college-age women."

Malec said Mayo should have told the woman that the breast cancer link is reduced by having a baby.

Researchers at the German Cancer Research Center found a woman’s risk of contracting breast cancer is lowered and the decrease is more substantial the more pregnancies a woman has had.

"Even the NCI acknowledges that childbearing reduces breast cancer risk," Malec said.

ACTION: Contact the Mayo Clinic with your comments about its denial of the abortion-breast cancer link. You can provide your input by going to:

Related web sites:
Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer –
Breast Cancer Prevention Institute –