by Steven Ertelt
July 21, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — While the leaders of two national pregnancy centers groups have criticized a new report by a pro-abortion Congressman claiming they lie to pregnant women, pro-life groups are also saying the report is off base. Pro-abortion Rep. Henry Waxman accused the centers of lying about abortion risks even though research says those risks are real.
Concerned Women for America, a leading women’s group, says both research and experience show that abortion can be physically and psychologically detrimental to women.
“These attacks on pregnancy centers only prove how determined those who profit from abortion are to keep women from seeking alternatives,” said Wendy Wright, CWA’s president.
“Rep. Waxman and his allies would better spend their time educating themselves by talking to women who have experienced the damaging effects of abortion," Wright explained.
"Dismissing women’s real experiences and ignoring facts that conflict with their ideology in order to accuse pro-life groups of being ‘deceptive’ blatantly reveals that their obsession for abortion trumps any concern they ever felt for women’s well-being," she said.
Karen Malec, the head of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, agreed that the Waxman report is bad for women’s health.
Waxman’s report says crisis pregnancy centers wrongly tell women that abortion increases the risk of contracting breast cancer, yet Malec says research backs up that contention and she points to eight medical groups that acknowledge that abortion leaves women with an increase in cancer-vulnerable tissue.
"Like tobacco-state congressmen, Waxman et al. have worked to protect a cancer-causing industry and influence the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s scientific decision-making, without regard for the public health," she asserted.
Malec pointed to a statement from the American Cancer Society which reveals having fewer children, which happens in part when an abortion is done, also leads to more breast cancer.
"Much of the long-term underlying increase in (breast cancer) incidence among women is due to historical changes in reproductive patterns, such as delayed childbearing and having fewer children," the group’s web site says.
Meanwhile, Kim Conroy, of Focus on the Family, also took issue with the Waxman report.
"Focus on the Family is appalled by Rep. Waxman’s politically-motivated attack on pro-life pregnancy centers, hundreds of which are licensed medical clinics," she said.
"Rep. Waxman’s time would be better spent investigating the millions of taxpayer dollars that have been given directly to abortion providers over the years," she added.