Breast Cancer Awareness Month Organizers Need Challenging on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 26, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 26
, 2006

Washington, DC ( — October is breast cancer awareness month but the head of an organization that monitors research on the link between induced abortion and breast cancer says organizers likely won’t change their minds about informing women about it.

Karen Malec, the president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer says that groups such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation have done women a disservice by not telling them of the link — even though cases of breast cancer are on the rise.

"Breast cancer rates have surged this year to nearly 275,000 total cases (invasive and in-situ breast cancer) and nearly 41,000 deaths," Malec explains in a recent editorial provided to

She said women should ask what breast cancer awareness groups have done to reduce the rates of breast cancer and is distressed that "breast cancer rates have climbed significantly on their watch."

Malec says she’s not surprised that the breast cancer establishment refuses to tell women that abortion increases their risk of contracting the diseases. She points out that several leading groups promote the former affiliations their staff have with abortion advocacy organizations.

"Several cancer organizations’ websites openly boast that some of their board members and/or staff previously worked for (or were otherwise associated with)" pro-abortion groups.

Some of the organizations that staff of agencies like Komen and others have worked for include Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, NARAL, the top pro-abortion lobbying group, and the ACLU, the number one pro-abortion law firm.

She said breast cancer awareness groups need to remove former abortion advocates from their boards so women get accurate information.

"The tobacco-cancer link might never have been brought to the public’s attention if Big Tobacco’s executives had done what Big Abortion’s feminists are now doing — sitting on the boards of cancer fundraising organizations," Malec said.

Komen and its local affiliates have come under fire in the past for making donations to Planned Parenthood and Malec said several recent reports indicate that practice continues.

Malec said Komen and other groups don’t have much work to do to provide women with information about abortion and childbearing and their impact on breast cancer. She pointed to a recent Lancet article to make her case.

"Childbearing is so important in preventing the disease that an Oxford team of scientists concluded in 2002 that breast cancer rates would decline in developed nations by over one-half if women would increase the sizes of their families and breastfeed longer," she explained.

Malec urges women who are disappointed that groups are covering up the link to do something about it this month.

"Tell all cancer organizations that solicit funds from you that you only give your money to organizations that tell women the truth about the breast cancer risks of induced abortion," she urges.

Malec also said her group has several brochures women can distribute to cancer awareness walks, marches and rallies during the month of October. More information can be found on the organization’s web site.

In 1996, Dr. Joel Brind of Baruch College and other researchers conducted a synthesis of all the major studies done in the field to that time. They concluded that women who had an abortion before their first term child had a 50% increased risk of developing breast cancer while women who had an abortion after their first child sustained a 30% increased risk.

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