Texas Lawmakers Want to Deny Women Info on Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 16, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Texas Lawmakers Want to Deny Women Info on Abortion-Breast Cancer Link

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 16
, 2009

Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) — Two Texas Democratic state legislators have filed a bill that would deny women information on the link between abortion and breast cancer. The legislators claim no link exists and want to limit the details women receive about it from the state-published pre-abortion informed consent booklet.

The fact that abortion increases a woman’s risk for contracting breast cancer is well established despite the politicized opinions against it.

However, Reps. Ellen Cohen and Garnet Coleman would remove what they call “medically inaccurate” language in the booklet the Texas Department of State Health Services prepares.

The 23-page booklet, A Woman’s Right to Know, is produced because the state legislature approved the informed consent booklet in 2003. They did so because abortion centers routinely deny women information about the medical and mental health risks of having an abortion.

“If you have carried a pregnancy to term as a young woman, you may be less likely to get breast cancer in the future. However, you do not get the same protective effect if your pregnancy is ended by an abortion," the booklet says.

Though the legislators don’t want the information in the booklet, the wording is accurate.

Baruch College professor and renowned researcher Joel Brind, Ph.D., says that the link between the two is real and that studies back up his assertion that carrying a pregnancy to term reduces the risk.

Brind explains that the reason for the link is "obvious" in that "once a woman gets pregnant, her breasts start growing within days or a week or so after getting pregnant. So the number of those Type 1 and Type 2 lobules where breast cancer can form are multiplying and so there are more places where cancer can start as the pregnancy proceeds."

"Well, once 32 weeks pass, all those Type 1 and Type 2 lobules become Type 3 and Type 4 lobules so you actually have fewer places for cancer to form than before the pregnancy started. But if a pregnancy is aborted before the 32-week mark, the risk for breast cancer goes way up from where it would have been even if a woman hadn’t gotten pregnant in the first place," he said.

While much of the focus of the debate is on the abortion side of the breast cancer issue, there is little controversy about the fact that pregnancy helps women.

An October 2007 study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons found abortion is the best predictor of whether women will contract breast cancer.

Patrick Carroll of the Pension and Population Research Institute in London conducted this new study and showed that countries with higher abortion rates, such as England & Wales, could expect a substantial increase in breast cancer incidence.

"Induced abortion is found to be the best predictor, and fertility is also a useful predictor," he writes. "The increase in breast cancer incidence appears to be best explained by an increase in abortion rates, especially nulliparous abortions, and lower fertility."

He found that, when abortion rates are low such as in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, a smaller increase is expected.

And in nations experiencing a decline in abortions, like Denmark and Finland, a similar decline in breast cancer is anticipated.

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