Canadian’s Letter to the Editor Applauds Vandalism of Pro-Life Sign on Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 24, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Canadian’s Letter to the Editor Applauds Vandalism of Pro-Life Sign on Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 24
, 2009

Smithers, Canada ( — There has been a rash of vandalism of pro-life signs and monuments in recent weeks and apparently another incident in Canada. But one local resident has gone further and wrote a letter to the editor applauding the criminal who defaced a pro-life sign in the northern portion of British Columbia.

On highway 16 near Smithers, pro-life advocates have apparently placed a sign along the road talking about the link between abortion and breast cancer.

The sign appears to have a woman asking the question, "Why Wasn’t I told?"

An abortion advocate apparently felt the need to provide a sarcastic response by spray-painting the words "because it’s not true" underneath.

That made Smithers resident Alicen Keamarden happy enough to rite a letter to the local Interior News newspaper.

"My heartfelt thanks to the person, or persons, who recently answered the question of the young lady on Hwy. 16, relieving her larger-than-life distress and poor research skills," Keamarden said.

"I refer to the soulful creature peering out of the Pro-Life billboard on Hwy. 16 by the turn-off for the transfer station who, in the interest of promoting scientifically inaccurate fearmongering about a direct link between abortion and breast cancer, has been whining ‘why wasn’t I told?’ for far too long," she complains.

"And finally, one of the many better informed people traveling the highway has explained to her ‘because it isn’t true’ in spray paint," Keamarden says. "Until such time as the billboard is cleaned it will, refreshingly, be telling the truth."

Apparently, Keamarden needs to brush up on her research skills because studies have consistently shown the abortion-breast cancer link is scientifically accurate.

Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a surgeon who deals with breast cancer, the Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and president of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, has a little more formal training than Keamarden, who sells culinary and medicinal herbs at Coryatsqua Herbs.

She published a paper earlier this month the medical journal Linacre Quarterly that shows how different pregnancy outcomes influence breast cancer risk.

Citing 52 years of breast cancer research, she said the evidence shows that, during pregnancy, unborn children "produce hormones that mature 85 percent of the mother’s breast tissue into cancer-resistant breast tissue."

This accounts for the protective effect of full term pregnancy (FTP) that experts universally recognize.

According to Lanfranchi, a delayed first FTP is associated with a temporary risk increase because it lengthens the period during the reproductive years when nearly all of the breast lobules are immature and cancer-susceptible and exposed to the cancer-causing effects of estrogen during menstrual cycles.

However, in terms of lifetime risk, the mother will eventually benefit from the protective effect of FTP, provided it lasted at least 32 weeks.

At the same time, the physician says short pregnancies like abortions that end before 32 weeks, except for first trimester miscarriages, leave the breasts only "partially matured" and "with more places for cancers to start."

"Induced abortion is a recognized cause of premature birth…. and prematurity more than doubles breast cancer risk if it is before 32 weeks," Lanfranchi writes.

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