Connection Recognized Between Abortion and Breast Cancer
evidence has been found connecting abortion and breast cancer,
according to Britain's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
As a result
of evidence in the 1996 "Comprehensive review and meta-analysis," by
Dr. Joel Brind and colleagues at the Pennsylvania State College of
Medicine, the RCOG found the abortion-breast cancer connection credible
and issued "Evidence-based Guidelines No. 7: The Care of Women
Requesting Induced Abortion."
conflicting review by Brind has examined the same studies and concluded
induced abortion is a significant, independent risk factor for breast
cancer," according to the RCOG report. "The assessor concluded that
both were carefully conducted reviews and that the Brind paper had no
major methodological shortcomings and could not be disregarded."
director of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.,
and a member of the American Bioethics Advisory Commission, a division
of American Life League, said he is encouraged RCOG has clearly
acknowledged "the existence of valid evidence of the abortion-breast
represents the abortion practitioners themselves," said Brind. "This is
the first time that any such group has clearly acknowledged the
evidence of the abortion-breast cancer connection."
lawsuit filed in Fargo, N.D., highlights the abortion-breast cancer
connection. An employee of North Dakota Life League alleged a clinic
broke North Dakota laws against false advertising when it gave the
employee a deceptive brochure about abortion health risks.
to claims that abortion increases a women's chance of developing breast
cancer, the brochure reads, "None of these claims are supported by
medical research or established medical organizations."
attorney for the plaintiff, is arguing research shows having an induced
abortion increases the average women's risk of breast cancer by about
review article on the scientific evidence connecting induced abortion
with increased breast cancer risk can be found at: www.johnkindley.com.