Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer

Author: AHCDL


Breast cancer may be increased dramatically by abortion.

A woman who aborts her first pregnancy may be doubling her risk of having breast cancer later in life.

It makes no difference whether her abortion is done by a doctor or a "pill" -- the breast cancer risk rises because of hormonal changes caused by interrupting her pregnancy.

Scientific studies have repeatedly found this to be true since at least 1981, yet America's women are still not being told that the breast cancer risk is even suspected. (Most recently, a Howard University study reported that, among African-American women with breast cancer, a large percentage had aborted their first child.)

Today, many members of Congress want to include mandated abortion coverage in the "health care" bill, even though there is currently only one government- supported study --not due until October -- which is even looking at the breast cancer/abortion "connection"! Shouldn't your Congressman know that there is no connection before he or she votes to increase the number of abortions and make tax-payers pay for them?

The Senate is now debating health care and is expected to vote very soon: Why not call your own Senators today and ask them what they know about the breast cancer/abortion connection? The number for all Senators is 202-224-3121.

Don't just take our word for it.

Here are just a few of the research articles available:

1. MacMahon B., et al.; Bulletin of the World Health Organization, vol. 43, pp. 209-21 (1970).

2. Pike M. C., et al.; in British Journal of Cancer, vol. 43, pp. 72-6 (1981).

3. Yuan J. M., et al.; in Cancer Resources, vol. 48, pp. 1949-53 (1988).

4. Brinton L. A., et al.; in British Journal of Cancer, vol. 47, pp. 757-62 (1983).

5. Rosenberg L., et al.; in American Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 127, pp. 981-9 (1988).

6. Howe H. I., et al.; in International Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 18, pp. 300-4 (1989).

7. Hirohata T., et al.; in National Cancer Institute Monogram, vol. 69, pp. 187-90 (1985).

8. Ewertz M., et al.; in British Journal of Cancer, vol. 58, pp. 99-104 (1988).

9. Parazzini F., et al.; in International Journal of Cancer, vol. 48, pp. 816-20 (1991).

10. Remennick, L. I., in International Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 18, pp. 498-510 (1989).

11. Remennick, L. I. in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol. 44, pp. 259-64 (1990).

12. Stadel, B. V., et al.; in Lancet, vol. i, pp. 436 (1986).

13. Soini, in International Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 6, pp. 365-73 (1977).

14. Hadjimichael, O. C., et al.; in British Journal of Cancer, vol. 53, pp. 281-4 (1986).

15. The Howard University Study: "Breast Cancer Risk Factors In African-American Women: The Howard University Tumor Registry Experience," in Journal of the National Medical Association, vol. 85. no. 12 (1993). Excerpt from the Abstract: "This retrospective case-control study examines risk factors for breast cancer in African-American women, who recently have shown an increase in the incidence of this malignancy. . . . Increases in risk were found for known risk factors such as decreased age at menarche and a family history of breast cancer. . . . An increased odds ratio was found for induced abortions, which was significant in women diagnosed after 50 years of age."

This issue is not settled, although we find some of the evidence quite compelling. We would however be less than honest if we did not point out that there are some studies which maintain there is no connection between abortion and breast cancer. We therefore insist, not that we are right, but that we must know the truth, we must find out. After all, there are apparently still some studies purporting to show no connection between smoking and ill-health. That issue needs resolution as well.

Please call your senator at 202-224-3121 and insist that we find out how dangerous abortion may be, before we offer it to the American people as a paid-for health option.

For more info, contact: The Ad Hoc Committee in Defense of Life, Inc. 1187 National Press Bldg, Washington, DC 20045. 202-347-8686. Contact person: Robert McFadden.