Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Abortion and Breast Cancer

Bob just had a guest on and the two of them proceeded to assert that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer. The guest said that certain cells turn carcinogenic after an abortion and that leads to cancer. Bob did not identify the guest as having any kind of medical or scientific credentials and, as we know, Bob also has no such credentials.

Of course, cancer is a serious health issue and hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year in research and treatment. But Bob's handling of this issue, and this alleged abortion link, is a very unserious endeavor whose only purpose is to confuse and obfuscate.

The National Cancer Institute, and other organizations of actual doctors and scientists have addressed this issue time and time again. In short, "having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer." So who should you believe, Bob and his guest or actual doctors and scientists who have actually studied cancer in-depth?

Bob talks about this issue a lot, but I never hear him mention that the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the Karmanos Cancer Institute, etc., have refused to appear on the show. You know why? Bob doesn't invite them. Why would he possibly want an educated guest who specializes in breast cancer come on to present the issue? If he did that, he couldn't advancing his agenda, which is utilizing the government to restrict the freedom of women to have an abortion, should they choose.

2 comments:

Scott Hughes said...

I didn't know there was link between abortion and breast cancer. Well, I guess it's the choice of a woman whether to accept that risk or not.

You might like the Abortion Forums.

Irl Hudnutt said...

No, as Jeff stated, there is NO LINK between abortion and breast cancer.

From The Cancer Society's Website:

In February 2003, the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) convened a workshop of over 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk. The experts reviewed existing human and animal studies on the relationship between pregnancy and breast cancer risk, including studies of induced and spontaneous abortions. Among their conclusions were:

Breast cancer risk is temporarily increased after a term pregnancy (resulting in the birth of a living child).

Induced abortion is not associated with an increase in breast cancer risk.

Recognized spontaneous abortion is not associated with an increase in breast cancer risk.

The level of scientific evidence for these conclusions was considered to be "well established" (the highest level).