Abortion and Breast Cancer
Piece it together. Some 40,000 women, mostly
tax-funded egalitarian radicals, descend on authoritarian China for the
U.N. Conference on Women, clamouring after "reproductive rights" in the
name of freedom.
What they don't admit is the
other side of their equation. "Femicide," the widespread killing of female
infants (whether in or out of the womb) because they are "the wrong sex,"
is considered a reproductive right, and is rampant in much of the world.
China registers fully 500,000 more boy than girl births every year.
Suffocation abounds. Surprise, surprise: abortion-on-demand reinforces
patriarchy. Freedom lovers cringe that it was only former communist leader
Mao Tse Tung's insistence on equal rights for women that temporarily
halted abortion and femicide.
But there is a
much more ironic spectre. Modern radicals are discovering that in her own
way, mother nature may further trump their politics in a kind of revenge
of the empty cradle: a lot of solid scientific research says women who
have abortions are much more likely to die of breast cancer than if they
had carried their child to term.
have been stymied in efforts to explain the rapid global surge in
breast-cancer rates since the 1970s. Environment, diet, age, and so on,
have all been factored. Yet the increase remains a mystery. But what if
it's not a mystery. What if for crass political reasons it is being kept a
mystery by those who stand to gain? We get the slant when Claire Hoy,
author of The Truth About Breast Cancer, says the $7 million spent each
year by the Government of Ontario on four private Toronto abortion clinics
is more than is spent on breast cancer research by the federal government
and all provinces combined!
The fact is that
millions of unsuspecting abortion clients all over the world are not being
told that in 1981 the British Journal of Cancer published a study by
Malcom Pike showing a a 2.4-fold increase (240%) in the risk of breast
cancer for women under age 33 who had undergone induced abortion prior to
a full-term pregnancy.
Almost 15 years have
passed, and this research, or variations of it, has been repeated in major
studies in many countries of the world. In 1993, Harvard law graduate
Scott Sommerville published "The Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer,"
a summary of 24 refereed studies in prestigious international journals
showing the link. He says there is a refusal to acknowledge these studies
because "feminists are more pro-abortion than anti-cancer." They worry
that the whole basis for legalization of abortion in the U.S.A. could be
reversed because the courts were persuaded that abortion is supposedly
safer than a live birth.
The most recent study
to land on my desk was "Risk of Breast Cancer Among Young Women:
Relationship to Induced Abortion," published on November 2nd, 1994, in the
prestigious Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Newspapers reported
that the article said women who have abortions are at a 50% greater risk
of breast cancer. But they did not report it also says "induced abortion
in the last month of the first trimester is associated with nearly a
doubling of subsequent breast cancer risk" (a 100% increase), that women
under 18 who underwent induced abortion "had a subsequent 2.5-fold
increase in risk" (250%), and if first abortion was over age 30, "a
2.1-fold increase in risk" (210%).
well-known Connecticut study of 3,315 mothers showed a 250% increase due
to miscarriage (spontaneous abortion). I bet that hospitals and abortion
clinics aren't handing out copies of these studies to prospective clients.
And yet ... failure to disclose readily available information on potential
health risks of medical procedures is illegal. So expect a flood of suits
when, if, women wake up.
The reason for the
deadly connection between abortion and cancer seems to be that pregnancy
initiates hormonal change promoting breast cell growth. Once mature and
specialized, breast cells are unlikely to turn cancerous. However, if this
natural process is interrupted by abortion, breast cells do not complete
this protective process, and are far more vulnerable to
Many suspect the abortion industry has
been suppressing the news, and that drug companies have been funding
studies designed to repudiate the rising evidence. The favorite tactic is
a charge of "recall bias," suggesting that women who get cancer are more
likely to remember a prior abortion than those who don't, thus flawing
Forget an abortion? Not likely. But
no matter. A 1989 study by Holly Howe of the New York Department of
Health, published in the highly respected International Journal of
Epidemiology, devastated the recall-bias charge by using only women with
officially-recorded abortions. No fibbing possible. She found a 90%
increased risk of breast cancer among women who had first-pregnancy
Yesterday I spoke with a genial,
somewhat doubtful Dr. W. Hanna, Research Director of the Canadian Breast
Cancer Foundation. But astonishingly, she had not seen any of the
above-mentioned studies. So I faxed them to her. I argued that with as
many solid studies - even conflicting ones - on, say, the possible dangers
of ozone, or cholesterol, the medical community would flash media warnings
to the whole world. Why not with a possible abortion/cancer link? After
all, what women need a lot more than a right to choose, is a right to