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ABORTION & BREAST CANCER - WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY  

Subject: Fw:Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 14:09:39 -0400From: "John Wood" <johnpwood@email.msn.com>Organization: Microsoft CorporationTo: pfli@ix.netcom.com  

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer was formed about a year agoby a group of women in the Chicago area concerned about the fact that womenwere not being told by the National Cancer Institute (which is now beinginvestigated by Congress), by their physicians (who are uninformed) and byanti-cancer organizations that there are now 27 out of 33 worldwide studieswhich have linked induced abortion to breast cancer.

The first study wasreported in an English language journal, GANN, in 1957.[Segi M et al. GANN(1957); 48 (Suppl): 1-63].The next study was published in 1970 by theWorld Health Organization.[MacMahon B, et al. Bull Wld Health Org (1970);43-209-21].Our purpose is to educate women and to save lives.You canview our web site at <http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com> to learn moreabout a concerted effort to cover-up this politically incorrect information.There are two ways in which abortion causes breast cancer. First, experts universally agree that having a child provides awoman with a natural protection against breast cancer and that it ishealthier for a married woman not to postpone her first full-termpregnancy.In fact, one Harvard study reported that each year that a womanpostpones her first full-term pregnancy increases her breast cancer risk by3.5%. [Dr. Brian MacMahon, Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, et al., "Age at anyBirth and Breast Cancer Risk," International Journal of Cancer,1983;31:701-704].

Obviously, having an abortion causes a woman to foregothe protective effect that a full-term pregnancy would have afforded her.Dr. Joel Brind, the President of the Breast Cancer PreventionInstitute, explains that most known risk factors for breast cancer involveestrogen overexposure.For example, women who reach puberty at an early ageor menopause at a late age or who have fewer or no children, experience moremenstrual cycles and are, therefore, exposed to higher levels of estradiol(a form of estrogen) and have a higher risk of breast cancer.Women whonurse their children, on the other hand, experience a reduction in thenumber of menstrual cycles and reduce their risk of breast cancer by doingso.(Dr. Joel Brind, "The Estrogen Connection," www.abortioncancer.com).

Second, 27 out of 33 worldwide studies have independently linkedabortion with breast cancer.Thirteen out of fourteen of these studies areAmerican studies which show a link.Five showmore than twofold elevationin risk.Seventeen are statistically significant.In 1996 Dr. Brind conducted a review and meta-analysis of theworldwide studies, most of which were done by abortion supporters.[Brindet al. (1996) Jrnl of Epidemiol Community Health 50:481-96].On March 13,2000 the U.K.'s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists became thefirst medical organization to warn its abortion practitioners, saying thatDr. Brind's review was "methodologically sound" and that the abortion-breastcancer link "could not be disregarded."["Evidence-based Guideline No. 7:The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion," Press Release, March 13,2000].

Dr. Brind has conservatively estimated that there are presently anadditional 5,000 to 8,000 cases of breast cancer per year due to earlierabortions and that by the year 2020 there will be an additional 40,000 to50,000 cases of breast cancer yearly.Will our health care system be ableto cope with this?Dr. Brind, by the way, is featured on the cover of the July, 2000issue of Physician's Magazine, which is published by Focus on the Family.You can obtain a complimentary copy by writing Carrie Gordon Earll at Focuson the Family, P.O. Box 35500, Colorado Springs, CO80935-3550.One especially disturbing study on women was done by Dr. JanetDaling at Seattle's FredHutchinsonCancerResearchCenter in 1994.

Dr.Daling, an abortion supporter, found that "among women who had been pregnantat least once, the risk of breast cancer in those who had experienced aninduced abortion was 50% higher than among other women" [Janet R. Daling etal., "Risk of Breast Cancer Among Young Women: Relationship to InducedAbortion," 86 Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 1584, 1994].

Dr. Daling's study found that a teenager who has an abortion morethan doubles her risk of getting breast cancer.Daling reported that ateenager with a family history of breast cancer who procures an abortionfaces a risk of breast cancer that is "incalculably high."All 12 women inher study with this history were diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of45.An attorney who authored an article for the Wisconsin Law Reviewlast year on the subject of informed consent and the abortion-breast cancerconnection, John Kindley, has argued that physicians who breach this dutyface considerable legal liability and can be sued for medical malpractice.(John Kindley, www.johnkindley.com).

He is currently representing a NorthDakota woman in a false advertising suit against a clinic which wasdistributing a pamphlet containing false statements about theabortion-breast-cancer link.Mr. Kindley explains the significance of the increased risk ofbreast cancer following an induced abortion:"The real significance of a relative risk increase depends upon thebackground risk which is increased.For example, although smoking increasesthe risk of lung cancer by a factor of 10.0, the background risk of lungcancer for nonsmokers is very low.By contrast, an average American woman'slifetime risk of breast cancer is about twelve percent.

A 1.3 relative riskincrease from an induced abortion would therefore indicate about a fourpercent increase in absolute terms.Estimating a twenty-five percentmortality rate, this figure would suggest that about 1 out of 100 women whohave had an induced abortion die from breast cancer attributable to theabortion" (johnkindley.com, Wisconsin Law Review article, p. 1620).The abortion industry relies heavily upon the Melbye study todispute the abortion-breast cancer link, however even this study reportedthat "{w}ith each one-week increase in the gestational age of thefetus...there was a 3 percent increase in the risk of breast cancer."

The study reported no overall positive association between abortion and breastcancer.(Melbye et al. (1997) New England Journal of Medicine, 336:81-5).However, it has been severely criticized for errors of misclassification anddata adjustment..(Dr. Joel Brind, "Rotten in Denmark,"www.abortioncancer.com).In addition, Melbye and colleagues attempted tocorrect these errors in a subsequent study in 1999, but did not admit thatthey were doing so and did not reanalyze their data after correcting theirerrors.[Melbye M., Wohlfahrt J., Anderson A..M., Westergaard T., Andersen P.K., "Preterm Delivery and Risk of Breast Cancer," Br. J. Cancer(1999);80:609-613].Dr. Brind and his colleagues will be doing that jobthis summer because they believe that the 1997 study actually masked anincreased risk of 40%.In February of this year the New England Journal of Medicine,arguably the world's most influential medical journal, acknowledged theabortion-breast cancer link in the text of an article written by researchersat the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in spite of havingpublished the much criticized Melbye study three years ago.[Armstrong(2000) NEJM 342:564-71].

Planned Parenthood expert, Dr. Lynn Rosenberg, a Boston University Medical School epidemiologist, testified last year in a Florida case on theabortion-breast cancer link.When asked by an attorney whether a pregnant15 year old who aborts her pregnancy has a higher risk of breast cancer thanone who carries her pregnancy to term, Dr. Rosenberg answered, "Probably,yes."[Dr. Joel Brind, "ABC in the Courts: Dramatic ABC Testimony inFlorida's Parental Notification Appeal," Abortion-Breast Cancer QuarterlyUpdate, (Fall, 1999) Vol. 2, No. 3, p. 1].

In July of 1998 Congressman Tom Coburn M.D., anobstetrician-gynecologist, questioned a representative from the NationalCancer Institute, Dr. Edison Liu, during a Commerce Committee hearing on theState of Cancer Research.Congressman Coburn accused the NCI of misleadingthe public and "selectively releasing data" on the abortion-breast cancerlink, in part because of the NCI's false claim on its web site in 1998 thatthe abortion-breast cancer link is "based on limited experimental data inrats, and is not consistent with human data."Congressman Tom Bliley iscurrently leading a congressional investigation into the widespreadmisrepresentation of the medical literature by the NCI.Under pressure fromCongress, the NCI revised its web site last year, but its web page on theabortion-breast cancer link is conspicuous for what it still does not tellwomen (i.e. that there are 27 out of 33 worldwide studies linking abortionwith breast cancer; that 13 out of 14 American studies associated this riskfactor with abortion; that 5 studies report a more than twofold increase inrisk; and that 17 are statistically significant).

Congressman Dave Weldon M.D. sent a "Dear Colleague" letter to allmembers of Congress on August 24, 1999 on the need to provide women withinformed consent and called abortion a "significant health risk" and a"health care time-bomb."Women have the right to know that there are now 27 out of 33 studieswhich show an abortion-breast cancer link.In fact, we find itpaternalistic that women have been prevented from making informed choicesabout this women's health issue. we find it paternalistic that women havebeen prevented from making informed choices about this women's health issue."My people are destroyed," says the Lord in Hosea, "for lack ofknowledge."We seek to reach women -- and those who love them -- with thislife-saving information, and our cause is urgent.Will you work with us toensure that the public is finally told the truth about abortion?We wouldbe very pleased if you would help get the word out about the abortion-breastcancer link.Sincerely,Karen Malec, PresidentCoalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer1-877-803-0102 Toll Free http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com

 

 

 

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