Is There a Link Between Abortion and Breat Cancer?

Just remem­ber as you’re read­ing this, it’s the Demo­c­ra­tic Party which claims to be “The Party of Science.”

Pro-life advo­cates have argued for years that abor­tion increases the risk of breast can­cer — due to hor­monal changes dur­ing preg­nancy which leave breasts more vul­ner­a­ble to can­cer. Despite their advo­cacy, the Depart­ment of Health and Human Ser­vices denies that there is any link.

On Mon­day the Coali­tion on Abortion/Breast Can­cer pointed to a new study which found a nearly 3-fold increase in the risk of breast can­cer among Armen­ian women who had an abor­tion as yet another rea­son women should steer clear of the procedure.

The report, “Influ­ence of Dia­betes Mel­li­tus Type 2 and Pro­longed Estro­gen Expo­sure on Risk of Breast Can­cer Among Women in Arme­nia” pub­lished in Tay­lor & Fran­cis was authored by Lilit Khacha­tryan of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health at the Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity of Arme­nia. The study included researchers from the Johns Hop­kins School of Pub­lic Health and the Uni­ver­sity of Pennsylvania.

The research found that induced abor­tions increased a woman’s risk of beast can­cer 2.86 times — they claim how­ever that “most evi­dence … points to no effect.”

The Coali­tion on Abortion/Breast Can­cer con­tends that polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness was the rea­son the researchers claimed there is no link.

Baruch Col­lege biol­ogy and endocrinol­ogy pro­fes­sor Joel Brind — an advo­cate of the breast cancer/abortion link — crit­i­cized the find­ings, explain­ing in a state­ment that the researchers “did not — and per­haps were not allowed to — char­ac­ter­ize their find­ings hon­estly in the polit­i­cally cor­rect atmos­phere of the U.S. and Europe. The good news is that they were able to report their find­ings in a promi­nent peer-reviewed jour­nal at all.”

Karen Malec of the Coali­tion on Abortion/Breast Can­cer pointed out that, though they deny a link, the researchers’ find­ing — that women who had an abor­tion were 2.68 times more likely to have breast can­cer — was not a sur­prise as, accord­ing to Malec, 51 of 67 epi­demi­o­log­i­cal stud­ies since 1957 show a link.

51 out of 67 stud­ies comes to just over 76.1 per­cent of the stud­ies.  That’s roughly three out of every four papers which have been issued on the subject.

Is there a link?  I hon­estly don’t know, but to say the body doesn’t react in some way to an abrupt stop to the hor­mone process asso­ci­ated to the ter­mi­na­tion of a preg­nancy (nat­ural or oth­er­wise) would be idi­otic to deny.  They are called hor­mone swings for a rea­son after all.

Is polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness hav­ing an effect in this regards on the sci­en­tific com­mu­nity?  That I wouldn’t doubt.  Uni­ver­si­ties are rather picky about who gets the grant money these days.

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