It is dishonest to suggest that abortion causes breast cancer. It is a lie that the holier-than-thou set has little problem perpetrating. Lying for Jesus is still lying. These anti-choice zealots do not care. LifeSiteNews.com has a post up titled: “Planned Parenthood claims to fight breast cancer… but they’re actually causing it.”
They will say or do just about anything to disparage Planned Parenthood for performing a legal medical procedure that they do not approve of. They also disapprove of contraception.
To bolster their case, LifeSite is linking to a report published by the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons which is the Journal of Association of American Physicians and Surgeons or “AAPS.” AAPS is an ultra-conservative organization opposing Medicare and Medicaid. Their journal has run articles asserting that HIV does not cause AIDS and that being gay reduces one’s life expectancy. The U.S. National Library of Medicine refused to index the journal.
As for the cited article, the lead investigator is not an academic and does not have a PhD (she has an MA with an undisclosed specialty). As for the claim (cites are to links at Wikipedia which will open in a new tab):
- The World Health Organization concluded in 2012 that “sound
epidemiological data show no increased risk of breast cancer for women
following spontaneous or induced abortion”, updating their earlier finding that “induced abortion does not increase breast cancer risk”.
- The American Cancer Society concluded: “At this time, the scientific
evidence does not support the notion that abortion of any kind raises
the risk of breast cancer or any other type of cancer.”
- The U.S. National Cancer Institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health,
found that “induced abortion is not associated with an increase in
breast cancer risk”, assigning this conclusion the strongest possible
- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found that
“early studies of the relationship between prior induced abortion and
breast cancer risk were methodologically flawed. More rigorous recent
studies demonstrate no causal relationship between induced abortion and a
subsequent increase in breast cancer risk.”
- The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists reviewed the
medical literature and concluded that “there is no established link
between induced abortion or miscarriage and development of breast
The College recommended in its official clinical practice guidelines
that “Women should be informed that induced abortion is not associated
with an increase in breast cancer risk.”
- The German Cancer Research Center concluded in 2013 that abortion and miscarriage pose no risk of breast cancer.
- The Canadian Cancer Society stated in 2013: “The body of scientific
evidence does not support an association between abortion and increased
breast cancer risk.”