By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

MELBOURNE, June 10, 2010 ( – Peter Kavanagh, DLP (Democratic Labor Party) Member for Western Victoria, urged the Victorian Parliament last night to study scientific evidence of the abortion-breast cancer link and to warn women of the risk if it is confirmed by scientific studies.

Kavanagh raised an adjournment motion in the Legislative Council after he was made aware that neither the Cancer Council of Victoria nor the Cancer Council of Australia had replied to letters sent by experts from Endeavour Forum Inc., an NGO having special consultative status with ECOSOC of the UN, of three studies published in 2009 confirming the increased risk of breast cancer caused by induced abortion.

“My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Health and relates to the apparent link between abortion and breast cancer. During the abortion debate in this Parliament in late 2008 I went into considerable detail, listing some of the scientific evidence which demonstrates that having an abortion increases a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. Even more recent scientific studies released in 2009 confirm such a link,” Kavanagh said in Parliament on June 9, according to VicHansard.

Babette Francis and Gabrielle Whiting of Endeavour Forum Inc. expressed their concern to Kavanagh after submitting published scientific research to the cancer groups and receiving no response.

The submitted research includes “Breast cancer risk factors in Turkish women” by Ozmen V. et al, published in the World Journal of Surgical Oncology, 2009; 7:37; “A case-control study of reproductive factors associated with subtypes of breast cancer in Northeast China” by Xing P. et al, published in Medical Oncology, e-publication online, September 2009; and “Risk factors for triple-negative breast cancer in women under the age of 45 years” by Dolle J. et al, published in Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2009: 18(4), pages 1157-1166.

“Apparently these important warnings are being ignored by the health authorities to which they are being reported,” Kavanagh said. “It seems difficult to avoid the conclusion that ideological commitment to unrestricted abortion may be preventing a proper assessment of the health risks of abortion.”

“The action I seek from the minister is that he seek an objective review of the evidence of a relationship between abortions and breast cancer risk, and if such a link is shown to exist, to issue medical warnings along these lines, even if this has the effect of reducing the number of abortions,” Kavanagh concluded.

To contact the Parliament of Victoria:
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Phone: (+61 3) 9651 8911
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For more information on the medical connection between abortion and breast cancer please visit the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer website.

See LSN reports on the referenced studies:

Study: Breast Cancer Risk 66% Higher in Turkish Women with Abortions

Chinese Women with Abortion Experience 17% Increased Breast Cancer Risk

National Cancer Institute Researcher Admits Abortion Breast Cancer Link

See related LSN articles:

Chinese Breast Cancer Deaths Jump 40% since One Child Abortion Policy

New Study Shows Abortion is 'Best Predictor of Breast Cancer'