Expert: Abortion has led to 300,000 extra breast cancer deaths in U.S.
January 18, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Abortion has led to 300,000 additional breast cancer deaths in the United States since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized the act, says an expert on the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link.
Dr. Joel Brind, professor of endocrinology at Baruch College, City University of New York and a director at the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, made this assertion this week in a press release by the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. It is based on his 1996 meta-analysis, which found that women had a 30% greater chance of developing breast cancer after obtaining an abortion.
“If we take the overall risk of breast cancer among women to be about 10% (not counting abortion), and raise it by 30%, we get 13% lifetime risk,” he said. “Using the 50 million abortions since Roe v. Wade figure, we get 1.5 million excess cases of breast cancer. At an average mortality of 20% since 1973, that would mean that legal abortion has resulted in some 300,000 additional deaths due to breast cancer since Roe v. Wade.”
Brind said his estimate excludes deaths from the use of abortion to delay first full term pregnancies - a recognized breast cancer risk.
Karen Malec, the Coalition’s president, said that while the ABC link continues to be denied, it is supported by a growing body of evidence. “During the last 21 months, four epidemiological studies and one review reported an ABC link. One study included National Cancer Institute branch chief Louise Brinton as co-author. We count nearly 50 published epidemiological studies since 1957 reporting a link. Biological and experimental studies also support it.”
“Experts proved in medical journals that nearly all of the roughly 20 studies denying the link are seriously flawed (fraudulent),” she added. “Like the tobacco-cancer cover-up, these are used to snow women into believing abortion is safe.”
The press release noted that in 2002, Angela Lanfranchi, MD testified under oath in a California lawsuit against Planned Parenthood that she had private conversations with leading experts who agreed abortion raises breast cancer risk, but they refused to discuss it publicly, saying it was “too political.”
The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is an international women’s organization founded to protect the health and save the lives of women by educating and providing information on abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer.