WASHINGTON, July 3, 2002 ( – The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, a women’s group concerned with the issue, reported yesterday that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has taken down an inaccurate web page discussing abortion-breast cancer research.  According to the Coalition the NCI’s fact sheet misrepresented research in the area and even included false statements and refused to acknowledge the deleterious effects of abortion on the confirmed breast cancer risk factor – postponement of first full term pregnancy.

Early last month, 28 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson requesting a review of the NCI’s fact sheet and calling its information “scientifically inaccurate and misleading to the public.” They asked Secretary Thompson to check the web page “for accuracy and bias” and to take it down until after the conclusion of the review.  The congressional representatives faulted the agency for having suggested that “women who have had either induced or spontaneous abortions have the same risk as other women for developing breast cancer,” when in fact 28 out of 37 studies worldwide and 13 of 15 American studies report risk elevations. They condemned the NCI for depending on a single study, Melbye et al. 1997, to deny a relationship between abortion and the disease, “although that study contains many significant flaws.”

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