NewsTue May 16, 2006 - 12:15 pm EST
Woman Surgeon Stresses Abortion/Breast Cancer Link at Ottawa Press Conference
By Gudrun Schultz
OTTAWA, May 16, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An expert in the field of breast cancer presented strong evidence linking breast cancer to abortion, in a press conference held by members of the Parliamentary Pro-Life Caucus last Thursday.
Dr. Angela Lanfranchi is clinical assistant professor of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey and co-founder of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.
“The link between abortion and breast cancer is simply the result of a woman’s biology,” said Dr. Lanfranchi, citing multiple scientific studies that link induced abortion with a significant increase in breast cancer rates. Breast cancer rates have increased by 40% over the 30 years since abortion was legalized.
“It’s the women of the Roe v. Wade generation that account for most of this increase. Dramatic lifestyle changes brought about by the sexual revolution and the women’s liberation movement are largely responsible for the rampant breast cancer we see today,” she said, reported the Globe and Mail.
Liberal MP Paul Steckle and Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott invited Dr. Lanfranchi to speak in an effort to raise awareness of the dangerous effects of abortion on women’s health.
“Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, yet that organization is not telling women about a well-documented preventable risk-factor,” said Mr. Vellacott, Conservative co-chair of the PPLC, in a press release. “Women have a right to be told about this increased risk.”
Since 1957, over 40 studies worldwide have shown a link between induced abortion and breast cancer. A 1996 meta-analysis conducted by Dr. Joel Brind, professor of endocrinology at Baruch College, City University of New York, established abortion as a significant independent risk factor for developing breast cancer. (See Dr. Brind’s review of studies conducted over the last 9 years at: http://www.jpands.org/vol10no4/brind.pdf)
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 102 Canadian women will die of breast cancer every week. “Withholding from women information about this preventable risk factor could literally be a matter of life and death,” said Steckle.
“This is an important women’s health issue,” said MP Paul Steckle, Liberal co-chair of the PPLC. “We are doing women a disservice by ignoring the epidemiological and biological evidence that shows women who have had abortions are at an increased risk for developing breast cancer.”
Despite mounting well-documented evidence, leading cancer research centres such as the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Network, (along with their U.S. counterparts), have refused to acknowledge a connection between the effects of abortion on women’s bodies and their subsequent development of breast cancer.
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