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Women who have had abortions 180% more likely to develop breast cancer, new study finds

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AURANGABAD, Maharashtra, India, April 30, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Having an abortion makes women 180 percent more likely to develop breast cancer, according to a new study produced by a fellow at Johns Hopkins.

Researchers studied 220 women in the city of Aurangabad, India, and found the odds ratio (OR) for developing breast cancer significantly increased with the number of abortions a woman had.

“We observed strong positive association of positive family history in first degree relatives (OR- 3.1:95%CI, 2.12-5.03), number of abortions (OR- 2.8:95%CI, 1.82-5.12) and past history of benign breast disease (OR- 1.8:95%CI, 1.-3.03) in cases of breast cancer at our center,” wrote Dr. Unmesh Takalkar, serves as a consultant surgeon and chief medical director at United CIIGMA Hospital in India and an endoscopic surgeon and fellow at Johns Hopkins.

The study was published last Saturday in the peer-reviewed journal Research in Endocrinology.

Takalkar cites another recent study that found breast cancer linked to higher number of abortions and the use of the oral contraceptive pill.

A study published in January in the Indian Journal of Cancer found abortion led to a 626 percent increase in breast cancer risk, as did a study conducted last summer.

Despite the evidence, U.S. leaders say abortion advocates ignore the risk to women's well-being posed by expanding the “right to choose.”

“The failure of the leaders of U.S. cancer ‘charities’ and leftist women’s groups to blow the whistle about the [abortion-breast cancer] link shows what frauds they are,” said Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. She said despite presenting their agenda as a call for improving “women's health” through “safe abortion,” activists promoting abortion around the world would “rather see millions die of breast cancer before they’d admit abortion raises risk.”

“They’re cooperating in the Obama administration’s war on women,” she said.

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Dr. Joel Brind, professor of endocrinology at Baruch College at the City University of New York, said in January, “There are over a billion women in India and China alone. If half of them have an abortion and the lifetime risk of breast cancer goes up a modest 2 percent, that comes out to 10 million women.”

Malec cites nearly a dozen studies from India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh connecting abortion to a rise in breast cancer rates.

A meta-analysis of 36 Chinese studies shows a 44 percent increase in breast cancer among post-abortive women, something Brind called “a game changer.”

Studies began tracking a correlation between abortion and an increased incidence of breast cancer as early as 1957.

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