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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

California Study Denying Abortion-Cancer Link is Fraudulent, Says Scientist


The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer notes the publication of the study, DeLellis Henderson et al. 2008, in the journal Contraception, which purports to examine the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link. [1]


"This fraudulent study provides further strong evidence of the continuing, willful misrepresentation by prominent scientists of the well-established link between abortion and breast cancer," said Joel Brind, Ph.D., president of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.


The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is providing a commentary discussing the study's serious flaws which caused an underestimation of the risk including:


1) Nearly one in five women with breast cancer in the study were counted as not having breast cancer;


2) Researchers pretended to have evidence of the lack of a loss of the protective effect of a full term pregnancy among aborted women, but, by using the wrong comparison group (i.e., comparing childless women with abortion to those who had never been pregnant), they did not show any evidence of such an effect;


3) They included an outright lie about the study, Howe et al. 1989; and


4) They omitted raw data showing how many controls had induced abortions, but not cancer.


Dr. Leslie Bernstein, a senior author in the study, told in 2003 why she has a deep-seated dislike for the ABC link. She said, "The biggest bang for the buck is the first birth, and the younger you are, the better off you are. I would never be a proponent of going around and telling them that having babies is the way to reduce your risk.  I don't want the issue relating to induced abortion to breast cancer risk to be part of the mix of the discussion of induced abortion, its legality, its continued availability." [2]


"DeLellis Henderson and her colleagues need to either learn how to do a proper study or get a conscience and stop playing politics with women's lives," asserted Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer.  "Protecting Big Abortion from a tsunami of medical malpractice lawsuits isn't a priority."


Contact: Karen Malec

Source: Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer

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The IFRL is the largest grassroots pro-life organization in Illinois. A non-profit organization, that serves as the state coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1973 the Illinois Federation for Right to Life has been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is dedicated to restoring the right to life to the unborn, and protection for the disabled and the elderly.   Click here to learn more about the IFRL.