Daily Mail headline making them flip: “Abortion ‘triples breast cancer risk': Fourth study finds terminations linked to disease”
I’ve said before the British press is much more honest about abortion than the American press. Here’s another example, a story in the June 24 Daily Mail that I could find reported by no US mainstream news outlet…
An abortion can triple a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer in later life, researchers say….
While concluding that breastfeeding offered significant protection from cancer, they also noted that the highest reported risk factor in developing the disease was abortion….
The findings, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, are the latest research to show a link between abortion and breast cancer.
The research was carried out by scientists at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka.
It is the 4th epidemiological study to report such a link in the past 14 months, with research in China, Turkey and the US showing similar conclusions.
But Cancer Research UK questioned the accuracy of the figures and said women should not be unduly worried.
Dr Kat Arney… said: ‘This is a very small study of only 300 women, so there are likely to be statistical errors in a sample of this size….
But the findings prompted accusations that women in Britain are not being properly informed of the dangers of abortion.
Although the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has acknowledged the possibility of an abortion-breast cancer link, most medical professionals in Britain remain unconvinced….
There has been an 80% increase in the rate of breast cancer since 1971, when in the wake of the Abortion Act, the number of abortions rose from 18k to nearly 200k a year.
Earlier this year, Dr Louise Brinton, a senior researcher with the US National Cancer Institute who did not accept the link, reversed her position to say she was now convinced abortion increased the risk of breast cancer by about 40%.
That last line must be killing Brinton and NCI.
Meanwhile, ideologically blinded liberal feminists were having none of this. The Jezebel blog posted this photo at their top of its story, which I found interesting, if not unhelpful to its cause…
The claim that abortion causes breast cancer is simply won’t die, despite much evidence to the contrary. This week’s culprit (of course) is the Daily Mail.
Allow us to consider Simon Caldwell’s scare piece point-by-point….
[S]omeone might want to remind Caldwell that correlation does not imply causation. Or that abortions might have been the teensiest bit underreported when they were illegal.
Jezebel posted no other plausible explanation for the seismic rise in breast cancer in Britain since abortion was legalized.
Jezebel also condemned the study for only involving 300 women. But I have a feeling that had Sri Lankan researchers concluded abortion does not raise the risk of breast cancer, Jezebel wouldn’t have found that number a problem.