AlterNet Misleads Women, Says Abortion Not Linked to Breast Cancer, Infertility

****AlterNet Misleads Women, Says Abortion Not Linked to Breast Cancer, Infertility

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 4, 2010

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Washington, DC ( – In a new hit piece the liberal political web site AlterNet posted against pregnancy centers, they are accused of giving women inaccurate information about abortion and its link to breast cancer and infertility. However, AlterNet is apparently not up on the latest research confirming both links as true.

“Under the dubious free speech protection, CPCs are going to disgusting lengths to scare women out of seeking abortions – with the help of federal and state funding,” AlterNet wrote.

The report featured an interview with a California NARAL operative who led an “investigation” of pregnancy centers – though she failed to record or video any examples of the claims she provided the web site.

“NARAL volunteers reported being told that abortion can lead to breast cancer, infertility and mental health problems,” AlterNet complains. “NARAL’s goal isn’t to shut CPCs down; it’s to get them to be more upfront about the type of information or services they offer.”

AlterNet may want to heed those words.

Just this year, a study called abortion a “known risk factor” for breast cancer and cited a prior study conducted by the prestigious Janet Daling group of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Daling and her colleagues showed between a 20 and 50 percent increased breast cancer risk for women having abortions compare to those who carried their pregnancies to term.

The newer study, conducted by Jessica Dolle, appears in the April, 2009 issue of the epidemiology journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

As Dr. Joel Brind, a prominent breast cancer researcher, says, “what was striking was the way in which the finding of a significant ABC link was characterized.”

“Specifically, abortion appears in the data table which lists the associations found for ‘known and suspected risk factors,’” he explains. “In the text, the effect of the significant risk factors, including induced abortion, were described as ‘consistent with the effects observed in previous studies on younger women.’”

Last year, studies from Turkey and China also reported statistically significant risk increases for women who had abortions.

Dr. Vahit Ozmen and his colleagues at the Istanbul Medical Faculty at Istanbul University and Magee-Women’s hospital in Pittsburgh conducted a retrospective study.

They published their findings in the April 2009 issue of the World Journal of Surgical Oncology and examined women who, between January 2000 and December 2006, were admitted to clinics of Istanbul Medical Faculty for examination.

The researchers said that their findings showed abortion was “significantly associated with increased breast cancer risk.”

“Breast cancer risk was found to be increased in women with … induced abortion (95% confidence interval)” and an age above 35 years-old at the time of a first live birth. “However, decreased breast cancer risk was associated with … presence of spontaneous abortion.”

“Our study revealed that spontaneous abortion was associated with the decreased risk of breast cancer in univariate analysis whereas induced abortion was associated with increased breast cancer risk in both univariate and multivariable analyses,” they wrote.

As far as infertility is concerned, abortion has been documented in a link with infertility in nations across the globe.

The 2009 Investigative Report on the Current State of Infertility in China, released at the China International Summit Forum on Infertility in August, 2009, found, in a survey of 18,000 people, seeking treatment for infertility in Beijing, that 10 percent had been trying to conceive for a year since getting married, 15 percent had been trying for two years and 25 percent for 10 years

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