Informed Consent: Women's Right to Know About the Breast
Cancer & Abortion Link
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from the Abortion-Breast Cancer Quarterly by Joel Brind, Ph.D. discussing
Congressman Weldon’s letter.
Earlier this summer, when the House debated whether to support
FDA approval of the abortion drug RU-486, a debate was stirred over the
question of whether abortion increased women's risk of developing breast
Numerous studies have been done demonstrating a statistical
link between induced abortion and the occurrence of breast cancer. Last fall,
the British Medical Association's Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
published a comprehensive review and analysis of all previously published
studies on the possible relationship between induced abortion and the
incidence of breast cancer. Nineteen out of 23 studies indicated increased
risk to women.
In one study, Dr. Janet Daling and a team of researchers at
Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center reported that,
"among women who had been pregnant at least once, the
risk of breast cancer in those who had experienced an induced abortion was
50% higher than among other women."
Nevertheless, organizations such as Planned Parenthood
Federation of America assert that the science is inconclusive and that women
should not be frightened by information about a possible link.
In the enclosed Wisconsin Law Review Article, author John
Kindley takes issue with Planned Parenthood's posture in this debate. He makes
a persuasive case for the potential legal and liability of abortion providers
who do not inform women about the prospect of increased risk for breast cancer
following an induced abortion.
As legislators, we also have an ethical responsibility to
ensure that we are not facilitating or promoting a procedure which poses a significant
health risk to women. Approximately 1.5 million abortions are performed each
year in the United States, making the prospect of increased breast cancer
cases a health care time bomb.
While Planned Parenthood is concerned that pro-life politics
is behind the public education effort on the abortion-breast cancer link, I am
equally (if not more) concerned that pro-abortion politics are preventing
vital information from being given to women.
I encourage you to take time over the August break to read
this important article, consider for yourself the scientific evidence, and
judge whether Congress and this Administration have a duty to ensure that
women know all the facts on abortion. If you would like to speak with, or set
up an appointment with Mr. Kindley to discuss this very important information,
you may contact him at JAKindley@aol.com.
Dave Weldon, M.D.
Member of Congress