October 26, 2012

The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Revisited

By Angela Lanfranchi, MD, FACS

On May 13, 2004, Ellen Goodman, in a column in the Boston Globe entitled “Just the Schmacks, Ma’am,” stated that the research linking breast cancer to abortion “keeps reappearing no matter how many scientists drive a stake through its heart.”1 She reported that even though the government web site at the National Cancer Institute had “expunged” the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link, the information continues to appear on pro-life web sites. Goodman’s column illustrates the reason there is such widespread misinformation about the ABC link. She claims
that the link is merely a pro-life “scare tactic.” It is not. It has a proven scientific basis.2

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