Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Abortions cause breast cancer, groups say

This story is so stretches the lines of logic that it's sometimes hard to follow the supposed logic, so consider yourselves warned.

RH Reality Check has a must-read column by Eleanor Bader called "Anti-choicers target Komen Foundation." As in the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which supports women with breast cancer and breast cancer research.

The story goes something like this:
An old study claimed that having an abortion increases your risk of breast cancer. Anti-choice groups have latched onto that study to have another "reason" to outlaw abortion. The Komen Foundation, as it turns out, donates a small amount of money to Planned Parenthood clinics for the purpose of breast cancer exams and education. Because Planned Parenthood provides abortion services, and because abortions cause breast cancer, and because the Komen Foundation donates to Planned Parenthood, the Komen Foundation is helping to cause breast cancer.

See what I mean about the logic? (But please read the article, it makes it as clear as it can possibly be made.)

A doctor (of what, I don't know), Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, actually is quoted as saying "If aborting a pregnancy increases the risk of cancer and Planned Parenthood is the nation’s number one abortion provider, Komen is contributing to increasing the amount of breast cancer."

Nevermind that the American Cancer Society says there is no link; in fact, they say "
As of 2008, the scientific evidence does not support the notion that induced abortion raises the risk of breast cancer." The National Cancer Institute also concluded "that having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer." But an old study, which has been refuted a number of times, says there is, and these people's minds can't be changed. Why? Because they are that desperate to have another angle with which to target abortion and the women who have abortion. It's very similar to the attack on birth control pills.

The groups mentioned in RH Reality Check's column are actually boycotting the Race for the Cure. The Komen Foundation says the boycott isn't having any impact, but if you want to donate to them, you can do so here.

The more pro-lifers lie and stretch the truth, the easier it is to dismiss them. You'd think they would realize this by now.

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