Predictably, a new study that claims that there is no link between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer is all over the media, despite the fact that the mainstream media has been suppressing opposing evidence for years.
Now, those who say there is a link are saying that the study is flawed.
“We call on journalists to challenge Michels et al. to conduct a proper study that allows sufficient follow-up time between exposure to abortion and the development of breast cancer,” said Karen Malec, president of the Coalition [on Abortion/Breast Cancer].
At least four other studies in recent years have been criticized for the same reason.
The study, Michels et al. 2007, focused on the debated breast cancer risk – whether abortion leaves women with an increased number of cancer-vulnerable breast lobules. It did not focus on the recognized breast cancer risk – the loss of the protective effect of a full term pregnancy.
“Even the NCI agrees that increased childbearing, starting at an early age, protects women from breast cancer,” said Malec. “Legislators have a moral obligation to require abortion providers to inform expectant mothers that if they have an abortion, their breast cancer risk will be higher than it would be if they have a baby. That’s settled science.”
The pro-life group points out that if this is the fourth such study trying to disprove the link, then the researchers must continue to doubt previous research, especially if they’re willing to keep spending millions on it.
And the mass media, like the Boston Globe, continue to report only half the story.