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“The first casualty when war comes is truth.”

So said Senator Hiram Johnson a century ago, and remains true today in the war declared on Christian Civilization. The pivotal battle in this war is the issue of abortion, as abortion strikes at the very sanctity of human life, of motherhood, fatherhood, family, and the very essence of who we are, in Whose image we are made. So desperate are abortion’s proponents to present it as an absolute good, that clear and consistent data establishing a link between abortion and breast cancer have been actively denied by some of the very authors who discovered them, as they drafted a National Cancer Institute policy paper denying the existence of fifty years of data linking abortion and breast cancer.

The biology behind the issue is relatively straightforward. During puberty, girls produce 15-25 lobes in the breast, which will produce milk after the births of their babies. Each lobe may be thought of as a main branch of a tree. These lobes branch into several lobules. Under the influence of the menstrual hormones estrogen and progesterone, immature and cancer-susceptible Type-1 and Type-2 lobules form.

During normal pregnancy the ovaries secrete elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone, which cause the Type-1 and Type-2 lobules to increase in number. By mid-second trimester the breast size has doubled and rapidly matures under the influence of human placental lactogen. By 40 weeks of pregnancy, 85% of all lobule cells will be cancer-resistant Type-4 cells.

After a woman is finished nursing, many Type-4 cells will revert to Type-3 cells with evidence existing that genetic changes in these cells leave them cancer-resistant.

The mechanism by which abortion, oral contraceptives and combined hormone replacement therapy leaves women susceptible to breast cancer becomes evident since the biological basis for all three risks is the same. In terminating a pregnancy before a first full term pregnancy, the breasts have drastically increased Type-1 and Type-2 cells (leaving the breasts with more places for cancers to start), but have been denied the maturational and protective benefits of the last trimester. The birth control pill mimics this process on a monthly basis.

Miscarriage is an exception, as most women never produce significantly elevated levels of estrogen in these pregnancies.

Dozens of studies dating to the late 1950’s have established links between abortion and breast cancer, ranging from over doubled risks in teens to an incalculably high breast cancer risk for women who have abortions before age 18 as well as family history of the disease. Most of these studies are retrospective. That is, they take breast cancer patients and a group of healthy control subjects and ask questions about past gynecologic and reproductive history, including answering questions about prior abortions.

Incredibly, Dr. Louise Brinton of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute (NCI), chaired a panel in 2003 that dismissed the findings of these peer-reviewed studies (including her own), claiming the women involved were subject to “recall bias”, as though women who have had abortions are likely to forget.

Scientists have tested for recall bias on many occasions, in several different countries, but no scientists today claim to have found credible evidence of it. Nevertheless, Brinton’s workshop produced a “Fact Sheet” which summarily dismissed all credible data establishing a link between abortion and breast cancer.

The NCI workshop looked at only a few prospective studies, those relying on medical records before a patient developed breast cancer, and which were subsequently shown in medical journals to be methodologically flawed. The depth and breadth of the methodological flaws exceeds the limits of this article, but may be found at the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer (ABC):

http://www.jpands.org/vol10no4/brind.pdf
and
http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/Brind_NCBQ.PDF

ABC links to excellent articles by Joel Brind, Ph.D. of Baruch College, City University of New York, which critique the flaws in NCI’s workshop and in the prospective studies used.

Brinton was part of a research team led by respected cancer researchers Janet R. Daling and Jessica M. Dolle of the world-renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which published a paper last year: Risk Factors for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer in Women Under the Age of 45 Years, in the Journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.

This 2009 paper, under known and suspected risk factors, reports a statistically significant 40% increased risk of breast cancer. That’s an astounding admission from coauthor Brinton, in light of her NCI denial of such a link, as is this quote from the results section of the paper,

“In analyses of all 897 breast cancer cases, the multivariate-adjusted odds ratios for examined risk factors were consistent with the effects observed in previous studies on younger women. Specifically, older age, family history of breast cancer, earlier menarche age, induced abortion, and oral contraceptive use were associated with an increased risk for breast cancer.”

The “previous studies” which Brinton’s study mentions include studies conducted in 1994 and 1996 by this same team of researchers. Brinton served as co-author in the 1996 study. Although Brinton and the NCI had said that studies relying on women’s reports of abortion histories were flawed, Dolle’s team (which included Brinton) relied on women’s self-reports of abortion histories.

This 2009 paper was picked up by the pro-life blogosphere in January of this year and created a firestorm. A notation was subsequently added to the NCI Fact Sheet that states: “Reviewed 1/12/2010”. No change in policy or the webpage was made.

Thus, there is a compelling incongruity between the NCI and its branch chief’s denial of the link between abortion and breast cancer on the one hand, and what its branch chief’s research has reported before and since.

Women are dying, and continue to contract breast cancer at frightening rates. Yet abortion’s proponents have engaged in scientific misconduct at the highest levels: reporting the truth in journals, then publicly dismissing those data in a Procrustean attempt to accommodate a political agenda, leaving millions of women’s lives compromised as a result.

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Karen Malec and ABC have a solid ally in me and this blog. I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading the scientific literature and am convinced that the data point consistently and conclusively to a link between abortion and breast cancer. Meeting Karen Malec last week in DC, I told her that Coming Home was at the service of ABC. Our wives, daughters, friends and relatives deserve far better than the Culture of Death has to offer. Karen Malec and ABC deserve all the support they can get in getting the message out. They are a 501(c)(3) for any who may wish to share in their mission, and may be contacted HERE.

I am proud to be one of the signatories to the letter mentioned in the following press release.

Press Release
Contact: Karen Malec, 847-421-4000
Date: January 25, 2010

Groups Request Congressional Investigation of National Cancer Institute’s Misinformation on Breast Cancer Risks of Abortion, Oral Contraceptives

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer announced today it is sending a letter, signed by doctors and pro-family organizations, to President Obama and the leaders of Congress calling for an investigation of the U.S. National Cancer Institute. It puts political leaders on notice of a discrepancy between what the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) says about the breast cancer risks of abortion and oral contraceptives (OCs) – “the pill” – and what Louise Brinton, the NCI’s Chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch, has reported in her research. The letter asks Congress to investigate the NCI’s failure to issue timely warnings about breast cancer risks and asks political leaders to remove public funding for abortion from all legislation being considered by this Congress.

“As a scientist representing the official policy of the NCI, Brinton says there is no abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link,” explained Professor Joel Brind of Baruch College, City University of New York, “While as a scientist publishing her findings in a peer-reviewed medical journal, she says there is a significant ABC link. Both of these points of view rely on data that is up to 20 years old, yet both points of view have been recently–within the last few months—confirmed publicly (on the NCI website and in the Dolle study, respectively. Will the real Louise Brinton please stand up? Since this direct contradiction came to light in the public eye, she appears to have been hiding under her desk.”

The letter tells how the NCI conned women with its 2003 workshop, “Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer.” Brinton was the chief organizer of that workshop.

“The NCI puts politics ahead of women’s lives,” said Karen Malec, president of the Coalition. “That’s why we’re putting both parties on notice of the NCI’s misconduct. If they decide to watch women die, instead of cleaning house when we have prima facie evidence of a cover-up, then both parties will have to answer to angry women.”

Brinton was a co-author in a 2009 study conducted by Janet Daling’s team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and led by Jessica Dolle. The Coalition previously reported the study’s findings in a press release dated January 6, 2010. The Coalition features a YouTube video discussing researchers’ findings. The Coalition published a January 19, 2010 newsletter explaining why co-author Kathleen Malone’s claim about the study, “There are no new findings related to induced abortion…” is a lie. [2]

Researchers unequivocally stated their findings “were consistent with the effects observed in previous studies on younger women. Specifically … induced abortion and oral contraceptive use were associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.”

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is an international women’s organization founded to protect the health and save the lives of women by educating and providing information on abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer.

References:

1. Dolle J, Daling J, White E, Brinton L, Doody D, et al. Risk factors for triple-negative breast cancer in women under the age of 45 years. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2009;18(4)1157-1166.

2. RHReality.org, the marketing arm for the tobacco industry – I mean the abortion industry reported Malone’s lie in the article, “The Truth About Breast Cancer and Abortion,” By Amie Newman, January 14, 2010.

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FROM MY EMAIL TODAY:

Dear Friends:

We need your help, so please be sure to read our Action Items at the end of this message!

We are excited about our new YouTube video reporting on the study, Dolle et al. 2009, in which U.S. National Cancer Institute scientist Louise Brinton and Dr. Janet Daling of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center appear as co-authors.

Dolle’s team reported significant risk increases for women with abortions and users of oral contraceptives nine months ago, but the National Cancer Institute and cancer fundraising businesses have made no efforts to issue nationwide warnings to women.

The spin from RHReality.org, the marketing arm for the tobacco industry – I mean, the abortion industry – last week was this. There is “nothing new” about the Dolle team’s findings concerning abortion. Dolle’s team had to include abortion among what researchers listed in their paper as “known and suspected risk factors,” not because abortion really is a risk factor for breast cancer, but only because abortion had been included in the 1990s studies (if you can believe that!).

The trouble is that Brinton and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) workshop in 2003 alleged that all earlier retrospective studies (using on women’s self-reports of abortion histories) were not reliable. In other words, the Dolle team in 2009 relied on data from two 1990s studies that one of its authors, Dr. Brinton, and the NCI had previously claimed were unreliable!

Dolle and her colleagues examined 897 specimens of cancerous breast tissue saved from women who participated in Daling’s and Brinton’s research in 1994 and 1996. They used new technology to test these specimens for triple-negative breast cancer, which was first described in medical journals in 2007.

Dolle’s team tested the specimens for triple-negative breast cancer and matched them with reproductive history. They found a statistically significant 40% risk increase among study subjects with abortion histories for all types of breast cancer, regardless of it being tripe-negative or not.

The YouTube video (produced by Ken Houldsworth and featuring Karly Houldsworth as narrator) is available here:

ACTION ITEMS:

Send Video to Family, Friends
Help us to make the YouTube video go viral on the internet. Send it to your family and friends.

Send Video to Legislators in Congress
Send the video to your representative in the U.S. House and your U.S. senators. Ask them to investigate the National Cancer Institute’s failure to fulfill its role in the prevention of breast cancer through timely warnings. Tell your representatives that government funding of abortion will cause more women to die of breast cancer.

Send Video to Journalists
Send the video to journalists in your area and ask them to investigate “CancerGate,” the National Cancer Institute’s cover-up of the abortion-breast cancer link. Mainstream journalists were overjoyed to report on the few studies showing no link between abortion and breast cancer (although these have since been proven in medical journals to be fraudulent). Ask them to put women’s health first above their pro-abortion ideology.

Finally, doctors from India are making doctors from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association look backwards because the latter deny an abortion-breast cancer link, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Here is a link to a news page from the Pune Mirror in India whose physician, Dr. M.C. Watsa, in his “Ask the Sexpert” column, wrote to an 18-year-old woman that:

“A breast lump can occur after an abortion. You are right to be concerned. See a gynecologist for a detailed examination.”

Click on this link to the Pune Mirror:

http://www.punemirror.in/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=30&contentid=201001112010011122571944450fed873&sectxslt=

Your help is needed in this critical work of educating the public about the abortion-breast cancer link. Thank you in advance for your care and concern.

Sincerely,
Karen Malec
Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer

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