The American Feminist
As we went to press, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute released the study "Risk of Breast Cancer Among Young Women: Relationship to Induced Abortion," by Janet R. Daling, et al. The study indicates that women who had an abortion in their first trimester, before experiencing a full term pregnancy, may be at increased risk for breast cancer. In some cases, that risk is 100 percent more than among the general population.
One year ago, representatives of FFL presented U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders with information from more than 20 studies indicating a possible link between abortion and breast cancer, including a study published more than 10 years ago.
FFLA President Rosemary Bottcher noted that this report by an abortion proponent has finally "broken the conspiracy of silence over a possible connection between abortion and breast cancer."
Now, all women's rights groups, pro-choice and pro-life, need to push for comprehensive studies to discover if abortion is indeed a contributing cause to one of the most dreaded diseases to strike women.
These studies indicate that not only does abortion kill an unborn child, it may be deadly to the mother, too.
What you can do:
Please write to Dr. Harold Varmus, Director, NIH, 9000 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20892, and ask him to authorize research so that women can have all the information they need about the risks of abortion.
Reprinted from The American Feminist, Fall 1994