It is a fact, backed by numerous reliable scientific studies, that there is a direct link between abortion and breast cancer. A 1989 study by the International Journal of Epidemiology found a 50% increased risk of breast cancer after abortion. An Obstetrics & Gynaecology survey conducted by the National Cancer Institute, USA concluded in 1994 that if an 18-year-old, pregnant for the first time, decides to abort her baby, her risk of breast cancer is almost doubled.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among South African women. According to the SA National Cancer Registry (2003) the lifetime risk of all females developing breast cancer is 1:31. In America, where abortion has been legal since 1973 throughout all 9 months of pregnancy (including partial-birth abortion in some States) the statistics warn that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. It can be a deadly disease and one that many women fear. A woman’s risk for some types of breast cancer is related to hormone levels in the body. Breast cells normally grow and divide in response to hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and prolactin. Levels of these hormones change throughout a woman’s life, but can change a lot during pregnancy. When a woman is pregnant, her body gets ready for breast-feeding by altering the levels of these hormones. This causes changes in the breast tissue. Abortion interrupts this normal cycle of hormones during pregnancy, breast cells remain immature and are more susceptible to breast cancer, thus increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
In the UK in 2010, a team of scientists confirmed the abortion-breast cancer link while carrying out research into how breastfeeding can protect women from developing the disease. While concluding that breastfeeding offered significant protection from cancer, they also noted that the highest reported risk factor in developing the disease was abortion. Other factors included the onset of the menopause and smoking. The findings, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, are the latest research to show a link between abortion and breast cancer. The findings prompted global accusations that women are not being properly informed of the dangers of abortion.
UK Professor Jack Scarisbrick, the chairman of Life, a pregnancy counselling charity, said: "This is devastating new evidence of the abortion-breast cancer link. We have encountered from the pro-abortion lobby manipulation of the evidence on a truly disgraceful scale. This study is further evidence that has been gathering from all around the world that abortion is a major risk factor for breast cancer. When will the (medical) establishment face up to this fact and pull its head out of the sand? It is betraying women by failing to warn that what they are doing to their bodies -the quick fix of abortion- can do grave harm."
It seems that the early extensive scientific studies warning of these overwhelming abortion-breast cancer links have been ignored and maliciously buried far from public sight by profit-greedy empires like Planned Parenthood (IPPF) at the expense of women's health, and at the horrifying cost of millions of babies' lives.
It is therefore fitting that this October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we expose the lies fed to our beloved women and society about abortion, and its supposed "safety". Instead we must identify the real and grave dangers our mothers, sisters, and daughters are put in whenever abortion is portrayed as anything but what it really is: Murder! Let's wake up to the truth, expose it, and end it.
(this letter was published in the Swazi Observer on 16th October 2012)