Story uplifting, but ...

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Friday, October 12, 2007

The feature article on Debbie Clonan's successful struggle with breast cancer (Clarion, Sept. 30) was uplifting, but one wonders why the author chose to give top billing and most mention (13 times) to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is clearly attempting to present a more positive image to the community than as the largest provider of abortions and distributor of abortifacients. This is doubly ironic because at least 74 independent studies done around the world in the last 20 years show that having an abortion greatly increases the risk of developing breast cancer later in life.

Dr. Janet Daling, who was herself an abortion supporter, and her colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center Research Center conducted a large, well-run study in the early 1990s and discovered that women under the age of 18 or over 29 who obtained induced abortions of their first pregnancy more than doubled their risk of breast cancer. Those with multiple abortions and of African American descent had even higher risk factor.

Teenagers with a family history of breast cancer who procured abortions were found to have an incalculably high risk (100 percent of participants had it by age 45), and so on.

Interestingly, the study was unable to find a publisher in the United States, and so it went to England.

Of course, not all women with breast cancer have had abortions; not all women who have abortions will develop breast cancer. But since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, shouldn't there be some emphasis on the highest lifestyle choice risk factor? Are women inquiring about abortion told of these studies?

Since Planned Parenthood says, "We care about women. That's what we do," one would hope so.

MaryLee Killinger


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