COMMENTARY ON NEW YORK TIMES REPORTING
OF THE ABORTION-BREAST CANCER LINK
The New York Times has never cared to tell women the following inconvenient facts.
First, National Cancer Institute branch chief Louise Brinton acknowledged a second breast cancer risk associated with abortion in last year's study, Dolle et al. (by leaving the breasts with more places for cancers to start). 1
Microbiologist Dr. Gerard Nadal is blowing the lid off the NCI's and Dr. Brinton's cover-up of the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link with daily articles on his blog. See: http://gerardnadal.com/category/breast-cancer/
Second, the NCI, which has a record of publishing outright lies and making misleading statements about the ABC link on its website, has been accused of malfeasance on numerous occasions (which include accusations from Senator Tom Coburn, MD). The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, some scientists and physicians organizations called for a Congressional investigation in January 2010. 2
Third, eight medical groups have issued statements acknowledging that abortion raises breast cancer risk in a second way - by leaving the breasts with more places for cancers to start.
Fourth, the Times is an advocate of abortion safety mythology. Even Planned Parenthood of Australia, however, implicitly acknowledged a abortion-premature birth in its online consent document, which lists infertility and cervical damage as risks of abortion. (Both are considered accepted risk factors for premature birth.)
The New York Times, which has given funds to Planned Parenthood, and its political allies, including abortion enthusiasts Congressman Henry Waxman and his colleagues, were outraged that the NCI belatedly informed women in November 2002 that 16 of 17 statistically significant studies had reported increases in breast cancer risk for women with abortions. The newspaper editorialized against it. Waxman and friends pressured the NCI to take down the web page but neither the Times nor Waxman objected when the NCI had previously published dishonest web pages misrepresenting scientific findings and denying the ABC link.
- 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. Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2754710/pdf/nihms101174.pdf and here.
- 2. See Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer press releases dated January 6, 2010 and January 25, 2010. Available at: