ABC Link at National Lawyers Assn Conference


Attorneys attending a conference sponsored by the National Lawyers Association at Chicago's Kent College of Law on August 1 heard speakers discuss the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link and the role of hormones in the development of breast cancer.

Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH, said that estrogen is connected with the development of most breast cancers.  Eisenstein's speech is relevant to the ABC link because women are exposed to more estrogen during normal pregnancies (but not most miscarriages) than at any other time during their lives.  This effect is only corrected in the third trimester when breast cells are matured into cancer-resistant tissue.

The government's Report on Carcinogens included steroidal estrogens (used in oral contraceptives and estrogen replacement therapy) on its list of "known carcinogens" last year.

Eisenstein said, "Anyone who's on (them) unavoidably increases breast cancer risk."  Having more children, starting at an earlier age, reduces lifetime risk.

Jeanette Joyce, B.A., R.T. (R) (M), a mammography educator and breast cancer survivor, is a board member at the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. Joyce identified five medical groups, which acknowledge a causal relationship between abortion and breast cancer. 1  She discussed a law review article whose author argued that abortion providers are liable if they don't inform women of the risk. 2

She explained, "Estrogen levels increase 2000% in the first trimester of pregnancy, causing ... multiplication and division (of breast cells)."  At 32 weeks gestation, multiplication stops and cells are matured into cancer-resistant, milk-producing tissue.

Early maturity of a woman's breast tissue provides early protection against carcinogens. By starting a family at a young age, a woman decreases her risk of breast cancer because her breast tissue matured early in her menstrual life into types 3 and 4 lobules.

Joyce asserted that the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute have lost their credibility.  She labeled the concealment of the research for 46 years a "government cover-up."

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.

  • 1. National Physicians Center for Family Resources, Catholic Medical Association, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Polycarp Research Institute, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.
  • 2. Kindley J. 1998 Wisconsin Law Rev. 1595.

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