Bill Puts Teens' Health at Risk

Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
Press Release
Karen Malec
Date: March 7, 2007

Phony Illinois Parental Notice Bill Puts Teens' Health at Risk

The 'Adolescent Health Care Safety Act,' HB 317, (sponsored by Rep. John Fritchey) is a misnamed bill that puts teenagers' health at risk.  It enables teenagers to have abortions behind their parents' backs.  Instead of notifying their parents, teens can notify a sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, clergyman, social worker, doctor, counselor, etc.

Because of the immaturity of the adolescent anatomy, teenagers who have abortions fall into a high risk group for breast cancer and subsequent premature births. [3,4,5,6,7,8]

Last year, the Institute of Medicine included "prior first trimester abortion" as a risk factor for premature birth. [1]  Premature birth is associated with cerebral palsy for children and breast cancer for mothers.

On its website, Planned Parenthood of Australia lists some health risks of abortion, including accepted risk factors for premature birth (infection and cervical and uterine anomaly), suicide, Asherman's syndrome, impaired fertility (a risk factor for breast cancer), etc.  [2]

Cancer groups admit that an early first full term pregnancy reduces risk considerably.  Consequently, even Dr. Lynn Rosenberg of Boston Medical School, an expert witness for the Center for Reproductive Rights agreed during testimony in 1999 that the young woman who has an abortion has a higher risk than the one who has a baby. [9]

"Parents are the best health care decision-makers for their children," said Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer.  "They alone have a comprehensive knowledge of the family's health history."

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. Richard E. Behrman, Adrienne Stith Butler, Editors. Preterm birth: Causes, Consequences and Prevention. Committee on Understanding Premature Birth and Assuring Healthy Outcomes. Institute of Medicine. Appendix B, Table 5, p. 519.  Available at:

2. Planned Parenthood of Australia website.  See:

3. Papaevangelou G, Vrettos AS, Papadatos D, Alexiou C. The Effect of Spontaneous and Induced Abortion on Prematurity and Birthweight. The J Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Commonwealth. May 1973;80:418-422

4. Bognar Z, Czeizel A.  Mortality  and  Morbidity Associated with Legal Abortions in Hungary, 1960-1973. AJPH 1976;66:568-575.

5. Grindel B, Lubinski H, Voigt M. Induced abortion in primigravidae and subsequent pregnancy, with particular attention of underweight. Zentralbl Gynaekol 1979;101:1009-1114.

6. Obel E, et al. Pregnancy Complications Following Legally Induced Abortion With Special Reference to Abortion Technique. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand 1979;58:147-152.

7. World Health Organization Task Force on the Sequelae of Abortion. Gestation, birthweight and spontaneous abortion. Lancet 1979;1:142-145.

8. Daling JR, Malone DE, Voigt LF, White E, Weiss NS. Risk of breast cancer among young women: relationship to induced abortion. J Natl Cancer Inst 1994;86:1584-1592.

9. Rosenberg (1999) NW FL Women's Health vs. State of FL, FL Circuit Ct., 2nd circ., videotape deposition of 11/18/99, pp. 77-78.

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