Ideology Trumps Science


The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer denounces two flawed studies on the risks of oral contraceptives (OC's) and cites it as one more example of ideology trumping science. The authors, whose research is a part of the Women's Health Initiative, erroneously claimed their findings showed that OC's reduce the risk of heart disease and do not raise breast cancer risk.  Federal officials announced this week that a statistical reanalysis shows the heart findings to be flawed and the breast cancer findings suspect.

Karen Malec, president of the coalition, said "This sorry incident is just another example of government-funded junk science that serves a pro-birth control and pro-abortion agenda. The credibility of federally funded research is already at an all-time low for several reasons.  Government scientists are creating conflicts of interests by moonlighting as pharmaceutical industry scientists.  Other experts have accused the U.S. National Cancer Institute of covering up an abortion-breast cancer link for a half-century.

"The latest incident supports the accusations of whistleblowers, like the editor of the bioethics journal, Ethics and Medics, who said that 'shoddy research' is being 'advanced by those who deny an abortion-breast cancer link.'" 1

Both steroidal estrogens and progestin are used in most OC's, just as in hormone replacement therapy (HRT).  Steroidal estrogens are on the nation's list of "known carcinogens." HRT is a recognized risk factor for breast cancer. 2

"Women will not find justice and put an end to these cancer cover-ups until they file lawsuits." declared Mrs. Malec. "Unfortunately, doctors have been kept in the dark about the research as much as women have, but it's the doctors (not the scientists) who will be held accountable in the nation's courtrooms."

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. Furton E. The corruption of science by ideology. Ethics and Medics (December 2004) Vol. 29, No. 12.
  • 2. Writing group for the Women's Health Initiative Investigators. Risks and benefits of estrogen plus progestin in healthy postmenopausal women. JAMA 2002;288:321-33.

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