Politics, consent and ABC article


Press Release
Contact: Karen Malec
For Immediate Release
Date: June 3, 2003


The president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, Karen Malec, announced the publication of her article discussing the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link in the summer issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, a publication of the Tucson based Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). The article is entitled, "The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link: How Politics Trumped Science and Informed Consent," is published on the AAPS Web site at < http://www.jpands.org/jpands0802.htm >.

The article discusses the epidemiologic evidence of an ABC link; the silence and denial of the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association and women's groups; media bias; the bitter opposition of pro-abortion politicians; the implications for patient care; and medical malpractice issues.

The AAPS home page says it is "dedicated to the highest ethical standards of the Oath of Hippocrates and to preserving the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship and the practice of private medicine." The group’s motto, "omnia pro aegroto" means "all for the patient."

Mrs. Malec commented, "The AAPS advocates for patients’ rights. It was founded sixty years ago to defend private medicine, which demands that physicians be responsible primarily to their patients. Therefore, our opponents can’t dismiss the AAPS and their efforts to protect the health of women as ‘pro-life scare tactics. The article demonstrates that the ABC link is not a dead issue in the medical community, despite the false-hearted efforts of the National Cancer Institute’s leaders to put it to rest.’"

Five medical groups recognize the evidence: the Catholic Medical Association, the National Physicians Center for Family Resources, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Polycarp Research Institute, and the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.

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.

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