In today’s Catholic Herald, Francis Phillips reasserts a supposed link between abortion and breast cancer. Now, as an atheist I am bound to be sceptical of a religious-based source. It doesn’t take much effort, however, to discover the truth, that there is no such link.
Phillips cites a paper by Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., F.A.C.S., as if a medical doctor’s opinion should automatically be accepted as true. This is a tactic also used by creationists in their desperate fight to “disprove” evolution (Look! Look! a SCIENTIST agrees with us!) but, in both cases, the opinions of the overwhelming majority of their opponents, backed up with actual, up-to-date, evidence are conveniently hand-waved away, and bogus “evidence” repeated ad nauseam. In fact, though Lanfranchi is genuinely a medical doctor, she is also a “pro-life” advocate, eager to seize upon any propaganda that helps the cause.
This bogus “evidence” is usually derived from small scale and flawed studies, decades old, which have been superseded by more rigorous experiments, taking into account complete medical records of large numbers of a large cross-section of women, whether or not they have had an abortion or developed breast cancer.
There are many sources that show that a link between abortion and breast cancer has not been demonstrated. I present here just one, from the American Cancer Society.
To insist that the link exists without evidence, and in the face of contradictory evidence, is not only dishonest, it is a cruel deception.
But then, deception is what I’ve come to expect from the “pro-life” lobby.