The Summer 2003 Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons published a study that concluded the link between abortion and breast cancer has been suppressed or ignored by scientists, women’s groups and the media because of their collective pro-abortion bias and out of a desire to further their own political purposes.

The study, “The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link: How Politics Trumped Science and Informed Consent,” said that the established, direct link between abortion and breast cancer is not being told to women considering abortion and thus, such women are not giving true, informed consent to the procedures they undergo.

Jakki Jeffs, president of Life Canada, told The Interim that “the news that the link has been suppressed is not news to me,” but she is pleased it is finally being acknowledged in a professional journal.

She pointed to the meta-analysis of Dr. Joel Brind, whose work has shown the abortion-breast cancer link. Yet, the ABC link continues to be ignored or denied. She said that there are about 30 studies establishing a link and wondered “how many more are out there.”

The new study explores the epidemiological evidence of an ABC link, as well as the silence and denial of the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association and women’s groups. Also considered are issues as vast as media bias, the opposition of pro-abortion politicians to ensure this information is promulgated, and the implications for patient care and medical malpractice issues.

Study author Karen Malec said that many authors of studies establishing the abortion-breast cancer link originally denied their own findings, in large part because of political pressure. As LifeSite Daily News has noted, “The scientific and medical community admits that the reasons for the suppression are political. The president of the American Society of Breast Surgeons said that she presented her concerns about getting information to the public about the abortion-breast cancer link, but the board felt it was ‘too political.'” Also, the director of the Miami Breast Cancer Conference explained that there was no presentation on the program because it was “too political.”

Malec said that liability litigation against abortionists might finally force full disclosure about the elevated risk.

Jeffs said that researchers don’t want to find the ABC link because they know that pro-abortion groups and some other researchers will attack them. But she hopes that a concern for women’s health will lead to this information being disseminated to women considering abortion.

“The politics of the abortion-breast cancer link harms women,” Jeffs said. “One woman having one abortion at any time in her life can have a huge impact on her getting breast cancer.”

Jeffs added that abortion advocates are “ready to have children die, but we are now seeing that they are ready to have women die, too.”