Friday, October 14, 2005

"A woman can’t breastfeed a child who’s been aborted."

I saw a poster advertising the links between abortion and breast cancer on one of the noticeboards in the Architecture building (where I go for coffee), it directed me to this site. Curious, well part curious and part infuriated, I perused the site for a little bit. To me at least it is largely unreadable, as illustrated by this opening paragraph:
Women have the right to know that 28 out of 37 worldwide studies have independently linked induced abortion with breast cancer. Thirteen out of fifteen studies conducted on American women report increased risk. Seventeen studies are statistically significant, sixteen of which found increased risk. Most of the studies have been conducted by abortion supporters. The first study was published in an English publication in 1957 and focused on Japanese women. It showed a 2.6 relative risk or 160% increased risk of breast cancer among women who'd had an induced abortion.

13 of 28, 37 of 16, statistically significant, Japanese women, 2.6 relative risk... stop! Too much information. It seems rather like when you're a child and you make up a long convoluted story about how this was the pen you got from Brighton on a trip you went with your grandparents last summer in the rain and the train was blue, when really you found the pen on the floor and don't want to admit you left your pen at home. Lies, damn lies and all that.

Now it may well be true that you have an increased risk of breast cancer if you have an abortion. But seeing as each year you wait to have a kiddie your risk increases, and each kiddie you have your risk decrease, I'd have thought that number one on the list of "What You Can Do" would be obvious. Get yourself knocked up, do it early and do it often. We can go back to the good old days of 12 kid families where 2 or 3 of them died, after all breast cancer wasn't such a worry in Victorian times. And to think there's all that kerfuffle over teenager pregnancies. They should all just say, look I'm doing this to reduce my risk of breast cancer.

In almost entirely unrelated news, I wonder if this rather excellent new Guinness ad will air here in the heart of intelligent design country. I rather hope it does.

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