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Vol. 12, No. 4 -- April 10, 2013


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The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link:
The Cover-Up

Part 2 of 4

Joel Brind, Ph.D.

This second of four articles on the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link, originally published at NRL News Today, was written by Dr. Joel Brind, a professor of biology and endocrinology at Baruch College of the City University of New York. The next installment in this series will run in our next newsletter. For Part I, see here.

In Part I of this four-part series of articles on the link between abortion and breast cancer (the ABC link), I described the two primary ways in which abortion increases a woman’s future risk of breast cancer:


1. Via loss of the protective effect of an otherwise full-term pregnancy, and


2. Via the increase in cancer-vulnerable tissue produced by the pregnancy hormones, making women who choose abortion more likely to get breast cancer than if they had not gotten pregnant in the first place.


There is no debate about the former. Scientists have long understood that the risk of breast cancer is reduced when a woman completes a full-term pregnancy. This “protective effect of childbearing” is lost with an abortion.


The latter trend, known among epidemiologists as the “independent risk” of abortion, has been the center of the controversy raging in the public square. Hence, it has been the main area in which scientific evidence has been systematically covered up for some 40 years now. This cover-up is the subject of our inquiry in the present essay.


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Abortion and the Feminization of Poverty

25th Anniversary Review Article


2013 is the 25th Anniversary of the Elliot Institute. As part of this anniversary, we are presenting a review of some articles that appeared in our newsletters and on our web sites over the years, and which discuss issues of importance for  today. 

Abortion advocates claim that the abortion of unplanned pregnancies empowers women. They view unplanned children as the cause of lost education and career opportunities. Abortion, they claim, enables women to control their lives, pursue their dreams, and ultimately improve their socio-economic status.


But this argument presupposes that the birth of an unplanned child has a negative effect on women’s lives and that abortion has a positive, or at least neutral, effect. Recent evidence shows otherwise.


Thomas Strahan, a researcher with the Association of Interdisciplinary Research, recently reviewed over 26 studies relating to abortion’s impact on the socio-economic status of women. These studies show the following:


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