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Speakout: Breast cancer-abortion link slighted

By Leslie Hanks, Special to the News
September 23, 2005

As the leaves begin to turn gold each fall, cities begin to turn pink.

Everywhere one looks one finds pink ads, pink attire, pink hats, pink tennis shoes, pink teas - yes The Republic of Tea makes a Sip for the Cure. The Race for the Cure (for breast cancer) has become the cause celebre for the nation.

A perusal of a recent O, The Oprah Magazine found 14 pages of ads for the politically correct event. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is proclaimed on radio commercials, seen in huge displays in shopping malls and their pink ribbons decorate buildings all over town. Has there ever before been a more comprehensive marketing campaign? On Oct. 2, Denver's Clear Channel radio stations, 9News and Safeway will sponsor this year's Race for the Cure to raise funds for a cure for breast cancer.

The participating women are highly motivated to find a cure for the dread disease, and who can blame them? In the recent past, however, a growing body of evidence has been amassed linking breast cancer and the most avoidable risk factor for it: abortion. One can study the statistics and come to one's own conclusions, but the data found on www.abortionbreastcancer.com is pretty persuasive.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation lost a founding member of its National Hispanic Latina Advisory Council, Eve Sanchez Silver, because of her concern about the foundation giving funds to Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the nation. Sanchez Silver asking, "Why aren't women being told?" Her concerns can be found at www.pinkmoney.org.

As early as 1986, government scientists wrote a letter to the British medical journal The Lancet acknowledging that abortion is a cause of breast cancer. They wrote, "Induced abortion before first term pregnancy increases the risk of breast cancer" (The Lancet, Feb. 22, 1986).

Aborting one's first pregnancy - when the breast's cells are changing from nonmilk-producing to those able to sustain life - apparently leaves the cells in a vulnerable state to toxins, leading to a serious increase in one's risk for developing breast cancer later in life.

As the abortion-breast cancer link's strongest proponent, Joel Brind, Ph.D., explains, "So full-term pregnancy is protective; it lowers breast cancer risk. But if that pregnancy is cut off artificially somewhere in the middle after some weeks or months, [a woman] has far more cells in her breasts that are capable of proliferation, and that have proliferated, than she did at the beginning of the pregnancy, which translates statistically into a higher chance of getting breast cancer later in life."

Why does giving grants to Planned Parenthood, the organization that may be most responsible for the dire increase in breast cancer rates since Roe v. Wade, make any sense? Why do the mainstream media insist on a media blackout about the most relevant topic to women's health today? Why do editors routinely ignore the queries begging them to reveal the truth? Do they believe women can't handle the truth?

Leslie Hanks is the vice president of Colorado Right to Life. She is a resident of Watkins.

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