a bird and a bottle

File This One Under Kicking ’em When They’re Down
March 20, 2007, 9:20 pm
Filed under: feminism/s & gender, media, reproductive justice, video

I second Jessica’s nomination of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute for assholes of the day (TM).

This innocuous – nay, benevolent-sounding – organization claims to “provide[] the most up-to-date and accurate information to medical professionals and the general public on how to prevent breast cancer.”

Sounds good, right?

The only problem is that the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute thinks there is only one way to prevent breast cancer: don’t get an abortion.

That’s right kids. Except…it’s not.

In reality, where I live,there is NO science linking abortion and breast cancer. The American Cancer Society has this to say about the supposed abortion-breast cancer link:

After adjusting for known breast cancer risk factors, the researchers found that induced abortion(s) had no overall effect on the risk of breast cancer. The size of this study and the manner in which it was conducted provides substantial evidence that induced abortion does not affect a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

Yet this new website claims that abortion is the “single most important avoidable risk factor” for breast cancer.

And they’ve even got this video:

Way to take advantage of people’s fear, anti-reproductive-justice movement. Way to reel in those women who have just received breast cancer diagnoses and are scared and already needlessly blaming themselves. Way to prey on people’s vulnerable moments. Don’t you just love that pro-life ethos?


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