Abortion raises risk of breast cancer

GraphCoalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
Press Release

Date: October 3, 2007

New Study Shows 'Best Predictor of Breast Cancer'

The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons published a study yesterday entitled, "The Breast Cancer Epidemic."  It showed that, among seven risk factors, abortion is the "best predictor of breast cancer," and fertility is also a useful predictor. [1]

The study by Patrick Carroll of PAPRI in London showed that countries with higher abortion rates, such as England & Wales, could expect a substantial increase in breast cancer incidence.  Where abortion rates are low (i.e., Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic) a smaller increase is expected.  Where a decline in abortion has taken place, (i.e., Denmark and Finland) a decline in breast cancer is anticipated.

Carroll used the same mathematical model for a previous forecast of numbers of breast cancers in future years for England & Wales based on cancer data up to 1997 that has proved quite accurate for predicting cancers observed in years 1998 to 2004. [2]

In four countries - England & Wales, Scotland, Finland and Denmark - a social gradient has been discovered (unlike that for other cancers) whereby upper class and upwardly mobile women have more breast cancer than lower class women. This was studied in Finland and Denmark and the influence of known risk factors other than abortion was examined, but the gradient was not explained. 

Carroll suggests that the known preference for abortion in this class might explain the phenomenon. Women pursuing higher educations and professional careers often delay marriage and childbearing. Abortions before the birth of a first child are highly carcinogenic. 

Carroll used national data from nations believed to have "nearly complete abortion counts."  Therefore, his study is not affected by recall bias.

"It's time for scientists to admit publicly what they already acknowledge privately among themselves [3,4] - that abortion raises breast cancer risk - and to stop conducting flawed research to protect the medical establishment from massive medical practice lawsuits," said Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. See discussions of flawed research. [5,6,7,8,9,10]

Carroll can be contacted at: +44 (0) 20-7354-5667.

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is an international women's organization founded to protect the health and save the lives of women by educating and providing information on abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer.

1. Carroll, P. The breast cancer epidemic: modeling and forecasts based on abortion and other risk factors." J Am Phys Surg Vol. 12, No. 3 (Fall 2007) 72-78.  Available at:

2. Carroll P. Pregnancy Related Risk Factors in Female Breast Cancer Incidence. International Congress of Actuaries, Transactions 2002;4:331-75.

3. See several editions of authoritative medical text used by breast disease specialists: Robert B. Dickson, Ph.D., Marc E. Lippman, MD, "Growth Regulation of Normal and Maglignant Breast Epithelium," The Breast: Comprehensive Management of Benign and Malignant Diseases, edited by Kirby I. Bland MD and Edward M. Copeland III, MD; (1998) W.B. Saunders Company; 2nd edition; Vol 1, p.519.

4. In a California lawsuit, Bernardo v. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., three women sued Planned Parenthood for falsely advertising the alleged safety of abortion. Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, declared under oath that she has had conversations with members of the nation's medical elite who admit that abortion causes breast cancer. However, they refuse to discuss it publicly because it is 'too political.' See her statement at:

5. Brind J. Induced Abortion and Breast Cancer Risk: A Critical Analysis of the Report of the Harvard Nurses Study II. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (Summer 2007) Vol. 12, No. 2, p. 38-39.  Available at:

6. Brind J. Induced abortion as an independent risk factor for breast cancer: A critical review of recent studies based on prospective data. J Am Phys Surg Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter 2005) 105-110. Available at:

7. Brind J. Letter. Int J Cancer 2007; in press.

8. Lanfranchi A. The abortion-breast cancer link revisited. Ethics and Medics (November 2004) Vol. 29, No. 11, p. 1-4.  Available at:

9. Furton E. Editorial. The corruption of science by ideology. Ethics and Medics (Dec. 2004) Vol. 29, No. 11, p. 1-2.  Available at:

10. Schlafly A. Legal implications of a link between abortion and breast cancer. J Am Phys Surgeons 2005;10:11-14. Available at:

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