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October 9, 2013
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Letter: Studies show no link between breast cancer and spontaneous or induced abortions

Scare tactics not acceptable

I would like to take this opportunity to thank The News Review for the special supplement it published on breast cancer. This is an important topic that affects many women.

As a breast cancer survivor, however, I was offended by an ad in the supplement from the Douglas County Right to Life stating that abortion raises the risk of breast cancer. Not only is this misleading, but it is false. The American Cancer Society states on its website that “scientific studies have not found a cause-and-effect relationship between abortion and breast cancer.”

Several large studies have been done, including one in Denmark in the 1990s and another at Harvard in 2004. These studies included both spontaneous abortions (miscarriages) and induced abortions. The scientific level in these studies was rated at the highest level. The conclusion was that abortion is not linked to an increase in breast cancer risk. It is shameful for the Douglas County Right to Life to use scare tactics on such a highly emotional topic.

Barbara Horst

Days Creek

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