Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Pro-life abortion cancer


Focus on the Family:
Major women's health groups that focuses on breast-cancer research continue to contribute money to Planned Parenthood, in spite of scientific evidence that indicates a link between abortion and breast cancer.

National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute:
[H]aving an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer.

Planned Parenthood:
Undaunted by the absence of compelling evidence, anti-choice extremists insist on making the connection anyway. Once more they are using misinformation as a weapon in their campaign against safe, legal abortion.

I think pro-lifers will say anything. On the one hand they rail against Planned Parenthood's "abortion business", but on the other they object to donations to Planned Parenthood by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation on the grounds that the donations free up money to pay for more abortions.

Reading the crap put out by pro-lifers (I have a Google Alert set on "Planned Parenthood" that generates 95% pro-life propaganda) is a real chore.


jj mollo said...

I guess you're becoming an expert on that particular pathology.

Just out of curiosity, what would they recommend for a pregnant woman with breast cancer? Should she refrain from radiation and chemotherapy? Even at the risk of her life? Is there some sort of pro-life consensus on that?

And how do they feel about healthy pregnant women drinking and smoking? Is that their "choice"?

To your main point, I think some of them will lie, but for the most part I think it's just willful ignorance. People show their greatest flexibility when it comes to twisting around an inconvenient fact.

Personally, I don't believe many women get abortions for their own sake, as much as for what they believe is best for the child and for their future children. They think it is wrong to bring a child into the world knowing that they can't take care of it properly. It may also be a judgment on the fitness of the father, or even their own fitness as mothers. These pro-lifers are showing contempt for women by assuming it is a completely selfish decision.

Steve said...

Well, I'm not an expert on anything, but I have become particularly sensitive to the manufactured, engineered, focus-grouped and endlessly repeated phrase: "abortion business".

Probably the most maddening episode of Frontline that I've ever seen is "The Last Abortion Clinic" (online here). These people are so sure of themselves, so full of themselves, so arrogant...