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Abortion/Breast Cancer Link

The abortion and breast cancer (ABC) link has again come to light in the news, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly reported recently that there has been much misrepresentation and fraudulent research done to deceive the public and hide the link between abortion and breast cancer, likening the deception to that of the tobacco and cancer cover-up carried out by the tobacco industry for decades.

This report comes shortly after the Ethics and Medics editor criticized scientists for failing to “speak out against the shoddy research that is being advanced by those who deny the abortion- breast cancer link.”

“The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) should be criminally investigated,” declared Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. “If German scientists had played the same shell game with women’s health during World War II, they would have been tried at Nuremberg under American jurisprudence.”

Joel Brind, medical doctor and long-time advocate of the ABC connection, maintains there has been reckless disregard for women’s health involving the NCI, the U.S. Department of Defense, Oxford scientists, medical journals, the American Cancer Society, and others in ignoring the medical evidence proving the ABC link.

Brind maintains there are two abortion-related breast cancer risks, one of which is no longer disputed, Experts for centuries have known that carrying a child to term significantly reduces breast cancer risk, Only a direct link to abortion is today debated.

See the Source: “Abortion-Cancer Link Cover Up by U.S. National Cancer Institute Says Bioethics Journal,”, 16 May 16, 2005,

No Asylum

Qiao Hua Li, a Chinese refugee, led from her country in fear when the government forced her to have an IUD implanted. But she will soon be sent back to China, as the U.S. courts and immigration bureau do not consider this to be reason to allow the woman to stay in this country — that she has failed to prove persecution and fear of future harassment if she returns home.

Li married and became pregnant without government approval. She and her husband hid until their baby was born and then returned to their home. The government fined the couple severely and forced Li to submit to an IUD insertion.

Li left her home and husband in China and came to the USA in 200l in fear of retribution and because her family could not afford the imposed fine.

Immigration authorities, along with the U.S. courts, claim they base their ruling, in part, on the

fact that Li did not have the IUD removed while in the USA (for fear of returning to China without it) and that her husband continues to live in China unharmed, though the fine is unpaid.

Judge Roger Gregory, of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote in a dissenting opinion, that the medical routine of inserting the IUD “was still persecution because Li was compelled coercively to submit to a procedure that caused her harm, that she found offensive, and that was done in violation of her personal bodily privacy.”

See the Source: Larry O’Dell, “Asylum denied in the U.S. for Chinese woman forced to have an IUD implanted,” 5 May 2005,

Japanese Women Speak Out On Abortion

In Japan, abortion has been legal since 1948. But not all Japanese women are happy with its effects.

According to a recent survey of some 890 women by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, one in six women between 16 and 49 reported they had an abortion. Some 31.7% of the women surveyed said they had their first abortion before they were 20 years of age, Thirty percent of those who had abortions reported they had two or more.

When asked how they felt when they decided to abort their babies, 55.9% felt sorry for the baby, 15.2% blamed themselves, while only 11.7% said they felt it was a necessary choice.

Why did Japanese women get abortions? Reported reasons for abortion were: 22.l% were not married to the baby’s father, 17.2% claimed financial hardship, 9% did not want to quit their jobs or studies and 8.3% claimed health risks.

The women surveyed were also asked if they supported abortion in Japan. Only 5.5% of the respondents said they supported abortion rights unconditionally, 59.9% said they supported abortion rights under certain conditions and 7% reported they did not support abortion rights under any circumstances.

See the Source: “Survey: 1 in 6 reports at least 1 abortion,” The Asahi Shimbun, 27 April 2005,

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