It’s finally sunk in, apparently, that the long-claimed link between having an abortion and breast cancer simply doesn’t stand up to rigorous scrutiny. Forced-birthers are backing away from the claim that there is a direct link BUT don’t cheer too fast: they’re staunchly proclaiming that feminists are still teh eevil indirectly!
Here’s one Karen Malec revealing The Dangerous Masquerade of the Feminist Majority Foundation
“If Smeal et al. had the slightest concern for women’s health, they would never have initiated a despicable attack on crisis pregnancy centers that serve pregnant mothers, in part, by warning them about the grave health risks associated with abortion.
“Telling women the truth about the abortion-breast cancer link is as bad for business as telling consumers about the risks of smoking. Whether it’s Big Abortion or Big Tobacco, making money is more important to them than protecting consumer health.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. If, as standard medical texts say, delaying a first full term pregnancy, childlessness, little or no breastfeeding and small family size put women at much greater risk for the disease, then the young woman who has an abortion has a greater risk than does the one who has a baby. The woman who aborts forfeits the protective effect of childbearing.
Why isn’t Ms Malec trumpeting the good news about early childbearing to all young woman, that they should be planning to have their first child by age 25, and that doing otherwise puts them at increased risk of developing breast cancer? Why does she only care about making sure that young women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy get this crucial information? What does she think about older women who come to the crisis pregnancy centres with an unplanned pregnancy – does it not matter because it’s already too late, so they might as well go ahead? What about the older women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy who already have children and are considering an abortion this time? Are they safe to go ahead in Ms Malec’s eyes?
Of course not. It’s a very specious limb she’s crawled out on there to wave this argument from (ETA) as well as an ignorant conflation of correlation and causation.
Let me guess that Ms Malec isn’t a fan of contraception that delays a young woman’s first full term pregnancy or limits her family size either. In fact, like many “pro-lifers”, she’s probably against a lot of reproductive health programs that have been shown to reduce the number of abortions by increasing women’s knowledge of contraceptive options and providing public financial support for young families and single mothers, even though as Jill writes today in an excellent post, an increasing number of moderates have realised that such programs do indeed decrease actual abortions, and for their pains are being called traitors by the hardline anti-choicers. Again the dissonance between claims of wanting to prevent abortion and opposing programs which do actually decrease abortion rears its muddled head. It’s almost as if the hard-liners are more interested in something else than the actual number of abortions, isn’t it? Jill’s post is Highly Recommended Reading.