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Eric Abetz draws link between abortion and breast cancer before World Congress of Families
Date August 7, 2014 - 10:14PM
Senior government minister Eric Abetz has drawn a link between abortion and breast cancer in a television interview. Senator Abetz, the leader of the government in the upper house and the Employment Minister, made the comments on Channel 10 program The Project when asked if he believed the "factually incorrect" statement that abortion leads to breast cancer.
"I think the studies, and I think they date back from the 1950s, assert that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer," he said on Thursday night. When his comments were questioned, Senator Abetz said: "There are other organisations [other than the Australian Medical Association] that have differing views."
The Australian Medical Association said the comments were irresponsible. "If he's quoting papers from the 1950s, I suspect that's where he's living," AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler said. "I think it's really irresponsible for people to be using their own ideology and projecting it on, particularly women." The abortion-breast cancer theory has been rejected by Cancer Australia, the World Health Organisation, the US National Cancer Institute, Britain's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and health authorities in Victoria and NSW.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/eric-abetz-draws-link-between-abortion-and-breast-cancer-before-world-congress-of-families-20140807-101p60.html#ixzz39hylxOfI