Race for the Truth
About the Susan G. Komen Foundation
Is Abortion and Hormonal
Contraception a Prescription for Breast Cancer?
By Jenn Giroux
OCT. 29, 2010. Everywhere I looked this
month I saw a pink ribbon. It was on my dry cleaning bag, grocery bag,
coffee cup, mail catalogs, receipts, billboards … it goes on and on.
Don't get me wrong. I love the color pink, and breast cancer prevention
and finding a cure is critical to women today. However, I also love the
That is why October 2010 is a good time to take Breast Cancer Awareness
Month to a whole new level with some facts which can lead to both the
physical and spiritual health of women in America and across the world.
We live in the world of media messaging where the one with the most
money and the loudest message wins the day. What is the "Race for the
Cure"? Why are we not being told the truth about the real risks and
prevention for breast cancer? According to the SEER data at the National
Cancer Institute, there has been a 400% increase in noninvasive -- or
"in situ" (in the same place) -- breast cancer in pre-menopausal women
since 1975. How do abortion, hormone replacement therapy, and hormonal
contraception factor into the equation?
For years, abortion, hormonal replacement therapy and hormonal
contraception have been largely ignored by most of the medical community
and the media in general as significant risk factors for breast cancer.
However, studies have consistently concluded that breast cancer risk
increases as a result of these three factors.
Researchers in Iran have published results of a new study showing that
women who have had an abortion face a 193% increased risk of breast
cancer. This has to do with the interruption of breast tissue
development during pregnancy. It is important to note that this (and
other studies like it) have nothing to do with a person's belief in
abortion. It has everything to do with the scientifically undeniable
development and growth of breast tissue within a woman's body. There are
many other studies that have been published as well that confirm that
abortion presents increased risk to women for breast cancer, and that
confirm that carrying a baby to full term provides a natural protection
to the mother if the pregnancy is not unnaturally interrupted.
For years, doctors have been prescribing hormone replacement therapy for
women who experience hot flashes and periods of sweating in menopause.
The widespread belief was that these hormones would not only reduce a
woman's risk for heart disease but also keep her "youthful, sexy, and
healthy." This week the New York Times reported that studies have now
confirmed that taking these hormones not only increases breast cancer
risk, but "also make it more likely that the cancer will be advanced and
deadly" (New York Times, Oct. 19, 2010).
This revelation, finally being recognized by the mainstream medical
community and media, makes our final topic on hormonal contraception
Obstetricians and gynecologists across the country freely encourage
long-term use of hormonal contraception such as "the Pill," the
intrauterine device (IUD) Mirena, NuvaRing, Yaz, Yasmin, and all forms
of emergency contraception without giving adequate attention to the
short- and long-term side effects. Pediatricians have also joined in on
this by encouraging mothers to place their young daughters on "the Pill"
to help with acne or to relieve monthly menstrual cramps. Recently, a
college student shared with me that inside her dorm, cell phones go off
in the early morning hours as a reminder to the girls to take their
birth control pills. This was at a Catholic college.
The number of young women on "the Pill" is alarming. Have these girls
been told that "the Pill" has been classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by
the International Agency on Research for Cancer, a research arm of the
World Health Organization? Are women in general being informed that any
form of hormonal (estrogen-progestin combination) birth control
(including "the Pill," the patch, Depo-Provera, Norplant, Ortho Vera
Patch, or any others on the market) are actually increasing risk for
breast, cervical, and liver cancer?
The sad reality is that any woman who takes a hormonal contraceptive for
four years prior to her first full-term pregnancy increases her risk for
breast cancer by 52%. It is worth noting that this same research arm of
the World Health Organization also places "the Pill" in the same
category with asbestos and cigarettes.
The difference is the dose
So, you may ask, what is the difference between the hormones that are
given to women during menopause, which cause deadly breast cancer, and
the hormones that are given to young women in the form of "the Pill"?
The answer is shocking. The hormones in the drugs are the same. The only
difference is in the dose that is given to the younger women and girls.
It is necessary to give a much higher dose than that given in hormone
replacement therapy because younger women have active, healthy ovaries.
Does this give better context to the 400% increase in "in situ" breast
cancer in pre-menopausal women since 1975?
In order to silence the public discussion of the harms of contraception
we have often been told that we are pushing our "Catholic" views on
women. This has effectively kept many health care providers and pro-life
groups silent on this issue. Do you know what has nothing to do with
being Catholic? Experiencing breast cancer in your 30s, having a stroke
in college, or having an undetected and sudden blood clot that results
in permanent health damage or death are life-threatening side effects
that visit women of all faiths.
Women deserve to know the truth. They have been failed by physicians in
not being warned of the physical damage that they are doing to their
bodies, and they have been failed by their priests in not being warned
of the spiritual damage that they are doing to their souls.
The New York Times article on Oct. 19, 2010
published information by "The Journal of the American Medical
Association" that is a real breakthrough and victory for women's health.
The exposure of this important medical information further reveals the
outrage of Komen for the Cure giving $7.5 million back to Planned
Parenthood in 2009. This was money from trustful donors who were unaware
that they, indeed, gave to a cause working against the cure of breast
cancer. Clearly, both abortion and hormonal contraception, a huge source
of Planned Parenthood's income, are contributing risk factors for
October 2010 is the time to recognize the seamless pink ribbon that
connects breast cancer with abortion, hormonal contraception and hormone
replacement therapy. It is only then that we can get on with true
prevention and, God willing, finish the race for the truth, which will
then pave the path for the cure.
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Jenn Giroux is the executive director of HLI America, a program of Human
Life International. She is a registered nurse, wife, and mother of nine.
She and her husband, Dan, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio.
For more information go to hliamerica.org.