Studies Show Abortion May Increase Premature Death, Breast Cancer Risk

New American 10 Dec 2012
A recent study out of Denmark appears to show a higher incidence of premature death among women who have had an abortion than for women who give birth. The study tracked a group of Danish women over a 25-year period, finding that those who had undergone a single abortion had a 45-percent higher mortality rate over that time period than those who had carried babies to full term. The death rate among women rose dramatically for subsequent abortions, with women who had two abortions having a 114-percent greater likelihood of mortality during the study period, and women with three or more abortions facing a 192-percent chance of premature death.

This is not the first study showing that abortion can be deadly for women. In November 2011 reported on a study showing that women who have had a single abortion may face a nearly three-fold increase in risk of breast cancer. The study, led by Dr. Lilit Khachatryan of the American University of Armenia, and which included researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania, also found that delaying a first full-term pregnancy significantly raised the risk of breast cancer in women, while giving birth resulted in an over 60-percent reduced risk.

“Khachatryan’s team reported a statistically significant 13 percent increased breast cancer risk for every one year delay of a first full term pregnancy (FFTP),” reported LifeNews, “with delayed FFTPs until ages 21-30 or after age 30 resulting in 2.21-fold and 4.95-fold increased risks respectively.” Karen Malec of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer told LifeNews that the findings were not a surprise, because “54 of 67 epidemiological studies since 1957 report an abortion-breast cancer link….”

In June 2010 the UK’s Daily Mail reported on a study from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka that also showed a three-fold increase in risk of breast cancer among abortive women. The researchers discovered the apparent link between abortion and breast cancer “while carrying out research into how breastfeeding can protect women from developing the killer disease,” reported the Daily Mail. “While concluding that breastfeeding offered significant protection from cancer, they also noted that the highest reported risk factor in developing the disease was abortion.”

The British paper noted that the Sri Lankan research represented the “fourth epidemiological study to report such a link in the past 14 months, with research in China, Turkey, and the U.S. showing similar conclusions.”

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