Monday, November 12, 2007

Media Ignore Major Insurance Report Stating Abortion is "best predictor of breast cancer"

Media Ignore Major Insurance Report Stating Abortion is "best predictor of breast cancer"
The mainstream media have again almost totally ignored a new study published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons that found that abortion is the "best predictor of breast cancer" in eight European nations.

One notable exception to this media black-out however is an article by Dennis Byrne of the Chicago Tribune, who wrote a commentary entitled, "Snubbing cancer study will only hurt women: Research showing link to abortion ignored by media."
The usual argument used by critics of abortion-breast cancer link studies is "recall bias", which claims flawed research due to it being based on interviews with women who have breast cancer and admit to having had one or more abortions.

This study by Patrick Carroll, a statistician and actuary, is not affected by "recall bias" because it is based on data from several countries that have complete and accurate abortion records and not on patient interviews.

After the study was published, critics attacked the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, saying the research was politically motivated.

"It was a shoot the messenger approach," explained Karen Malec, "because science really is not on their side, so they argued ideology."

More significantly, this research was discussed in the insurance magazine "The Actuary." Insurance actuaries were advised to adjust their insurance premiums and reserves accordingly in order to plan for a 50% increase in breast cancer projected out to 2029.

Malec continued, "The abortion-breast cancer link critics are having a hard time explaining why an insurance magazine would publish a "politically motivated" article discussing the abortion-breast cancer link and advising its readers that this epidemic will be costly for the insurance industry and consumers. Insurance companies, after all, are in the business of making money and pleasing their stock-holders, not in dealing with politically motivated issues."

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