Your article “Evidence mounts abortion, birth control cause cancer” is a distortion of fact. There’s NO mention of abortion in the JAMA article – zero. What the article does state is that “… the incidence of breast cancer with distant involvement at diagnosis increased in 25- to 39-year-old women from 1.53 per 100,000 in 1976 to 2.90 per 100,000 in 2009,” and “distant involvement” was defined as remote metastases (i.e., metastases to certain other parts of the body). That has nothing to do with abortion, but it probably suggests a link to estrogen-based contraceptives, since it also states that “Incidence for women with estrogen receptor-positive subtypes increased more than for women with estrogen receptor-negative subtypes.”

Since estrogen prescription is not part of abortion, the article has zero to do with abortion and in no way suggest any link at all with abortion causing cancer, since estrogen is not prescribed for abortion patients.

Further, the use of contraceptives generally prevents unplanned pregnancies and, therefore, eliminates the need for abortions resulting in a reduction in abortions. But this is not a good indicator for young women who use estrogen-based contraceptives.

It doesn’t take a medical doctor or a brain surgeon to understand the article, so it’s difficult to determine what could cause you to make such a distortion. It might have kept you more honest had you provided your readers the link to that article.

But you don’t really want the readers to know the facts, do you? That would make it more difficult for you to distort them.

J.B.

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