From “The Pill Really, Really Sucks” File

Readers of our newsletter know that use of oral contraceptives (the birth control pill) has been implicated as a risk factor for breast cancer by: 1) the World Health Organization; 2) a 2006 meta-analysis in the journal, Mayo Clinic Proceedings; and 3) a 2009 study in the journal, Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, which linked the pill with the deadly triple-negative breast cancer [1-4]

Our readers are also aware that National Cancer Institute branch chief Dr. Louise Brinton was a co-author in that 2009 study and that she and her colleagues had included in their study both abortion and the pill as “known and suspected risk factors” for the disease. [4] They concluded in unambiguous terms that abortion and oral contraceptives were associated with the disease and that their results “were consistent with the effects observed in previous studies on younger women.” Approximately four dozen epidemiological studies, biological evidence and animal research implicate abortion as a risk factor for the disease. [4-15]

Planned Parenthood, nevertheless, remains steadfast in its denial of these cancer risks. It is behaving in much the same way that the anti-science tobacco industry did during the last half of the 20th century.

The Dayton Daily News reported yesterday that a panel of three physicians told an audience at a conference on November 13, 2010 in Oakwood, Ohio that the pill puts women at risk for breast cancer. Lou Grieco, a reporter for that newspaper, quoted Becki Brenner, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio. She called the breast cancer risks of the pill and induced abortion “scientifically baseless.”

Brenner’s denial of the scientific facts in the face of staggering evidence to the contrary reminds us of Monty Python’s Dead Parrot skit. Actor John Cleese made repeated, frustrated efforts to persuade an indifferent pet shop owner that a parrot he had purchased was undeniably deceased until, finally, an exasperated Cleese declared,

“Look, matey…. This parrot has passed on. This parrot is no more. It has ceased to be. It has expired and gone to meet its Maker. This is a late parrot. It’s a stiff, bereft of life. It rests in peace. If you hadn’t nailed it to a perch, it would be pushing up daisies…. It’s joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-parrot!”

The pill and induced abortion are clearly risk factors for breast cancer, but the risk of massive medical malpractice lawsuits may be motivating Planned Parenthood and others in the medical establishment to adopt an anti-science position of denying the evidence. Even worse, Planned Parenthood is damaging the health of thousands of women.

To read the story in the Dayton Daily News, click on the link below in our Abortion-Breast Cancer News Headlines.

Karen Malec
Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer


“Doctors link contraceptives, breast cancer / Planned Parenthood chief says the claim is a ‘distortion of science'”
By Lou Grieco
Dayton Daily News
November 15, 2010


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13. De Silva M, Senarath U, Gunatilake M, Lokuhetty D. Prolonged breastfeeding reduces risk of breast cancer in Sri Lankan women: a case-control study. Cancer Epidemiol 2010;34(3):267-73. Abstract available at:

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One thought on “From “The Pill Really, Really Sucks” File

  1. Canada is the country that presented The Order Of Canada to Abortionist Henry Morgentaler. Killing children in the warmth of their mothers wombs is a big industry in Canada, and it is promoted by our education establisments.

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