A Frank Ob/Gyn's Message

An honest assessment of all things medical and ethical.

Is abortion safe? (Part 1)

As an obstetrician and gynecological surgeon, it is my duty to inform women of the risks of any procedure they undergo. Providing honest and accurate medical information to a woman before a procedure is required to live up to the ethical standard of informed consent. The need for such informed consent is especially critical when the procedure being considered is an induced abortion.

Incredibly, despite this being one of the most frequent medical or surgical procedures performed on women, there is very little awareness of the short-term and long-term medical risks that these women are exposed to. No doubt, the extreme reluctance to allow any public discussion on the legality of induced abortion has given this procedure a “sacrosanct” status wherein it has avoided the normal scrutiny that any other procedure would receive. Worse, all attempts to publish and bring awareness to the valid research showing harm to women are immediately dismissed as “anti-abortion” propaganda. In essence there is a veritable censorship by public media outlets and official medical bodies against any scientific evidence that contradicts the dictum that “legal abortions” are the “safest procedures in medicine.” Such blatant suppression of healthy debate in search of truth is eerily reminiscent of the kind of oppressiveness intrinsic to both communist and fascist dictatorships.

Perhaps the most thoroughly documented and incontrovertible risk associated with induced abortion is that of preterm birth in a future pregnancy.

In addition to preterm birth, the other major long-term physiologic risk associated with induced abortion is that of breast cancer. No doubt, the incredible popularity of breast cancer awareness campaigns has much to do with the particularly intense efforts to discredit the scientific evidence showing the association. To allow this compelling evidence to surface would risk subjecting the dogma of “safe legal abortion” to the scrutiny of the armies of people authentically concerned about women’s health.

For example, according to Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a surgical oncologist and breast cancer specialist, abortion causes breast cancer in about 5% of women who have an abortion. This results in approximately 10,000 cases a year of breast cancer that can be attributed to abortion. After an induced abortion, the female is exposed to very high levels of estrogen, which can act as a mitogen and a carcinogen on breast tissue. This would leave her with more places for cancers to start.

Overall, 51 of 68 epidemiological studies since 1957 report an abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link. The most recent of these is an Armenian study-whose authors examined type diabetes , reproductive factors, and breast cancer, found a statistically significant association showing a 2.86-fold increased breast cancer risk from one induced abortion. The study, led by Lilit Khachatryan, included researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania.

 Not surprisingly, prominent pro-abortion organizations like the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists continue to ignore the preponderance of such compelling evidence in order to perpetuate the misleading idea that abortion is safe.

 For more information, including the latest updates on the abortion breast cancer (ABC) link, see the following websites:




Next, we’ll look at the preterm birth risk and similar problems attributable to induced abortion.


Dr. Frank


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