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Aaron Feickert, Fargo, Published November 04 2012

Letter: VanderMeulen’s claims not factual

In an Oct. 24 column in The Forum, the Rev. Douglas VanderMeulen makes some spurious claims about his hypothesized connection between abortion and risk of breast cancer. His claims are incorrect and unsupported by the scientific community.

In particular, VanderMeulen asserts that the National Cancer Institute believes that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer. This claim is completely false. While early studies suggested a possible statistical correlation between the two, the institute convened a panel of more than 100 experts to examine clinical evidence in 2004, and concluded there is no increased risk of breast cancer.

If unconvinced by this evidence, VanderMeulen could also look to the World Health Organization, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Cancer Society or the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. These organizations also conclude that abortion does not influence the risk of breast cancer.

Whatever VanderMeulen’s personal views on abortion are, he should refrain from making scientific claims unless he has actual evidence to support them. To do otherwise is misguided at best and misleading at worst.