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Judgment awarded in abortion-breast cancer case

For the first time in the United States, a judgment has been ordered against an abortion clinic for failure to inform a patient about psychological risks and an increased risk of breast cancer (WorldNetDaily, Jan 27, 2005).

All Women’s Health Services Clinic in Portland, Ore., made an offer of judgment last year in a case brought by a woman who was 15 years old at the time of her abortion. The judge signed the agreement in January. The amount of the judgment was not disclosed.

The plaintiff had a family history of breast cancer, which she disclosed on the clinic intake form.

A 1994 study by Daling et al. found that teenagers with a family history of breast cancer who had an abortion before age 18 had an incalculably higher risk of breast cancer.

Additional information:

“The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link: How Politics Trumped Science and Informed Consent” by Karen Malec, J Am Phys Surg, summer 2003.

“Legal Implications of a Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer” by Andrew Schlafly, J Am Phys Surg, spring 2005.

“No, I Won’t Help You Get an Abortion” by Samuel A. Nigro, M.D., J Am Phys Surg, spring 2005.

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