Leave it to the Komen Foundation to cite the studies of abortion advocates to deny the A-BC link connecting breast cancer and abortion (“The Ties That Bind,” April 2). Komen has also attempted to justify its association with Planned Parenthood. Giving money to Planned Parenthood to screen women for breast cancer is like giving money to Al Queda to do the exams on Arab women.
The number of breast services extended to women by Planned Parenthood has declined in recent years. During the years 2002 and 2003, the breast exams at Planned Parenthood decreased by more than 141,000 while abortions increased by 14,000. There is no reason to believe that this trend has not continued. It is ludicrous to expect anyone to believe that Planned Parenthood is primarily in the business of helping women by providing mammograms and other services and that only 3 percent of their business is abortion-related.
At this time in Houston, Planned Parenthood is building a six-story abortion clinic, and one whole floor will be for late term abortions. It will be the largest abortion clinic in the Western Hemisphere. As modern prenatal testing becomes more and more widespread, the number of late term abortions will increase. Therefore, the number of women who will experience complications due to these procedures will jump dramatically. It is frightening to know that 22 percent of women in the 30-39 year age group have these problems
The risk of breast cancer increases with even one abortion. Dr. Janet Daling is an abortion proponent whose research contradicted her beliefs. She found that in the general population of women, 12 out of 100 will develop breast cancer. The increased risk for women who never had children was 20 percent; for women who had no children and one or more abortions, this increased risk jumped to 50 percent. Most critically of all, having an early abortion with family history of breast cancer (mother, aunt, or sister) increased the risk of developing breast cancer before the age of 45 by 800 percent. Delayed first birth, always a factor, can complicate things still further.
It is pretentious for the Komen Foundation to make decisions for American women. We should be allowed to decide for ourselves. All facts on both sides of the issue should be released to the public, and women must decide whether or not they feel there is a connection between breast cancer and abortion based on the evidence.
Editor’s note: Rebecca Gibson, communications director for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, did not “cite the studies of abortion advocates to deny the A-BC link connecting breast cancer and abortion.” Gibson cited the National Cancer Institute, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, which determined in 2003 that “abortion is not associated with an increase in breast cancer risk.” The American Cancer Society also concluded in 2007: “Breast cancer is the most common cancer, and is the second leading cancer killer in women. Still, the public is not well-served by false alarms and at the present time, the scientific evidence does not support a causal association between induced abortion and breast cancer.”
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.
State Rep. Stuart Bishop says he’s concerned with the quality of Capitol Lake, but when it comes to Louisiana’s coastline, this Lafayette Republican doesn't seem to give a damn.
Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand:
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”