The Attorney General of Texas announced a settlement with a tanning company over their false and misleading claims about tanning and cancer. The company had claimed tanning was good for you because increased vitamin D levels decrease your risk of cancer.
Meanwhile, crisis pregnancy centers are getting state funding and legitimate medical clinics that provide abortion are being forced to provide false and misleading claims about breast cancer and abortion. From page 17 of the state’s official publication, A Woman’s Right to Know Information Material:
While there are studies that have found an increased risk of developing breast cancer after an induced abortion some studies have found no overall risk. There is agreement that this issue needs further study. [emphasis added] If you have a family history of breast cancer or clinical findings of breast disease, you should seek
medical advice from your physician before deciding whether to remain pregnant or have an abortion. It is always important to tell your doctor about your complete pregnancy history.
Those studies that have found an increased risk? They’ve been debunked, and multiple medical authorities have disclaimed any connection:
American Cancer Society: Linking these 2 topics creates a great deal of emotion and debate. But scientific research studies have not found a cause-and-effect relationship between abortion and breast cancer.
National Cancer Institute: Considering the body of literature that has been published since 2003, when NCI held this extensive workshop on early reproductive events and cancer, the evidence overall still does not support early termination of pregnancy as a cause of breast cancer.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: The relationship between induced abortion and the subsequent development of breast cancer has been the subject of a substantial amount of epidemiologic study. Early studies of the relationship between prior induced abortion and breast cancer risk were methodologically flawed. More rigorous recent studies demonstrate no causal relationship between induced abortion and a subsequent increase in breast cancer risk.
So, I’m waiting for Attorney General Abbott to fine everyone for the false advertising in the state-mandated literature. I know you think I’ll wait a long time. I suspect you are right. But, I just want to put it out there, because we must not stop calling out the continuing hypocrisy of our state officials.