The 1st World Conference on Breast Cancer

- July of 1997 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

In 1998, the World Conference published its Global Action Plan Report which acknowledged that higher levels of estrogen increased the risk of breast cancer.

Risk factors for increased estrogen include:

  • Prolonged use of birth control pills
  • Late or lack of pregnancies and breast feeding
  • Induced termination of pregnancies
  • A diet high in fat, meat or dairy products
  • HRT following menopause
The conference was co-founded by the Women's Environment and Development Organization, which was chaired at the time by the late Bella Abzug.

At the conference, Dr Joel Brind, Ph.D., Professor of Endocrinology at Baruch College of the City University of New York and Editor of the Abortion-Breast Cancer Quarterly Update, led a seminar on the connection between abortion and breast cancer.

Dr Brind's talk included an update of the "Comprehensive review and meta-analysis" on the subject, originally published in the British Medical Association's Journel of Epidemiology and community Health.

Ms Abzug attended Dr. Brind's seminar, participating in a lively and cordial discussion on the abortion-breast cancer link.

A year later, in the fall of 1998, the World Conference published its Global Action Plan Report, in which the organisation outlined its agenda for the ultimate eradication of breast cancer.

Under the subject of risk factors related to hormones, the Report reads in pertinent part:

"Today, women in general are exposed to higher levels of estrogen during their lifetime than was the case in previous generations.

"It is believed that women now face excess levels of both natural and synthetic estrogens, increasing their risk of breast cancer.

"Prolonged use of the birth control pills, late or lack of pregnancies and breast-feeding, induced termination of pregnancies, a diet high in fat, meat or dairy products, and hormone replacement therapy following menopause, are all cited as risk factors for increased estrogens and breast cancer."
(Emphasis added.)

As opponents to abortion are quick to point out, reproductive rights are meaningless without the right of women to know all the consequences of the choices they may make.

Click here to listen to Dr Brind talk about the scientific connection between abortion and breast cancer.

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