During an appearance on Fox News on Sunday, Rick Santorum suggested to Chris Wallace that abortion causes breast cancer. Santorum told Wallace that he agreed with the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s announcement to cut funding to Planned Parenthood because he thinks Komen shouldn’t associate with an organization that performs procedures that cause cancer. Komen was pushed to make their decision by VP Karen Handel, a failed Republican candidate in Georgia who ran on an anti-abortion platform. Santorum has made it clear that he opposes abortion, even in cases ofrape and incest, and wants to ban all forms of contraceptives and birth control methods. He also stated that there was a link between abortion and breast cancer.
Here’s what Santorum said on Fox:
“I’ve taken the position as a presidential candidate and someone in Congress that Planned Parenthood funds and does abortions. I don’t believe that breast cancer research is advanced by funding an organization where you’ve seen ties to cancer and abortion. So, I don’t think it’s a particularly healthy way of contributing money to further cause of breast cancer, but that’s for a private organization like Susan G. Komen to make that decision.”
Here’s the video.
Santorum is pushing the false notion that abortion causes breast cancer, which is a good way to scare women into not having abortions, but his claim has no science to support it. According to theNational Cancer Institute, there is no connection between abortion and breast cancer. Santorum’s theory is based upon small poorly conducted studies that have since been debunked by larger studies.
Breast cancer is a serious disease that we should be fighting to cure at all costs. And the right wing is not helping by pushing theories that have no basis in fact. Their obsession with their crazy abortion beliefs have blinded them to what is really important. Preventing countless women from dying from a horrible disease should be their real pro-life position. But considering their support of Komen’s decision to cut funding from Planned Parenthood, it’s clear that conservative extremists are willing to sentence millions of low income women to death to advance their anti-abortion agenda.
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