Might Obamacare Increase Cancer Rates?

By the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Special forUSDR.

A key feature of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”) is forcing Americans to buy health plans that pay for “contraceptives,” including drugs that may act as abortifacients, regardless of moralobjections.

The Supreme Court will hear cases concerning whether for-profit businesses have a Constitutional right to free exercise of religion that is violated by these insurance mandates (consolidated cases of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., No. 13-354, and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, No.13-356).

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) argues that the conscience question goes beyond doctrinal objections to contraception or abortion. Can the government force American citizens to subsidize medical interventions that they believe to be harmful to patients, as by increasing their risk ofcancer?

Abortion and contraception are widely believed to be safe. A new Chinese review, however, adds to the evidence that induced abortion increases breast cancerrates.

A meta-analysis of 36 studies by Dr. Yubei Huang and colleagues found a 44% increase in breast-cancer risk in women with at least one induced abortion. There was a “dose-dependent” effect, which supports a causal relationship. With two or three abortions, the risk was increased by 76% and 89%,respectively.

These results suggest that the increasing incidence of breast cancer worldwide may be related to increasing abortionrates.

Though there have been analyses that did not find the association, their methodology has been criticized, and thepreponderance of evidence favors thelink.

The “morning after” pill, which may achieve its purpose by causing an abortion, contains a high dose of hormones like those in hormonal contraceptives (“the Pill”). Birth control pills are considered class-1 carcinogens by the World HealthOrganization(WHO).

“Kathleen Sebelius might call contraception and abortion ‘preventive’ measures, but does her opinion justify imposing a duty on Americans to fund measures they believe could increase cancer?” asked AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient,M.D.

Physicians who perform abortions without disclosing evidence of increased breast cancer risk might eventually face malpractice liability, according to attorney Andrew Schlafly, writing in the Journal of American Physicians andSurgeons.

Is the U.S. government Constitutionally allowed to force Americans to fund procedures or drugs that might cause serious harm? Evidence from around the world, most recently China, suggests that ObamaCare is doing justthat.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties, founded in1943.

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