I’m not talking about me, silly!
Psychologists have been aware for decades now that people have a basic need for consistency in their thinking. If they don’t have it, they have “cognitive dissonance.” This is a form of tension, and to relieve it people will go through all kinds of mental gymnastics. Anyone who has watched people make the case for abortion availability could provide examples.
Like perhaps a woman who identifies herself as a “feminist”, in an attempt to establish a bit of credibility, yet would deny another woman the right to make a personal decision about her own body? Those kind of gymastics?
MacNair, who is a psychologist much like Charles Krauthammer, also lies, much like Charles Krauthammer:
Experience shows that women are often pressured into abortions (so much for increasing their freedom to choose), and that the aftermath of an abortion can be devastating to women. Researchers have found a link between abortion and increased risk of breast cancer. There has been an upsurge rather than a decrease in child abuse. (My emphasis)
Breast cancer from abortion? I don’t think so:
In 2002, spurred on by the Coalition, 28 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson requesting that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) review its fact sheet on abortion and breast cancer.
As a result, the fact sheet was pulled from the NCI website in July, and a workshop on Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer was held on February 24-26, 2003. After reviewing the literature, the workshop attendees, who were all experts in breast cancer research, concluded that there was no link between abortion and breast cancer.
On March 24, the NCI posted on its website the summary report from this workshop. You can read the summary report here
How the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer will respond to this report remains to be seen. Over the past two years, the Coalition was working to push states to require that doctors inform women that abortion may increase their breast cancer risk. Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Montana were four of the states that responded by implementing what is referred to as “Women’s Right to Know/Informed Consent for Abortion” requirements. It is not yet known whether these states will amend their requirements in light of the NCI expert panels’ findings.
Should you be concerned? Yes. Not about breast cancer risk, but about the way in which anti-abortion groups are exploiting women’s fear of breast cancer. These statutes and lawsuits are being pushed forward despite the fact that the research does not show a link between abortion and increased breast cancer risk. Groups such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Women’s Health Network, and the National Breast Cancer Coalition support this position.
The WHO, ACS, NCI and others agree that a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1997 should be viewed as the definitive answer to the question of whether a link between abortion and breast cancer risk exists. That study, based on information on 1.5 million women in Denmark’s national abortion and breast cancer registers, concluded: “Induced abortion has no overall effect on the risk of breast cancer.”
And there has been no study establishing a link between the increase of legal abortions with a concurrent increase in reported child abuse cases. None.
Don’t they have fact checkers at NRO?