Abortion 'Debate' terminated by the 'Q'-Word (Brent Rooney) In 1985 most Americans believed that the 'cold war' would likely last for many decades. Four years later the Berlin Wall 'fell' and in 1991 the USSR ceased to exist. Similarly, most Americans believe that the abortion 'debate' will continue for many decades, but with the procedure remaining 'legal'. Are these Americans going to see the fall of the 'Berlin Wall of abortion'? Dr. Samuel S. Epstein (U. of Illinois) is a world renowned cancer expert, a liberal and 'pro-choice' on elective abortion. In a 1997 book Dr. Epstein wrote that a 25 year-old woman who undergoes an induced abortion boosts her relative breast cancer risk by about 33%. (The Breast Cancer Prevention Program, pp. 36-37) Perhaps, there are compensating short term benefits for 'choice' There is no argument among breast cancer researchers that childless young pregnant women elevate their breast cancer risk by resorting to elective abortion. If there was a very strong compensating short term health benefit of elective abortion, then the procedure might be justified. A lower death risk over the 12 months following the procedure might compensate for a higher long term breast cancer risk. However, there is no significant medical study that looked at all (!) causes of death (including accidents and suicides) that found that women who had elective abortions had a lower mortality risk than women who delivered in the 12 months after. In 1997 the most respected Scandinavian medical journal in the field of obstetrics and gynecology reported the results of a study of Finnish women: those who selected induced abortion had a 250% higher (!) relative risk of death in the 12 months after vs women who delivered. Aborting women had four (4) times the risk of dying via an accident and over six (6) times the risk of dying via suicide. Women who exercised 'choice' also had an astounding fourteen (!) times the risk of being killed via homicide. Thus, instead of short term health benefits compensating for the longer term harm of abortion, there is an exaccerbation of harm! "Short term pain for long term agony". Bottom Line Long term and short term elective induced abortion is a "Waterloo for Women". In both the U.S. and Canada a medical doctor is legally proscribed from performing a procedure not in a patient's best interests. Since when are increased risks of breast cancer, suicide, homicide, mortality, and future preterm delivery in a woman's bests interests? And this for a predominantly elective procedure! The 'Q'-word Abortion supporters and many consent forms claim that elective induced abortion has a lower (!) mortality risk than delivery. What is a quack? According to the dictionary, a quack is one who claims skill or knowledge which he/she does not possess. Thus, the claim of lower mortality risk, when the death risk is actually higher, qualifies elective abortion as quackery; in fact, elective abortion is dangerous medical quackery! Another Q-Word is 'Quisling'. In World War II a Norwegian politician, Vidkun Quisling, was a politician who collaborated with the Nazis; thus, 'Quisling' became synonymous with traitor. Women pushing "a woman's right to choose [dangerous medical quackery]" are the 'Quislings' of their gender and gereration. It gets worse Premature birth is the leading cause of infant disease and death in the U.S. In the June 2001 issue of a prominent European medical journal I identified seventeen (17) studies reporting that prior induced abortions significantly increase a woman's risk of a future preterm birth. There are zero studies reporting that induced abortions reduce preterm birth risk. Professor Barbara Luke (U. of Michigan) in her classic book wrote, "If you have had one or more induced abortions, your risk of prematurity with this pregnancy increases by about 30 percent." (Every Pregnant Woman's Guide to Preventing Premature Birth, 1995) Luke's 30 percent risk estimate is likely an underestimate. A 1999 study of Danish women found that prior induced abortions boosted prematurity risk by a relative 89%; and for women with two prior evacuation abortions (the unborn, beyond the first trimester, is sliced up and removed from mom), the increased preterm risk was an amazing 1155%. My current count of studies reporting that prior induced abortions significantly elevate the risk of prematurity or low birth weight is thirty-three (33). Since the number of significant studies finding the reverse (i.e. lowered risk) is zero, the evidence is absolutely lopsided that induced abortions boost prematurity risk. Currently about eleven percent of U.S. births occur before 37 weeks' gestation, the cut-off point designation of a preterm birth. Preterm infants have higher risks of asthma, deafness, blindness, low IQ, death, cerebral palsy etc. An extremely preterm newborn (with a birth weight under 3 pounds 5 ounces) has 38 times the cerebral palsy risk as the general newborn population. Why the preterm birth risk? A man who delivered many babies, Dr. F.J. Borzilleri, provides the answer: "The cervix, the opening at the mouth (entrance) of the womb, is often traumatized during an abortion. The instruments used to dilate the cervix for the purpose of an abortion, often cause permanent damage. The muscles are forcibly stretched, which causes a weakening and at times tears occur with the formation of scar tissue. Intrauterine adhesions are another complication of an abortion, brought on by the scraping instruments, to make sure all parts of the unborn are removed. Is it any wonder that subsequent pregnancies, in women who have had abortions, often CANNOT be maintained for 37 weeks? (For most newborn the optimum gestation length is between 38 and 41 weeks) Surgical abortion is a 'blind' procedure; i.e. when the abortionist is scraping the uterus, he literally can not see what he is doing but relies upon feel. Would males allow blind folded dentists to work on their teeth?" For more information on the prematurity risk of 'choice', visit: www.vcn.bc.ca/~whatsup Informed Medical Consent? When young pregnant seventeen year-old 'Alice' visits an abortion clinic, is she informed of all the serious risks of this elective procedure? Many of the lay public believe that women consent to all the risks they incur (breast cancer, suicide, death, future preterm births etc.). Since none of these risks (and many others) are listed on consent forms, there is not proper informed medical consent at abortion clinics. Abortion clinics prey on the ignorance of their young (and not so young) clients. 'Alice' is being 'thrown to the wolves'. Conclusion Abortion, an elective medical procedure claimed to be 'therapeutic', boosts the risks of suicide, breast cancer, fatal accidents, homicide, and future preterm births. Clearly, this elective procedure is dangerous medical quackery. Among knowledgeable medical professionals who truly care about the health of women, the abortion 'debate' is over, 'terminated' by the 'Q'-word. Let those who support abortion quackery explain their mean spiritness towards half the population. Let's provide healthy choices for women, furthering the dictum of the Father of Medicine (Hippocrates): "First, do no harm".