Friday 30 September 2016

'Abortion doubles your risk of breast cancer' - representative of controversial centre hits back at critics

Daire Courtney

Published 08/09/2016 | 17:35

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A representative of a controversial women's centre has defended a claim that abortion can cause breast cancer.

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The Women's Centre on Berkeley Street has been at the centre of a storm following the release of a video by the London Times showing a member of staff advising a woman that getting an abortion could increase the risk of breast cancer and child neglect.

A protest took place at the centre on Wednesday evening.

Representative Patrick Jameson appeared on Liveline on Thursday where he blamed the backlash on "media attacks" which he said go as far back as 1997.

He claimed that women double their risk of breast cancer when they have an abortion, referring listeners to abortionbreastcancer.com for what he said was the most accurate research.

These claims have previously been refuted by the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, who have said there is no extra risk of breast cancer from abortion.

The HSE have also stated their awareness of 'rogue' crisis pregnancy centres and their inability to regulate and prosecute them.

When asked why Ireland's leading obstetricians have rebuked those claims and stated that there is no added risk, Mr Jameson said: "I'm not interested in names, I'm interested in the research.

"I'd invite you and any obstetrician to a public meeting when and where you choose, and I will present the research."

Twitter users barraged the show's account with requests for Mr Jameson to be taken off the air. One caller even suggested he be taken off because he could be a "pro-choice plant".

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