“I really dislike this whole necessity to package yourself as pro-choice or pro-life; I am pro-information. When women find themselves in the situation where they have an unplanned pregnancy and they are uncertain, there isn’t a great deal of information that is absolutely neutral, ideologically” – Barbara Key of the National Post
If you care about women, you should care about the truth regarding breast cancer.
While not a purely modern phenomenon, breast cancer is a scourge in the world today. This month is breast cancer awareness month, but did you know that there is a likely breast cancer risk factor that is ignored by powerful health organizations? Most women don’t know because the NCI (The National Cancer Institute) and ACOG (The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) aren’t interested in discussing it. Why? Politics.
So, what is this risk factor? Abortion. I know, I know, abortion is a hot-button topic with passionate advocates and critics. Women’s rights are something worth fighting for, and the same goes for human rights. And here is the tension: the abortion question lies at the intersection of these two vital issues. Unfortunately, women are often caught in the crossfire of the abortion debate.
This is unacceptable.
Regardless of where one stands on the question of abortion, can we all agree to be pro-women?
And if we are pro-women, then we must be pro-informing women. Typically, when medical procedures are recommended, patients are informed of the process and possible complications, and then asked for consent (e.g., for a colonoscopy). When it comes to breast cancer, should women be purposefully kept in the dark on likely risk factors? The answer is obvious—we need to be completely honest about breast cancer.
A recent documentary is helping fill the current void of neutral information. The film, Hush, is a feature length documentary marked by provocative research and quality production. Pro-choice director (Punam Kumar Gill) joined forces with pro-life executive producer (Drew Martin), and this duo led an unlikely but brilliant team with a noble goal: “to find the truth for the sake of women’s health.”
Journalism today is too often dominated by agendas rather than an unbridled pursuit of truth. Director Punam Kumar Gill summed up her approach, “Sure, I’m pro-choice, but before that I’m a woman and a human being.” She recognized possible biases, and then humbly moved beyond them; I commend her for this.
The film explores a few different possible health complications related to induced abortion: breast cancer, premature birth, and adverse psychological effects. In no way is this film the be-all/end-all of the discussion, but it highlights valid concerns that are currently being ignored.
Hush devotes the bulk of its focus to the likely link between abortion and breast cancer.
Breast cancer is a big deal, just look at the statistics. We are for “awareness”, but if we want to promote genuine awareness, we must be willing to ask questions and share truth—even when that truth is inconvenient.
In the film, we hear from several experts who explain some of the science behind the abortion-breast cancer link. We also hear stories—stories from post-abortive women who’ve struggled with some of these complications—and we remember that this isn’t just a science problem, these are real women with real complications, but their stories are being ignored.
Not sure what to think? Watch the film—it’s an excellent starting point. I’m thankful I watched Hush, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It should be watched by pro-choice women, pro-life women, and anyone who cares about women…so, basically, everyone should watch it!
This blog was originally posted by Save the Storks