Serious omission (letter)by Neale BanksNews Weekly
, August 13, 2005
In her article "Conspiracy of silence about breast cancer", Babette Francis (News Weekly
, July 30, 2005) makes two compelling points:
1) that there is a conspiracy of silence about how reproductive factors affect breast-cancer risk.
2) that there is a statistical link between abortion and breast cancer.
Each of these points is cause for concern.
However, the relative importance of factors surrounding a prospective abortion has been left unaddressed.
In particular, the article can be read as presenting a prospective abortion as being, at least in significant part, a health issue for the mother - and failing to mention the life issue for the child.
From the perspective of one who upholds the absolute sanctity of human life (a point on which I have no doubt that Babette and I concur), this is incorrect. A prospective abortion is, first and foremost, a life issue for the child. This must always be seen, and presented, as the primary consideration.
I was disappointed that the important points presented in the article were overshadowed by this omission.Neale Banks,
Mt. Waverley, Vic.