A study of Chinese women found that those who had at least one induced abortion had a significantly increased risk for breast cancer.

The meta-analysis — a study that looked at results from several other studies — published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control found that women who had at least one induced abortion in 14 Chinese provinces had their risk of developing breast cancer increase by 44 percent. The study also found that women who had two or three induced abortions had their breast cancer risk increased by 76 percent and 89 percent, respectively.

The results, study authors said, “were consistent with a previously published systematic review” conducted by Dr. Joel Brind in the British Medical Association's epidemiology journal. In that study, Brind and his colleagues found a global 30 percent increased risk of breast cancer for women who had at least one induced abortion.

Abortion advocates, Brind said, have targeted his study “with fraudulent studies and other attacks, culminating in a 2003 international phony 'workshop' by the [National Cancer Institute], which officially declared the [breast cancer] link non-existent.”

Other studies conducted in Shanghai that showed no link between abortion and breast cancer were “unsuitable,” said Brind and the authors of the new study, because more than 50 percent of the women in those studies had had an abortion. The recent Chinese study found that the more abortions among the study population, the lower the increased risk for breast cancer.

Abortion is common in China, partly as a result of the communist government's "one child" policy, and carries little social stigma. "The lack of a social stigma associated with induced abortion in China may limit the amount of underreporting," the authors of the new study said.

Perhaps the pro-abortion crowd should start being honest about the risks associated with the practice.