Life premiered the Hush documentary at our Ignite event last year. It’s a comprehensive, well-researched and objective look at one of the hot topics in the abortion debate: the possible link between abortion and breast cancer.
Hush (2016) follows Punam Kumar Gill, a pro-choice filmmaker, as she investigates the possible link between abortion and breast cancer (also known as the ABC link). She also looks into the other physical and mental health effects of abortion.
The film’s approach is unique because it focuses on the health effects of abortion rather than the morality of abortion. It talks about a woman’s right to know all the facts about abortion, instead of focusing on whether abortion is morally good or not.
Hush is a very high-quality documentary, with top-notch production values. It is thorough, well-paced, and thoughtful. It strives its best to look at things from a pro-information point of view, and to steer clear of any politicising of the abortion issue.
The upshot? The abortion-breast cancer link gets an objective look, without any political correctness to hush anything up.
What Hush shows about the abortion-breast cancer link
1. There are a considerable number of studies showing a link between abortion and breast cancer. Study after study has suggested a link. These studies have looked at hundreds of thousands of women across many, many countries. It’s simply not true to say that there is no scientific basis to show a link between abortion and breast cancer.
There are, of course, some studies that show no such link. However, as Ms Gill points out, this is a sign that there needs to be more research. Inconsistencies in data just mean there is a missing jigsaw piece – not that all the studies are wrong. And Hush suggests that the missing piece could be whether women who have had an abortion go on to have children. Childbirth is known in the medical community to protect women against the risk of breast cancer. When this is factored into the literature on the abortion-breast cancer link, this idea explains the inconsistencies.
Hush believes that women should have access to all the facts, and that scientists should be thorough and objective.
2. The media and top health organisations are not willing to discuss the link. When Ms Gill approached top health organisations about the abortion-breast cancer link, they declared it a closed case. No evidence, they said – and they wouldn’t even put someone forward for an interview on the topic.
Not only were these organisations unwilling to speak on the issue, but they referred to Ms Gill all back to the same 2003 National Cancer Institute (NCI) conference for more information. At this conference, the NCI declared that there was no link between abortion and breast cancer.
Yet when Ms Gill watched the conference tapes, there was only one 20-minute presentation on the issue. And the sole objection was overruled by the chair of the meeting.
Which do we trust more – study after study of hard, scientific data, or organisations that are unwilling to even speak on the issue?
3. There is a plausible explanation for why abortion might cause breast cancer. During pregnancy, the woman’s breasts develop so they are ready to feed the new-born child. In the early stages of pregnancy, the breast cells are immature and very susceptible to errors in their growth – which can lead to cancer. At the end of pregnancy, the cells become ‘locked in’ and the risk of cancer is very much lowered.
However, if pregnancy is interrupted by abortion, the cells are left in their immature state. They are volatile and can easily mutate into cancerous cells. This theory is plausible. It corresponds with established science on pregnancy, breast development, and cancer lifecycles.
You can find more information on the Hush website here: http://hushfilm.com/science/
What this reveals about the abortion debate
I commend Ms Gill for her pursuit of truth, over and above political considerations about the abortion debate. Her argument is that, whether you agree with abortion or not, you do need to face the dozens of studies showing a link between abortion and breast cancer. Otherwise, we cannot really claim to be helping women.
It shows how the medical establishment is unwilling to face the truth of this very possible connection. There is more than enough evidence to warrant further investigation. The settling of this matter is unlikely to happen while the medical establishment is in denial. And while they are in denial, women are dying.
The abortion lobby is also in denial. It seemingly cannot tolerate any question that abortion may be harmful to women. And I feel it shows just how much society has been engineered to be “for” abortion that we don’t want to look at these possible links.Hush film is a hi-quality & objective look at possible link between abortion and breast cancer… Click To Tweet
Hush documentary is well worth a watch, whatever your opinion on abortion. It’s good to show to your family and friends also! If you want more information, you can find it on:
- The Hush website, which includes research and resources here
- The Hush Facebook page
- The Hush Twitter page
- The Hush YouTube page
You can also watch a very short, 20-minute version of the documentary here – and share with your friends: https://www.reelhouse.org/mightymotionpictures/hushfilm/20-minute-presentation
The Hush filmmakers are actively encouraging people to organise screenings in their local community to reach more and more women with this information that they have a right to know, but aren’t being told. By doing this, the filmmakers hope to save lives. Get involved and see if you can organise a screening! If you need any help, we’d be very happy to give it.
Question: Have you seen “Hush”? What did you think of it? Have you, or do you want to, organise a screening in your local community?