Anti-abortion group admits 'no proven link' between abortion and breast cancer

The centre is said to be linked with a Dublin clinic

Anti-abortion group admits 'no proven link' between abortion and breast cancer

People walk past graffiti on Pearse Street in Dublin, calling for a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Constitution | Image: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA Images

A group which offers conselling services and advice on abortion has acknowledged that there is no link between abortion and breast cancer.

The Times Ireland says the UK-based Good Counsel Network is linked to a clinic in Dublin, where an undercover reporter filmed a counsellor claiming abortion caused breast cancer.

Health Minister Simon Harris said he was "extraordinarily concerned" and "a bit sickened" about the information being given out at the centre.

He said he would consider introducing regulations to ensure women are provided with factual information about their reproductive choices.

The Dáil is now legislating to regulate crisis pregnancy agencies after that investigation in September.

In a statement, the Good Counsel Network says: "The Good Counsel Network recognises that there is not a proven link between abortion and breast cancer.

"However we do not hide the fact that well over 50 medical studies have suggested a possible link.

"We are not medical advisors and therefore share with women the information about these studies as well as the information that there is no proven link".

The Times Ireland also reports the Dublin clinic is registered to the same London address and phone number as the Good Counsel Network.