By SHAUNA ANDERSON
It was an unbelievable few minutes of television.
A senior government minister inelegantly twisting a knife into millions of women throughout Australia.
A senior government minister touting factually incorrect information, insulting thousands of breast cancer sufferers, their families, and their medical supporters with his archaic and dangerous words.
It was appallingly ignorant, and scientifically wrong.
Senator Eric Abetz has appeared on television and revealed he believes there is a link between abortion and breast cancer.
Speaking on The Project to Mamamia publisher Mia Freedman, he said: “I think the studies, and I think they date back from the 1950s, assert that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer.”
When questioned by Mia Freedman – appearing as a guest host – about the medical groups and researchers that have stated there is no link, he just dismissed the science.
Mia Freedman pressed him, “It is conclusively and scientifically incorrect. In the same way the link between vaccinations and autism is incorrect. How can you be comfortable being part of something that promotes this non-science?”
The Senator’s response: “I don’t know what your scientific expertise is it to be able to run than commentary.”
Mia Freedman replied, “It is not me, it is the AMA.”
Senator Abetz went on to quickly dismiss the Australia Medical Association.