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Todd Akin, step aside. While America may have its share of deluded politicians, we're obviously not alone. Currently in the crazy corner is Fred Nile of the "Democratic Christian Party" and his views on breast cancer.

As the Sidney Morning Herald (fittingly abbreviated as SMH):

"The body is preparing to have a baby … and suddenly it's terminated, and that causes some reaction in the cells, and the cells in the breast particularly," he later told Fairfax Media.
"I can see it's logical. There could be some disturbance to the women's physiology when she has an abortion, because she is programmed to … have a baby, feed a baby, and it stops."
Yes, Fred Nile, it's completely "logical". In a study that Nile claims dates back to the 1950's, he makes the claim:
He claimed the researchers "reviewed 36 recent peer-reviewed studies and found that, on average an induced abortion increases the risk of breast cancer by 44 per cent. Two abortions increase the risk by 76 per cent and three, by 89 per cent".
However, Nile bemoans:
that studies confirming the link to breast cancer are being "censored".
You know, I wouldn't mind if Fred Nile was sent back to the 50's or censored.

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  •  Oh great. He just gave new fodder (1+ / 0-)
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    to our Bachmanns and Gohmerts.  Look for the story to become TeaBagistan gospel within weeks.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 05:00:50 PM PDT

    •  Actually, they probably gave him his fodder (1+ / 0-)
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      This is so routine in the U.S. now that many states have passed laws requiring doctors to give women this misinformation. Ohio will definitely do it if Kasich is — one more reason to not give up the fight. Kasich is one of the most anti-woman governors in the country.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 06:18:45 PM PDT

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  •  What she might be referring to... (2+ / 0-)
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    is a highly flawed Chinese study that purported to find a 44% increase in breast cancer risk for women who'd had abortions. As the article linked to above notes, the study is impossibly poor, based on flawed (or at best misapplied) methodology. I wouldn't doubt that the Australian health authorities won't give it the time of day, which has our MP upset.

    Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

    by Stwriley on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 05:11:36 PM PDT

  •  Oh! I thought this kind of crazy/stupid was (2+ / 0-)
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    an American specialty! They've got nutters in Oz, too!
    So much for American exceptionalism!

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 05:24:57 PM PDT

    •  No, idiocy doesn't claim... (3+ / 0-)
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      a specific nationality. Idiots can be found everywhere, sadly. Our morons are just better funded (thank you, Koch brothers) and receive more press coverage.

      As for rising inequality, many on the right don’t even think it’s a problem...Conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less ~ E.J. Dionne

      by AuroraDawn on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 05:46:49 PM PDT

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      •  I've been learning about the horrible (3+ / 0-)
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        environmental stuff going on down there. It sounds like Ohio. I just wrote a piece yesterday about Abbott's signaling he wants to scrap the renewable energy target. Bad, bad, bad.

        Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

        by anastasia p on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 06:20:17 PM PDT

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        •  Doesn't surprise me. (2+ / 0-)
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          Tony (with the help of the Australian Senate) has already scrapped the carbon tax and wants to open the Tasmanian forest to logging. Abbott is anything but "green".

          He [Abbott] invited loggers to Parliament House in Canberra in March to bolster his Liberal Party government's push, unsuccessful so far, to open pristine Tasmanian forest to logging by having the UNESCO World Heritage designation of the 183,000-acre preserve revoked.

          He put a climate change skeptic in charge of the country's Renewable Energy Target program, then slashed $435 million in funding for its commitment to producing at least 20% of energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. A study published last week said the new policy would add $10 billion to oil and gas company profits without noticeably lowering household electricity bills.

          And in the interest of streamlining the environmental impact assessments on new energy projects, Abbott has shifted authority from federal agencies to Australia's state and territorial governments to review the voluminous expert research and analysis and to greenlight proposals, potentially in as little as 10 days.

          The prime minister's ramrodding of regulation and tax rollbacks has stirred accusations from environmental scientists that the new administration is an "environmental train wreck" and from political opposition leader Bill Shorten, who called Abbott an "environmental vandal" who is "sleepwalking Australia" to economic disaster.

          As for rising inequality, many on the right don’t even think it’s a problem...Conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less ~ E.J. Dionne

          by AuroraDawn on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 06:48:35 PM PDT

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  •  We are going through (4+ / 0-)
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    Our G.W.Bush phase.

    The party that is in power at the Federal level is putting their foot in it each and every day.

  •  Let's see. (3+ / 0-)
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    If breast cancer results when there is a fertilized egg that does not result in a pregnancy, what about the fact that 70% of conceptions do not result in a sustainable pregnancy?  Are all those women getting breast cancer, too?

    And it's not a comfort to know that pro-forced birthers across the globe are idiots when it comes to biology.

  •  This claim that abortion causes cancer is (3+ / 0-)
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    a part of the standard operating procedure for anti-science conduct and public disinformation dissemination for all of the Right-to-Life nutcases out there.

  •  Fred is a bit of a twit. (2+ / 0-)
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    From his twitter account:

    Fred Nile @frednile  ·  1h
    The best scientific study is history. The Secular Left's experiment has shown itself to be a disaster. Broken families, broken communities.
    I believe he meant the best "in" history. Uh huh.

    Good old Rev. Fred (he's an ordained minister) seems like a bit of a boob (no pun intended). He was called out by Australian and British rags earlier this month for a gaffe he made.

    From the Daily Mail:

    An Australian Christian Democratic Party Senator has made an embarrassing error after uploading a picture he believed to be the execution of an innocent Iraqi Christian when it was in fact a convicted Iranian murderer.

    Reverend Fred Nile tweeted the images in support of the campaign 'God protect the Christians of the Middle East...because our governments have failed them' on Monday.

    The photos showed a young man smiling as he was led to the gallows before the stand beneath him was kicked away.

    'How one Christian faced death at the hands of ISIS,' Rev Nile wrote on Twitter.

    'He was already in Jesus' arms. Psalms 23:4 #saved.'
    But the pictured man wasn't what Rev Nile claimed him to be.

    Majid Kavoosifar was a murderous Iranian who, along with his cousin and uncle, was executed for killing a prominent Iranian judge in 2007. Daily Mail reported the execution seven years ago, when the unrepentant and smirking 28-year-old was led to the gallows and even manged a small wave to the crowd before his death.

    On a side note I love the Rev's twitter bio.
    Christian Democratic Party Leader. NSW Upper House member. A nice guy who is much loved by almost all. Tweets are my words unless #teamnile office.
    Loved by almost all, eh? Well, at least he's modest.

    As for rising inequality, many on the right don’t even think it’s a problem...Conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less ~ E.J. Dionne

    by AuroraDawn on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 06:03:44 PM PDT

  •  A couple of points (1+ / 0-)
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    1.  The Reverend Nile (no snark, he is a very real minister) may be EXTREMELY old-fashioned in his views, but he is definitely not crazy.  He is also consistent and honest.  I respect his right to take his positions, even though I vigorously disagree with them.

    2.  The Sydney (sic) Morning Herald, and the Age in Melbourne, are basically the only mass-circulation newspapers in Australia NOT controlled by Murdoch.

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