The anti-abortion group Colorado Campaign for Life shared a Facebook post filled with false statistics about abortion last week that got hundreds of shares and likes.
The post calls abortion “the real war on women” and claims that abortion significantly increases the risk of breast cancer, miscarriage in future pregnancies, and mental health issues including depression and suicide.
None of the statistics cited in the Colorado Campaign for Life’s post can be backed up by scientific evidence, and appear to be completely fabricated.
According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG), there is no link between abortion and increased breast cancer risk, and earlier studies purporting to show a causal relationship between abortion and breast cancer were significantly flawed.
There’s also no significant risk of miscarriage in future pregnancies after an abortion, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Abortion doesn’t cause mental health issues, either, according to the American Psychological Association. A 2016 study actually found that psychological symptoms increase after women are denied abortion care, but not after women receive abortion care.
Despite an utter lack of scientific evidence to support these claims, they’re commonly promulgated by anti-abortion organizations like the Colorado Campaign for Life and by anti-abortion pregnancy centers, which are sometimes referred to as Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs).
The Colorado Campaign for Life didn’t respond to a request for comment.