Congressional candidate backs off abortion remark

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Associated Press

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 12 at 5:02 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican congressional candidate in California is backing off remarks he made that women who have abortions are more likely to get cancer.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/Qc8jVt) Doug LaMalfa made the statement Monday during a debate, then repeated them to KRCR-TV.

A link between abortion and breast cancer has been the subject of medical studies but groups such as the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute concluded no scientific evidence backed such claims.

LaMalfa's campaign said in a statement Tuesday that he was misinformed. His consultant says the 1st Congressional District front-runner relied on information he read several years ago.

A fellow Republican, Senate hopeful Todd Akin, made headlines this summer over his comments that women could thwart pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape."

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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