SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Congressional candidate Doug LaMalfa is backing off a claim that he made that women who have abortions are more likely to get cancer. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/Qc8jVt ) that LaMalfa made the claim Monday during a debate with Democrat Jim Reed. LaMalfa, who is running for the 1st Congressional District, repeated his views after the debate in an interview with television station KRCR. 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 have concluded that there is no scientific evidence to back such claims. The Bee says LaMalfa’s campaign sent out a statement Tuesday saying he had been misinformed. His consultant said the candidate was relying on information he remembered reading several years ago. LaMalfa, a former state legislator, is considered the front-runner in the safe GOP district.
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