Senator defends statement on breast cancer link to abortion

"Media reports that I have drawn or believe there is a link between abortion and breast cancer are incorrect," he said in a statement on Friday.

During Network Ten program The Project, Senator Abetz was quizzed about his involvement with the World Congress of Families event in Melbourne this month.

Panellist Mia Freedman asked Senator Abetz if he agreed with a conference speaker who had promoted the "factually incorrect" statement that abortion leads to breast cancer.

Senator Abetz responded by saying: "I think the studies, and I think they date back from the 1950s, assert that there is a link between abortion and breast cancer."

The AMA says there is no evidence of a link and the senator appeared to be relying on material from the 1950s.

It has also expressed concern about government members involving themselves in events such as the congress.

"I think it's very dangerous when senior members of government