Zika: An Excuse to Kill

Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff, once famously said: “Never let a crisis go to waste.” 

Pro-abortionists are shamefully following that advice in dealing with the Zika virus scare.

For those who don’t value the sanctity of innocent life, the health scare is a perfect chance to call for easing abortion restrictions in Latin America, an area hard hit by the virus.

Pregnant women infected with the virus can give birth to children with “microcephaly,” a condition that results in an abnormally small head.

Complications from microcephaly can include developmental delays, mental retardation and seizures.

What the virus does not cause is the death of the child, nor does it threaten the life of the mother.

The effects of the Zika virus include rash, fever, joint pain, muscle pain and headache. The symptoms usually can last up to a week.  While some patients develop lasting neurological issues, it’s rare for victims to be hospitalized or die.

Pressure to turn to abortion mounted after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a “global emergency” over the spread of the virus.

WHO estimates there could be as many as 4 million cases of the disease in the Americas over the next year.

At the writing of this article, there were 50 reported Zika virus cases in at least five states in the United States.

As an initial response, authorities in Brazil, Colombia, and Honduras have told women to avoid getting pregnant. El Salvador has advised women not get pregnant until 2018.

In Brazil, currently hardest hit by the virus with some 4,000 reported cases, the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper editorialized that Zika raises the need to discuss the decriminalization of abortion.

Brazil bans abortion except in cases of rape, threats to the mother’s life or when the pre-born child has “anencephaly,” another birth defect involving the brain. Authorities have indicated they currently have no plans to include microcephaly to the list of exceptions.

A spokeswoman for a Salvadorian nonprofit that advocates for decriminalizing the procedure was quoted in the New York Post saying: “What can be expected is an increase in the rates of illegal abortions, unsafe abortions and a mental health issue for women.”

The International Planned Parenthood Federation chimed in telling the newspaper:  “When women are desperate…they will seek out their own solutions.”

A USA Today headline read: “Zika highlights lack of access to contraception, abortion in Latin America.”

The article lamented that: “The Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Nicaragua ban all abortions,” while six others— “Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela—allow abortion only to save a woman’s life.”

A story on National Public Radio told listeners that: “Zika might be a watershed moment in how reproductive rights are perceived in El Salvador and the rest of the region.”

Lacking in virtually all of the coverage is the fact that such a pregnancy will not kill the mother and the pre-born child will be born alive.

Also missing is the fact that many children with microcephaly can—and do—live happy and productive lives. According to the Mayo Clinic “early intervention with supportive therapies, such as speech and occupational therapies, may help enhance your child's development and improve quality of life."

Anything that threatens the wellbeing of our children is cause for concern. But nowhere in the Bible are we told that turning to evil is an acceptable solution, and killing the child to "cure" her, is the epitome of evil.

This is just another situation that pro-abortionists have added to a long list of misguided rationalizations they think justifies taking an innocent life.

Pro-life supporters need to be informed on the issue and pray that the medical community and women don't fall for this ruse to convince mothers that they should kill their children in the womb if they have the virus.

Sources: lifesitenews.com; breakpoint.org; washingtonpost.org; nypost.com; wired.com; theweek.com.

By Wayne DuBois
Media Relations Advisor