Many pro-abortion advocates have been capitalizing on the threat of Zika to encourage women to abort their babies. However, according to new research, only two percent of women who have Zika will give birth to babies with microcephaly, the deformity associated with the virus.
Gene Veith, writing for Patheos.com, notes that this means 98 percent of women who have Zika will give birth to perfectly healthy babies.
This hasn’t stopped abortion advocates from using the Zika virus to scare would-be mothers, however.
WORLD News Service’s Evan Wilt noted, “Beginning in late August, volunteers from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, started canvassing neighborhoods in South Florida to warn residents about the risk of birth defects linked to Zika.”
Micaiah Bilger of LifeNews.com adds, “Right now in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control knows of almost 600 women who are pregnant and have the Zika virus. Many of them are facing increasing pressure to abort their unborn babies because of a link between the virus and birth defects.”
However, others counter that the risks of Zika on unborn babies are being overblown.
“There is a lot of misunderstanding and unnecessary fear about the Zika virus,” said Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “And, unfortunately, those fears are motivated by politics.”
Harrison also noted that women who are not pregnant and contract the virus develop an immunity to it.
Publication date: September 7, 2016