Pregnant Teen With Zika Virus Won’t Abort Her Baby: “God Has Given Me a Miracle”

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 12, 2016   |   3:16PM   |   Hartford, CT

To abortion advocates, pregnant teen Sara Mujica is the perfect candidate for an abortion. She is unmarried and just 17 years old. She has the Zika virus, and her baby may have a debilitating disability.

But Mujica is looking at her pregnancy in a very different way. She believes her unborn child is a miracle, Yahoo News reports.

“I’m not happy that my baby is going to be born with Zika but God has given me a miracle,” Mujica told reporters.

Mujica lives in Connecticut and recently tested positive for the Zika virus, according to the report. Abortion activists have been exploiting the Zika health crisis because of a possible link between the virus and birth defects like microcephaly, a neurological disorder where a baby’s head is significantly smaller and the brain is abnormally developed, according to the Mayo Clinic. Several South American countries have reported an alarming spike in the number of babies born with microcephaly in the past few months, potentially connected to the spread of the virus. Microcephaly is not typically fatal, but it can cause health problems throughout the child’s life.

It is unknown at this time whether Mujica’s unborn baby has the disorder, but the young mother said she plans to give her baby life, no matter what happens. When Mujica was 15, she had meningitis, and doctors told her that she would never be able to get pregnant, she said.

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“… so this is a big miracle for me,” she said of her unborn child.

Here is more from the report:

Mujica and her fiancé, Victor Cruz, 19, learned they were pregnant on March 14 – just four days after she started exhibiting symptoms of the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects, including microcephaly.

“I was getting rashes all over my body: my legs, my arms, my face everywhere, and I also had a fever and headaches,” she remembers. “I started researching Zika but I also thought it could be chicken pox.”

The teen believes she contracted the virus while visiting her fiancé in Choloma, Honduras, where he currently lives.

Upon her return to the U.S. on March 30, she went to a hospital where she was tested for the virus. The test results took more than a month, during which time Mujica flew back to Honduras to be with her fiancé.

Then, on May 2, Mujica’s mother received the news that her daughter’s Zika test results came back positive.

“My mom called me hysterically crying, she told me her heart was breaking for me,” Mujica says. “I was in shock.”

For a moment, the teen said she did consider abortion.

“I mean it’s a hard choice, I don’t know exactly how I’m going to bring up a child with a disability,” she said. “But I am Catholic and I believe that I must raise the child that God gave me.”

On a GoFundMe page that the couple set up for their baby’s medical expenses, Mujica wrote, “I have Decided to keep my Baby , Because it’s what God has given to me & I am taking Full Responsibility Of MY Actions &  I do NOT believe in Abortion so I would never do that.”

Currently, the couple is working on trying to get a visa for Cruz to come to the U.S., according to the report.

The virus scare has led a number of pregnant women to consider abortion. Abortion groups also have been putting pressure on South American countries to legalize abortion because of the possible birth defects linked to Zika. One pro-abortion group even is advertising dangerous mail-order abortion drugs to women who have the virus.

Families who have experiences with microcephaly are countering abortion activists’ fear mongering, saying that women should be offered education about the condition and support – not abortion. A young Brazilian journalist who was born with microcephaly also has been speaking out for unborn babies who may have the disorder.