Democrat Chuck Schumer: Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz “Can Stop Spread of Zika Virus”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 29, 2016   |   1:20PM   |   Washington, DC

If the public needs any more evidence of pro-abortion politicians religious devotion to the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, they need only listen to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s recent statements about the Zika virus.

The pro-abortion Democrat from New York apparently believes Planned Parenthood is the only group that has the god-like powers to single-handedly stop the spread of the virus across the Americas. Schumer was one of the Senate Democrats who blocked a $1.1 billion aid bill to combat the virus on Tuesday because it did not fund Planned Parenthood.

“Republicans can’t miss a chance to whack Planned Parenthood, even if their services are exactly what can help prevent the spread of this debilitating virus,” Schumer said, according to ABC News.

U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, however, exposed the Democrats’ actions as petty and ridiculous. He said the pro-abortion legislators blocked the critical aid funding merely because it doesn’t allow tax dollars to go to a few Planned Parenthood facilities in Puerto Rico. He said other health centers that offer comprehensive care would receive the aid money.

“A handful of Planned Parenthood clinics in Puerto Rico,” Thune said. “Seriously. This is what this is about?”

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Pro-abortion politicians have been united in their attempts to force funding to go to Planned Parenthood. House Democrats also attempted to block the aid bill because of the abortion giant, and President Barack Obama threatened to veto it, Breitbart reports.

Zika, a growing problem in Central and South America, has been linked to birth defects in newborns. Several countries have seen an alarming uptick in the number of babies born with microcephaly, a brain disorder that is not typically fatal but can cause health problems throughout the child’s life.

Abortion advocates have been using the link as an excuse to push for more abortions on babies with disabilities. Some pro-abortion groups even have been scaring women into aborting their unborn babies without knowing if they have Zika or if their unborn baby has a disability.

Democrats have been trying to blame the stalled aid bill on Republicans, but pro-abortion Democrats have been the ones blocking it because it does not include taxpayer funding for the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

Before the vote Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, warned Democrats that blocking the bill would prevent critical anti-Zika funds from helping families suffering from the virus.

According to the Washington Examiner, the Democrats’ block makes the aid funding more uncertain than ever. There are only a few days left in the legislative session this summer, and a whole new funding plan must be drafted, the report states.

Earlier this week, Red State criticized Democrats for using Planned Parenthood to “hold Zika funding hostage.”

“Democrats in Congress refuse to acknowledge that the majority of women’s healthcare in this country is not related to Planned Parenthood. The best healthcare for women, whether Zika-related or not, remains with clinics providing non-abortive education, prescriptions, and services,” Red State’s Kimberly Ross wrote.

This month, the Centers for Disease Control reported the first cases of babies with disabilities in the U.S. after their mothers contracted Zika. Three babies were born, while three others were aborted or miscarried, according to the CDC.

At least one U.S. mom has said yes to having her baby, despite being infected with Zika, LifeNews reported in May. Connecticut teen Sara Mujica believes her unborn baby’s life is a miracle.

Families who have experiences with microcephaly also are countering abortion activists’ fear mongering, saying that women should be offered education about the condition and support – not abortion.

The fact that abortion activists believe people with disabilities like microcephaly should be targeted for abortion also is concerning to many disability rights advocates, even some who support abortion.