Planned Parenthood is blasting Republicans who supported an aid bill to combat the Zika virus this week because the bill didn’t include taxpayer dollars for the abortion giant.
During a news conference Thursday, Planned Parenthood leaders criticized Republicans for excluding them from the aid bill and claimed that their facilities “are the front lines of defense when it comes to battling Zika,” CNS News reports.
Zika, a growing problem in the Americas, 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. The countries most affected by the virus are suggesting that women avoid getting pregnant while health officials work to stop the virus from spreading.
Abortion advocates have been using the virus 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.
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Senate Democrats blocked a $1.1 billion aid bill to combat the virus on Tuesday because it did not fund Planned Parenthood. Pro-abortion Democrats in the House also tried to block the aid in May.
On Thursday, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood, spoke at the news conference, along with several pro-abortion Senate Democrats, according to CNS.
Laguens claimed that Planned Parenthood is essential to the fight against Zika. She called her abortion business “best suited” to address the crisis in Puerto Rico where the virus is increasingly becoming a problem.
“Women in Puerto Rico, Latin America, the Caribbean and in many, many parts of the United States where Zika is expected to hit already face significant gaps in access to basic reproductive and maternal health services,” Laguens said.
Democrats have been trying to blame the failed aid bill on Republicans, but pro-abortion Democrats have been the ones blocking it because it does not include taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. Pro-abortion President Barack Obama also said he would veto the bill partly because it blocked funding to the abortion business, Breitbart reports. The $1.1 billion in funding also is less than what Obama wants, according to reports.
“The exact same amount that Democrats unanimously supported six weeks ago and now Democrats don’t want to support it,” Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, said before Senate Democrats succeeded in blocking the bill.
Thune said it was outrageous that Democrats are blocking the measure merely because it doesn’t allow funding 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?”
As CNS News reports, the fact checker PolitiFact examined Democrats’ claim that the bill would limit “access to birth control services needed to help curb the spread of the virus” and rated it as only half-true. The fact checker reported that the Republican aid bill “provided funds that would potentially help clinics and hospitals in nearly every municipality on the island. There would be some pockets without services, but it is unclear that Profamilias [Planned Parenthood facilities in Puerto Rico] would be positioned to fill those gaps.”
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.