Planned Parenthood Thanks Senate Democrats for Putting Abortion Ahead of Zika Virus Funding

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 5, 2016   |   12:13PM   |   Washington, DC

Senate Democrats who put their allegiance to the abortion industry above aid funding to combat the Zika virus got a big thanks from Planned Parenthood last week.

Senate Democrats blocked a $1.1 billion aid bill to combat the virus last week because it did not give taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood. Pro-abortion Democrats in the House also tried to block the aid bill in May.

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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Last week, Planned Parenthood held a news conference to criticize Republicans for excluding them from the aid bill. Planned Parenthood claimed that its abortion facilities “are the front lines of defense when it comes to battling Zika,” CNS News reported.

Now, Breitbart reports Planned Parenthood is publicly thanking the pro-abortion Senators for blocking the aid bill.

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?”

The Hill also pointed out how the pro-abortion Democrats are contradicting themselves: “… the stance puts Democrats in the position of now opposing a Zika funding bill after months of telling Republicans funding was needed right away.”

Thune later told reporters: “Special interests got to them, special interest groups snapped their fingers and the Democrats came running. And as a consequence, there is not going to be funding for Zika.”

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.”

According to The Hill, Democrats also opposed the aid bill because the money came from cuts to Ebola prevention and ObamaCare, and because it loosened rules about spraying pesticides.

In June, 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.