Planned Parenthood certainly knows a business opportunity when it sees one.
The abortion chain began knocking on women’s doors last week in Miami, Florida to talk about the Zika virus, according to the Miami Herald.
A growing concern in the southern U.S., the Zika virus is believed to be causing microcephaly in some unborn babies when their mothers contract the virus. Not typically fatal, microcephaly is a neurological condition that causes unborn babies’ heads and brains to be unusually small. The condition has a range of severity. Some people who have microcephaly live independently and have jobs, while others require daily care.
Abortion advocates have been using the virus and the link to microcephaly as an excuse to push for more abortions on babies with disabilities. Some pro-abortion groups in South America even have been scaring women into aborting their unborn babies without knowing if they have Zika or if their unborn baby has a disability.
Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion chain, now appears to be targeting U.S. women who may be pregnant and at risk of getting the mosquito-borne virus.
Here’s more from the report:
For the next six weeks, 10 staff members will go door-to-door in areas where large groups of reproductive-age women live, including Little Haiti and Hialeah, but may not have been reached by state or federal Zika education efforts. Tanisha Osorto of Planned Parenthood said the effort will reach 25,000 households. The workers will knock on doors during six-hour shifts six days a week to get the word out.
Lenroy Watt, 41, started canvassing on Saturday. He said most people he talks to say they know about Zika, but once he starts asking them questions their knowledge gaps become obvious.
“I say, ‘It can be spread through sex’ and the smile disappears,” he said.
… Dr. Christopher Estes, chief medical officer for the local Planned Parenthood office, said the organization has been preparing for the virus for months and informing patients. The next step is going door-to-door with Zika kits for pregnant women and informational fliers for everyone. The Planned Parenthood kits are based on the Florida Department of Health kits and contain insect repellant, standing water treatment tablets, educational materials in Spanish, English and Creole and condoms.
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control reports at least 584 pregnant women have been infected with Zika in the U.S. Five of their unborn babies died in miscarriages or abortions, while 16 other babies were born with birth defects in the U.S., the CDC reports.
Researchers estimate that between 1 percent and 15 percent of pregnant women who contract Zika in the first trimester will have babies with birth defects, according to the Associated Press. The risk appears to be much lower among women who contract the virus in the second and third trimesters, according to researchers.
Research into the virus and the link to birth defects is on-going. Scientists also are working to develop a vaccine for Zika.
Planned Parenthood supporters in the U.S. House and Senate have been blocking an aid bill for Zika prevention and research because it does not give money to a few Planned Parenthood facilities in Puerto Rico.
In April, a Planned Parenthood activist on a panel about the Zika virus said women who are pregnant and contract the virus ought to be able to abort their potentially disabled baby. The abortion activists called killing such babies a “human right.”