Nancy Pelosi: We Will Oppose Zika Virus Funding Unless Planned Parenthood is Funded Too

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 8, 2016   |   11:14AM   |   Washington, DC

Pro-abortion Democrats are still holding up aid funding for the Zika virus with demands that more taxpayer dollars go to the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

Democrats both in the U.S. House and Senate have been blocking aid bills to combat the virus for months because it doesn’t include funding for a few Planned Parenthood facilities in Puerto Rico.

On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said they would continue to block the aid funding unless the abortion chain gets more funding. The pro-abortion Democrat said she is willing to compromise with Republicans on other issues but not on the Planned Parenthood funding, The Hill reports.

Abortion has become a major issue related to the Zika virus because of a possible link to birth defects. New research suggests the virus may not be to blame for the uptick in birth defects in some areas affected by the virus. Still, 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.

Senate Democrats blocked the latest version of the aid bill on Tuesday because it prohibited funding from going to the abortion giant. Pro-abortion legislators claim that the abortion giant is essential in the fight against the Zika virus because it provides contraception and other health services to women.

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“I grant them their position on abortion and the rest of that. But contraception? … Really?” Pelosi said on Wednesday. “We’re talking about mosquitoes, but do we need to talk about the birds and the bees at the same time?”

But Planned Parenthood’s intentions are clear. In April, a Planned Parenthood activist said women who are pregnant and contract Zika ought to be able to abort their babies because of the possible risk of birth defects. The abortion activists called killing such babies a “human right.”

Right now, Planned Parenthood is sending staffers to knock on women’s doors in Miami, Florida to talk about the virus, according to the Miami Herald. They also are giving pregnant women “Zika kits” and informational fliers that, whether directly or indirectly, promote abortion.

The Zika virus has become an increasing concern in Florida and other southern states. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control reports at least 624 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.

Fact checkers, legislators, news outlets and others are calling out pro-abortion Democrats for making false claims about the aid bill. Even the liberal fact-checking website Politifact debunked Democrats’ claims that Planned Parenthood funding is necessary to aid the fight against Zika.

Earlier this summer, U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, also called out the Democrats for blocking the measure because of their pro-abortion politics.

“The exact same amount that Democrats unanimously supported six weeks ago and now Democrats don’t want to support it,” Thune said before Senate Democrats succeeded in blocking the bill at the end of June.

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

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