Health officials say illegal abortions are up in Trinidad and Tobago because of fears about the Zika virus and the possible link to birth defects.
Abortion has become a major issue related to the Zika virus because of a possible link to brain disorders in newborns. New research suggests the virus may not be to blame for the uptick in birth defects in some areas affected by Zika. 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.
The effects of this appear to be playing out in the Caribbean nation, where abortions are illegal except in rare circumstances. The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian reports public health officials acknowledged recently that women are obtaining illegal abortions because of fears about the virus.
OB-GYN Dr. Sherene Kalloo said many of her pregnant patients have expressed concerns about their unborn babies’ health because of the virus. Between six and eight of the women admitted to having abortions because of their fears, she said.
“I have had patients who have gotten pregnant and are fearful if they contract the virus, what can happen, so without even having any signs or symptoms of the zika virus, they have opted to terminate the pregnancy. We do have an increase in abortions, some known and some unknown,” she told the newspaper.
Kalloo said she is working hard to educate her patients about Zika and the possible effects on their unborn babies.
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Kalloo said she has now increased her efforts to counsel and educate her patients about the increasing risks and resultant possibilities. This includes urging men to use condoms during sex with their pregnant partner as the virus survives in the female’s system for up to two months and in men’s semen for up to six months.
She recounted that one of her patients in which a brain abnormality had been detected in the unborn baby was refused an abortion at a public health institution even after the mother expressed fears about the quality of the baby’s life .
“She came to me in a mess, mentally. A week later she spontaneously miscarried.”
Research is on-going, but early studies indicate that the risks of birth defects from the virus are low or even non existent. An expansive study published in the New England Journal of Medicine recently reported that none of the 12,000 pregnant Colombian women with Zika who researchers studied had a baby with microcephaly.
Despite the research, some abortion groups have been targeting women in Central and South America for abortions. Women on Web has been one of the leading groups targeting Latin American women and babies for abortions by selling them dangerous abortion drugs. In a study published in June, the pro-abortion group said it has seen huge increases in the number of women in Latin American requesting the abortion drugs.
Women on Web appears to be preying on the fears of desperate women and selling them a dangerous product with virtually no medical advice or supervision. Women on Web recommends the abortion drugs be used up to nine weeks of pregnancy, but it fails to mention that there is very little way of knowing at that point if the unborn baby or the mother have Zika.
The virus is difficult to diagnose because symptoms can look like other illnesses. Similarly, conditions like microcephaly often are not diagnosed until women are 20 weeks pregnant or later. Women who take the abortion drugs could be aborting healthy unborn babies and putting their own lives at risk. It is important to note that no matter if an unborn baby is healthy or sick, the baby deserves a right to life.
Another problem is with the drug itself. Chemical abortions can be deadly to the woman as well as her unborn child. Without a doctor’s visit or medical supervision (neither of which Women on Waves appears to be providing), more lives could be in jeopardy.
Although Women on Waves says the abortion pill is safe, evidence from the United States indicates that is not the case. In America, where emergency medical care often is readily available, the Food and Drug Administration documented at least 14 women’s deaths and 2,207 injuries from abortion drugs in the past 12 years, LifeNews previously reported.
In February, LifeNews reported some pro-life countries have been confiscating the dangerous abortion drugs when they find them in the mail.