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Pro-Lifers Plead with Women Not to Abort Zika-Affected Babies

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Aug 15
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As the Zika virus spreads, pro-life advocates are pushing back against those who are in support of aborting babies who may be affected with the disease.

There have now been documented cases of Zika in the U.S., specifically in Florida. reports that some are using Zika as a reason to promote abortion since a Zika-affected child will be born severely handicapped.

Pro-lifers, however, disagree.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is a prominent voice in the campaign against aborting Zika-affected babies.

"I understand a lot of people disagree with my view – but I believe that all human life is worthy of protection of our laws. And when you present it in the context of Zika or any prenatal condition, it's a difficult question and a hard one," Rubio said, as quoted by The Catholic News Agency.

"But if I'm going to err, I'm going to err on the side of life," he added.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life advocacy group, agrees with Rubio’s position.

Dannenfelser stated that Zika “should not be used as a springboard for a search-and-destroy mission against disabled babies.”

"The United States strives to be a beacon for disability rights. To advocate abortion in cases of Zika and other prenatal diagnoses is a major step backwards for the rights of Americans with disabilities and a distraction from the urgent need to develop a vaccine or method to eliminate mosquitoes carrying the virus," she added.


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Publication date: August 15, 2016