Why the Zika Virus Shouldn't Lead to More Abortions

I don't expect non-Christians to understand why Christians see unborn children as intrinsically valuable creations of the living God. But I would like abortion advocates to answer why they think aborting children is an appropriate response to a public health crisis. Abortion advocates are taking advantage of the Zika virus outbreak to encourage liberalizing abortion laws in Brazil. It is shamefully prejudicial against unborn children with disabilities and does not address real public health issues.

According to the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), the Zika virus has infected as many as 1.5 million Brazilians in the past year. At the same time, a distressing number of children were being born there with microcephaly, or an unusually small head, that can lead to developmental and other disabilities. On February 1 Dr. Margaret Chan, The World Health Organization Director-General, declared:

The recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders reported in Brazil, following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014, constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Abortion proponents are now using the Zika outbreak to advocate for more abortions in Brazil and elsewhere in Central and South America. A February 3rd New York Times article reported that,

The surging medical reports of babies being born with unusually small heads during the Zika epidemic in Brazil are igniting a fierce debate over the country’s abortion laws, which make the procedure illegal under most circumstances.

The essence of this "fierce debate" is that it is preferable that children with disabilities related to microcephaly be aborted rather than be born.

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