“Zika is an extraordinary opportunity for the advancement of human rights”. A viral disease is the new El Dorado of abortion advocates.

By Marianna Orlandi, Ph.D. | April 21, 2016

The recent outbreak of Zika is a severe health emergency. UN experts and international scholars, however, call this disease an “extraordinary opportunity” for the advancement of Human Rights.

Gathered at the Wilson Center, in Washington DC, for a conference entitled “How Zika is Shaping Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights”, experts and researchers were of one mind: Zika is an “extraordinary opportunity” for women’s empowerment, through abortion.

The experts’ panel included the Director of Global Advocacy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the president of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC); others  representatives of the United Nations Population Fund and the United Nations Foundation.

They believe that Zika must be fought through a widespread use of condoms, free and legal access to emergency contraception, and free, legal and “user friendly” access to abortion. A disease that could be stopped by a good and effective prevention of mosquitos’ bites is an excuse to “reshape” the content of the right to health.

While a causal relation between the Zika infection in pregnant women and congenital microcephaly has been indicated by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organizations, Archbishop Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See Mission at the UN said in February, “Not only is increased access to abortion and abortifacients an illegitimate response to this crisis, but since it terminates the life of a child it is fundamentally not preventative”.

Abstention from sexual intercourse may be the only option in the most affected areas, to both avoid contracting the virus sexually and to prevent children in the womb from being affected by the virus. The experts on the panel made fun of this.

The panel laughed, repeatedly, at the request that the Government of El Salvador made to its citizens last January: to postpone maternity until the risk is under control. For the panelists, a woman’s desire to have a baby is enough to entitle her to both a right to a baby and a right to abort a baby who is disabled or unhealthy, regardless of national laws.

What is not being reported, and what is not being emphasized, is that the “sexual and reproductive rights” these experts have in mind include a right to late partial-birth abortions. In fact, microcephaly can only be detected after the 20th week of pregnancy. Scientific evidence strongly suggest that, at this point, the baby feels the pain.

Indeed, the emergence of Zika, a disease linked to birth defects and congenital microcephaly, is a sort of El Dorado for abortion groups, especially in the region of the world that more than any other protects life in the womb. The panic setting in, by virtue of countless articles and speeches on Zika – is their “extraordinary opportunity” to promote an international right to abortion to trump national laws that protect children in the womb.

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