Saturday, March 19, 2016

Abortion is Never the Answer for Pregnant Women with Zika

New Study Finds that Less than 1 percent of Zika Infections During Pregnancy Lead to Microcephaly

by Jonathan Abbamonte and Steven W. Mosher
Population Research Institute

Abortion advocates have attempted to lobby and shame pro-life Latin American countries into legalizing abortion for women who may contract the Zika virus. Although it has not been proven that Zika causes microcephaly and other congenital disabilities, pro-abortion groups have nonetheless assumed that it does. Apparently abortion activists think they know more about ZIKV than the medical community.

Pro-abortion groups like the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and abortion device manufacturer Ipas have used the recent outbreak for promoting an anti-life agenda and have called on governments hard-hit by the Zika outbreak to “ensure that women have access to...abortion.”

Yet a new study has found that pregnant mothers who contract a Zika virus infection have a less than 1% chance of their babies developing microcephaly.

The findings were recently published in a study in The Lancet medical journal. The study used a statistical model that drew upon data from multiple samples from the Zika outbreak in French Polynesia between 2013 and 2014. The French Polynesia outbreak infected an estimated 66% of the total population.

The results? Fewer than one-half of one percent (0.42%) of all Zika infections in French Polynesia in the first, second and third trimesters resulted in infants with microcephaly.

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