Republicans Politicizing Zika Virus Is Wrong

Republicans Playing Politics

How is it possible that Republican politicians can be using the Zika a virus as a political football? First, we had Governor Scott attacking the Congress and the Obama administration for inadequately funding mosquito control efforts. And now we have Senator Marco Rubio saying that women with the Zika virus should not be able to get abortions.

Rubio recently told Politico “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,” he said. “But if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life.”

No one wants there to be more abortions – probably not even the extremist Planned Parenthood crowd. But how can you say that you would want to force a woman to carry to term a baby that you knew was never going to be able to live an independent life and need lifelong medical care? You cannot make that sort of decision for someone. This all comes back to Congress which failed to approve of a bill that would have provided relief in the Zika crisis.

“Obviously, microcephaly is a terrible prenatal condition that kids are born with. And when they are, it’s a lifetime of difficulties,” he said. “So I get it. I’m not pretending to you that that’s an easy question you asked me. But I’m prolife. And I’m strongly prolife. I believe all human life should be protected by our law, irrespective of the circumstances or condition of that life.”

But the point is, there are people suffering and this is being used to divide people. It’s not right.

And furthermore, you cannot use this as a political issue to divide people. It’s completely immoral. Let’s draw the line at disabled kids. With this kind of judgment, it’s no wonder that Rubio lost out on the Republican presidential nomination.

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