Democrats Obstruct Zika Funding Bill, Blame GOP for Obstructionism

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For nearly three months now, Congress has been unable to pass a bill funding the fight against the Zika epidemic. This is not because no such bill exists; the House passed one in June which would provide $1.1 billion in funding to combat the virus’ spread. Senate Democrats have blocked the bill, however, for the simple reason that none of the funds would go to Profamilias, the Puerto Rican wing of Planned Parenthood.

That’s all. The bill does not remove any funding from the group. In fact, it doesn’t do anything to impact their bottom line at all, which seems to be the reason that Senate Democrats have blocked its passage twice. Apparently, the fact that Planned Parenthood doesn’t get a cut of the money is enough to stall the emergency funding for the entire summer.

Even more bizarre is the fact that funding Profamilias wouldn’t strengthen the fight against the disease in the slightest. PolitiFact noted in June that the bill already includes funding for clinics in every area where Profamilias lists a facility. (Loyal partisans that they are, PolitiFact somehow still managed to rate the Democrats’ contradictory claim as “half true.”) The New York Times, of all places, notes in addition that the group “provides medical services almost entirely out of its two clinics in San Juan,” where it “served about 7,000 patients in 2015 […] not a particularly large number, given that about 390,000 people” live there. According to a program director at Profamilias, the clinics don’t even offer Zika testing. Continue Reading

Sorry, Trevor Noah, Killing Babies Doesn’t Cure Zika

If you waste your time watching The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, you may have heard this “brilliant” analogy from him last night during a tirade over the fight to combat the Zika virus:

“I don’t understand how any man thinks that he has the right to dictate to a woman what they should do with their bodies. Imagine if black people were the only ones to decide if white people were allowed to wear sunscreen. Imagine if that was the rule. It wouldn’t make sense. People would be like, ‘What do black people even know about getting sunburned?’ Black people are like ‘Look, yo, yo, I hear what you saying, B, I hear what you saying. All I know is, I’m pro melanin. That’s all I’m saying, I’m pro melanin.”

Trevor, buddy, if you wanna go with a race comparison, let’s talk about how the language and reasoning behind abortion laws reflects that of slavery laws. You can check that out here, which might help you add “reading” next to your talent of drawing some cheap laughs with imitation insight. 

Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”
Regardless, here’s what Noah (and others) are missing: the Democratic party, Planned Parenthood, and their partners in the abortion industry have three problems when speaking to their pro-life counterparts. 1.) They do not acknowledge the life of the child, only the life and choices of the mother. The pro-life side seeks to remind people that choosing life allows all possible choices, and respects both the life of the child and the life of the mother.
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Marco Rubio Weighs In on Zika Crisis

Far left Democrats, like Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Sen. Tim Kaine, are cynically trying to exploit the developing Zika crisis both to advance their pro-abortion ideology and to bash Republicans.

But Sen. Marco Rubio is fiercely defending life in spite of pressure from abortion ideologues.

Sen. Marco Rubio (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Pregnant women infected with Zika can pass the virus along to their unborn children. The virus can often cause birth defects, most notably microcephaly, a condition in which a child’s head is too small and the brain develops abnormally. Pro-abortion leftists argue that pregnant women infected by the virus ought to abort their children.

Marco Rubio, however, condemned that position in no uncertain terms.

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

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

As the dangers of Zika are covered in the media, families with children who were born with microcephaly are coming out to talk about their struggles and stand up for life with Rubio. Continue Reading

Democrats Are Putting Lives At Risk By Playing “Zika” Politics

Concerns about the Zika virus are growing throughout the country. Pregnant women are taking unusual precautions, travel warnings are being issued for Florida, and public panic is on the rise in any state with mosquitoes.

Prominent Florida Democrats, such as Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Alan Grayson, are giving speeches and hosting town halls dedicated to reassuring voters that they are working on solutions. Even national Democratic figures, like New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, are calling for an emergency session of Congress to allocate funds for the fight against Zika.

But can we be honest for a second? These politicians are not actually interested in addressing Zika as a public health crisis. Instead, they are just treating it as another campaign issue to try to attack conservatives.

House Republicans tried addressing Zika back in June. Then, when they were contending with the House Democrat’s gun control sit-in stunt, Republicans passed a compromise bill that ought to have secured support from Democrats — were they not busy pouting on the floor of the chamber.

Kaine said at a rally in Florida that “Congress should not be in recess while Zika is advancing.” But where was this attitude when do-nothing Democrats were sitting around whining instead of working?

Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby wrote an op-ed for CNBC, detailing how Senate Democrats obstructed these middle-of-the-road compromise measures from getting to the President’s desk.

“In June I relayed the good news that the House had passed appropriations legislation providing funding for our nation’s response to the Zika virus,” Roby wrote.

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