Adoption arranged for Zika babies

Adoption not abortion is available for Zika virus-affected babies in Jamaica.

Kingston’s Archbishop Kenneth Richards says Jamaica must preserve its humanity by respecting life.

It must not give way to abortion.

Dr. Dayton Campbell, a member of Parliament, has been pushing to make abortion available for babies with microcephaly.

Abortion is illegal in Jamaica except to save the mother’s life or preserve her physical or mental health.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the New England Journal of Medicine have linked the Zika virus to the non-life threatening condition of microcephaly.

However, a recent study of nearly 12,000 pregnant Colombian women infected with Zika found none of them had a baby with that condition.

This casts doubt on the Zika/microcephaly connection.

Richards said pushing abortion as a solution to a baby with a non-life threatening condition like microcephaly expresses prejudice against disabled persons.

He also said it amounts to supporting eugenics. This is the weeding out of persons considered ‘unfit’ to live.

Two communities in Jamaica — The Missionaries of the Poor and Mustard Seed Communities — will receive and care for any child born with microcephaly.


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