The vagina-shaming, moral crusaders running the Republican war on Big Uterus might revel in their misinformed hatred of Planned Parenthood, but once again they are putting their perverse ideology above the safety of the nation. So determined to assuage the ever-so-crucial Southern county clerk vote (IE, Kim Davis), these Jesus freaks threatened to shut the government down (again) in September of last year. Ever since the carefully edited and since debunked Planned Parenthood videos came out regarding the sale of fetal tissue (something that’s actually quite common), Republicans have exaggerated Planned Parenthood’s otherwise basic female health services. Basically, they’re claiming Planned Parenthood sells baby parts like they’re the Buick of abortion. Mike Huckabee actually made that horrific analogy during the first 2016 Clown Car debate.
However, their blind hatred of Planned Parenthood has gotten so severe that it’s imperiling health services beyond reproduction.
An exhaustively researched piece in Politico revealed that Republican outrage over fetal issue is preventing scientists from researching the deadly Zika virus.
Basically the only insights we’ve had so far on Zika is with patients who have either lost a pregnancy or had miscarriages, one frustrated researcher, Patrick Ramsey of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, told Politico.
This is a situation where the vaccine is going to have to protect the mom and protect the baby. Fetal tissue is going to be needed to look at the effects.
Given the uncertainty around the effects of exposure while pregnant, halting fetal tissue research might slow efforts to prevent those effects or at least let women know if chances are high or low of serious birth defects, she said. And this in turn might actually lead more women to choose abortions, out of fear of terrible birth outcomes.