Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s campaign made it a point this week to recognize that unborn babies are victims of the water pollution crisis too.
The Michigan city is receiving national media exposure because of lead contamination in its drinking water. According to USA Today, the city drinking water became contaminated with lead in April 2014, and officials estimate that more than 8,600 children have been exposed to the dangerous chemical. Government officials only recently intervened in the situation and began distributing bottled water and water filters until the city fixes the problem, according to the report.
On Wednesday, Cruz’s campaign volunteers in Michigan planned to donate water to pro-life pregnancy centers in Flint, which help pregnant and parenting moms and their families, according to a Facebook post Tuesday from Cruz’s Michigan campaign director, Wendy Lynn Day. Cruz has made it clear throughout his campaign that he is pro-life.
The move is making some abortion activists upset, though. Pro-abortion writer Lilli Petersen blamed Cruz’s campaign for donating to the pro-life groups rather than schools and called the charitable act a “big problem.”
“While the Flint crisis has been heavily politicized, the Cruz campaign’s donation isn’t as helpful as it could be,” Petersen wrote for Refinery 29 on Wednesday. “In donating to a crisis pregnancy center — as opposed to, say, a school or ideologically unaffiliated organization like the Red Cross — the Cruz campaign overlooks the children who have already been poisoned by toxic water.”
Except that it hasn’t. Unborn children also are being affected by the lead pollution – a fact that even national news outlets are pointing out.
“There is no safe level of lead in the body, but the impacts of lead are considered most severe on the developing brains and nervous systems of children and fetuses,” according to the USA Today report. “And even the 8,657 Flint children younger than six exposed to lead may be a low estimate. It doesn’t include unborn children whose mothers drank tainted water during their pregnancies, or children and pregnant women who reside outside Flint but were exposed while visiting relatives, childcare centers or hospitals inside city limits.”
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