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Amid Zika, Political Debates Address Abortion, Women’s Health

NPR: Should The U.S. Reconsider Its Stand On Foreign Aid For Abortion Clinics?
“…[Zika] has been directly linked to a birth defect that results in an abnormally small head and brain damage. In Latin America, where many countries have strict bans on abortion, some citizens and government officials are asking whether such bans should be reconsidered, at least in infected mothers. And in the United States, a decades-old discussion has been reignited: Should the country rethink its stance on funding abortion initiatives abroad, put forth in what’s known as the Helms Amendment?…” (Garsd, 5/2).

POLITICO Pro: Democrats frame Zika funding as a women’s issue
“In a new twist on the Zika funding battle, Democrats are framing the fight for emergency funding as a women’s issue — part of their broader narrative heading into the fall elections about what they call the Republicans’ war on women…” (Cook, 4/29).

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