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Obstacles Remain To Abortion, Contraception Access For Latin American Women Affected By Zika

Huffington Post: GOP Congressmen Oppose Abortion Rights For Women With Zika In Developing Countries
“Pregnant women in South and Latin America who contract Zika, a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and deformities in babies, should not have access to abortion, Republican House leaders said Wednesday. ‘This push for more abortion access is heartbreaking, especially since there are different degrees of microcephaly,’ Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, said at a hearing about the virus…” (Bassett, 2/10).

Reuters: Catholic group urges pope to allow contraception to fight Zika
“A Roman Catholic group appealed to Pope Francis on Wednesday to allow Church members to ‘follow their conscience’ and use contraception or to let women have abortions to protect themselves against the Zika virus. … Catholics for Choice, a liberal advocacy group based in Washington, said in a statement it would run ads in the International New York Times and El Dario de Hoy in El Salvador on Thursday, the eve of a papal trip to Cuba and Mexico…” (Pullella, 2/10).

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