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Zika Virus Poses Challenges for Maternal Health Care, Complicates Latin American Nations’ Positions On Birth Control, Abortion

Reuters: Pregnant women in scarcity-hit Venezuela battle to dodge Zika
“…Zika is the latest worry for pregnant Venezuelans, who already search high and low for scarce folic acids, medical equipment and medicines, and even diapers to have in stock for when they give birth…” (Ulmer, 1/28).

Wired: Zika Virus May Push South America to Loosen Abortion Bans
“…Don’t get pregnant. So say official guidelines from Brazil, Colombia, and Honduras. El Salvador has gone so far as to recommend women do not get pregnant until 2018. But most of these Latin American countries are also Catholic, so access to birth control is often poor and abortion is flat-out banned…” (Zhang, 1/28).

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