El Salvador: What Happens When Zika Hits the Country With the World’s Strictest Abortion Laws?

Abortion is illegal in El Salvador—even in the midst of a public health crisis. But some feminists and doctors are fighting back.

By Madeleine Schwartz
Dec 14, 2016, The Nation

The Zika virus arrived in El Salvador in November of last year. It moved slowly at first, but by January at least 5000 cases had been confirmed, and the government was monitoring hundreds of pregnant women for possible fetal problems. (The first baby with microcephaly in the country was born in June.)

For feminists and activists, the virus brought along with it a sliver of hope: the possibility that Zika might provide a long-awaited challenge to the country’s ban on abortion. Abortion is illegal in El Salvador.

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Source: The Nation