US & Latin America: Zika outbreak could reignite abortion debate

Liz Szabo, USA TODAY Friday, 05-Aug-16 19:27:33 PDT

Zika could become the newest flashpoint in America’s debate on abortion.

With nearly 1,000 pregnant women in the U.S. infected with Zika and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising all expectant mothers to be screened for exposure to the virus, the USA is beginning to get a hint about why the issue became so contentious in Latin America this year.

There, where women’s health services of all kinds are less available and the Zika epidemic is most widespread, requests for medical abortions have increased dramatically. Even Pope Francis weighed in last February, suggesting that contraception could be morally acceptable in the fight against Zika.

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