Why Zika Virus Is Spreading So Fast

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Zika virus is spreading fast in Brazil, and is threatening to infect the US as well. But are there policies in Brazil that are helping spread the disease? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian hosts of The Young Turks discuss.

Do you think Brazil’s pro-life stance is helping Zika spread? Let us know in the comments below.

Read more here: http://qz.com/606961/abortion-and-contraception-the-two-best-ways-to-slow-the-zika-outbreak-according-to-experts/

“The Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas, according to the World Health Organization. The virus has been linked—but not yet confirmed—to the birth defect microcephaly, which means babies are born with abnormally small brains and a high risk of early death.

The Zika epidemic has reignited a fierce debate on contraception and abortion in Latin America, which is home to some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world. Only 52% women in the region have access to contraceptives; abortion is completely banned in five countries in Latin America.

Abortion is legal in Brazil, where 1.5 Zika million cases have been registered, only if the mother’s life is in danger. A petition signed by lawyers, campaigners, and scientists is being widely circulated that calls on the country’s supreme court to allow abortions for women who have contracted the virus. So far, one Brazilian judge has reportedly said he’ll grant abortions to women who have caught Zika, but would only do so if the woman could prove her child was brain-damaged and not expected to survive for long.”


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