UN asks Zika-Hit Nations to Allow Abortion

  • The United Nations urged countries hit by the dangerous Zika virus to let women have access to contraception and abortion.
  • An exploding number of cases of Zika virus have prompted several countries and territories in Latin America to warn women to avoid getting pregnant.
  • “How can they ask these women not to become pregnant, but not offer the possibility to stop their pregnancies?” spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told reporters.
  • Many of these countries are conservative Catholic and have very restrictive abortion and contraceptive laws.