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Strong majority of Brazilians reject abortion for women infected with Zika virus

by | Mar 8, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

microcephlybaby4Brazil is, if not the epicenter of the Zika virus, certainly a country with more than its fair share of exposure to the virus which has been associated with, but not proven to cause microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with undersized heads with subsequent health problems.

The usual pro-abortion forces are pushing to change protective abortion laws in Latin America. For example, earlier this month, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad AL Hussein said, “Laws and policies that restrict [a woman’s] access to these [reproductive health] services must be urgently reviewed in line with human rights obligations in order to ensure the right to health for all in practice.”

But for the second time, a poll shows a majority of Brazilians opposing abortion for women infected with the Zika virus, according to Brazil’s Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper which was picked up by

Indeed the margins are even greater than those NRL News Today reported on March 1.

According to CNSNews’s Lauretta Brown, in the survey, taken last week,

58 percent of Brazilians said that pregnant women infected with the Zika virus should not be able to have an abortion, while 32 percent thought the woman should have the option of an abortion, and 10 percent said they had no opinion.

Additionally, even when a case of microcephaly was confirmed, 51 percent of those interviewed still said they were against changing Brazil’s strict anti-abortion laws, and 39 percent agreed with a change in the law for such circumstances.

Explaining the survey, Folha de Sao Paulo found that more women than (61%) than men (53%) rejected abortion in these circumstances. “Also, 56 percent of Brazilian women still opposed abortion even with confirmed cases of microcephaly versus 46 percent of men,” Brown reported.

2,678 people in 171 municipalities across the country were surveyed from February 24-25. There is a very small margin of error—2%.

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