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Argument Against Abortion In Brazil

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Abortion is outlawed in Brazil and it carries a penalty of up to three years in jail, but the Zika virus outbreak in the country is prompting some women to break the law just to make sure that they do not give birth to a baby with microcephaly.
Marina Leite had her 28-week pregnancy terminated in February after she had trouble speaking and breathing. Her doctors also told her that she had too much amniotic fluid, an indication that her baby had severe deformities possibly caused by the Zika virus. Because her health was jeopardized by her pregnancy, Leite’s abortion was considered legal, The New York Times reports.
However, there are some women who have illegally terminated their pregnancy even if they have not yet confirmed that their babies were affected by the Zika virus. The outbreak of the
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Last year, the Ministry of Health said there were around 100 women who sought medical attention for failed abortions for every one woman who received legal abortion.
In December, a Brazilian health official advised women to postpone their plans for pregnancy because of the Zika virus outbreak. The announcement markedly increased the demand for illegal abortion pills. There were more than 26,000 abortion pills confiscated by the Brazilian Customs that month alone, compared with just 9,000 for the whole 2014.
Meanwhile, the Zika threat has given birth to a U.S. debate over the push for birth control and abortion for pregnant women likely infected by the virus. Dr. Christine Curry, an obstetrician at the University of Miami, says preparing for these discussions is important in light of the situation, CBS Local details.
Experts think that the situation in Brazil will also happen in the U.S. when the temperature rises and mosquitoes multiply. However, they do not expect the Zika virus outbreak to have the same intensity in the U.S. as it has in the Latin
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