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Spread of Zika Virus Reignites Abortion Debate in Brazil

By Farzana Paleker
An increase in the number of babies being born with microcephaly in Zika-affected areas of Brazil has sparked a heated debate over the country’s strict abortion laws. Abortions in Brazil are illegal except in instances of rape and in cases where fetuses are diagnosed with anencephaly, a condition resulting in an underdeveloped brain and an incomplete skull. The World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus infection an international public …

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