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Zika Virus Outbreaks Are Expected in the United States Later This Year, and as a Result the Nation May See a Push by Women for Contraception and Abortions

May 11, 2016

(Associated Press) – There’s little doubt: Zika is coming to the continental United States, bringing frightening birth defects – and, most likely, newly urgent discussions about abortion and contraception. Fearful they might bear children who suffer from brain-damaging birth defects caused by Zika, more women are expected to look for ways to prevent or end pregnancies. But the highest risk of Zika spreading is in Southern states where long-lasting birth control and abortions are harder to procure, and where a mosquito that transmits the virus already is plentiful.

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