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Zika Is Driving Up Demand for Abortion. Here’s Why It Shouldn’t.

November 23, 2016

(The Washington Post) – Many women are understandably frightened at the prospect of having a child with significant disabilities, who may require ongoing — and costly — medical care. But there’s a problem with the level of alarm raised by various organizations’ Zika warnings to pregnant women. The latest data on the rate of microcephaly from Zika suggest that abortion demand driven by fear is greatly outpacing the actual risk of birth defects.

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