Contraception can be used to protect against Zika virus: Pope Francis


Mexico: Pope Francis in a recent press release suggested that contraception is a viable option for women exposed to the Zika Virus. The statement was made by the Pope on Thursday. Even though scores of pregnant women are trying to undergo an abortion to avoid giving birth to babies with microcephaly, the Pope reiterated his stand that abortion was a crime.

The Pope on board the papal plane to Rome stated that “avoiding pregnancy is an absolute evil”, but in certain circumstances contraception might be the “lesser evil”. He also maintained that even if a baby is detected with Zika Virus, the abortion of that child should not even be an option as that amounts to “Killing one person to save another”.

The WHO has declared an international emergency as large parts of South America is grappling with an outbreak of the virus. The World Bank on Thursday said it will immediately provide $150 Million to the Latin and Caribbean countries. If the virus spreads the countries in the region would stand to lose $420 Million in fiscal revenues

Researchers on Wednesday announced another piece of evidence linking the Zika virus to birth defects, after finding the virus in the amniotic fluid of two pregnant women whose foetuses were diagnosed with microcephaly. The study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal said their finding suggests the virus can cross the placental border. However, they said more research is needed to understand the link with microcephaly.