Pope suggests contraception can be condoned in Zika crisis

February 18, 2016 7:44 PM

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An outbreak of the Zika virus sweeping across Latin America and the Caribbean could make use of contraceptives a "lesser evil" for Catholics prohibited by the church from using birth control, Pope Francis said.

Health officials link the virus to birth defects. The Roman Catholic Church considers abortion or the use of contraceptives a sin.

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