Zika highlights lack of access to contraception, abortion in Latin America

February 2, 2016 5:56 PM

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Zika highlights lack of access to contraception, abortion in Latin America

The Zika outbreak spreading throughout Latin American and the Caribbean is shedding light on what women's health advocates call an equally important public health crisis: the lack of contraception and basic maternity care in much of the region.

Last week, the government of El Salvador advised women to postpone pregnancy for two years to reduce the risk of serious birth defects linked to the Zika virus, which has spread to 25 countries and territories in Latin America. The virus is associated with microcephaly, a birth defect in which babie...

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