Posts Tagged ‘Zika virus’

Unprecedented demand for abortions in Zika-hit Latin America

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Women in Catholic Latin American nations hit by the spread of the Zika virus are increasingly going online to obtain abortion pills. The Women on Web site has a long history of helping those in countries where abortion is illegal obtain pills to terminate early pregnancies. An online consultation with a doctor is involved. A woman is Read more

Mormon women missionaries allowed to wear pants

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Concerns about the Zika virus has forced the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to loosen their dress and grooming guidelines for young female missionaries. Young women make up to almost 30 percent of all Mormon missionaries. Mormon leaders are giving their women missionaries permission to wear pants to protect their Read more

Vatican plays down papal talk on birth control and virus

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The Vatican has dampened claims Pope Francis has signalled a significant relaxation of the Church’s ban on contraception as a response to the Zika virus outbreak. In a press conference aboard the papal flight to Rome from Mexico, Francis was asked if the grave nature of the virus – which is linked to serious birth Read more

Church silence forecast on contraception and Zika virus

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Two Jesuit academics expect the Church will stay silent on married couples using contraception in countries where the Zika virus is active. Health officials in some Latin American nations have advised women not to get pregnant. This is because the virus, which is typically transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has been linked to cases Read more