This Seems Socially Disruptive

The U.N. made a statement (boldface mine):

The United Nations on Friday urged countries hit by the dangerous Zika virus to let women have access to contraception and abortion…

“How can they ask these women not to become pregnant, but not offer… the possibility to stop their pregnancies?” spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told reporters…

But UN human rights chief UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said this warning meant little in countries that ban or heavily restrict access to reproductive health services like contraception and abortion.

“The advice of some governments to women to delay getting pregnant ignores the reality that many women and girls simply cannot exercise control over whether or when or under what circumstances they become pregnant, especially in an environment where sexual violence is so common,” Zeid said in a statement.

“In situations where sexual violence is rampant, and sexual and reproductive health services are criminalised, or simply unavailable, efforts to halt this crisis will not be enhanced by placing the focus on advising women and girls not to become pregnant,” he said.

Instead, he insisted that governments must “ensure women, men and adolescents have access to comprehensive and affordable quality sexual and reproductive health services and information, without discrimination.”

This, his office pointed out, includes contraception — including emergency contraception — maternal healthcare and safe abortion services.

This is like catnip for wingnuts. The only thing missing are black helicopters piloted by Planned Parenthood workers.

I told you this would be a social problem (whether it’s actually a significant medical problem is unclear).

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