The Catholic Church has refused to support called by United Nation to allow abortion to Zika-affected pregnant women in Brazil. UN urged “ to relax laws and allow pregnant women with Zika to terminate”, as per a report by Business Standard.
However, Secretary General of the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference, Auxiliary Bishop Leonardo Ulrich Steiner declined the call.
“Microcephaly has been occurring in Brazil for years. They are taking advantage of this moment to reintroduce the abortion topic. Abortion leads to eugenics, the practice of selecting perfect people,” he was quoted as saying in the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper, in a report filed by Yahoo News.
The restriction has increased the danger in pregnant women. Zika has taken its giant form in various South American countries and some Carribean islands. It is believed to cause a medical condition called “microcephaly” which causes birth anomalies in newly borns with small heads.
Brazil has recorded 4180 cases of microcephaly since October 2015 but authorities have only reported 404 confirmed-cases. Health experts has said that the virus could spread through urine and saliva. Therefore authorities have advised people to avoid kissing, which could transfer the Zika virus.
On Wednesday, a Roman Catholic group urged Pope Francis to allow the abortion of women to protect them from virus. The request came after World Health Organisation(WHO) alerted women to take precautions during sex and to avoid the mosquito bites, according to a report filed by The Straits Times.
A group of activists has also urged the Supreme Court to reframe the “restrictive abortion laws.” Around one million of illegal abortion cases are reported every year in Brazil.
Sergio da Rocha, Brasilia’s archbishop said that the society should accept life in whatever circumstances it comes with.
“Less quality of life doesn’t mean less right to live,” said Rocha.