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Babies dressed in Carnival outfits, born with microcephaly, are held by their mothers at a Carnival party held for babies with the condition in a health clinic on February 4, 2016 in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants in Brazil.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Babies dressed in Carnival outfits, born with microcephaly, are held by their mothers at a Carnival party held for babies with the condition in a health clinic on February 4, 2016 in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants in Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The top UN Human Rights official has called on countries with the Zika Virus to make available sexual and reproductive health counselling to women and uphold their right to terminate pregnancies.

Zeid Al’Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement on Monday in Geneva that laws and policies that restrict women access to these services must be urgently reviewed in line with human rights obligations.

He said that this has become necessary in order to ensure any affected woman the right to health for all in practice.

The virus has been linked to microcephaly, a condition that leads to babies being born with small heads and birth defects. The United States of America Centre for Disease Control & Prevention states that microcephaly is linked to

  • Seizures
  • Developmental delay, such as problems with speech or other developmental milestones (like sitting, standing, and walking)
  • Intellectual disability (decreased ability to learn and function in daily life)
  • Problems with movement and balance
  • Feeding problems, such as difficulty swallowing
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision problems

His Spokeswoman, Cecile Pouilly, said there are some Countries like El Salvador, Malta, Poland and Liechtenstein amongst others that criminalise abortion.

She explained that as a result of such law, the commission was asking those governments to go back and change those laws.

Pouilly said it has become so urgent to change the law because such countries cannot ask the affected women not to become pregnant.

She said such countries must make available first information and also the possibility to stop their pregnancies if they wish so.

The current outbreak of Zika Virus, a mosquito-bourne virus has spread around South America. Thousands of people including pregnant women have been infected.

Brazil is investigating the potential link between Zika infections and more than 4,000 suspected cases of microcephaly.

 

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10 Comments

  1. ElessarisElendil

    February 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    “Pouilly said it has become so urgent to change the law because such countries cannot ask the affected women not to become pregnant.”

    So the countries should not ask infected women not get pregnant but should give them the option to kill the children they don’t want???????????

    Sorry it takes a certain type of coldness for you to go ahead and get pregnant when you know they’re is a risk of the child dying. Just be patient and wait for the vaccine. Extremely sad that some would rather be selfish than protect our most vulnerable.

    • Tunmi

      February 8, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      Not every pregnancy comes from someone being selfish for a baby. There are instances of rape or failed birth control. The appeal is to nations with the strictest birth control and abortion laws like El Salvador

    • ElessarisElendil

      February 9, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Please give me the exact numbers of abortion requests due to rape. As for ‘failed birth control’ if you have reached the extent of children you want get your tubes tied(100% success rate). The fact is that abortion is being used mostly as a form of birth control.

    • Ada Nnewi

      February 9, 2016 at 7:17 am

      Elessaris your reasoning is highly flawed probably because you’re a male…sometimes no matter how careful you are as a female, pregnancy happens, especially if you are a low income earner. Now, unless you have lived with someone raising a special needs child or adult, you have no right to infer that someone is selfish for choosing not to have a child that will require non stop parental responsibility. Like I said you’re a man so your view is likely ignorance fueled.

    • ElessarisElendil

      February 9, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Ada Nnewi nnukwu nwanne your reasoning is highly flawed because you’re a human being! What do you mean by “no matter how careful”????????? Were you careful enough to get your tubes tied??? It is abhorrent to kill human beings, it is murder.

      The small percentage of children who sadly have special needs can be taken care of within the social safety net. Nobody should have the power to end innocent human life.

  2. Queen

    February 8, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Well I quess the powers that be finally got what they wanted: blood of the innocent spilled. Where was their conscience when they were culturing such evil diseases and unleashing them to the poor and disadvantaged via animals. I should say I’m shocked but it has been long for told, those big suits need the population of the world culled and they relish any opportunity to have people die. First HIV/aids then Ebola lassa and now lassa, may those wicked soul behind this henious act receive their reward here in the after life. Ps : those women should keep the babies they are no the first born with man made deformities

  3. anonimo

    February 9, 2016 at 6:26 am

    ZIKA IS FRAUD,NO NEW VIRUS
    Brazil is not the Third World since 2008
     4000 cases of microcefaliar this number reduced to 270 related zika in Brazil.
    cases of zika is northeastern Brazil region and not in Rio de Janeiro. Olympics will be held in winter in Brazil and the mosquitoes not play.
    Most cases of microcephaly was in northeastern Brazil representing 86% of cases of microcephaly, the places where most played transgenic mosquitoes, Were sites that had zika virus, but it shouldnt be the other way reduce mosquitoes cases and was not that happened. Northeastern Brazil is dry centuries from the time of colonial Brazil, but the mosquitoes will only play on a vast area of ​​water, something that northeastern Brazil is dry year. Africa has always had zika and never had any cases of microcephaly. medication errors inflate number of Suspected cases of microcephaly in Pernambuco,
      Brazil sedias World Games fifa clubs, confederations Cup, World Cup, Pan American, skill world all successfully and safely.

  4. Puzzles

    February 9, 2016 at 8:26 am

    To the lawyers in the house: what’s the Nigerian law’s stance on abortion? Also, could i get the link to a reliable website that discusses our law on property rights during divorce or death of a husband or father i.e. what a woman may be entitled to?

  5. Ada Nnewi

    February 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Abeg Ellesaris please list the social safety net available to the lower economic class in South America….

    • ElessarisElendil

      February 10, 2016 at 2:45 am

      Off the top of my head President Lula’s schemes that lifted 20 million people out of poverty. Probably should have put in “ideal” somewhere in my original reply. Can’t believe I’m arguing against taking innocent life.

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