The Paradigm of the Paradox: Women, Pregnant Women, and the Unequal Burdens of the Zika Virus Pandemic
by Lisa H. Harris, Neil S. Silverman, and Mary Faith Marshall
The inequalities of outcome are, by and large, biological reflections of social fault lines (Paul Farmer)
Three paradoxes characterize the Zika virus pandemic and clinical and policy responses to it:
- Zika virus has been shown to cause severe developmental anomalies in the fetuses of infected women. As a result, both women and men in endemic areas are asked to avoid or delay pregnancy. However, access to effective contraception and safe pregnancy termination is either not available (especially for those living below the poverty line) or a crime for many women in Zika-endemic regions.
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