The state of Florida, Brazil, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean countries have been in the news for the large number of cases of Zika virus. Pregnant women are the main victims in this matter. The virus, which is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti , has been linked to damage to the fetuses of pregnant women where the virus is present. In Miami, the first place in the US where the virus was detected, the situation of pregnant women is not very encouraging, is worrisome indeed.
I follow the news very closely because I am a woman of reproductive age and sexually active. Every day I wonder what it would face a dramatic reality: being pregnant and expecting the outcome to detect virus zika with the possibility that the baby is affected. It’s sad, and it is also the case of hundreds of women in the state of Florida who spend up to 5 weeks waiting for the results of viral tests.The most frustrating thing is that this time they have been waiting are still exposed to the virus.
The reporter Sammy Mack , the local station WLRN in Miami, takes 5 weeks waiting for the result. The existing bureaucracy is mixed with the inexperience of the government to understand and combat the epidemic. The positive results of initial tests need to be sent to the CDC for a specialized test to confirm the virus and avoid a false positive for dengue virus for example. That’s when waiting for the results extends.
What goes through the mind of a woman while waiting? Stress also affects your emotional health. Here are many variables that are evaluated and one of them is the possibility of abortion. This is where the situation gets a little more complicated especially for women of low income in the United States.
Guttmacher Institute made an unplanned pregnancies analyzing study, these are the biggest concern when thinking about Zika virus, given the possible defects in the fetus. Many states in the nation are increasingly complicating the matter.Ironically, many of the higher risk of infection are those with more restrictions and less access to abortion.
It is one of the worst state when providing sex education in schools. It also has a high rate of teenage pregnancies. The Conservative government of the state, and Gov. Rick Scott, also searched at all costs way to cut funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that provide reproductive health services to low-income women, including abortions.
One of the largest states in the nation is one where it has fought a pitched struggle for reproductive rights of women, especially on abortion. Recently the Supreme Court ruled against much of the law establishing excessive measures to stop access to abortion by women in the state. Despite this, many clinics closed and the struggle of women in the continuous state.
The state sets the 20 weeks limit for an abortion. For 2011 there were only five abortion providers in the state, including 3 clinics. The state money can only be used to provide abortions in cases of rape, incest or if the life of the woman is in danger.
These three states are just one example of the situation in the rest of the country.It is worth pausing and analyze the way in which the reproductive health of women is clearly not a priority. A woman facing the possibility of terminating a pregnancy due to biological defects in the fetus should have the possibility of free and safe abortion.