Honduran cardinal warns against aborting Zika fetuses


(RNS) Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, a top adviser to Pope Francis, has denounced the idea of “therapeutic abortions” — which are carried out because of fetal abnormalities — as a response to birth defects caused by the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is setting off alarms throughout Latin America.

Rodriguez’s comments, which came at Mass on Wednesday (Feb. 3) in the pilgrimage city of Suyapa, are some of the most direct from church leaders in the heavily Catholic region and may reflect a growing concern in the hierarchy about the ramifications of the public health debate over how to deal with the potential epidemic.

Although all forms of abortion are illegal in Honduras, Rodriguez said he was saddened to read a medical professional’s writing apparently in support of “therapeutic abortion,” which is one that is carried out if the life of the mother is in danger or if there is risk of fetal abnormality.



Check out what Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says about Zika: catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2016/02/04/poor-government-not-mosquitoes-are-the-real-culprits-behind-the-zika-virus/

Report on what Salvadorian Priests have said: cathnews.com/cathnews/24106-zika-salvadorean-bishops-silent-over-warning-to-delay-pregnancy

Statement from Human Life International, excerpt: hli.org/2016/01/10605/

“First, Catholic teaching tells us that it is morally licit for spouses to postpone pregnancy for serious reasons (cf Humanae vitae n. 10, 16), and these reasons include the health of the mother and child. If a couple decides to postpone pregnancy, only natural methods – such as a number of ‘natural family planning’ methods that use medical indicators of fertility – are to be used: Artificial methods (such as hormonal, barrier, interruption) remain unacceptable. We urge the faithful to look to the bishops in the affected regions for guidance on these matters, as they are sure to be in dialogue with medical experts and will provide clear teaching as developments arise.

“Second, one expects the call to avoid pregnancy to be exploited by population control advocates who are always telling poor women and families to avoid pregnancy, most likely with renewed fund raising campaigns and anti-natalist propaganda. We also expect this very difficult situation to result in demands for radical expansion of access to abortion in law, as if killing a child is tantamount to curing a disease. It is unfortunate that radical sexual and population control ideology has infected so many medical and political institutions, to the point where many have a well-earned mistrust of authorities who would always suppress fertility. We urge Catholic faithful not to jump to conclusions, however, about what is behind the call to avoid pregnancy, but to pay close attention to what faithful Catholic medical experts who are studying the situation have to say in collaboration with the bishops.


This is a mega-moralistic dilemma.


Are the babies not expected to live long or will they be able to live, this is sad.

Also, El Salvador has indeed asked their women not to become pregnant until 2018. foxnews.com/health/2016/01/22/el-salvador-urges-against-pregnancies-until-2018-as-zika-virus-spreads.html

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