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Tufton dismisses idea of abortions to deal with microcephaly

Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton is opposed to a suggestion that the country consider allowing abortions as an option for expectant mothers whose unborn child has microcephaly. Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton is opposed to a suggestion that the country consider allowing abortions as an option for expectant mothers whose unborn child has microcephaly.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jul 20, CMC – Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has dismissed a suggestion by an opposition legislator that the country consider allowing abortions as an option for expectant mothers whose unborn child has microcephaly.

Microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with abnormally small heads, has been linked to the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

ZikaHealth authorities confirmed that at least seven pregnant women had contracted the virus among the 16 cases of Zika recorded here.

“Until the law changes…what we will say as a law abiding government we are prepared to provide all the critical support to our pregnant mothers who detected with Zika,’ the Health Minister told legislators Tuesday.

Earlier, Opposition legislator, Dr Dayton Campbell, who is also a medical doctor said Jamaica should consider the idea of abortions to deal with pregnant women contracting microcephaly.

“I have never advocated for abortion as a means of poverty control or anything like that, but I do believe in cases where you have illnesses, mental illnesses or other things difficult for the family to deal with,” Dr. Campbell said.

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