Brazilian Supreme Court to rule on Zika on 7 December 2016

“It has just been announced that the Brazilian Supreme Court is set to rule on the preliminary injunction in the Zika case on 7 December 2016. The preliminary injunction request refers to all the demands in the case: access to information, access to a wider choice of contraceptive methods, access to termination of pregnancy for pregnant women infected with Zika and experiencing mental distress, access to free transportation to rehabilitation centres and inclusion in the disability cash transfer programme for all children with congenital Zika syndrome.

“At this point it is hard to anticipate how votes will go, although it is expected that the Court may deny the injunction regarding abortion by saying they need more in-depth debate on the issue.”

SOURCE: E-mail from Debra Diniz, Anis – Institute of Bioethics, Brazil, 24 November 2016 ; VISUAL