Brazil now has confirmed 1,845 cases of congenital Zika syndrome in babies (TORCHZ) in a group of 9,091 suspected cases. A large proportion (56%) of women reported that they had avoided (or tried to avoid) pregnancy because of the Zika epidemic.
The session that day ended up being dedicated entirely to the consequences of corruption charges against the head of the Senate. The Court’s last session this year before the holiday break is 19 December. If the case isn’t ruled upon by then, sessions will resume only in February 2017.
“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.”
From the point of view of sexual politics, yet more drastically, the city that projected the global image of a Mount Olympus of fit and sensual bodies, as soon as the games were over has once again revealed its face as a gendered slaughterhouse.
Zika virus and women, by Debora Diniz; The debate on abortion and Zika: lessons from the AIDS epidemic, by Thais Medina Coeli Rochel de Camargo; Women’s reproductive rights and the Zika virus epidemic, Jacqueline Pitanguy; Comment on the paper by Pitanguy, by Florencia Luna; Ensuring a rights-based health sector response to women affected by Zika, by Paige Baum, Anna Fiastro, Shane Kunselman, et al; Comment on the article by Baum et al, by Ana Maria González Vélez; Zika and reproductive justice, by Alexandra Minna Stern