The Live Beyond director told NPR the Catholic Church’s view on contraception can actually enable the spread of the Zika virus among the poorer populations in Central and South America.
“People assume that women in Haiti, you know, would have the same access to birth control that American women would, and it’s just not true. The Haitian woman may not have a choice in sex. The sex may not be consensual at all. And so just enjoining people not to have babies is probably not going to be very effective,” Vanderpool tells NPR.
Vanderpool is referring to government pleas for women to delay pregnancies for months, even years. He isn’t the only one concerned.
“I’ve never seen this advice before, and when you hear it, you think, ‘What are the bishops going to do?'” the Rev. John Paris, a bioethicist and Catholic priest at Boston College, told CNN.
“It’s going to present a lot of problems for the bishops to sort out,” Daniel Ramirez, an assistant professor of history and American culture at the University of Michigan and an expert on Latin American religious culture, also told CNN.
SOURCE: JESSILYN JUSTICE