Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 443–446 | Cite as

Zika, public health, and the distraction of abortion

  • Thana Cristina de CamposEmail author
Short Communication


This paper suggests that the focus on abortion legalization in the aftermath of the Zika outbreak is distracting for policy and lawmakers from what needs to be done to address the outbreak effectively. Meeting basic health needs (i.e. preventive measures), together with research and development conducive to a vaccine or treatment for the Zika virus should be priorities.


Global health ethics Neglected diseases Research and development Basic health care Abortion 



I would like to thank John Keown, Christina Lamb, David Mulcair, Alisha Gabriel, Joseph Hattie, Elizabeth Cassidy, Faye Sonier, Andrea Mrozek, Francisco Javier Urbina, Steven Hoffman, Roojin Habibi, and Maxwell Tran.

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Conflict of interest

I declare no conflicting interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Global Strategy Lab, Faculty of LawUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.The Von Hugel Institute, St. Edmund’s CollegeUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  3. 3.The Las Casas Institute, Blackfriars’ HallUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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