Pope Francis says that contraception is acceptable to avoid dangerous effects of the Zika virus

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This will be an exception, because the Catholic catechism states that aside from natural family planning, anything that works to “‘render procreation impossible’ is intrinsically evil. Babies born with the  with microcephaly defect have small heads and abnormal brain growth and often have developmental delays, seizures, problems with movement and speech and other issues. In fact, even until now, most Catholics have ignored Vatican teachings on this particular issue. According to a survey by the Spanish-language television network Univision, 88% of Mexicans, 91% of Colombians and 93% of Brazilians support the use of contraceptives. “He’s a pastor and he’s concerned with the plight of people in all their human dimensions. And Zika is a problem that’s suddenly confronting the world and just to repeat past abstract theories doesn’t help resolve the question,” the Rev. John Paris, a bioethicist and Catholic priest at Boston College explained Francis’ position.

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