Exerpt below. Read the entire article at Independent.co.uk.
The Vatican has not yet issued a statement on the situation, despite Zika spreading through Catholic countries.
However, local religious figures have adressed calls to make abortion illegal.
Researchers, activists and lawyers who previously won a Supreme Court ruling to allow abortion procedure in cases of the anencephaly birth defect are now launching a similar case for microcephaly.
Reverend Luciano Brito, a spokesman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife, said “Nothing justifies an abortion,” the New York Times reported.
“Just because a foetus has microcephaly won’t make us favourable [to changing the law],” he said.
Reverend Father Frank Pavone, national director of US-based anti-abortion group Priests for Life, said Catholics should not use birth control despite the threat of Zika.
“That prohibition doesn't change based on circumstances,” he told CNN.