Zika, Pregnancy, Winterson

This is not necessarily adoption related. More like reproductive rights, which for me go hand in hand, so it may be.

What the solution isn’t: the parallel of the Zika and HIV viruses for women

It is worth the read and the pondering. Particularly passages like this:

“Sudden outbreaks of uncommon diseases do not lend themselves to easy solutions. However, there is one solution we know will not work: resting the responsibility for slowing the Zika virus in the wombs of women.” - Susana T. Fried and Debra J. Liebowitz

And this:

“In response to the outbreak, some countries, for instance, Colombia, Ecuador, and Jamaica, have recommended that women delay pregnancy. This is eerily reminiscent of abstinence education as a primary means of HIV prevention. Indeed, abstinence will prevent sexually transmitted HIV just as remaining “unpregnant” will prevent Zika from causing fetal harm if it is indeed causing microcephaly. Neither solution is grounded in the realities of women’s lives.

The ability to control when, where, with whom, and under what conditions to have sex is, for many women, the exception, rather than the rule. Women’s ability to delay pregnancy requires that they have control over their bodies, their sexuality, and their reproductive decision-making. Yet, some women, in the Americas and elsewhere, have no such control” - Susana T. Fried and Debra J. Liebowitz

While you are at it, read this somewhat (sort of) related article as well. It is a few months old but worth the read, reminder and hey, Winterson is always good to read.

When unmarried mothers were blamed for everything

by author and adoptee Jeanette Winterson

Photo credit: Joanna Fisher

1 Thought.

  1. Oh that Jeannette Winterson article is heartbreaking. I’ve loved her writing for a long time.

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