Ideology vs. Evidence

The outsized influence of religion on health policies threatens the sexual and reproductive health of women in developing countries, writes Susana T. Fried, a global health justice partnership fellow at Yale.

In Latin America, for example, where the Zika virus has been linked to severe birth defects, women are told to avoid pregnancy, yet many lack access to modern and affordable contraception.

Gaps in health care infrastructure and capacity create opportunities for fundamentalists to step in with services and education, Fried argues—actions that undermine women’s reproductive rights.

The Guardian

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