Jun 21, 2016

Abortion Pill Orders Rise in 7 Latin American Nations on Zika Alert

Brazil
Ecuador
Venezuela
Colombia
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
by
Donald G. McNeil Jr. and Pam Belluck
,
The New York Times
Mifepristone, also known as RU 486, is a pill that induces an abortion. It is one of the medications sold to Latin America women by Women on Web. Photo: James Worrell/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
Mifepristone, also known as RU 486, is a pill that induces an abortion. It is one of the medications sold to Latin America women by Women on Web. Photo: James Worrell/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Orders for abortion pills by women in seven Latin American countries with Zika outbreaks increased after health officials in those countries warned that the virus might cause severe birth defects, according to a women’s organization supplying such pills.

Orders from women in Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela roughly doubled, while those from Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras went up by from 36 percent to 76 percent researchers said in a study published Wednesday by The New England Journal of Medicine