Lawmakers in Brazil are rethinking the abortion debate as the country deals with the Zika outbreak.
The South American country is one of the hardest hit by the virus, which appears to trigger a birth defect in newborns.
One Brazilian judge has said that he is willing to legalize abortion in case of serious birth defects in babies, and apparently, many intellectuals in the country agree with him.
Brazil has some of the strongest anti-abortion laws on the continent, and activists are hoping that this paves the way for the legalization of abortion in the country. Given that it’s difficult to learn about family planning and get medically accurate sex education in the country, women’s reproductive rights have been a point of contention in the past. It is unsure when a decision will be handed out if this becomes a case.