Fr. Pavone: Zika Virus Does Not Justify Abortion

Fr. Pavone: Zika Virus Does Not Justify Abortion


Date: April 13, 2016

Contact: Leslie Palma

NEW YORK — Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today following the Centers for Disease Control finding that the Zika virus definitively causes some babies to be born with microcephaly.

‚ÄúNaturally the Zika virus is a cause for concern, and we call upon governments and medical professionals to continue to develop appropriate treatments and interventions. But in no way does this justify recourse to abortion. The child in the womb is a patient too, and killing one’s patient is never an appropriate response.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit


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