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Ethical decisions in light of potential Zika virus epidemic are ‘personal’, says Dr Chris Ng
 

Ethical decisions in light of potential Zika virus epidemic are ‘personal’, says Dr Chris Ng

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With a second confirmed case of a pregnant woman infected with Zika in Singapore, healthcare professionals must consider not only the preventive measures that can reassure expectant mothers but also the ethical dilemma of terminating pregnancies.
 
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7 Sep 2016 - General
 
This article has raised many valid points. "microcephaly is something that develops later in pregnancy, and thus termination would be premature before 24 weeks"---this is exceptionally difficult as here you have a pregnant woman and she is growing a child inside her who may potentially have microcephaly and may need to be aborted. Dr. Ng said that abortion is a personal decision but in countries like the Philippines it is not an option, for as stated in the article, we do not practice ...
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So far, we have heard a lot about how people should prevent Zika and how they can protect themselves, but this is the first time I've really seen an experienced O&G provide advice on how fellow doctors should counsel their patients on the virus, especially when it comes to pregnant women infected with Zika.

The elephant in the room since Zika hit Southeast Asia is the issue of termination of the pregnancy. Many expecting mothers undergo amniocentesis testing to determine if the...
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