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Pope Francis on Zika, Contraception a lesser evil

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BABY AFFECTED. Leticia de Araujo holds her daughter, one-month-old Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the Zika virus during her mother’s pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 11, 2016. File photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA
The pontiff says abortion is a crime, but adds that ‘avoiding a pregnancy is not an absolute evil’

VATICAN CITY, Holy See (Feb. 19, 2016) — Pope Francis insisted Thursday, February 18, that abortion was always a crime but hinted that the Church could exceptionally relax its ban on contraception for women at risk of contracting the Zika virus.

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