A new paper has just been published by Andrew Maynard, Diana Bowman and James Hodge that addresses the elevated probability of teens giving birth to a child with microcephaly and multiple other disabilities.
Mitigating Risks to Pregnant Teens from Zika Virus
Andrew D. Maynard, Diana Megan Bowman and James G. Hodge Jr.
Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2017
Abstract: Zika infection in pregnant women is associated with an elevated probability of giving birth to a child with microcephaly and multiple other disabilities. Public health messaging on Zika prevention has predominantly targeted women who know they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, but not teenage females for whom unintended pregnancy is more likely. Vulnerabilities among this population to reproductive risks associated with Zika are further amplified by restrictive abortion laws in several Zika-impacted states. Key to prevention is enhanced, targeted public health messaging centered on teens nationally and particularly in certain high-risk regions.