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Pope Francis says OK, sure, use contraception during the Zika crisis

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The pope is relaxing the Catholic ban on contraception. (Jenny Lee Silver/Flickr)

Pope Francis told reporters aboard the papal plane that contraception use may be OK for women threatened by the Zika virus. Catholics don't believe in using artificial contraception, so his comment was kind of a big deal.

He basically said that while abortion is the worst "crime" and "absolute evil," avoiding pregnancy altogether is not so bad:

"(Abortion) is an evil in and of itself, but it is not a religious evil at its root, no? It's a human evil. On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil. In certain cases, as in this one (Zika), such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear."

The pope definitely didn't go so far as to lift the Catholic ban on birth control, but he avoiding pregnancy isn't the worst thing.

The thing is, women in South America are afraid to give birth to babies with microcephaly, which is linked to the Zika virus. Babies born with microcephaly have smaller than average heads and usually suffer from brain damage or retardation. Zika is suddenly spreading so widely that some countries, like Brazil, are telling women not to get pregnant--but also don't provide birth control because the Catholic Church is against it. So women are kinda caught and it's been a huge topic for debate.

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Pope Francis says OK, sure, use contraception during the Zika crisis

Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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