Mitigating Risks to Pregnant Teens from Zika Virus

3 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2017

See all articles by Andrew Maynard, PhD

Andrew Maynard, PhD

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Diana Megan Bowman

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Public Health

James G. Hodge

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Date Written: 2016

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.

Keywords: Zika Virus, Abortions, Law, Policy, Communications

Suggested Citation

Maynard, PhD, Andrew and Bowman, Diana Megan and Hodge, James G., Mitigating Risks to Pregnant Teens from Zika Virus (2016). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2894544

Andrew Maynard, PhD (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

1415 Washington Heights
Risk Science Center
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Diana Megan Bowman

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Public Health ( email )

1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
United States

James G. Hodge

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
111 E. Taylor Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4467
United States
480-727-8576 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://law.asu.edu/degree-programs/public-health-law-policy

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