A pregnant woman in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Zika virus: Activists in Brazil call for changes to abortion laws

29 January 2016 Last updated at 02:14 GMT

Activists in Brazil are calling on authorities to allow abortions for women with the Zika virus.

Zika, a form of microcephaly, is linked to brain defects in unborn children.

Abortions are illegal in Brazil, except in health emergencies or cases of rape or, since 2012, another brain condition known as anencephaly.

Debora Diniz, a law professor at Brasilia University, told Newsnight that it could lead to huge social changes in the country.

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