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Melissa Moschella, assistant professor, philosophy, was quoted in articles in The Guardian and National Catholic Register on the need for a response from the Church on the response to Zika virus. See below.

Brazilian Bishops Reject Abortion as Response to Zika Virus

From: National Catholic Register
Date: Feb. 5, 2016
Author: Joan Frawley Desmond

...That pro-life message goes to the core of Catholic moral teaching on the dignity and sanctity of each human life. But Church leaders, bioethicists, and fertility experts will have to move quickly to shape a fast-moving debate that could drive a global response to the epidemic and challenge moral norms that affirm the right to life of unborn children diagnosed with birth defects.

“A lot of the coverage of the epidemic has focused on pushing these countries to allow for abortion in these circumstances,” agreed Melissa Moschella, assistant professor of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America.

“That is like saying that for the thousands of children who are already born, the solution is to kill them, and that is not a solution.”...

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Concern grows at Catholic church's silence over Zika virus crisis

From: The Guardian
Date: Feb. 4, 2016
Author: Harriet Sherwood

... The church believes that “every human life has value regardless of illness or disability, and would certainly disapprove of any response to the Zika virus that involves abortion,” said Melissa Moschella, assistant professor of philosophy at the Catholic University of America. But, she added, “the church does need to say something and clarify basic principles at stake in order to inform people’s consciences as they consider difficult decisions.”...

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