As I live in the Caribbean, the reality of the Zika virus is one that I know we will have to face. We area already plagued with dengue and chikungunya from the very same type of mosquito, so it is only a matter of time.
A year ago there were fears of Ebola reaching our side of the world and while we thankfully escaped that horror, we are now faced with this crippling virus.
We exist in a part of the world where abortion is not legal, there is very poor public health care available and private health care is only for those who are well off, and there are little to no services available for disabled children especially not on a large scale…
We are facing the very real dilemma of either choosing to be childless or take the risk of hundreds of even thousands of disabled children that we cannot hope to care for on a large scale.
What happens to this generation of children when they grow up? Who will care for them when they no longer have family? Will anyone care?
Since I myself am childless with not too many child bearing years ahead of me, the fear of the Zika virus is compounding the reality of no children in the near future.
Though we have no confirmed cases YET it is only a matter of time. With an indefinite ten year gap of even a possible vaccine, I’d say we need a miracle…