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NARAL Pressures Trump, Rubio, and Cruz in Light of Zika Epidemic

The pro-choice group contends that the spread of the virus exposes flaws in the presidential candidates' positions on public health.
A poster with information about the Zika virus hangs on a wall as a pregnant woman undergoes an ultrasound treatment at the Social Security Institute maternity ward in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Feb. 2, 2016.

A poster with information about the Zika virus hangs on a wall as a pregnant woman undergoes an ultrasound treatment at the Social Security Institute maternity ward in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Feb. 2, 2016.

Photographer: Saul Martinez/Bloomberg

Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, doesn’t have much in common with the three front-runners of the Republican presidential race—all of whom are notably anti-abortion. But on Thursday evening, she sent them a letter. 

“We’re asking you,” Hogue wrote, addressing Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and New York real-estate magnate Donald Trump, to “put public health above partisan ideology and to take action to protect the health and safety of women and families across our country.” In light of the mounting ravages of the Zika virus—the tropical infection linked to microcephaly that the World Health Organization on Monday declared an international public health emergencyHogue asked the candidates to shift tack and “support universal contraceptive coverage for all women, at least until we learn more about this deadly virus and how to contain its spread.”