Will Zika change abortion politics?

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Aedes aegypti mosquito which spreads the Zika virus
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Zika is spreading to the US, with cases on the rise in Florida and travel-related cases in Texas, North Carolina and Alabama – all states with strict laws that ban abortion after 20 to 24 weeks. Now there's evidence that Zika could change public opinion and politics around late-term abortions. Pregnant women infected with Zika have a high risk of giving birth to babies with microcephaly, a birth defect in which a baby is born with an abnormally small head and an underdeveloped brain, is usually detected after 20 weeks. Tresa Undem is a pollster with PerryUndem and an expert on American's opinions about abortion.