January 23, 2016
Jill Duggar Dillard: Zika Virus Could Derail Jill's Plans To Get Pregnant In El Salvador

Jill Duggar Dillard chose the worst possible time to move to El Salvador. During the three-part TLC special, Jill & Jessa: Counting On, Jill hinted that she might become pregnant during her long-term mission trip in El Salvador. However, because of the devastating Zika virus, women in El Salvador are being advised to avoid getting pregnant. This could force Jill Duggar to make a tough choice: She can risk getting pregnant with a baby that may suffer from horrific birth defects, or she can go against her family's beliefs by using some form of birth control to make sure that there is no chance of this happening.

The Duggar Family News: Life is not all pickles and hairspray Facebook page recently pointed out the predicament that Jill Duggar is in.

"El Salvador is now advising women to avoid getting pregnant until 2018. Will Jill follow that advice? Birth control and any type of family planning is evil according to the Duggars," Duggar Family News writes. "It's interfering with God's will. Is the Zika virus God's will? Will Jill advise women in El Salvador of childbearing years to use birth control? I can't imagine she would. Jill ignoring or denying the crisis could be a death sentence for a fetus or a lifelong disability or slow painful death for a baby."

According to the Washington Post, officials in El Salvador are trying to save women from enduring the heartbreak of giving birth to deformed babies by advising them not to get pregnant for the next two years. This is because of the rapid spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to microcephaly in newborns. Babies who suffer from this potentially deadly birth defect are born with abnormally small heads and underdeveloped brains. If they survive, they usually suffer from severe disabilities.

Jill Duggar In El Salvador
Jill Duggar is in Central America with her husband and baby son (Image via Derick Dillard/Instagram)

Women in the growing list of countries where Zika has spread will either have to abstain from sex completely for two years or use effective forms of birth control if they want to ensure that they don't get pregnant with a baby that will suffer from devastating birth defects. However, not getting pregnant might actually prove to be a difficult feat for Jill Duggar.

Even though Jill Duggar volunteered at an El Salvadorian women's clinic founded by Planned Parenthood during an episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, it's likely that the certified professional midwife shares her mother's stance on birth control. According to Baby Center, Jill's mother and father, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, erroneously believe that the birth control pill causes spontaneous abortions, so the couple is firmly against it. They've stated that they're leaving their family size up to God, which is their way of saying that they don't believe in using any form of birth control. Us Weekly reports that Jill Duggar once said something similar when she was asked how many children she and Derick Dillard want to have.

"Both of us want as many kids as God will give us," Jill revealed during an ABC News interview.

As the International Business Times reports, Jill Duggar has expressed a desire to get pregnant during her trip to El Salvador. However, this was before the Zika virus became such a big threat.

"Who knows? We came down to Central America as a family of three. We could go home as a family of four, or more!" Jill said during the Jill & Jessa: Counting On finale.

Jill Duggar With Orphans
Jill Duggar says she wants lots of kids (Image via Jill Duggar Dillard/Instagram)

One week after giving birth to her son Israel on April 6, 2015, Jill Duggar was already talking about having her second child. Israel was born via born emergency C-section, but Jill told People that she's aiming for a vaginal delivery the second time around. Babycenter reports that most experts advise women to wait at least 18 months before getting pregnant again after having a C-section, so Jill is only to the halfway point.

According to Starpulse, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard were taking Spanish lessons in Guatemala during the filming of Jill & Jessa: Counting On. However, as the Inquisitr previously reported, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are now in El Salvador doing mission work for S.O.S. Ministries. A few members of the Duggar family visited the couple last month for Christmas.

Jill and Derick's work includes counseling married couples, and Jill is reportedly going to minister to women and children. This is why Duggar Family News is so concerned about how Jill Duggar reacts to the El Salvador government's Zika virus advisory – Jill could help women in the remote regions that she'll supposedly be visiting by warning them about it, but, because of her strict religious beliefs, she may choose not to.

According to NBC News, the Zika virus has already spread to 20 countries. There is currently no vaccine or cure for the disease, and many adults who contract it might not know they have it – most of them experience no symptoms. However, the Telegraph reports that some of the infected have reported rashes, headaches, joint and eye pain, and fever. Another potential complication of the Zika virus is a scary condition called Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can cause nervous system damage, muscle weakness, and even paralysis.

Jill Duggar has not said exactly how long her mission trip in Central America will last, but she has hinted that she's going to be gone for quite some time. According to People, she revealed that she and Derick Dillard won't return to America for a short visit until this summer.

Do you think Jill Duggar will ignore the Zika virus warnings and try to get pregnant, anyway?

[Image via Duggar Family Official Facebook]