It’s time for the Philippines to decriminalize abortion Rappler, 1 June 2018 Most of the women who are hospitalized and die from complications from unsafe abortion are poor, Roman Catholics, married, with at least 3 children, and have at least a high school education. [On] May 25, in a historic referendum, Ireland paved the way to increase access to abortion… This is great news for Irish women and for women living in restrictive abortion … Continued
In 2016, the government introduced a new policy to strengthen the national framework for post-abortion care, it offers useful guidance for countries that are contemplating new ways to strengthen the quality of post-abortion care services in accordance with recognized standards of medical ethics and human rights.
On 12 November 2017, the Philippine Food and Drug Administration have certified that contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are not abortifacients, that is, they do not cause abortion. No, they are contraceptives!! This was just part of a so-called re-certification process for all 51 contraceptives that used to be available in the Philippines, which were subjected to a two-year (temporary) restraining order issued by the Supreme Court in 2015 against the 2012 … Continued
“For poor Filipinas with unwanted pregnancies, this is what reproductive care looks like: The drug deal takes place in the back of a sedan, parked near one of Manila’s most exalted cathedrals. The dealer, Elsa – not her real name – has brought her wares in a plastic shopping bag. At my request, she dumps them on the backseat for inspection. Out pours an astonishing variety of herbs and poultices. There is a gnarled root, … Continued
Therapeutic abortion, or the medical procedure that terminates pregnancy to be able to save the life of a woman, is allowed in the Philippines, according to Clara Rita Padilla, Executive Director of EnGendeRights, a Philippine women’s health group. The statement was in reaction to an anti-abortion statement made by President Duterte in his State of the Nation Address on 24 July. Here is what she said: “In Philippine jurisprudence, it is recognized that therapeutic abortion … Continued
Such is the stigma around sex education and family planning in the Philippines that 65% of women there still do not use contraceptives. Five years ago the Philippine Congress passed a reproductive health law guaranteeing universal access to family planning, but misinformation is still rife. We follow three campaigners working in communities to challenge the myths, and help girls and women plan their families and take control of their future. VIDEO, released 10 July … Continued
In Geneva on 8 May, the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review raised questions on the compliance of the Philippines government with its commitments on reproductive health and rights, including access to abortion. The Netherlands recommended that the Philippine government should take immediate steps to permit abortion when the woman’s life is in danger; when the pregnancy is a result of rape; and in cases of fetal impairment, with a view to … Continued
Philippines President Duterte has announced the full implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (RH Law) so that couples, especially the poor, will have freedom of informed choice on the number and spacing of children. The RH Law guarantees universal access to methods of contraception, fertility control, sexual education and maternal care.
A young, married woman has an unsafe abortion in an illegal clinic. She is taken by her husband to the public hospital, where she is admitted and made to wait eight hours before she is attended by a doctor. She is feverish and bleeding. The doctor refuses to treat her, saying that they don’t do abortions in that hospital and abortion doesn’t happen in the hospital. A researcher describes the painful experience of illegal abortion and its consequences of poor treatment, verbal abuse and failure to receive care.
Following a review in April 2016, the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) called on the Philippines government to repeal the absolute ban on abortion in the Philippines, provide access to sexual and reproductive health services, including universal access to modern contraception, and address misinformation on contraception, particularly in Manila.