PHILIPPINES – A women-run crime ring is selling abortifacients outside the main church in Manila

“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 … Continued

President Duterte told: Therapeutic abortion is allowed in current law to save women’s lives

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 … Continued

‘At 11 years old, they’re getting pregnant’: the women smashing Catholic taboos in the Philippines – video

  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 … Continued

After UPR: Philippines SRHR advocates call on the government to provide contraception and decriminalize abortion

    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 … Continued

CEDAW calls on Philippines to provide contraception and allow safe abortion in some circumstances, then President Duterte announces full implementation of 2012 RH Law

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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.

Video from the Philippines showing refusal of care and stigma after unsafe abortion

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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.

UN Committee against Torture calls on the Philippines to reform abortion laws

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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.

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