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
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.
The speech was delivered at Abortion and Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution II International Conference, which took place 2-3 June 2016 at Ulster University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.