PHILIPPINES – Mylene was a young doctor who was raped by a local politician who paid for her education…

…After finding out she was pregnant, she attempted to self-induce an abortion, since Philippine law forbids abortion even when pregnancy results from sexual violence. Mylene died from complications of the unsafe abortion and her inability to access emergency care. Mylene is not alone. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinas face similar situations, and due to the country’s outdated criminal law, they too are at risk of dying from unsafe abortions. There is no conflict between allowing … Continued

PHILIPPINES: TWO REPORTS

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

PHILIPPINES – The Philippines’ new post-abortion care policy

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.

PHILIPPINES – 90% of contraceptives at risk of disappearing from the market

  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

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 –  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

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