PHILIPPINES – Statement on women’s organization-led draft bill to decriminalize abortion

On May 28, International Day of Action for Women’s Health, Atty. Clara Rita Padilla of EnGendeRights, a member organization of the Philippine Safe Abortion Network (PINSAN) posted a photo of herself on Facebook holding a copy of the proposed bill to decriminalize abortion in the Philippines. Since then, the Facebook post has gone viral with 7,600 shares and has gotten over 11,000 positive reactions (like, love and care) while getting 2,000 angry reactions. Majority of the 12,000 … Continued

PHILIPPINES – Likhaan Center Clinics open during Covid-19 lockdown

After seeing her brother locked up in a city jail despite being a minor, for charges that were withdrawn, Michelle (not her real name) discovered how poor families like hers are not treated fairly. Since then, the 15-year-old girl dreamed of becoming a lawyer but she was forced to set aside her ambition after learning that she was six months pregnant last January. Her 19-year-old boyfriend wanted to keep the baby, but Michelle insisted on getting an abortion. If they dropped out of school now, she was certain they would not be able to find decent-paying jobs.

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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 Hundreds of thousands of Filipinas face similar situations, and due to the country’s outdated criminal law, they too are at risk of dying from unsafe abortions.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

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