PINSAN also held a public event at the Jose Fabella Hospital, which was attended by around 170 participants, including PINSAN members, community leaders, hospital officers, staff and patients. It was the first ever government hospital co-sponsored September 28 event in Manila. During the event, PINSAN presented stories of women who have had an abortion and also had an art installation “Pinagdaanan” (Journey in solidarity) with the global call “Step Into Our Shoes.” The Fabella Hospital is the primary government-run maternal health hospital; the hospital also has a post-abortion care unit, which is rare in the country.
After the event, PINSAN members headed to Quiapo Church in Manila to do a flash mobilization. In front of the church, where anti-abortion posters were plastered on the walls, several advocates held up placards that asked: “Where is mercy and compassion if abortion is not legal?”