Safe spaces advocates to senators: Study, don’t shun decriminalization of abortion the moment you hear “abortion”

Friday, November 17, 2023

Advocates for safe spaces called on senators to study and not shun the call for the decriminalization of abortion automatically after remarks made during the Senate plenary debate for the 2024 budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

At the debate, senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Jinggoy Ejercito, and Miguel Zubiri took issue with the CHR’s previous position to decriminalize abortion, and moved to defer its budget pending a “strong stand against abortion.”

But safe space advocates, Enough Is Enough Ph (EIE), claim that the senators went on auto mode in shunning the critical issue the moment they heard “abortion” as if it were taboo as they held the CHR budget hostage to forward their anti-progress, anti-women, and anti-poor agenda.


Phillipines – CHR issues firm stand vs abortion

By: Charie Abarca
November 15, 2023

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday officially stated that it is against abortion after the Senate deferred its deliberation on the agency’s proposed 2024 budget after learning that one of its officials supports decriminalization of abortion. 

“CHR considers paramount the right to life. The Commission similarly adheres to the 1987 Philippine Constitution specifically, to equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception, and is therefore, against abortion, save for extreme circumstances,” said the commission in a letter sent to Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri.


Senate defers CHR budget deliberation over abortion stance

Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News
Nov 14 2023

MANILA — The Senate on Tuesday deferred the deliberation on the Commission on Human Rights' (CHR) P934 million budget next year after senators asked for a clear stand on the issue of abortion.

During the plenary debates, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano asked CHR budget sponsor Sen. Jinggoy Estrada about an alleged statement made by CHR Executive Director Jacqueline De Guia supporting the decriminalization of abortion in the Philippines.  “Kasama sa pinu-push allegedly is abortion, to decriminalize abortion. May I know if this is true and what is the context of this, is it an official CHR recommendation or is this a misquote?" Cayetano asked.


Philippines: 6 Chinese, 1 Filipino nabbed for operating abortion clinic in Parañaque in police crackdown

By Zacarian Sarao
June 20, 2023

MANILA, Philippines — Six Chinese nationals and one Filipino were arrested by police for allegedly conducting abortion procedures and selling abortion drugs in Parañaque City, said the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday.

According to the NCRPO’s police report, the seven were arrested in Tambo, Parañaque City, after weeks of surveillance.


Oxfam Supports Reproductive Rights for Women Around the World

March 23, 2023
Marevic Parcon and Melissa Fuller

Oxfam is dedicated to addressing the challenges faced by people in the Philippines and Canada to access reproductive health services.

The Oxfam Confederation is networked in 87 countries as part of a global movement for change. Its mission is to build lasting solutions to poverty and injustice, focusing on improving lives and promoting women’s and girls’ rights. Reproductive justice is a particular area of focus for the organization.


Missing from Harris’ meeting with Filipinas: Reproductive health, education

Youth leader Carmen Lopez, an audience member in US Vice President Kamala Harris' meeting with Filipina women's rights advocates, says the recent Roe v. Wade overturning in the US may affect reproductive health advocacy across the world

NOV 22, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – A youth leader said she would have wanted to talk about sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) as well as empowering Filipino girls through education during United States Vice President Kamala Harris’ town hall discussion with women’s rights advocates on Monday, November 21.

Carmen Lopez, who is part of the AMPLIFY council of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, noted that Harris was a “pro-choice” advocate. Harris has advocated for abortion rights in America.


Philippines – Govt rejects UN proposal to allow divorce, abortion

by Franco Jose C. Baroña
November 22, 2022

THE Philippines has rejected outright the recommendation of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to legalize same-sex marriage, as well as to allow abortion and divorce.

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said such recommendations of other UN member-states during last week's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva are "not acceptable."


UNHRC asks PH to decriminalize abortion as data show ban ineffective, deadly

By: Cristina Eloisa Baclig
November 07, 2022

MANILA, Philippines—The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) called on the Philippine government to decriminalize abortion and improve sexual and reproductive health services such as post-abortion healthcare in the country.

UNHRC, in a recently released concluding observation at its 136th session, said it acknowledged the Philippines’ “efforts to reduce unsafe abortion and maternal mortality.”


Philippines told: Decriminalize abortion, legalize divorce, pass anti-discrimination law

Xave Gregorio -
November 5, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The UN Human Rights Committee is pushing for the Philippines to pass a flurry of legislative reforms aimed at keeping the country in line with an international treaty on civil and political rights.

Among the proposals being brought forward by the UN panel composed of human rights experts are the decriminalization of abortion, the legalization of divorce and the enactment of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law.


Philippines – World Contraception Day aims to debunk reproductive health myths

By: Jean Mangaluz
September 29, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Plenty of myths surround reproductive health in the Philippines, which is why the Commission on Population and Development (Popcom) and healthcare company Bayer Philippines Inc. have partnered for World Contraception Day 2022 to debunk these misconceptions.

With the theme of “Usap Tayo sa Family Planning,” World Contraception Day takes place yearly on September 26 to provide women with access to scientific and non-judgemental information about contraception methods, said Popcom and Bayer Philippines Inc. in a joint statement.