New Report Details Rights Abuses Stemming From Philippine Abortion Ban
August 5th, 2010
The Center for Reproductive Rights released a new report, Forsaken Lives: The Harmful Impact of the Philippine Criminal Abortion Ban,
which illustrates the harmful consequences of the Philippine ban on abortion from a human rights perspective. By criminalizing abortion, the report states, the government has severely curtailed the reproductive rights of Filipino women and forces them to resort to dangerous alternatives. Despite the ban, each year, an estimated 560,000 clandestine abortions occur in the Philippines, 90,000 women suffered complications requiring hospitalization, and 1,000 women died.