#iDecide Campaign on Provision of Humane, Compassionate & Nonjudgmental Post Abortion Care

#iDecide Campaign on Provision of Humane, Compassionate & Nonjudgmental Post Abortion Care

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We, individuals, advocates and organizations urge the Department of Health and the Philippine Commission of Women and Commission of Human Rights as Gender Ombud to ensure the provision of humane, compassionate and non-judgmental post abortion care, as guaranteed under the Republic Act No. 10354 - Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health and Republic Act No. 9710 - Magna Carta of Women

For over a century, abortion has been criminalized in the Philippines (Center for Reproductive Rights, 2010). The Philippine Revised Penal Code of 1930 criminalizes abortion as indicated in Article 256, 257, 258, and 259. But these penal provisions did not prevent women and girls from having abortions. Instead Filipinas are forced to resort to seek the services of underground, and often untrained, abortion providers and use abortion pills purchased from the black market or online (Gutierrez, 2018). In 2012, about 610,000 abortions took place (Guttmacher Institute, 2013), and mostly are unsafe. However, according to WHO (2012), there are many other women who have had an unsafe abortion, but who do not seek medical care, because they fear abuse, ill-treatment or legal reprisals.  Hence, severe abortive outcomes became one of the three leading causes of maternal deaths in the Philippines. According to the DOH (2003), 11% of maternal deaths are caused by unsafe abortion, and in 2013, about “1000 Filipino women die each year from abortion complications,” (Guttmacher Institute, 2013).

Although the Republic Act No. 10354 - Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health and the Department of Health Administrative Order 2018-0003 - National Policy on the Prevention of Illegal and Unsafe Abortion and Management of Post-Abortion Complications guarantee humane, compassionate and non-judgmental post abortion care; however, most women delay seeking post abortion care, as they report experiencing abuse, verbal and physical harassment (Monis, 2013).

With this, we call upon the Philippine Commission of Women and Commission of Human Rights as Gender Ombud to document violations on the right to access to post abortion care, investigate abuses and provide legal assistance, and we demand to strengthen the implementation of humane, compassionate and non-judgmental post abortion care and reduce the rates of maternal mortality, by amending the Department of Health AO 2018-003 National Policy on the Prevention of Illegal and Unsafe Abortion and Management of Post-Abortion Complications, as follows:

  • Emphasize the obligation of health care providers to ensure the privacy and dignity of women and girls seeking post-abortion care services and clarify that there is no legal obligation to report post abortion cases to law enforcement and prosecuting authorities including the Philippine National Police and National Bureau of Investigation;
  • Include a confidential reporting and complaints mechanism for violations of women’s and girls’ rights to  humane, non-judgmental, compassionate post-abortion care;
  • Emphasize that conscientious objections and the requirement of third party authorization before providing the services do not apply to post abortion care as such cases fall under emergency cases under Republic Act 8344;
  • Ensure the availability of skilled health care providers by providing sensitization workshops and capacity building amongst healthcare providers (midwives, nurses and Ob-Gynes) on provision of humane, compassionate and non-judgmental post abortion care;
  • Promote manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) as treatment for incomplete abortion, by providing training among healthcare providers and supplies (MVA kits) to public and private hospitals; and,
  • Widen the post abortion care services that can be provided in the Birthing Facilities-BeMONC capable facilities and providers, to include treatment and management of complications of abortions, such as removal of retained products of conception and treatment of infection
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