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It has been all over social media recently that irelands harsh abortion laws have currently been repealed thanks to an uprising of women, men, and gender-non-conforming people alike who fought for the legalization of abortion. citizens of ireland, like in other countries, have long been fighting for the legalization of abortion with little to no success. but it was the sad story of savita halappanavar that pushed irelands citizens over the edge. it was a bittersweet success for the country as the loss of one soul lead to the freedom of many.
in the philippines, the laws on abortion are no different from irelands previous laws. it is harsh and judgmental towards women. abortion, even therapeutic abortion where there is a need for the mother to have abortion to save her life, is criminalized thus any woman who undergoes the process, and anyone who assists, shall be held criminally liable and may face 6 to 12 years jail time.
these laws may stand firm against abortion but the reality is that women continue to have abortions in the philippines. in a survey done in 2012, it was found that each year 610,000 women have abortions, among which 100,000 are hospitalized, and 1,100 die from post abortion complications and these statistics has surely grown over the years. these only count the documented cases. lord knows how many more have slinked into dodgy places, meeting up with herbalists and uneducated drug dealers in inconspicuous places. some women even resort to inserting barbecue sticks or coat hangers into their wombs, hidden, afraid of criticism, risking their lives.
the criminalization of abortion did not decrease the cases of women who have abortions. it has made it unnecessarily dangerous for women who have abortions.
i know you may find killing an innocent child horrifying, i do too, but whats more horrifying to me is that, legal or not, women will continue to have abortions, hurt themselves, risk their lives. they will go through such lengths only to have an abortion. my hope is that abortion be decriminalized as to lessen the stigma, and most importantly to provide women with the proper professional healthcare services with regards to abortion.