Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Abortion in the Philippines

Reuters' Carmel Crimmins reports on abortion in the Philippines and increasing number of women seeking illegal abortions due to the United States government's agency USAID gradually halting distribution of birth control by 2008 in order to be "in line with Manila's goal of self-reliance in family planning." (What about self-reliance from the American troops in the Philippines?) Problem is is that the Philippines is run by militarist President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (evil evil evil), a devout Catholic with the political power of biships on her side. The other problem is, "Women who abort their fetuses in the Philippines risk a prison sentence of up to six years, while anyone providing help or assisting faces a similar sentence as well as the loss of any medical license."
Here is another example of how limiting access to abortion hurts women.

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