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About Us

The Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy Network (PINSAN) is committed to work towards achieving full realization of women and girls’ human rights – including their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

If women and girls cannot control their own bodies, sexualities, and fertility including their right to access safe abortion services and information – they cannot exercise other civil, political, economic, social or cultural rights.

We object to the absolute criminal ban on abortion in the Philippines and recognize that this violates women’s fundamental human rights, including the rights to life, health, non-discrimination, privacy, and freedom from cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.

We are concerned that the country’s restrictive law has not prevented abortion and only made it extremely unsafe, leading directly to the preventable deaths of thousands of women each year.

We are aware of and condemn the abusive practices and discrimination committed against women seeking post-abortion care. We believe that every woman has the right to humane, compassionate, non-judgemental, and qualitative post-abortion care.

We believe that these abuses, complications, and deaths could be prevented. The Philippine Government needs to act to ensure that the reproductive health policies, services and programs explicitly include access to safe abortion services and information.

Our Blog

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Our Campaigns

Pushing Boundaries

Advancing Safe Abortion Advocacy in Restrictive Settings

Monday 20 March
13:00 pm – 15:00 pm
Permanent Mission of the Netherlands
666 3rd Ave, New York

While substantial progress was made towards MDG 5 (reducing maternal mortality and ensuring universal access to reproductive health), limited access to safe and legal abortion services continues to be one of the greatest contributors to maternal mortality, and one of the largest unaddressed barriers to realizing women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

It is often argued that it is difficult to advance the right to access to safe abortion in highly restrictive contexts, due to conservative cultural norms, pervasive abortion-related stigma, discrimination and the criminalization of women and abortion service providers, among other factors. This session will present evidence to the contrary, illustrating not only that it is possible to increase access to services and reduce stigma in restrictive settings, but also the imperative of ensuring that CSOs are capacitated and supported in order to take advantage of advocacy opportunities as they arise.

What We Do


Actively advocate for prevention of unsafe abortions in the Philippines.


Advocate to ensure the realization of women’s right to post-abortion care under existing laws and policies.


Review current legal and policy restrictions on abortion.


Communicate to the public and policy makers to end stigma and misinformation relating to abortion.


Work towards the decriminalization of abortion.


Provide accurate and scientifically sound information on access to safe abortion to Filipino women and young people.

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Contact Us

Want to support Pinsan? Talk to us! Just use the contact form to the right or send us an email at We promise to keep all communication confidential.

1. Ask questions: Want to learn more about abortion? Want to separate the myths and misconceptions from the science and statistics? Ask us anything!

2. Share your stories: Want to share an experience related to abortion? Tell us your story. Your voice is crucial in breaking the taboo and ending the stigma surrounding abortion.

3. Give us feedback: Have any comments or suggestions about this site or our advocacy? We appreciate anything that will help us improve and spread our message better.