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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

  • “Is abortion a good thing? Is it something you would wish upon your own daughter?” These are common questions regarding the morality of abortion. A common challenge advocates face from ant

  • “It is for God to decide who lives and who dies.” This is a common argument religious people make against the termination of a pregnancy. If, for example, the doctor intervenes and termina

  • Imagine this scenario: You’re a teenage girl in the middle of college. You engage in intercourse with a partner and the condom fails. You get pregnant. You are neither prepared to be a mother, n

Our Campaigns

Press Release

Decriminalize and Allow Abortion in Certain Cases, Philippines Told by Advocates at the UN

Geneva – The Philippines should allow abortion in certain cases, said a spokesperson of the Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy Network (Pinsan) at the UN. Ana Maria “Princess” Nemenzo, who also spoke on behalf of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), and PINSAN, and is currently the national coordinator of WomanHealth Philippines, delivered this message during the Philippine UPR Report Consideration at the 25th Meeting of the 36th Regular Session Human Rights Council on September 22, 2017:

“We urge the Philippines to end the continued criminalization of abortion,” said Nemenzo. “We are concerned that a law was enacted last month increasing the fine a hundredfold for pharmacists who dispense abortifacients without prescription. We urge the Philippines to take immediate steps to address the increasing number of abortions, complications, injuries, and maternal deaths resulting from unsafe abortions. Most recent estimates show that approximately 610,000 abortions are performed in the Philippines with 100,000 women and girls suffering complications and 1,000 women and girls dying in a year.”

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What We Do

PREVENT UNSAFE ABORTIONS

Actively advocate for prevention of unsafe abortions in the Philippines.

ENSURE WOMEN'S RIGHTS

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

REVIEW CURRENT POLICIES

Review current legal and policy restrictions on abortion.

END ABORTION STIGMA

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

DECRIMINALIZE ABORTION

Work towards the decriminalization of abortion.

ACCURATE INFORMATION

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 pinsan.network@gmail.com. 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.