The Philippines: New post-abortion care policy

Congratulations to Melissa Upreti and Jihan Jacob, whose useful article has been published in the Ethical and Legal Issues section of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.   We are pleased to circulate the abstract.

Melissa Upreti and Jihan Jacob, “The Philippines’ new postabortion care policy,” International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 141.2 (May 2018): 268-275.
DOI link.  PDF online for 12 monthsSubmitted text at SSRN

Abstract:  In 2000, a Philippine policy clarifying the legality of medical treatment for women with postabortion complications was introduced to address unsafe abortion as a leading cause of maternal death, and reports of discrimination and abuse by healthcare providers against women who had abortions illegally. Despite its initial success as a pilot program, the policy’s implementation and expansion were not prioritized. The incidence of unsafe abortion has increased over the years and, in 2009, the right to postabortion care was codified in national law, yet the mistreatment and abuse of women has continued in violation of medical ethics and the law. In 2016, following the demands of advocates and recommendations from national and international human rights bodies, the government introduced a new policy to strengthen the national framework for postabortion care, clarifying the legal and ethical duties of health service providers and offering women formal avenues for redress against abuse. The new policy offers useful guidance for countries that are contemplating new ways to strengthen the quality of postabortion care services in accordance with recognized standards of medical ethics and human rights.

Key words:  Abortion, Accountability of service providers, Discrimination against Post‐abortion patients, Mistreatment of patients, Philippines policy reform, Post-abortion care.

The published article is online in PDF at Wiley Library.
Full text, as submitted,  is online at SSRN.
Ethical and Legal Issues in Reproductive Health: 80+ concise articles.

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