In the past few months, several deeply Catholic countries have liberalized their abortion laws. Ireland has overturned a long-standing abortion ban. Chile has allowed it in certain cases. Argentina came close to legalizing it.
Abortion is mostly illegal in the Philippines. It is also a social taboo with deep roots. Women with unwanted pregnancies troop to the black market to get medicines that help induce abortions – an offense that penalizes both the provider and the person undergoing the procedure.
But the global momentum offers hope to those waging a war to decriminalize abortion against the state, the Catholic Church, and a population that is a conservative majority.
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