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Marijuana, abortion, greyhounds: The local issues on U.S. midterm ballots

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:38 AM

From legalizing recreational marijuana to banning greyhound racing, here are local initiatives that Americans voted on during the midterm elections

VOTE. Americans also vote on local initiatives during the US midterm elections 2018. File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

Pope Francis says abortion is like hiring 'contract killer'

Oct 10, 2018 - 6:12 PM

'Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem,' says Pope Francis

FORGIVENESS. Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Drum Crescent, Knock, County Mayo on August 26, 2018, on the second day of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Tiziani Fabi/AFP

The week in photos: September 1-7, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] Humanizing abortion laws

Aug 31, 2018 - 4:46 PM

It’s time we have a more open discussion of abortion and the need to relax our laws to allow women access to safe medical abortions

Newsbreak Chats: Rice crisis, Arroyo as House Speaker, other top stories in August 2018

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: the ongoing rice crisis, the tussle between Customs and PDEA, changes in the House, backdoor abortion in the Philippines

Indonesia drops abortion charge against teen raped by brother

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:58 PM

The Jambi High Court on Monday agrees to drop the abortion charge against the teenager following an appeal by her lawyers

Secret service: Underground doctors induce safe abortions

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Conclusion: A group of medical doctors in the Philippines risk careers to help women, in the belief that it is their duty to ensure the mental and physical well-being of their patients

How backstreet abortionists terminate 7-month pregnancies

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Part 2: The methods used by backstreet abortionists in the Philippines are barbaric, as told by women who experienced it themselves

Filipinas buy, sell, rate abortions in online forum

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:59 PM

In the Philippines, abortion is illegal and deeply stigmatized, leaving desperate women with no choice but to seek unsafe options online

The week in photos: August 4-10, 2018

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NO TO WAR. An Indian student wearing a mask poses with her hands painted with a slogans for peace during a rally to mark Hiroshima Day in Mumbai on August 6, 2018. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Marches and tears on eve of vote to legalize abortion in Argentina

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Abortion is a thorny issue in Argentina – which is mostly Roman Catholic and the home country of Pope Francis, the first pontiff born in Latin America

PRO-ABORTION. Activists in favor of legalizing of abortion hold a march disguised as characters from Canadian author Margaret Atwood's feminist dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale", display green headscarves as they perform at the 'Parque de la Memoria' (Remembrance Park) in Buenos Aires. Photo by Alejandro Pagni/AFP

[OPINION] It’s time for the Philippines to decriminalize abortion

Jun 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Most of the women who are hospitalized and die from complications from unsafe abortion are poor, Roman Catholics, married, with at least 3 children, and have at least a high school education

Ireland set to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

May 26, 2018 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) Counting is under way, with the 40 constituencies to declare individual results before the full final declaration at Dublin Castle

REFERENDUM. A voter arrives at St Annes school, in South Dublin, Ireland on May 25, 2018, during the Irish referendum on liberalizing the abortion law. Photo by Paul Faith/Rappler

Ireland to hold abortion referendum in May

Jan 30, 2018 - 10:23 AM

The referendum will ask voters if they want to keep the constitutional restriction on abortion or repeal it and allow the Irish parliament to legislate on the issue

PRO-CHOICE. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2017 protesters hold up placards as they take part in the March for Choice, calling for the legalizing of abortion in Ireland after the referendum announcement, in Dublin. Paul Faith/AFP

The week in photos: January 6-12, 2018

Jan 13, 2018 - 10:07 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Participants in the 17th Annual "No Pants Subway Ride" wait for a New York City subway train on January 7, 2018 in New York. The "No Pants Subway Ride" is an annual event started in 2002 by Improv Everywhere in New York, the goal of which is for riders ride the subway train dressed in normal winter clothes without pants while keeping a straight face. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Contraceptives review won't be influenced by politics, hysteria – FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 8:12 PM

FDA director general Nela Charade Puno emphasizes the agency's review of 51 contraceptives – which could soon lead to the lifting of the SC TRO – is 'technical and scientific in nature and not a political one'

NO POLITICS. FDA chief Nela Charade Puno assures the public the agency is undertaking technical and scientific assessment of 51 contraceptives. Photo from FDA

FDA to certify implants as not inducing abortion – PopCom

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

(2ND UPDATE) With the FDA set to certify contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT as non-abortifacients, the DOH and RH Law advocates expect the Supreme Court to lift its TRO

GO SIGNAL. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

Chile moves to ease strict abortion laws

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:35 AM

If passed the legislation would allow abortion in cases of rape if the mother s life is at risk or if the fetus presents a deadly birth defect

PRO ABORTION. This file photo taken on November 11, 2014 shows activists during a pro-abortion demo in front of La Moneda presidential Palace in Santiago on November 11, 2014. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Lack of sex education hurts female labor migrants

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:03 PM

Getting pregnant has little to do with promiscuity but everything has to do with ignorance

India allows abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

May 17, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The child told authorities she was repeatedly raped by her stepfather but a newspaper quotes the victim s mother as saying she wants the accused to be set free

Deadly secret: The illegal abortions killing Myanmar's women

May 03, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Experts say a culture of silence and scandal around sex could be driving more than a quarter of a million women a year to seek out clandestine and often unsafe abortions

This photo is taken on April 26, 2017 shows a couple sitting at a jetty during sunset in Yangon. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

U.S. to end funding for UN Population Fund over abortion – official

Apr 04, 2017 - 5:17 PM

UPDATED In a statement the organization laments the loss of funding by Washington a founding member of the UNFPA

FUNDING CUT. The US plans to end funding for UN Population Fund over abortion. Photo from the UNFPA Facebook page

Pope urges prayers for unborn children under threat

Feb 06, 2017 - 12:15 AM

Every life is sacred Let us promote a culture of life as a response to the logic of throwing away and in the face of demographic decline says Pope Francis

Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's square during the Sunday Angelus prayer, on February 5, 2017 in Vatican. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI

Pope Francis urges compassion for children at Christmas

Dec 25, 2016 - 9:03 AM

Let us allow the child in the manger to challenge us but let us also allow ourselves to be challenged by the children of today s world

CHRISTMAS. Pope Francis carries the statue of baby Jesus during a mass on Christmas eve, marking the birth of Jesus Christ. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope gives priests permanent right to pardon abortion

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:25 AM

The move is seen as a significant outreach by the Catholic Church to women

Pope Francis greets the crowd from the popemobile after the celebration of a mass marking the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, on November 20, 2016 in Vatican. Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Trump firm on agenda but says Americans have nothing to fear

Nov 14, 2016 - 10:59 AM

US President elect Donald Trump vows to move aggressively on a conservative agenda but also sought to reassure worried Americans they have nothing to fear from his presidency

US President-elect Donald Trump during an interview with CBS News' '60 Minutes', taped November 11, 2016 and aired November 13, 2016. Photo courtesy CBS News

Dead baby found in Qatar Airways plane toilet

Oct 10, 2016 - 5:42 PM

It is unclear whether the woman gave birth on board the flight or if the body of the baby was somehow brought on board

FOUND IN TOILET. A dead newborn was found in a toilet of a Qatar airways flight to Jakarta.

Polish parliament rejects abortion ban

Oct 06, 2016 - 6:54 PM

The vote comes after tens of thousands of black clad women protested across Poland on Monday as solidarity demonstrations spring up in European capitals including Berlin London and Paris

POLISH ABORTION LAWS. A representative of the legislative initiative 'Stop Abortion' Joanna Banasiuk (R) speaks in Parliament, in Warsaw, Poland, on October 6, 2016. Photo by Pawel Supernak / PAP / AFP

Cardinal Tagle breaks silence: Condemn murder

Aug 29, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle denounces not only extrajudicial killings but also other forms of murder such as abortion

'PROMOTE LIFE.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle denounces all forms of murder, from extrajudicial killings and abortion, as he promotes 'integral life.' File photo by Noli Yamsuan

Naya Rivera reveals past abortion, struggle with anorexia

Aug 26, 2016 - 7:10 PM

It was very scary to open up about everything It s not something a lot of people talk about but I think they should Naya tells People

NAYA RIVERA. The former 'Glee' star shares about her battle with anorexia and her abortion in her memoir, 'Sorry Not Sorry.' Screengrab from Instagram/nayarivera

A divided Poland mulls total abortion ban

Jul 03, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Poland is mulling a near total ban even as tens of thousands of women opt for sometimes risky illegal abortions or if they can afford it travel to foreign hospitals

ABORTION. Pro-choice campaigners march on June 18, 2016, in Warsaw, Poland, against proposed changes to Poland's restrictive abortion law that would effectively ban terminations in the EU country of 38 million people. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/ AFP

Drugs in PH, Comelec on Bautista, abortion victory | 12PM wRap

Jun 28, 2016 - 2:35 PM

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US Supreme Court hands major victory to abortion rights movement

Jun 27, 2016 - 10:29 PM

UPDATED The US Supreme Court strikes down a Texas law placing a raft of restrictions on abortion clinics handing a major victory to the pro choice camp in the country s most important abortion case in a generation

PRO-CHOICE. Abortion rights activists hold placards outside of the US Supreme Court ahead of the ruling on abortion clinic restrictions on June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

'Illegal, but they're everywhere': How women help other women get abortions

May 30, 2016 - 7:18 PM

In Indonesia where abortion is illegal many women undergo unsafe abortions putting their lives at risk Other times they are forced by doctors to engage in sexual intercourse in exchange for an abortion

[Dash of SAS] Love and sex advice from the Pope

May 19, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Many of the laws in the Philippines are based on the love and sex advice dispensed by the Church says sex and gender columnist Ana Santos

Abortion rates plunge in rich nations, unvaried elsewhere – study

May 13, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Researchers say the stubbornly high rate of abortions in poorer countries highlights an urgent need for better access to modern contraception including the pill implants and IUDs

Marcos dictatorship, machismo, and human rights in elections

May 01, 2016 - 3:59 PM

The country s next leader will have a lot of work to do to address the government s spotty human rights track record

[Dash of SAS] Bring back our girls

Apr 30, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Some of the girls manage to escape some of the men and boys too Some are rescued Many find that they are no longer welcome in their villages

BRING THEM BACK. In this file photo, Kenyan activists hold up placards in front of the Nigerian High Commission, during a demonstration to protest against kidnapping of Nigerian school girls by Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in Nairobi, Kenya, 15 May 2014. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Trump says US abortion laws 'set' for now

Apr 02, 2016 - 1:39 PM

Although the billionaire claims he thinks abortion is murder he also says the country s abortion laws are set now and will remain until they re changed

epa05235593 Businessman and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a Republican presidential candidates Town Hall event at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 29 March 2016. Voters in Wisconsin go the polls in the winner take all Wisconsin primary on 05 April. EPA/TANNEN MAURY

Duterte on dictatorship, Trump's abortion remark, ASEAN health | 12PM wRap

Mar 31, 2016 - 1:06 PM

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Trump: Women who get illegal abortions should be 'punished'

Mar 31, 2016 - 10:02 AM

Trump s comment come during a combative interview on MSNBC with host Chris Matthews pressing the billionaire reality TV star to specify how a woman should be punished if abortion were banned in the United States

ANOTHER GAFFE. Businessman and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in a Republican presidential candidates Town Hall event at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, March 29, 2016. Tannen Maury/EPA

Where do VP bets stand on RH law, women?

Mar 29, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Of the 6 vice presidential candidates only two are against the reproductive health law

US high court takes up explosive abortion debate

Mar 01, 2016 - 2:51 PM

The sudden death of stalwart conservative Justice Antonin Scalia could complicate the outcome of this high stakes debate

A general view of the Supreme Court at dawn, in Washington, DC, USA, February 14, 2016. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Pope Francis on Zika: Contraception a lesser evil

Feb 19, 2016 - 1:53 AM

The pontiff says abortion is a crime but adds that avoiding a pregnancy is not an absolute evil

epa05156298 A picture made available on 12 February 2016 of Leticia de Araujo (L) holding her daughter, one-month-old Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11 February 2016. The mother Leticia de Araujo, who caught the Zika virus during her third month of pregnancy, says that it is possible to raise her daughter in a completely normal way. 'The only difference is that Manuelly has a time when she cries a lot and gets very nervous waving her arms' but 'beyond that is normal'. EPA/ANTONIO LACERDA

Historic pope-patriarch declaration: key points

Feb 13, 2016 - 12:38 PM

Here are key points from their joint declaration

JOINT DECLARATION. Pope Francis (2-L), Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kiril (2-R) sign a common declaration at Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba, 12 February 2016. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

The kids are having sex and they are not OK

Feb 11, 2016 - 10:50 AM

Studies show that more young people than ever before are sexually active but without proper sexual reproductive health information and access to contraception they are left banging in the dark

Abortion? Vote according to compassion, conscience

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:25 PM

I am confident that as taxpayers we will be mindful that the very basic right to safe and legal abortion affecting the health and lives of women and their families will be in our hearts and minds on election day

US grand jury indicts anti-abortion activists

Jan 26, 2016 - 12:43 PM

A Texas grand jury investigating allegations of misconduct against a major US abortion provider instead indicts two anti abortion activists who filmed the group in videos publicized by conservatives

A Planned Parenthood office is seen on November 30, 2015 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Pope's envoy at IEC wants 'World War 3' vs poverty

Jan 25, 2016 - 8:10 AM

Myanmar s Cardinal Bo hits ‘the cruelty of dogs getting fed with sumptuous organic food while poor children scamper for crumbs from the table’

POPE'S ENVOY. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, archbishop of Yangon, represents Pope Francis at the 51st International Eucharistic Congress hosted by the Philippines. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Pope's envoy at IEC 2016 hits death penalty, abortion

Jan 24, 2016 - 6:53 PM

Cardinal Bo of Myanmar rejects the culture of death as he opens the 51st International Eucharistic Congress