In the spirit of picking your battles, I really tried to ignore the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ threat to deny communion and to campaign against Filipino politicians supporting reproductive health bills. But I’m still ticked off about it, and Karnythia’s post on bodily autonomy and Renee’s musings on patriarchal control over women’s fertility have me thinking.
Growing up in the Philippines, I did not always notice how tenuous the concept of bodily autonomy was. And I’m not even talking about abortion, which is illegal over there. (There’s no divorce law either.)
When you’re a woman in the Philippines, social institutions around you continually collude to erode any autonomy you have over your body.