Robredo Daughters Disagree With Mother Leni on Abortion

Contrary to their mother's stance, Aika and Tricia Robredo said that while they would not choose it for themselves, abortion should be afforded to women who need it.

Tricia, a medical doctor, said she believes women should have the option to terminate pregnancies in a safe manner, recalling what she experienced at work. The vice president has said no to abortion.

"'Yung abortion po kasi it's not something we'd choose for ourselves pero for example ako po, kapag nagrorotate ako sa hospitals, may nakikita akong mga batang nabubuntis tapos hindi naman nila kasalanan. Pwedeng ang nakabuntis sa kanya tito or tatay," she said, explaining to talk show host Boy Abunda how it would be "unfair" to blame it on the child if she is unable to continue her pregnancy.

Tricia said she was concerned about how abortion's status as a criminal offense has not deterred women from going through with it. Instead, it just leads them to seek "underground" means.

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Unsafe abortions remain to be one of the five leading causes of maternal mortality around the world, according to Doctors Without Borders.

"Ngayon na illegal siya technically sa'tin, andami tuloy nagreresort to extreme unhealthy means na nag-e-endanger pa ng buhay, hindi lang nung nanay, kundi nung bata na binubuo," Robredo said.

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Aika, the eldest Robredo child, said this is actually one of the things they discussed as a family, acknowledging how their stance differs with their mother's.

Despite differences in opinion, she said this only speaks of how "open-minded" the Presidential candidate is, expressing her confidence that if elected, her mother would listen. 

"Siguro 'yun 'yung proof sa'min na napaka-open-minded ng mama namin kasi even at home, this is something we discuss with her and she listen to us. Parang pareho naman 'yung upbringing namin na probably it's something we would not choose for ourselves pero paano naman yung iba? It goes beyond us. 'Yung policy would concern other females," Aika said.

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"Pero yung pinaka-reassuring sa amin is she continues to listen to us and if magkakaroon ng policy related to it, I would think na 'yung mass consultation, 'yung pagkakaintindi, lahat yun inaaral," she added.

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