Patrick WinnSeptember 27, 2012 05:23
MANILA — In the shadow of Manila’s most exalted church, a bazaar offers wares considered most unholy: abortion cocktails going for $3.60 a pop. Most who flock to this church, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, come to kneel before a wooden Christ figurine believed to impart miracles upon the faithful. But others come to place their faith in “pampa regla,” illegal concoctions promised to terminate pregnancies. Sold secretly outside church gates, where government signage warns its vendors of 10-year prison sentences, the concoctions are traded alongside candles and charms.