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A MANIFESTO Calling on Government to Implement RH in Accordance with Law as Ruled upon by the Supreme Court

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JOIN US

AS WE DELIVER THIS MANIFESTO TO THE DOH – FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION THROUGH A

PRAYER RALLY ON

APRIL 10, 2015, Friday, 8:00 AM IN FRONT OF THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION(FDA)  

FDA COMPOUND, FILINVEST COMPLEX, ALABANG, MUNTINLUPA CITY.

PLEASE BRING CANDLES, ROSARIES AND PLACARDS.

KINDLY PASS THIS TO ALL OUR FRIENDS, FAMILIES AND ALLIES.

SEE YOU THEN.

 

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A MANIFESTO

Calling on Government to Implement RH

in Accordance with Law  as

Ruled upon by the Supreme Court

The Reproductive Health Act was passed by Congress under less than appropriate and acceptable procedures and was signed into law on a largely similar circumstance. The Supreme Court in its decision following a series of petitions and arguments emphasized that the Reproductive Health Law is not unconstitutional. While in many instances we disagreed with the way this law was impressed upon the people as legally legitimate, though morally infirmed, socially damaging and fundamentally risky to vulnerable individuals, we respected the inevitable.

This state imposition however was delimited and rightly so, in many respects when the Supreme Court likewise made it clear that religious freedom and the exercise of one’s free will remained paramount and cannot be abridged. Thus, the Court gave emphasis to, among others, respect for parental supervision over the rights and welfare of their children; spousal consent on the use of contraceptive technologies; free exercise of conscientious objection of medical and allied health practitioners over state sponsored reproductive health methodologies; strict adherence to processes involved in the licensing and accreditation of contraceptive technologies ensuring that the same are not abortifacients nor with abortifacient properties and will not pose any risk to the health of its users; and the general emphasis on prior, free and informed consent of those who are the subject of reproductive health programs.

To date, we have been waiting for the issuance of a definitive implementing rules and regulations of the RH Law that incorporates the changes that should have been made following the ruling of the Supreme Court. We have made representations on various instances to the Department of Health but to no avail. Instead, we have been informed by our allies on the ground that contraceptives are being distributed, given out or applied to the unknowing public absent compliance to the requirements of the law that ensures that the methods, oral, mechanical or otherwise are non-abortifacient and are safe to the health of those who are subjected to the process. We have likewise seen and were told that Implanon, a known abortifacient are now being implanted on our women under dubious circumstances and under imposed conditions. The same is true with the continuous application of intrauterine devices on our women without the appropriate information about the risks associated with its use.

It is our submission that the Food and Drug Administration, a vital entity in the proper implementation of the law has been re-missed of its duties of monitoring the sale, distribution and usage of these contraceptive technologies. It is likewise our contention that the DOH being the lead agency in the implementation of the RH law has not done the necessary effort to ensure that the law will not in any way put our women and our families in harm’s way while they are undertaking their contraceptive programs. We have yet to see and even participate in consultative discussions over curriculum development on sexuality education and its component subjects. While there were no official issuance on this we have been receiving reports that modules have been made and printed for the use of our public schools. We are likewise entitled to exercise our rights in the formulation of specific policies and guidelines related to the RH law but none of the agencies involved in this have extended invitations to groups such as ours who have been known to them as active participants and stakeholders on the matter.

We do not wish to go on any protracted legal battle on the subject that we have raised but we are certainly reserving that right should we feel that the government has been unmindful, disinterested and careless in the implementation or non-implementation of the law as the same will tremendously affect the health of our women and children and our families, physically; mentally; psychologically; and morally.

We respected the process however flawed and unjust it was carried in passing the RH Law. We went through legal procedures and did due diligence in opposing the law. But in the end the powerful State interests and global depopulation agenda prevailed over our well reasoned contentions. The least that the government should do now is to respect and follow the letter and spirit of the law as ruled upon by the Supreme Court. Moreover, the State must likewise respect the rights and welfare of its citizens in the enforcement of laws, rules and regulations.

Again as in the past, we do not wish to demand but reason out instead for government to implement the law appropriately and responsibly. We are asking for no less.

(Sgd.) 
COALITION OF PRO-LIFE AND PRO-FAMILY ADVOCATES

 

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SERIES OF LETTERS SENT TO DOH , FDA AND SOLICITOR GENERAL:

1. Letter to DOH: RH Law Monitoring and Implementation             (March 9,2015)

2. Written Comments of Pro-Life Phils. on the Safety of listed Contraceptives   (Oct. 8,2014) Sent to FDA

3. Written Comments of Pro-Life Phils. on the Abortifacient Operation of Listed Contraceptives  (Oct. 8,2014) Sent to FDA

4. Food and Drug Administration  Series 2. Letters on ADVERSE EFFECTS OF METHODS OF FAMILY PLANNING ON WOMEN’S HEALTH  (July 18, 2014 )

5. Office of the Solicitor General   Series 2.  Letters on ADVERSE EFFECTS OF METHODS OF FAMILY PLANNING ON WOMEN’S HEALTH  (July 18, 2014 )

6. Department of Health  Series 2. Letters on ADVERSE EFFECTS OF METHODS OF FAMILY PLANNING ON WOMEN’S HEALTH                     (July 18, 2014 )

7. Abortifacient Queries to FDA Series 1 (June 19,2014)

8. Abortifacient Queris to DOH Series 1 (June 19,2014)

 

 

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2 Responses to “A MANIFESTO Calling on Government to Implement RH in Accordance with Law as Ruled upon by the Supreme Court”
  1. Sr. Athens says:

    God bless you Pro-Life Philippines. You are working so hard in order to bring back decency in the country which tended to follow the popular fad of the West (which already had gone stale). Thanks to your critical thinking skills, and I hope that ‘educated’ Philippines will truly be pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-family. We have lots of things to do in the world, and it’s a shame to clean other backyards when our own country has to be cleared and cleaned from RH law trash.

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