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Misleading – RH law budget cut

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A LAW EACH DAY(Keeps Trouble Away) By Jose C. Sison 
(The Philippine Star) | Updated January 15, 2016 – 12:00am

Advocates of the RH law are up in arms because of the budget cut for contraceptives amounting to P1.315 billion. They accused some Senators particularly Vicente Sotto and Loren Legarda of sabotage, for reducing the funds to be utilized by the DOH for family planning. They say that the reduction is a serious step backward for Filipino women and low income families. They point out that unintended pregnancies in the Philippines grew by 50 percent due to unavailability modern contraceptive services.

But what they overlooked or simply dismissed is the fact that the Supreme Court has declared eight provisions of the RH law as unconstitutional. And most of these provisions run counter to Section 12 Article II of the Constitution requiring the State to equally protect the life of the unborn from conception. In its ruling the SC categorically resolved the issue of “when life begins” It flatly rejected the theory that life begins only upon implantation of the fertilized ovum and not upon the fertilization of the ovum. Thus it has declared as unconstitutional the definition of contraceptives as referring only to those which “primarily cause abortion.” It ruled that all contraceptives, whether primarily or secondarily inducing abortion, are abortifacients and are therefore prohibited by law. Thus the SC required the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to first determine, pursuant the law’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), which of these hormonal contraceptives, ultra uterine devices, family planning products and supplies are “safe, legal and do not have abortive effects.”

Despite this ruling of the SC, no IRR in conformity with said decision has so far been issued and/or published up to now. So obviously, the FDA has not yet come out, as indeed it cannot yet come out with a list of contraceptives and family planning devices, products and supplies which are safe, legal and without abortive effects. In fact if the definition of abortifacients as laid down by the SC is strictly followed, practically all contraceptives should be prohibited because they induce abortion secondarily or primarily. Even the US Supreme Court where contraceptives originated and are now widely used categorically declared in the case of Planned Parenthood vs Casey, that “contraception means abortion.”

Hence in view of the SC ruling and the lack of IRR, the RH law cannot be implemented yet. So the DOH budget for this purpose should not only be reduced but should be scrapped.

E-mail: attyjosesison@gmail.com

Source: http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2016/01/15/1542729/misleading

 

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