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Prolife Letter to FDA on IUD

Prolife Letter to FDA on IUD

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Prolife Letter to FDA on IUD
Prolife Letter to FDA on IUD

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17 June 2014
D
R
. K
ENNETH
 Y. H
ARTIGAN
G
O
 
VIA COURIER AND EMAIL
 
Director General khgo@co.doh.gov.ph 
Philippine Food and Drug Adminstration Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City  Alabang, Muntinlupa City Director General Go: Greetings!  As we all know, the recent decision of the Philippine Supreme Court in G.R. No. 204819
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 has given us a shared responsibility and duty to ensure that nothing in the RH Law is implemented to imperil human health and life
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, particularly that of the mother and the conceived unborn child.
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 With respect to your charter’s mandate to “
 prescribe standards, guidelines, and regulations with respect to information, advertisements [and] other marketing activities about health products,
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” we now write to request your guidance on the following matters:
1.
 Are there
MODERN NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING METHODS
” that have any primary, secondary or tertiary effect as an abortifacient? Kindly provide us with references and administration issuances upon which your response is based.
2.
 Are there specific kinds and brands of “
PILLS
” that do
not 
 have any primary, secondary or tertiary effect as an abortifacient? Kindly
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 I
MBONG
,
ET AL
.,
V
. E
XECUTIVE
S
ECRETARY
 (April 8, 2014) and the consolidated cases, also known as the “RH Law Cases”.
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[I]t bears pointing out that not a single contraceptive has yet been submitted to the FDA  pursuant to the RH Law. It behooves the Court to await its determination which drugs or devices are declared by the FDA as safe, it being the agency tasked to ensure that food and medicines available to the public are safe for public consumption
.”
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 “xxx
it is apparent that the Framers of the Constitution emphasized that the State shall provide equal protection to both the mother and the unborn child from the earliest opportunity of life, that is, upon fertilization or upon the union of the male sperm and the female ovum.
” (I
MBONG
,
ET AL
.,
V
. E
XECUTIVE
S
ECRETARY
, et al., G.R. No. 204819 at 44)
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See
 Secs. 2 and 4(h) of R.A. 3720,
as amended
by Secs. 3 and 5 of R.A. 9711.
 
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provide us with references and administration issuances upon which your response is based.
3.
 Are there specific kinds and brands of “I
NTRA
-U
TERINE
-D
EVICES
(IUD) that do
not 
 have any primary, secondary or tertiary effect as an abortifacient? Kindly provide us with references and administration issuances upon which your response is based. Your immediate response to our queries will also be an invaluable resource for educating our constituent family organizations on the infomercials currently circulating in social media
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, such as the one appearing below (a screen capture from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pNWpojebjc):
With due regard to our recourse under Sec. 5(a)
 
of
EPUBLIC
 A
CT
6713
, and in order to lessen the burden on our public postal system, kindly transmit your response via electronic mail to: prolifephil@gmail.com.
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See
 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChZQaAATaHjT_wG-kac3qfA.
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 “SEC. 5.
Duties of Public Officials and Employees.
- In the performance of their duties, all public officials and employees are under obligation to: (a) Act promptly on letters and requests. - All public officials and employees shall, within fifteen (15) working days from receipt thereof, respond to letters telegrams or other means of communications sent by the public. The reply must contain the action taken on the request.”

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