COUPLES FOR CHRIST FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY AND LIFE (“CFC-FFL”)
respectfully submits this
in opposition to House Bill No. 96 (“An Act Providing for a National Policy on ReproductiveHealth, Responsible Parenthood and Population Development, and for other Purposes”) andother similar House Bills on reproductive health now pending with the House of Representatives(collectively, the “RH Bills”).
The RH Bills are inherently unconstitutional
The underlying premise of the RH Bills is that life begins at implantation. It is this fundamentalassumption that breathes life to their cause—the cornerstone upon which they build the legalframework that will mandate the promotion and distribution of “artificial methods of family planning”, particularly all forms of contraceptives. Without this foundational anchor, the RHBills will collapse under their own weight, deprived of legal moorings.CFC-FFL humbly submits that the premise upon which the RH Bills have been conceived iswrong.
Life begins at conception, not implantation
. The medical experts have said so, mostrecently through the Philippine Medical Association. They have confirmed that life commencesupon fertilization of the ovum, which is the point they technically refer to as “the moment of conception”.The framers of the Constitution had the same notion about the onset of life when they adoptedArticle II, Section 12 of the 1987 Constitution, which pertinently provides that “[t]he State . . .shall equally protect the life of . . . the unborn from conception.” Thus, during their deliberationsto clarify this provision, the authors adopted the medical definition of the term “conception” (i.e.,fertilization of the ovum). Attached are relevant excerpts of the Records of the ConstitutionalCommission No. 85, dated September 17, 1986 confirming this fact.Since life begins at conception, then any post-conception act of preventing or stopping thenatural development of the fertilized ovum—an essential element of which is its implantation inthe uterus–is an attack against that life. If the assault is done deliberately—and succeeds–it maywell qualify as statutory murder. In any case, the act falls squarely within the legal meaning of abortion.Many contraceptives exist for this specific purpose. They prevent the fertilized ovum fromimplanting itself in the uterus, depriving the ovum of its natural habitation and life support.Except for the relative degree of helplessness, the effect is no different from where an assailantdeprives an infant of oxygen by suffocation.