Philstar’s Sison: Damaging Legacies

Philstar’s Sison: Damaging Legacies

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Reproductive Health

A LAW EACH DAY(Keeps Trouble Away) By Jose C. Sison (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 3, 2015 – 12:00am
Up to now, controversy still surrounds the very contentious and divisive RH law. This time the controversy revolves around its implementation after the Supreme Court (SC) has  already declared some of its provisions unconstitutional for being contrary to the pro-life policy mandating the State to protect the life of the mother and of the unborn from conception. The SC ruling still prohibits the use of contraceptives that are abortifacients or those inducing abortion not only primarily or directly but also secondarily, especially those preventing implantation of a fertilized ovum. So before the Department of Health (DOH) can procure, distribute, dispense or administer, and or allow the procurement, sale distribution, dispensation of reproductive products and supplies including contraceptive drugs and devices, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must first determine, after public hearing and consultation, if they are abortifacients or not.

Apparently, the manner of implementation of Republic Act No. 10354 (RH Law) by the responsible officers of the DOH and FDA and all persons acting for and on their behalf is contrary to the RH Law and the judgment of the Supreme Court. It is carried out without observance of due process and with grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction. No public hearing or consultations are conducted before the registration and certifications of these reproductive supplies and contraceptives for distribution, sale and dispensation or administration more specifically two types of contraceptive called “Implanon” which are known to be abortifacient.

Fortunately, upon petition by the Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines Inc. ALFI, through its president, Atty. Concepcion S. Noche, the SC has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) enjoining DOH Secretary Jannette Garin, all responsible officers of the DOH and FDA and all persons acting for and on their behalf: (1) from granting any and all pending applications for registration and/or recertification of reproductive products and supplies including contraceptive drugs and devices; and [2] from procuring, selling, distributing, dispensing or administering, advertising and promoting the hormonal contraceptive” Implanon” and “Implanon NXT.”

It is really quite alarming and disturbing that this administration of Benigno Aquino III is so hell-bent in carrying out this foreign imposed RH law. He and his people even used the PDAF and the DAP funds now declared as unconstitutional, to entice Congress into passing this reproductive health law as a population control measure. Undoubtedly, this administration is leading us to moral bankruptcy and is leaving us so many morally damaging legacies that are offshoots of this population control law.

Gradually the other damaging effects of this contraceptive mentality introduced by this population control measure are now creeping in. The moves to legalize divorce violating the sanctity and inviolability of marriage are now becoming bolder and more aggressive. In fact, a bill on divorce has already been introduced in Congress. Some of its advocates and supporters are even distorting a recent statement of Pope Francis at his weekly general audience in Vatican about some unavoidable separation of husband and wife.

Actually, the Pope simply said that: “There are cases in which separation is inevitable. Sometimes it can become even morally necessary precisely when it comes to subtracting the weaker spouse, or small children, from more serious injuries caused by arrogance and violence, by humiliation and exploitation… and by indifference.” This clear and simple statement is now being interpreted to mean that the Pope is in favor of divorce and so the Church should already change its firm and resolute stand against it.

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It must be pointed out however that the Pope never used the term “divorce” in his statement. He merely uses the word “separation” of the spouses. There is a big difference between divorce and separation. Divorce dissolves the marriage bond enabling the spouses to marry again. This is more technically designated as “absolute divorce”. Separation on the other hand simply allows the spouses to live separately without dissolving the marriage ties. Indeed the “separation” contemplated by Pope Francis here is the same as the “legal separation” recognized in our country. It simply refers to separation of persons and properties of the spouses without dissolving their marriage bond. In it technical sense it is called “relative divorce” or divorce a mensa et thoro”.

Another development damaging to family and life is the recent decision of the US Supreme Court legalizing same sex marriage. Such decision which is only valid and applicable in the US has caused much jubilation among certain sectors in our society especially among the Lesbians, Gays, Bi-sexual and Transgenders (LGBTs). They seem to be rejoicing because such US decision by a narrow vote of 5-4 may likewise be adopted here like the RH bill which is also of US origin.

In legalizing same sex marriage the US SC upholds human freedom as against certain indisputable truths. Foremost among this truth is that God only created a man and a woman. He did not create a homosexual or any other kind of sex. This other kind of sex may be said to arise only out of human weakness that impairs the integrity of God’s creation. Indeed it can be even said to adversely affect “integral ecology” mentioned in the Pope’s latest Encyclical, “Laudati Si” which also talks about the “biological diversity of God’s creation”— man and woman.  In fact there is also some ecological concern about legalizing gay marriage because integral ecology refers not only to damage caused to natural but also social environment. And according to said encyclical both these damages “are due to the same evil: the notion that there are no indispensable truths to guide our lives and hence human freedom is limitless.

As a final word about this issue, let me just quote Francis who said that “Gay Marriage discriminates against children, in advance, depriving them of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts and the very survival of the human family which He defined as father, mother and children.”

Let us therefore pray that our LGBT brethren will recognize and realize all these truths as they continue their journey in this world.