In the kingdom of the Wiki King

The debates were fierce during the 1987 drafting of the Philippine Constitution. In defining state policies for the protection of the family, especially with regard to the unborn child, Catholic conservatives campaigned for wording that would protect the unborn from “the moment” of conception.

It was the word “conception” that proved troublesome for the commissioners. When did life begin? In the absence of a consensus, the commissioners decided to leave it to science, and concluded with what reads now as Section 12. The State shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.
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Aug 22, 2010 under General | 1 comment

Criminal

The criminal was a woman. They are always women.

On paper, the sentence is imprisonment, up to six years. In the dank back rooms of Manila slums, and in the emergency wards of public hospitals, the sentence can be death. In 2008, at least 500,000 women resorted to abortion. Ninety thousand suffered complications. A thousand died.

In the Republic of the Philippines abortion is illegal. There are no exceptions under the law. It does not matter if the woman’s life is at stake on an operating table in the Fabella General Hospital. It does not matter if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, if the expectant mother is a 9-year-old girl in the slums of Tondo, if the fetus is expected to die within the womb and the woman with it.
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Aug 7, 2010 under Opinions | 1 comment