By Cathy Yamsuan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile urged parties against the newly signed Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RH) Act (RA 10354) to simply ask the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutional provision requiring the state to protect the life of the mother and her unborn child from the moment of conception.
A favorable decision means it would be illegal for the government to distribute via health centers and public hospitals all forms of artificial birth control methods that bar a fertilized egg cell from attaching itself to the mother’s uterus.
“Anything that affects that life from the moment it comes into being, that would be unconstitutional,” Enrile explained in a radio interview on Sunday.
The Senate President was referring to Section 12 of Article II of the Constitiution that provides: “The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous and social institution.”
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