CATHOLICS opposed to the Reproductive Health Law on Tuesday filed “urgent manifestations” informing the Supreme Court (SC) that the Department of Health participated actively as a co-organizer of an international conference advocating abortion on January 21 to 24, 2014.
Because of this, the pro-lifers are planning to sue Health Secretary Enrique Ona for violating the constitutional and legal proscription of abortion.
The January conference, held at the Philippine International Convention Center, was the 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR).
The international conference was attended mainly by Filipino teenagers. Some of the entertainment numbers were performed by children.
Three sets of pro-life Catholics filed the “urgent manifestation” to buttress their previous separate petitions against the Office of the President, et al. and Hon. Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. et al. enjoining these government offices and officials from participating in the conference. Their petitions were not granted.
Wide publicity abroad invited participants in the conference advertised to provide knowledge and techniques about reproductive and sexual health, including abortion.
The “urgent manifestation” filers were Pro-Life Philippines Inc. et al., James Imbong et al. and John Walter B. Juat et al.
The Reproductive Health Law was passed by Congress last year. Petitions filed by Atty. James Imbong and Mrs. Imbong, as well as some other pro-life leaders, secured a TRO from the High Court.
These “urgent manifestations” prove that DOH officials had actually supported abortion advocacies at the international 7th APCRSHR last January.
This will boost the pro-lifers’ contention that despite the RH law’s provision that it does not condone abortion the government will in fact do so.
Abortion is proscribed by Philippine laws and the Constitution itself, which calls for the protection of life from the moment of “conception.”
The Manila Times got hold of RH conference materials, which have also been submitted to the SC, teaching Filipino children about abortion, showing how easy it is to procure an abortion in other countries.
There were also materials – like the brochure with colored graphics titled “Pleasure Me Safely” teaching young people that it is good for their health and well-being to have enjoyable sex and teaching how to.
The Sassy 6 Series, another teaching material, says “Reason 5” (why every woman has a right to a safe satisfying sex life) is “We were created with a clitoris” and Reason 6 “The clitoris has one—and only one purpose—to give pleasure.”