Human Life International President Father Shenan Boquet expressed great sadness and disappointment today regarding a ruling of the Supreme Court in the Philippines that the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Law is constitutional — despite several legal challenges pointing out the law’s violation of the clear language protecting life and family in the Philippine Constitution.
The Court ruling made Tuesday, April 8, 2014, struck down several provisions within the law, but upheld many of the most objectionable parts of the law which threaten family life.
Father Boquet said of the decision:
“The real ‘losers’ in this decision are not the pro-life groups or the Catholic Church — which have been demonized throughout the entire debate over this law — but the Filipino people and their life-loving culture. It is women and children and the basic institution of the family that will suffer because of the implementation of this law.
“The champions of the RH Law — which only passed in the first place because of the corruption of the political system and those in power — said it was necessary to control the population to curb poverty. They said it was necessary to advance ‘reproductive rights.’ And they said the Catholic Church and pro-life leaders were standing in the way of ‘progress.’ These were all deceptions used to push through a massive population control agenda that will one day lead to legalized abortion-on-demand in the Philippines.
“It breaks my heart that this is happening in such a strongly pro-life and Catholic country that has thus far been able to resist legalized abortion. Today’s Court ruling is a great setback, but we will never lose hope, and will continue to fight the battle to defend life and family in this great country. This is an unjust law, and this ruling will not change Human Life International’s commitment to defending every human life from the moment of conception.”
Yours in the defense of life and family,
Communications Manager, Human Life International