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Conscience and competence

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They giveth and yet they taketh away. The Supreme Court ruled that the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law is constitutional but at the same time ruled that eight provisions of the law should be struck down.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Autopsy of a Debacle: Clerical Extremists, Timid Liberals, and the RH Debate

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The bishops should have realized it was only a matter of time. The surveys were unanimous in chronicling a steady rise in the majority supporting family planning and government support for it. More and more from all classes had come to accept that family size had a direct bearing on poverty and that medical science provided them with the means to do something about it, if they had financial assistance. And the spread of plural sources of belief and ethics that came with secularization was eroding the Church’s claim to a monopoly on morality.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion,Viewpoints | Read More »

Heart of the matter

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It’s one of those fortitude-challenging predicaments in this country that you don’t just have to win once, you have to win them again and again. Reproductive Health (RH) is one of them.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Oyez! Oyez! The Supreme Court and RH

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“Oyez! Oyez! Rise! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the Philippines, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the Court is now sitting!”

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Free speech and RH

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“I must have led a blameless life,” I quipped to my companions as we stood outside the Pasay City Hall of Justice Wednesday afternoon. For the first time in my life, I was going to enter a court room and experience a court hearing, and what do you know, the case involved an issue concerning reproductive health—and free speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion, even.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

People, not numbers

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Today (Tuesday) marks the opening of an international conference that looks back to and anticipates progress made on the most crucial issues surrounding reproductive and sexual health and rights.

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Anti-RH case flops at the SC

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If you are outraged at how Janet Lim-Napoles allegedly stole your P10 billion, you should be outraged if your democracy is stolen at the Supreme Court.

Posted: August 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Harder than finding needle in hay stack

After a seeming endless and arduous debate in Congress,  the Reproductive Health Law is now in the hands (or minds) of our Supreme Court justices.   The central issue is whether or not the law violates the constitutional provision on the right to life.   Everyone knows that finding an irrefutable answer to the question [...]

Posted: August 21st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Special treatment for anti-RH Catholics?

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Should we require special treatment for people whose religious beliefs we do not share? And may unelected judges order such special treatment instead of Congress? This, not claims that condoms cause cancer, is the issue that reproductive health advocates must address.

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

We must have highest respect for human life

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Former Senator Francisco Tatad, who was information minister under the Marcos dictatorship, came out with the hysterical statement that the Reproductive Health Law is genocide. Other senators had the bright idea that only God knows when life begins. Indeed, only God knows because He is the source of all life.

Posted: July 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What the US gay marriage rulings mean for RH

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My Facebook feed was flooded by inspired, heartwarming posts from young American lawyers in the evening of June 26. That morning, the US Supreme Court released two landmark rulings striking down laws that prohibited same-sex marriages (without, take note, ruling that these marriages are constitutional).

Posted: June 28th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Votes and rankings

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If there’s a concerted effort to promote—or create—a “Catholic Vote” in this country in time for the May 13 elections, there’s a parallel effort to muster enough support for the so-called “Purple Vote.”

Posted: April 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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