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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 »

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