MANILA -- If majority of medical practitioners are to be believed, half of the services offered by reproductive health (RH) would be considered unlawful as provided for by the Constitution.
Representative Anthony Rolando Golez (lone district, Bacolod City), a medical doctor and former deputy spokesperson of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in filing House resolution 509 said the House committee on health should first conduct an inquiry to answer if questions if life begins whether from the moment of '”fertilization” of from “implantation”.
Golez said the duty of the State is to recognize the sanctity of family life and shall protect the family as a basic autonomous social institution. The State shall equally protect the life of the mother and the unborn from “conception”.
The lawmaker explained to reporters that not until the 1940s, the words conception and fertilization were interchangeably used in medical books. But when the oral contraceptive pill was marketed, some doctors believed that life begins during implantation.
Fertilization is the process of combining the male gamete or "sperm" with the female's gamete or "ovum". The product of this combination is a cell called a zygote. Implantation meanwhile begins six or seven days after fertilization stage.
“If the country is divided as to the definition of when life begins, then it is to be presumed that the choices used for fertility control are not yet certain whether they are unlawful or unlawful as provided for by our constitution as to the protection of life from moment of conception,” Golez said in the House resolution. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)