We'll folks this is one of the classic example. A Bill disguise to alleviate poverty and yet it presents a deeper agenda.
RH Bill 4244 is not what it looks like on the outside.
The best way to challenge the BILL is to not use the Bible or the will of God in the debate, though it certainly has strong merits because the Philippines, being predominantly Christian, religiously adheres to moral standards dictated in the Bible.
We can and we must tear this BILL down using our very own protected Constitution.
By doing so, we must understand how to use our tool appropriately in order to bring this into self destruction.
Let us begin by challenging the constitutionality of RH 4244.
Section 3 (j) states; “While this Act recognizes that abortion is illegal and punishable by law, the government shall ensure that all women needing care for post-abortion complications shall be treated and counseled in a humane, non-judgmental and compassionate manner;”
Since they failed to include their definition of Abortion on the BILL, let us take the liberty to define abortion as recognized by the International community of medical professionals, biologist and lay people.
Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus:
· a: spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation — also called miscarriage. If it happens 3 times it is termed habitual abortion.
· b : induced expulsion of a human fetus
Abortion could be intentional or unintentional.
There is full and partial abortion just as there are different methods of abortion.
· Surgical abortion - which ends a pregnancy by emptying the uterus (or womb) with special instruments.
· Medical abortion - is one that is brought about by taking medications that will end a pregnancy.
Let us focus mainly in Medical method since this is the subtle form that can be disguise as accidental miscarriage or unintentional abortion.
How does the medication work?
Mifepristone (the abortion pill or RU-486) is a medication that was developed and tested specifically as an abortion-inducing agent. It was first licensed in France and China in 1988. Since then it has been used safely by millions of women worldwide. It was approved for use in the U.S. in September, 2000. (FYI: Abortion is legal in some States in the USA).
Mifepristone is taken in the form of a pill. It works by blocking the hormone progesterone, which is necessary to sustain pregnancy. Without this hormone, the lining of the uterus breaks down, the cervix (opening of the uterus or womb) softens, and bleeding begins.
Methotrexate has been used in the U.S. since 1953, when it was approved by the FDA to treat certain types of cancer. Since that time, medical researchers have discovered other important uses for the drug. One of these uses is to end unintended pregnancies. Although the FDA did not consider methotrexate for this specific purpose, clinicians may prescribe methotrexate for early abortion.
Methotrexate is usually given to a pregnant woman in the form of an injection, or shot, although it also can be taken orally. It stops the ongoing implantation process that occurs during the first several weeks after conception.
Misoprostol. Within a few days after taking either mifepristone or methotrexate, a second drug, misoprostol, is taken. Misoprostol tablets (which may be placed either into the vagina, between cheek and gum, or swallowed) cause the uterus to contract and empty. This ends the pregnancy.
Abortion Pill works after a pregnancy is established by turning the uterine wall a hostile environment for survival of the unborn child.
While Contraceptive is suppose to work before pregnancy is establish.
Now let’s discuss how birth control medications work: Hormonal birth control medications prevent pregnancy through the following ways:
1. By blocking ovulation (release of an egg from the ovaries), thus preventing pregnancy (contraceptive)
2. By altering mucus in the cervix, which makes it hard for sperm to travel further (contraceptive)
The next two mechanism of action however takes effect after fertilization --- where life begins
3. By changing the endometrium (lining of the uterus) so that it cannot support a fertilized egg ( Prevents first mitosis causing Abortifacient effect)
4. By altering the fallopian tubes (the tubes through which eggs move from the ovaries to the uterus) so that they cannot effectively move eggs toward the uterus (Prevents implantation of blastocyst causing Abortifacient effect)
*** Notice the similarity of the action in the known abortion pill? Changing (breaking down) the endometrium (uterine lining) so that it cannot support a fertilized. And altering the fallopian tubes to prevent the movement of fertilized egg towards the uterus for survival.
That fertilized egg should no longer be called egg since it has been implanted with sperm. 23+23 Chromosomes…it is now deserving to be called human being. That’s life and the contraceptive is terminating the life of this unborn child. That’s ABORTIFACIENT!!!
Understanding how pregnancy develops will give us a better idea as to why we can say Contraceptives have Abortifacient effects.
In a monthly period (28-30 days) female goes into ovulation.
Ovulation occurs about two weeks after the onset of menstruation. In response to a sudden surge of LH (Luteinizing Hormones), the follicle ruptures and discharges a secondary oocyte. This is swept into the open end of the fallopian tube and begins to move slowly down it.
For fertilization to occur, sperm must be deposited in the vagina within a few (5) days before or on the day of ovulation. Sperm transfer is accomplished by copulation. Sexual excitation dilates the arterioles supplying blood to the penis. Blood accumulates in three cylindrical spongy sinuses that run lengthwise through the penis. The resulting pressure causes the penis to enlarge and erect and thus able to penetrate the vagina
Movement of the penis back and forth within the vagina causes sexual tension to increase to the point of ejaculation. Contraction of the walls of each vas deferens propels the sperm along. Fluid is added to the sperm by the seminal vesicles, Cowper's glands, and the prostate gland.
These fluids provide:
- a source of energy (fructose)
- an alkaline environment to activate the sperm, and
- perhaps in other ways provide an optimum chemical environment for them.
The mixture of sperm and accessory fluids is called semen. It passes through the urethra and is expelled into the vagina.
Physiological changes occur in the female as well as the male in response to sexual excitement, although these are not as readily apparent. In contrast to the male, however, such responses are not a prerequisite for copulation and fertilization to occur.
Once deposited within the vagina, the sperm proceed on their journey into and through the uterus and on up into the fallopian tubes. It is here that fertilization may occur if an "egg" is present (strictly speaking, it is still a secondary oocyte until after completion of meiosis II).
Although sperm can swim several millimeters each second, their trip to and through the fallopian tubes may be assisted by muscular contraction of the walls of the uterus and the tubes. The trip is fraught with heavy mortality. An average human ejaculate contains over one hundred million sperm, but only a few dozen complete the journey, arriving within 15 minutes of ejaculation. And of these, only one will succeed in fertilizing the egg.
Sperm swim towards the egg by chemotaxis following a gradient of progesterone secreted by cells surrounding the egg. Progesterone opens CatSper ("cation sperm") channels in the plasma membrane surrounding the anterior portion of the sperm tail. This allows an influx of Ca2+ ions which causes the flagellum to beat more rapidly and vigorously.
Fertilization begins with the binding of a sperm head to the outer coating of the egg (called the zona pellucida). Exocytosis of the acrosome at the tip of the sperm head releases enzymes that digest a path through the zona and enable the sperm head to bind to the plasma membrane of the egg.
Fusion of their respective membranes allows the entire contents of the sperm to be drawn into the cytosol of the egg. (Even though the sperm's mitochondria enter the egg, they are almost always destroyed and do not contribute their genes to the embryo. So human mitochondrial DNA is almost always inherited from mothers only.)
Within moments, enzymes released from the egg cytosol act on the zona making it impermeable to the other sperm that arrive.
Soon the nucleus of the successful sperm enlarges into the male pronucleus. At the same time, the egg (secondary oocyte) completes meiosis II forming a second polar body and the female pronucleus.
The male and female pronuclei move toward each other while duplicating their DNA in S phase. Their nuclear envelopes disintegrate. A spindle is formed (following replication of the sperm's centriole), and a full set of dyads assembles on it. The fertilized egg or zygote is now ready for its first mitosis. When this is done, 2 cells — each with a diploid set of chromosomes — are formed.
The events above took place at the time of conception.
This is how life begins at fertilization (conception), that moment when a sperm joins with an ovum (egg) to form one cell called a zygote. The characteristics of this new person, such as sex, eye and hair color, intelligence, etc. are determined as he or she inherits 23 chromosomes from each parent at fertilization.
This tiny child then travels down the Fallopian tube into the uterus. The new human implants herself in the rich lining of the uterus and begins to draw nourishment. This process takes approximately 5 to 10 days to complete.
During this journey the miniscule child is often mistakenly referred to as a "fertilized egg", even by well-meaning pro-lifers. We must understand, however, that once the egg is fertilized it is no longer an egg, but a human being.
And to say that "size" is a determinant of humanity, of course, is an unscientific reason to deny an embryo his or her human status. In any event, it is an embryological reality, which no embryology textbook on earth denies, that at the moment of fertilization a new human being is formed.
There is no more appropriate moment to begin calling a human "human" than the moment of fertilization. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise, because it would be a degradation of factual embryology to say it would be any other moment.
For example, some pro-abortion zealots and even, shockingly, some disingenuous physicians claim it is the moment of primitive notochord formation (nonsense!) or, even more absurdly, the moment of implantation.
(It defies sanity to claim that the implantation of a developing blastocyst onto a uterine wall defines humanity more than does the completion of an entirely new DNA map, which defines a new organism's existence).
As recognized by experts in Biology, Embryology, Science and Christian community…life indeed begins from the time of conception (merging of sperm and fertilized egg --- resulting in creation of human being).
They can argue that the primary mechanism of contraceptive is preventing ovulation, but then there is no statistical data presented to guarantee that success rate is at least 50% at a time.
Meaning if first mechanism fails, the second will take its effect and if it fails the third will do its job and so on to the fourth. It doesn’t matter if its 1% chance. Chance is a chance and no one will ever know when it happens, except knowing that the menstrual cycle will continue to come as long as someone is taking the pill.
Unbeknownst to the woman if the pill she took inadvertently terminated her baby because of the abortifacient effects of the contraceptive.
So to get around the issue of when life begins, the author/s has been perusing the tactics use by ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists) to justify and advance their agenda.
Historically, the terms conception and fertilization have been virtually synonymous, both referring to the very beginning of human life. A contraceptive, then, just as it sounds, was something which prevented fertilization (i.e. contradicted conception). Unfortunately, in the last few decades alternative meanings of “conception” and “contraception” have emerged, which have greatly confused the issue.
Eugene F. Diamond, M.D., wrote an excellent article in Focus on the Family’s Physician magazine. Dr. Diamond states; prior to 1976, a “contraceptive” was understood to be an agent that prevented the union of sperm and ovum. In 1976 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), realizing that this definition didn’t help its political agenda, arbitrarily changed the definition.
A contraceptive now meant anything that prevented implantation of the blastocyst, which occurs six or seven days after fertilization. Conception, as defined by Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary (27th Edition), became “the onset of pregnancy marked by implantation of the blastocyst.”
The hidden agenda in ACOG’s redefinition of “contraceptive” was to blur the distinction between agents preventing fertilization and those preventing implantation of the week-old embryo. Specifically, abortifacients such as IUDs, combination pills, minipills, progestin-only pills, injectables such as Provera and, more recently, implantables such as Norplant, all are contraceptives by this definition.
Why on earth would the ACOG change its definition of conception from fertilization to implantation?
The chilling answer was suggested by Dr. Richard Sosnowski of ACOG, who in his 1984 presidential address stated:
"I do not deem it excellent to play semantic gymnastics in a profession … It is equally troublesome to me that, with no scientific evidence to validate the change, the definition of conception as the successful spermatic penetration of an ovum was redefined as the implantation of a fertilized ovum. It appears to me that the only reason for this was the dilemma produced by the possibility that the intrauterine contraceptive device might function as an abortifacient".
Is this not precisely the type of verbal deception that Pope John Paul II condemned in his recent encyclicals when he emphasized the power of language in forming our consciences and conceptions of reality?
Words can mean life or death, and they in no small way determine the outcome of our eternal souls.
SECTION 3 (j)
Discourages abortion yet promotes Oral Contraceptives and devices which acts in 3 mechanisms design to not just prevent but terminate pregnancy. If ovulation is not suppressed and fertilization takes place the implantation is prevented.
So to circumvent this scientific evidence, the authors decided to deny the fact that life begins at conception which is protected under Article 12 Section 2 of our Constitution.
To assure that the ACT (scheme) is well protected the authors included SECTION 32 Separability Clause – If any part or provision of this Act is held invalid or unconstitutional, other provisions not affected thereby shall remain in force and effect.
Does this suggest that changes can still be made on sections and clause found invalid and unconstitutional but should not affect validity of the entire Bill?
Answer: This SECTION protects the Bill so that it cannot be completely abolished.
And to guarantee that their agenda will push through all the potential barriers, they have to include SECTION 33 Repealing Clause – Which states: “All other laws, decrees, orders, issuances, rules and regulations which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly”.
*** Wow. These are strong words. Let me repeat again. Any other laws, decrees, orders, issuances, rules and regulations which are inconsistent with the provisions of this ACT must be repealed, amended or modified.
This BILL not only has a fang it has saw tooth designed to cut and change old rules if it does not agree with this act. Yay!
Wait a minute! I thought SECTION 32 is willing to adhere to the constitution?
This SECTION seems to oppose: “that it must repeal, amend and modify laws, decrees, orders, issuances, rules and regulations that go against it”.
This is cleverly written with suspicious intentions to repeal SECTION II Article 12 of the Constitution.
Knowing that if the Bill will pass and someday someone will challenge the constitutionality of RH Bill 4244, they can always refer to SECTION 33. Ah it's OK we can repeal, amend, modify that part of the constitution.
Isn't that very clever?
We’ll it’s up the Filipino people if they’ll buy into the schemes perpetrated by this dangerous BILL.There is a war going on in our age, a war far more important for the ultimate outcome of mankind than the physical wars going on all over the world with their untold human suffering.
RH Bill 4244 does not only smack our constitution right into the face but it will potentially trample it down. I wish our President and other PRO-RH supporter will recognize this clear and present danger.
The greater war is the war between truth and falsehood, between light and darkness -- and the chasm separating the sides grows by the day.
My family will be part of that war, and I want them to be in an environment that gives them the best chance to choose wisely, to choose good over evil in a clear way.
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