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RH bill unconstitutional — Tatad By Gerry Baldo 12/03/2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

RH bill unconstitutional — Tatad

By Gerry Baldo 12/03/2010

The Reproductive Health (RH) bill, now being pursued by its advocates in the House of Representatives, is unconstitutional as it goes against the fundamental rights of the family to be free from state regulation, former Sen. Francisco Tatad said yesterday.

Tatad, who was one of the panellists at the weekly Usaping Balita news forum at the Serye Restaurant in Quezon City, stressed that the Philippine government does not have the power to tell married couples what to do or what not to do with their family.

“The state does not have the authority or power to tell married couples what to do before, during or after sexual intercourse. That happens only in totalitarian states,” Tatad said.

“If Congress cannot pass any law ‘abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances,’ neither can Congress pass a law abridging the God-given right and duty of married couples to perform the marital act without intervention of the State or any third party,” he explained..... MORE

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