By Evelyn Opilas
As seen on the November 2019 issue of The Philippine Sentinel
September 26, 2019 is a sad day. However way the amended Abortion Law
Reform Bill seems to have been packaged, the Bill, soon to become law, still
sanctions what I, a reasonable Catholic, pro-life individual would consider as the abuse, disrespect, injury to society’s most helpless, the unborn child. They don’t have a voice to defend themselves!
Women’s health, control over one’s uterus, choice ━ I understand all that. I
also understand that allowing access to one’s body may have unwanted
consequences, and for this reason, requires a sense of responsibility as is
expected from human beings. This elevates the issue to a higher, more
profound, plane ━ the protection of human life.
What crime has an unborn child committed to deserve the death penalty?
What has an unborn child done, quoting poet Robert Burns, to be the target
of “Man’s inhumanity to man”?
Whatever the justification to pass the Abortion Bill, one moral law of mankind is explicit: “Thou shalt not kill.”
The Bill had trespassed the moral threshold. How can people then trust
politicians who seem to have forgotten this basic moral value?
If the Bill had flaws, then it should not have been passed.
If the Bill attracted longer hours of debate than most, then probably more hours should have been dedicated to discussing its morality.
If, as you say, it is a better Bill because medical practitioners can seek advice on/report any termination, how long before parliamentarians start to legalize killing, which the Abortion Bill has effectively endorsed?
The passage of the Abortion Law Reform Bill 2019 has rendered any question about it moot and academic.
For some like me, it is the principle that matters. Ω