THE PRO-CONTRACEPTIVE bill of Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has found a new match.

If Lagmans Responsible Parenthood and Population Management Act of 2005 advocates the use of contraceptive drugs to reduce population, the recently filed House Bill 4643 or the Anti-Abortive Drugs and Devices Act of 2005 proposes the regulation of the “use, production, sale, distribution or dispensation of abortive drugs and devices.”

Authored by Buhay Party List Rep. Rene Velarde, son of El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde, HB 4643 will reaffirm the States obligation to protect and uphold the right of the unborn because a person is most defenseless while he rests in his mothers womb where he is totally dependent on his mother for nurturing and protection.

“Every child is endowed with the dignity and worth of a human being from the moment of his conception and has the right to be born well,” Velarde said in the explanatory note of the bill.

Velardes HB 4643 prohibits any physician to prescribe any drug with abortifacient effects unless the pregnant womans physical or physiological condition needs it for therapeutic purposes. If proven guilty of assisting in performing abortion, the physician, midwife, nurse or health worker involved in the crime could be incarcerated for a maximum of 20 years and have his professional license revoked.

HB 4643 mandates all drug manufacturers to label abortive and potentially abortive drugs available for public consumption.

After Argentina, the Philippines will be the second country to proscribe pills and Intra Uterine Devices when HB 4643 becomes a law. Kris P. Bayos with reports from

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