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    Abortion alarms Philippine lawmaker

    MANILA Rep. Amado Bagatsing on Wednesday called on his colleagues in Congress to support his bill increasing penalties prescribed in the Revised Penal Code following reports of worsening abortion cases in the Philippines.
    “Fetuses have been found in garbage cans, thrown and abandoned by their mothers only to be discovered by unknown and concerned citizens and reported by the media,”Bagatsing noted.
    The veteran lawmaker said he filed House Bill No. 3201, which aims to establish a system for monitoring and reporting of incidents of abortion for the prosecution and rehabilitation of those who may be charged with committing offenses under the code.
    Bagatsing noted that some fetuses never get to be discovered at all, sadly to be left in the confines of anonymity.
    “These fetuses are the unwanted and uncared for unborn babies who have been wantonly murdered to hide the shame of their mothers,” he said.
    According to the 1987 Constitution, “The State shall equally protect the life of the mothers and the life of the unborn from conception.”
    “We have to give more flesh to this constitutional right of the unborn. This bill recognizes the unborn child’s basic right to life and the need to be protected against acts, which pose danger to his/her life, bearing in mind that the unborn child is totally incapable of protecting himself/herself,” the author stressed.
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