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The First Stone

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The First Stone

His name is Luisito Liban, counsel for the petitioner, questioning the constitutionality of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.


He is puzzled, he says, that Congress was willing to waste the limited resources of the nation on an arbitrary law.


Women die, he admits. It is a true and unfortunate thing. He does not see why this government should mobilize its entire machinery, trample on fundamental rights and threaten sanctions for a handful of dead mothers.


Maternal deaths cannot be an excuse, he says. There are many other diseases, with thousands more deaths. Only about 160 women die at childbirth for every 100,000 live births.


“It is a mere point zero one six percent.”



Written by mariquita

July 31, 2013 at 6:09 am

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