Sen. Lito Lapid finally joins RH Bill debate, presents his wife as "case study"

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Sen. Lito Lapid finally took to the podium in the Senate session hall yesterday, October 4, to participate for the first time in debates on the reproductive health (RH) Bill using Filipino.

Lito Lapid joins the RH Bill fray.

 

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Sen. Lito Lapid finally took to the podium in the Senate session hall yesterday, October 4, to participate for the first time in debates on the reproductive health (RH) Bill using Filipino. The actor-senator had previously revealed that he was afraid of speaking up in the RH word wars just because he had "poor English" due to his inadequate education, which, according to him, was because of his impoverished background.

 

Lapid started off by asking the bill's co-sponsor, Senate Health and Demography Committee chair Pia Cayetano, about the possible side effects of contraceptives. Lapid revealed that his wife took pills after she gave birth to their second child, but that she still got pregnant. She later gave birth to a baby with a heart disease, who died at the age of nine.

 

He said: "Tinanong ko ang asawa ko, ’Dahil ba ito sa gamot na ininom mo at itinurok sa ’yo? Dahil nag-birth control ka?' (I asked my wife, ’Is this because of what you took and what was injected into you?’)" He said his wife said, "Yes." He then related that he told her, "Magsasalita ako, tatayo sa Senado at ikaw ang ihahalimbawa ko rito sa RH Bill na ito. (I shall speak up at the Senate and cite you as an example for the RH Bill.’"

 

Lapid also asked Cayetano if contraceptives can cause birth defects like a cleft lip. Cayetano told Lapid that, as far as she knew, "no research shows that contraceptives can cause birth defects."

 

Lapid went on to suggest that instead of spending billions for contraceptives through an RH Bill (whose implementation is expected to cost P13 billion) the government should just use the money to bring back the poor to the provinces and give them livelihood.

 

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