Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing says using contraceptives is abortion, claims RH Bill may legalize act

( During the discussion on the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill in the House of Representatives yesterday, Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing said using contraceptives is abortion, reports ABS-CBN News.

The report quoted Bagatsing: "Ang contraceptives ay humaharang... humaharang para huwag magbuntis, huwag magkita ang egg at ang ovum (sic)... Para bang we’re playing with semantics. Iniistop mo ang pagkikita. Pagka hinadlangan mo, sa Ingles, ina-abort mo... Mahirap bang intindihin iyon?"

("Contraceptives prevent pregnancies and prevent the egg (and sperm) from meeting. It’s like we’re playing with semantics. When you prevent something from happening, it’s called abortion in English. Is that so hard to understand?")

Bagatsing added that "abortion" is hidden in the controversial bill which may legalize the act.

Earlier, House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman insisted that contraceptives are not abortifacients, citing opinions from the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund, and the World Health Organization. The RH Bill is "anti-abortion," he said, according to ABS-CBN News.

Lagman added that religious dogma should not be enforced through legislation. "I am a congressman who is Catholic but I am not a Catholic congressman."

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