Sunday, July 14, 2013
Masturbation is Murder and other News this Week
An article in the Philippine News attracted my attention because of its title above. The Philippine Senate is once again discussing the Philippines Republic Act No.10354 before its implementation this week. One of the senators commented that masturbation could be murder on the discussion when is the start of life of the unborn(conception). Others mentioned that only God Knows when life starts in the womb
The Reproductive Health bill, commonly known as the RH Bill, passed last year after a long struggle in the Philippine Congress. However, soon after being signed into law, the Supreme Court ordered that its implementation be postponed until after the court could hear arguments regarding its constitutionality. The Philippine Constitution currently includes a provision which “equally protects the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception,” and those who brought the petition before the Supreme Court argue that some of the proposed contraceptive methods are under scrutiny for not being contraceptives, but rather being abortifacients.
While there is general agreement about its provisions on maternal and child health, there is great debate on its mandate that the Philippine government and the private sector will fund and undertake widespread distribution of family planning devices such as condoms, birth control pills, and IUDs, as the government continues to disseminate information on their use through all health care centers.
Passage of the legislation was controversial highly divisive, with experts, academics, religious institutions, and major political figures declaring their support or opposition while it was pending in the legislature. Heated debates and rallies both supporting and opposing the RH Bill took place nationwide. The Supreme Court delayed implementation of the law in March 2013 in response to challenges. The court's status quo ante order expires on July 17, 2013, unless the high court decides to extend it.
Another news that attracted my attention is the Zimmerman Case. The jury found him not guilty after deliberation for over 17 hours. After the verdict was announced, protest by the group against police brutality started last night here in Sacramento and San Francisco. I have been following the trial in CNN the last couple of days. I found the trial riveting and interesting.
The third news this week that attracted my attention was the tragic crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco. So far three persons are dead and a few more are in critical conditions in the local hospital. Investigations are almost complete. It appears that the plane did not malfunction and the crash was due to pilot errors. Yesterday, a news release named the four pilots involved which later turn out to be a joke. There were four South Korean names listed, but the two that names that hinted it was a hoax were Sum Ting Wong ( sounds like something wrong) and Wi To Lu.( Way too low). Is this funny or a radial joke?