“I've heard [the argument by anti-RH advocates] that for a man to masturbate is 'murder,' and so to say that that it is 'genocide,' then it tells us what kind of discussion we have. I'm just saying let people draw their own conclusions. If these are the kinds of statements that the petitioners make, I leave it up to them to draw their own conclusions.”
Senator Pia Cayetano said she is no longer surprised by the arguments raised against the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, including former Sen. Kit Tatad's which likened the controversial measure to genocide.
Was I surprised by the argument that RHlaw=genocide? No, I've heard it all before, incl the stmt that masturbation = murder.
— pia cayetano (@piacayetano) July 9, 2013
Last March 19, the high court issued a 120-day status quo ante order (SQAO) enjoining the government from implementing the contested law after 15 consolidated petitions were filed against it.
Cayetano said she expects the SC to provide a resolution on whether or not it will extend the status quo ante order against the measure, which will lapse on July 17. She also noted that she does not expect the oral arguments to be finished by July 23.
Last November 2011, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said during the resumption of the debate on Senate bill 2865 or the reproductive health bill:
"There is life already [in the sperm and the egg] but not yet a human life because a woman cannot produce a human being without the sperm of a man, and a man cannot produce a human being without the egg of the woman so these elements on their own have life."
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago shot down the statement of Enrile:
"If it is the position of Sen. Enrile that a sperm has life, of course, if a sperm has life, then that life should be protected. Therefore, in logic, when a person masturbates and releases all those sperms for nothing, he commits murder? Let's think about that."