Purge of Quiapo sidewalk abortifacients urged

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 22 2008 03:28 PM | Updated as of Dec 22 2008 11:28 PM

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Monday she will file a resolution to curb the proliferation of abortifacients, or abortive concoctions and drugs, in Quiapo distrcit in Manila when Senate resumes in January.
 
Santiago, an educated lay theologian, said she is deeply concerned with the increasing rate of abortions in the country.
 
She cites in her resolution a recent news item about a fetus found dumped on top of a pile of garbage outside the Church of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo.
 
“It is ghastly that a holy place, such as a church, is surrounded by vendors who purportedly sell abortive concoctions,” Santiago said in a statement. 
 
Quiapo has long been a haven of abortive concoctions peddled as remedies for stomach aches or irregular menstrual flow.
 
“Until now there is little being done by law enforcers to rid the streets of vendors who sell drugs meant to induce abortions,” she said.
 
The resolution pushes for guidelines that will help law enforcers identify abortive drugs and concoctions, and will impose harsher penalties for those who distribute, sell, create, manufacture and formulate abortion-inducing concoctions.
 
 “It is unconscionable for the government to allow these vendors to continue selling abortive remedies just because they can easily mask its use for a legitimate purpose,” Santiago said.