PROCLAMATION 214, 3 February 1988
Whereas, the UN Declaration on Rights of the Child provides that ‘the Child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth’;
Whereas, Section 12, Article 2 of the Constitution provides that it is the policy of the State to ‘protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception’;
Whereas, available statistics detail the frightening losses of innocent human lives by abortion; and
Whereas, in pursuance of the above constitutional mandate and in support of the UN universal declaration and in order to instill the same, as well as the value and sacredness of human life, in the minds and hearts of the Filipino people and thereby help reverse the above statistical trend, it becomes imperative to set aside a period of time for them to ponder and focus attention on their moral and constitutional obligations to protect human life or one’s inherent right to life;
Now, Therefore, I, Corazon C. Aquino, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare the second week of February 1988 and every year thereafter as “Respect and Care for Life Week” under the auspices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Pro-Life Philippines, and other involved entities or organizations.”
Have you ever read this, PNoy?