Act No. 3815- from the Chan Robles Law Firm website
From Book Two (Crimes and Penalties), Title Eight (Crimes against Persons), Chapter One (Destruction of Life), Section Two- Infanticide and abortion
Art. 255. Infanticide. — The penalty provided for parricide in Article 246 and for murder in Article 248 shall be imposed upon any person who shall kill any child less than three days of age.
If the crime penalized in this article be committed by the mother of the child for the purpose of concealing her dishonor, she shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods, and if said crime be committed for the same purpose by the maternal grandparents or either of them, the penalty shall be prision mayor.
Art. 256. Intentional abortion. — Any person who shall intentionally cause an abortion shall suffer:
- 1. The penalty of reclusion temporal, if he shall use any violence upon the person of the pregnant woman.
2. The penalty of prision mayor if, without using violence, he shall act without the consent of the woman.
3. The penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods, if the woman shall have consented.
Art. 258. Abortion practiced by the woman herself of by her parents. — The penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods shall be imposed upon a woman who shall practice abortion upon herself or shall consent that any other person should do so.
Any woman who shall commit this offense to conceal her dishonor, shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its minimum and medium periods.
If this crime be committed by the parents of the pregnant woman or either of them, and they act with the consent of said woman for the purpose of concealing her dishonor, the offenders shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its medium and maximum periods.
Art. 259. Abortion practiced by a physician or midwife and dispensing of abortives. — The penalties provided in Article 256 shall be imposed in its maximum period, respectively, upon any physician or midwife who, taking advantage of their scientific knowledge or skill, shall cause an abortion or assist in causing the same.Any pharmacist who, without the proper prescription from a physician, shall dispense any abortive shall suffer arresto mayor and a fine not exceeding 1,000 pesos.
We should always pray that the laws of the Philippines will always uphold life. Abortion should always stay illegal because it is the murder, the willful destruction of the life of an unborn baby. We must actively and consistently resist efforts to introduce laws that will condone and decriminalize abortion through the legalization of "post-abortion care", which is deceptively inserted into proposed population control and reproductive health laws and codes. "Post-abortion care" has nothing to do with population, reproduction and family planning. "Post-abortion care" is an oxymoron. The phrase tries to obliterate the fact that an unborn baby was killed as a result of the abortion. It purposefully focuses only on the health of the mother. What about the baby's life? What has been done to care about the baby who was killed? What about the injustice done to the defenseless baby? Unfortunately, Western countries like the US commit abortion as a form of population control and family planning. For them, "reproductive health" includes "abortion rights". But abortion is not "modern". It is always the shedding of innocent blood, as it has always been in God's eyes. And innocent blood cries out to God for justice. Abortion must never be part of health care because it destroys the life of the unborn baby. In the Philippines, we must not develop the "collective blindness", as Cathy Cleaver Ruse calls it, that the American culture suffers from, the collective blindness to the humanity of the unborn baby and the collective blindness to the barbarity and evil of abortion.