Binay wants probe into health of pregnant inmates

Posted at 06/01/14 11:52 AM

MANILA - Senator Nancy Binay has filed a resolution seeking a probe into the health care needs of pregnant women in detention cells amid the death of the newborn child of political prisoner Andrea Rosal.

“There is also a need to review existing standards for pregnancy-related health care in order to meet the special needs of pregnant women in jails,” Binay said.

She noted the Constitution recognizes the sanctity of family life, which means the protection of the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.

Rosal, the daughter of the late New People’s Army (NPA) spokesperson Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, was already seven months’ pregnant when she was arrested with a male companion last March in Caloocan City.

Rosal was not able to undergo pre-natal check-ups while in prison, according to the Health Alliance for Democracy.

Rosal’s newborn baby died two days after being born due to pulmonary hypertension.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala, however, said the government had extended help to both the mother and child through hospital arrest in the PGH.

Binay earlier noted the government's “unequal and lopsided treatment” afforded to prisoners.

“This is clearly in contrast to the VIP treatment some prisoners and influential detainees receive from the government, who provide security escorts and allow the prisoner to seek outside medical care,” she said.