Thursday, August 18, 2011

Church gears protest over RH bill inclusion as priority measure

MANILA, August 18, 2011— Catholics are planning to hold a series of protest rallies in Bataan province after the Aquino administration included the reproductive health (RH) among its 13 priority measures.
Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos they will also hold series of forums and seminars in different barangays about the negative effects of the proposed birth control measure.
He said they will likewise hold a dialogue with all local officials of Bataan to gather support in their fight against the RH bill.
“With this bill included in the 13 priority bills of President Aquino, we will have a diocesan-wide campaign against RH bill even if we have to go to Malacañang,” Santos told Church-run Radyo Veritas.
“We will definitely hold conferences, seminars and marches against the RH bill,” he said, adding that their goal is to protect the sanctity of human life and the family.
Bataan 1st District Rep. Herminia Roman and Bataan 2nd District Rep. Albert Garcia said they will support the planned protests in Bataan against the bill.
An official of Manila’s Roman Catholic Church is also dismayed over the Aquino’s decision to prioritize the passage of the RH bill.
Fr. Joel Jason, head of Family and Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila, said the Aquino government should learn from other countries who are now suffering the negative impact of said legislation.
Jason cited, for instance, Canada’s aging population and now posing a problem, as is the case for almost every other developed nation in the world that adopted population control measure.
One problem, he said, is that more people leaving the work force than entering it, a factor which poses major challenges for employers.
That is likely to happen also in the Philippines, he said, if a “contraceptive mentality” would develop in the country.
Jason said the Archdiocese of Manila will further strengthen its education campaign why lay faithful should oppose the RH bill. [CBCPNews]

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