Titled Subtle Attacks Against the Family Explained or SAFE, the DVD is available at a cost of 1,500 Filipino pesos (about US$ 30). It covers every aspect of human sexuality according to “God’s Plan”. Anyone interested can write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite strong opposition from the Church and Filipino President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Congressman Edcel Lagman Edcel Lagman calls the committee’s decision a “victory for reproductive health advocates who have been waiting for the enactment of this bill for almost a decade”.
“The bill is not about condoms and pills and neither is it about religion. It is primarily about health and rights,” Lagman said, “an indispensable development tool given that rapid population growth impacts negatively on all aspects” of our development.
For the Church in Manila the bill is instead anti-life and pro-abortion and for this reason it wants to raise awareness among the faithful.
As part of this it has sent a circular signed by Chancellor Fr Rufino Sescon to all parish priests in the archdiocese telling them to “adequately teach our people the scriptural, theological and even scientific foundations of our position,” by means like these DVDs.
The Church also plans to gather a million signatures against the reproductive health bill and present them to Congress.