» 10/07/2008, 00.00
Filipino bishops urge president to block ‘pro-abortion’ bill
Bishops’ Conference calls on her to veto Reproductive Health bill if it is approved by Congress. Bill proponents and opponents in legislature claim to be near quorum to get a vote. Church reiterates its view that “abortion is murder.”
Filipino bishops call for education and development, not contraceptives
Two congressional committees back the Reproductive Health bill, triggering the bishops’ reaction against the ‘pro-abortion” bill. The prelates want the government to come up with policies that focus on “education, agricultural development and help to the poor.”
DVD and a million signatures against new anti-life bill
Congressional committee adopts bill on artificial contraception. The Church launches a set of DVDs about sex education, marriage and family life to better explain its reasons for opposing the legislation.
Filipino bishops call for family policies that defend the “right to life”
In a meeting with President Arroyo, the prelates reiterate their opposition to initiatives that promote contraception as a solution to overpopulation. They hope instead for socioeconomic policies that would favour the country’s development.
Pro-abortion law changes name, to be approved over Filipino Catholics’ objections
The reproductive health bill is renamed the ‘responsible parenthood’ bill but its pro-contraception rules will remain. Bishops say that whatever bill is passed, political leaders must choose between promoting life or death.
No to contraceptives for birth control, says Archbishop Cruz
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