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Birth control bill goes to the Senate after House approval
Despite Church and pro-life opposition, the Reproductive Health bill goes through the House. A final vote is expected in the Senate in the coming days. Some bishops attend session to represent civil society. Catholics hold pro-life Masses and prayer vigils across the country. Via twitter, Filipino Christians call on the pope to pray for them.
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.
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.”
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.”
Boxer Pacquiao sides with Filipino Church over abortion
For the boxing champion, the Reproductive Health bill does not solve the country’s problems. Allocations for the bill to pay for free condoms and compulsory sex education are also unwarranted. A source tells AsiaNews that the controversy is creating a rift between the country’s Catholic bishops and the government over elements of the bill.
Filipino bishops seek dialogue on family planning bill
The Filipino Church is consulting the country’s largest medical association in order to inform the discussion with the government and backers of controversial bill. Shared views on the value of life against abortion emerge from today’s meeting.
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