» 07/09/2013, 00.00
Filipino Church "to continue fight against Reproductive Health law"
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the newly elected president of the Bishops' Conference, explains the position of Filipino Catholics on the family planning law. Opposition is "an act of responsibility". Faithful gather in Manila for a "peaceful and festive prayer vigil".
As the Reproductive health law goes before the Supreme Court, Filipino Church holds prayer vigil
On 9 July, the Supreme Court justices will vet the law. Catholics plan to gather before the highest court for a prayerful and festive assembly in opposition to the "unconstitutional" law. Fourteen years in the making, the law is opposed by Cardinal Tagle for whom the "absolute" value of human life will "defeat birth controls".
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Filipino bishops suspend dialogue with government over pro-abortion law
The decision is taken after Congress decides to speed up bill approval without changes agreed with Catholics. The bill is now before the House. Bishops say they will resume talks at the end of March.
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.
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