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» 10/13/2010
PHILIPPINES
Filipino bishops: no compromise on pro-abortion law, yes to dialogue with the institutions
Aquino meets with the bishops who reject any kind of openness on the distribution of contraceptives among public. Their position is in defence of life, despite criticism of political world.

Manila (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Filipino bishops will not compromise on the possible application of the Reproductive Health Bill supported by President Aquino, who recently announced the free distribution of condoms among the poor.

According to sources within the Church, the meeting held last October 11 between the president and a delegation of Catholic Bishops' Conference was just a courtesy visit, which does not represent any kind of openness on the subject, as was described recently by national media .

Even Edwin Lacierda, Aquino's spokesman, confirmed the official version released yesterday that the bishops present at the meeting, including Mgr. Nereo Odchimar president of the CBCP, remain on their position in defence of life, but are open to dialogue with the institutions.

The debate on Reproductive Health has been running for four years. The law rejects clinical abortions, but promotes a family planning program, which prevents couples from having more than two children and encourages voluntary sterilization. Those who fail to comply with the law are likely to face a fine and imprisonment in some cases.

The Catholic Church instead promotes the Natural Family Programme (NFP), which aims to spread a culture of responsibility and love based on Christian values among the population. To date, the Aquino government considers the NFP ineffective in stopping the high birth rate and accuses the Church of undue interference in matters which concern the civil authority.

Archbishop Leonardo Legapsi, Archbishop of Caceres, said the bishops have a duty to intervene in matters which affect the lives and dignity of the person and emphasizes the essential contribution of the Church in the political debate. In a pastoral letter published in recent days, the bishop considers the contents of the law and use of public money by the government in the distribution of contraceptives unconstitutional. The Archbishop cites the preamble to the Philippine Constitution, which obliges the government to respect and embody the personal spiritual aspirations of citizens.

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See also
01/22/2010 PHILIPPINES
Election 2010: Catholic bishops against abortion, euthanasia and family planning
by Santosh Digal
09/12/2008 PHILIPPINES
Filipino president renews commitment in favor of life
by Santosh Digal
10/01/2010 PHILIPPINES
Filipino bishops deny Aquino excommunication, but promise battle on abortion law
05/20/2011 PHILIPPINES
Cagayan de Oro:church and government promote natural family planning methods
05/19/2011 PHILIPPINES
Boxer Pacquiao sides with Filipino Church over abortion

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