Church to continue opposition vs RH bill passage

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011


TANAUAN, Leyte - A Catholic bishop maintained the church will continue to fight to against the passage of the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill now pending in Congress.

Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches, Teodoro Bacani, maintained that anti-abortion is against the principle of the church.

“We will fight it to the best of our ability. We will develop public awareness and encourage the public to express their sentiments against it,” Bacani, who officiated the 103rd fiesta of Tanauan yesterday, said.

The prelate said the Catholic Church is vigorously opposing the proposed RH bill as it promotes abortion.

“The biggest issue here, which the pro-RH bill proponents are not telling the public, is that majority of the artificial birth methods contained under the measure like pills, implants, injectibles and IUD are not only controlling the woman to get pregnant but will also results to miscarriage of what was conceived between man and woman,” Bacani explained.

“It is (promoting) abortion. That is why they don’t mention this,” he added, referring to the bill.

According to Bacani, they would dramatize their opposition to the RH bill by approaching “right information” to the public and by seeking support from the congressmen and senators not to support the measure.

Bacani also expects President Benigno Aquino III to change his mind and will eventually back the church’s stand against the measure.

“Well, we see that the President is not totally supporting it. I guess he might just change his mind. Perhaps he is now being enlightened by God,” Bacani said.

However, Tomas Osias, executive director of the Commission on Population, during his visit in the region, earlier has expressed his optimism that the RH bill would be approved by Congress within the year.

Osias said the measure is sure to get the support of Congress as over a hundred congressmen have already signified their support to the controversial bill.

He maintained that the RH bill is not pro-abortion but rather is giving the couple an “informed choice” as to whether they will use the natural family planning method, which is being supported by the church, or use the artificial method. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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