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Catholics to march against birth control

’Pro-life’ protests to reaffirm opposition to controversial Philippine bill

Catholics to march against birth control
Church group marches against government plan to purchase contraceptives reporters, Manila

February 2, 2011

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Catholics in two Philippine provinces are to hold a “pro-life” march following a controversial reproductive health bill’s passage through a congressional committee on population issues. Bishop Leo Drona of San Pablo diocese called for a “walk for life” to emphasize the Church’s stance against a bill he described as a form of moral corruption. “Your participation will certainly strengthen the pro-life position,” Bishop Drona said in his invitation letter for the march. The march is being organized by the Knights of Columbus and the San Pablo Diocesan Family Life Commission. In Negros province, a protest rally will highlight efforts against the bill which is yet to be debated by Congress. Father Greg Patino, secretary general of the Citizens Alliance for the Protection of Human Life, said they will hold their rally on Feb. 22. Bishop Vicente Navarra of Bacolod called on the faithful to join the protest so people will know the “evils” of the reproductive health bill. He also signed a statement calling on legislators to stop pushing for the measure. “We are very much aggrieved by mentally dishonest attempts by certain elements of our House of Representatives to circumvent constitutional protection of the lives of the unborn ... whether they are called a reproductive health bill or responsible parenthood bill,” said Father Patino. Meanwhile, a senior Church official has said the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will map out an “action plan” if Congress passes the bill. “If the bill is passed and is signed by the president, this means the president is definitely out of the loop as far as the Church is concerned and, therefore, it is understandable that the CBCP will act accordingly,” said retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz. Related reports Filipino bishops urge ‘people power’ on RH bill Filipinos urged to protect families from state control PM13127.1639
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