Posts Tagged ‘control’

Philippines Catholics pledge to defeat backers of RH bill

Manila, Philippines, Jan 3, 2013 / 12:04 am (CNA).- Philippines Catholics have strongly criticized President Benigno Aquino III for signing a controversial “reproductive health” bill, vowing to oust supporters of the legislation in the country’s 2013 elections.  

“We will exhaust all legal remedies to fight this unjust, unethical and anti-poor and anti-life law,” said Dr. Ricardo Boncan, a spokesman for the Catholic Vote Philippines alliance.

He said the president’s decision to sign the bill in secret Dec. 21 was “highly dishonorable and unprincipled,” citing the president’s prior statement indicating he would not sign it before Christmas.

“This, to us, has been the hallmark of his presidency, deception and dictatorial,” Boncan said, according to the Philippines Inquirer.

The legislation requires government-sanctioned sex education for adults, middle school and high school students, as well as a population control program that includes fully subsidized contraceptives under government health insurance. It requires health care workers to refer for the drugs even if they have religious and moral objections.

Opponents of the bill warned that it would contribute to a breakdown of the family, strengthen a contraceptive mentality and advance sexual immorality. They also voiced concerns over the health risks posed by artificial birth control and the potential of some contraceptives to cause early abortions.

On Dec. 17 the Philippines House of Representatives approved the legislation by a vote of 133-79 with seven abstentions, while the Senate passed it by a 13-8 vote with two abstentions.

The debate over the bill included accusations of corruption, bribery and threats to obtain the necessary votes.

Juan Carlo Argo, a young pro-life advocate opposed to the bill who observed some of the legislative proceedings, told CBCP News the bill’s passage was “a bitter experience.”

“But the fight ain’t over. I can still help save lives in my own little way,” he said.

Amy Lee, another bill opponent, said she felt a mixture of sadness and “great determination” to fight the bill and evangelize the teachings of Jesus Christ.

“I am just unable to be a more obvious presence in the fight but I support a stronger Catholic presence in politics,” she told CBCP News.

Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, also expressed resolve to continue opposition to the law, the Philippines Inquirer says.

The fact that President Aquino signed the bill in secret without media attention shows that the law “is not meritorious at all,” he said.

“The fight against the Culture of Death goes on. We can only lament that this was their gift to the Lord and to the Filipino people during Christmas season.”

Before the president signed the bill, Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of Lingayen Dagupan characterized it as a “moral time bomb.” He called for efforts to strengthen families and marriages and to educate young people “so that they can stand strong against the threats to their moral fiber.”

Catholic bishops’ conference officials have said they would support Catholic lawyers’ efforts to challenge the law before the Philippines Supreme Court.

Hobby Lobby to risk daily $1.3 million fine over HHS birth control mandate

by Dave Andrusko January 2, 2012 (NRLN) - Following an adverse decision from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the attorney for Christian-operated business Hobby Lobby says the company will defy the Obama contraceptive mandate which took effect January 1. The company had asked for an emergency appeal to temporarily…

Predictions 2013

  Well, it is time for me to boldly go where angels fear to tread and make my predictions for 2013. 1.  No new gun control legislation-Whenever either party wins a presidential victory in a second term legislation, they tend to begin feeling their oaths and tend to overestimate both their popularity and their power.  [...]

As Parents We Must Demand a Plan That Protects Our Children In Schools

I was browsing my Google+ groups today and came across this post by +Kimberley Blaine which includes this video: featuring several celebrities saying we can do more to stop gun violence. Here is my response, with links added for reference:I was glad t…

Bishops Want Gun Control

So the USCCB has issued a statement through several of its committees, reiterating a call both from the USCCB in the past, and also the Pontifical Council for Peace affirming the need for gun control.  Specifically, the statement asks for:”3. Call…

When conversions are a threat

BEIJING — Chinese leaders issued an order last year quietly directing universities to root out foreigners suspected of plotting against the Communist Party by converting students to Christianity. The 16-page notice — obtained this month by a U.S.-based Christian group — uses language from the cold war era to depict a conspiracy by “overseas hostile [...]

The Need for Order, or “Do Something” Syndrome

In light of the horrific massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, it is disappointing but not altogether surprising that the calls to just do something to stop the violence rang out before the middle of the day. I’ll address the disgusting behavior of the mass media in a later post, but wanted to [...]

Gov. Jindal Draws Correction From Church for Contraception Op-Ed

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has voiced his support for over-the-counter access to birth control, a position that Church representatives say goes against Catholic teaching on contraception.


Cardinal Dolan calls out New York Times for ignoring HHS mandate decision

by John Jalsevac NEW YORK, December 13, 2012, ( – Last week the New York Archdiocese scored a significant victory against the Obama administration’s HHS birth control mandate—but you wouldn’t know that if you read or watch …

Two top medical associations promote dangerous abortifacients, Plan B to teens

by Ben Johnson WASHINGTON, D.C., December 5, 2012, ( – Two medical associations have issued reports within weeks of one another promoting the use of abortifacient birth control methods – some of which carry long-term health risks ?…

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