Thousands of Catholics on Saturday braved rain and foul weather to join a Catholic Church-led rally at the historic Edsa Shrine to protest a proposed law that would provide free contraceptives in a bid to curb population.
The Catholic clergy has called for “judgment day” on the reproductive health (RH) bill on Saturday, as it urged opponents of the measure to join a mass protest at the EDSA Shrine three days before the actual House vote on it.
While the incidence of HIV/AIDS has been arrested and is even falling in some regions, the Philippines is one of only seven countries in the world where it is on the rise.
The government is aiming to save its “failed” national family planning program and drastically cut maternal deaths by spending 500 million pesos (almost US$12 million) on contraceptives in 2012, a move bitterly opposed by the influential Roman Catholic Church.
The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Sunday urged the government to use the funds allocated for contraceptives to solve the high incidence of child labor in the country.
An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCP) Tuesday criticized the government’s decision to allocate 500 million pesos (US$11.6 million) to supply free contraception.
With debates on the reproductive health (RH) bill in the Senate finally over, its proponents see a vote on the controversial measure this year.
Health authorities today reported five deaths from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Davao City this year.
THE House of Representatives is scheduling a crucial vote on the controversial reproductive health (RH) or responsible parenthood and population development bill.
THE health department will not be distributing free condoms to couples nationwide today, St. Valentine’s Day.
A CATHOLIC bishop has appealed to the Department of Health (DOH) to refrain from handing out to couples free condoms and other forms of artificial contraceptives on Feb. 14 like what it did last year.
THE Catholic Church is on the right track in focusing on the young in its AIDS awareness campaign, a 16-year-old youth leader said Sunday.