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The Philippines RH Law: a victory for whom?

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The decision of the Philippines Supreme Court to allow the implementation of the controversial Reproductive Health Law, which was 16 years in the making mainly because of the opposition of the country’s Catholic bishops, is actually a victory for the prelates. Most of the provisions opposed by the bishops have been rejected by the court, [...]


Philippines finally passes contraception law

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The Supreme Court in the Philippines today defied Catholic bishops by declaring as “constitutional” the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Law, which would provide funding for contraception and sex education in the country. The implementation of the law, which was enacted in December 2012, has been stalled after opponents, backed by Catholic bishops and other religious [...]


Philippines bishops turn to social media to fight RH Law

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The Philippines bishops’ conference has begun a social media campaign in their long running fight against the passage of the controversial Reproductive Health Law, which would provide funding for contraception and sex education. The bishops sent out a series of text messages to Catholics, starting on Monday, urging them to pray for a defeat of [...]


Bishops ‘to blame’ for Filipino teen pregnancy boom

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Health experts in the Philippines today blamed Church leaders for the growing number of Filipino youth engaging in premarital sex and increasing rates of teenage pregnancy. Dr. Esperanza Cabral, convenor of the reproductive health advocates group Purple Ribbon, said that the inability of the group to drive progress on adolescent sexuality and reproductive health was [...]


Filipino Catholics are conservative and liberal

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We all know that there are religious leaders who are hesitant (at best) to listen to the contributions of social scientists regarding how to better understand the situation of Catholics today. Such hesitation (or fear?) may emanate from suspicions that secular academics are out to expose the fragility of the Catholic Church. Others simply argue [...]


Health experts condemn bishops’ anti-contraception stance

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Health experts in the Philippines have warned that stalling the implementation of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law, which is being opposed by Catholic bishops, will only worsen the growing number of cases of HIV in the country. Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that while the implementation of the RH law is still pending, Filipinos lack [...]


Philippine bishops call for condom ad ban

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The head of the Philippine bishops’ Commission on Family and Life has called on the media to stop airing condom ads on TV because it may “lead to greater promiscuity” among youths. “These ads are corrupting the minds and hearts of our young people,” Father Melvin Castro said in a radio interview on Wednesday, noting that [...]


Catholic disconnect

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It’s the largest public opinion survey I’ve seen yet of Catholics—12,038 adults (aged 18 and above) randomly selected from 12 countries where Catholics are the majority. The Philippines was among the 12, with a sample of 1,000 interviewed in Tagalog, English and Spanish. In developed countries, the interviews were conducted by phone. In the Philippines [...]


Forgive Me, Pope Francis

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I have been wondering what it takes to be forgiven. Or at least, forgiven by the Catholic bishops of the Philippines. Arch(critic)bishop Oscar Cruz went to visit former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in hospital detention at the start of the year. Earlier, he backed calls for allowing her a Christmas furlough. He went so far [...]


Speech, religion and equal protection in the RH Law (2)

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In my column last week I said that I would take up the Reproductive Health Law provision on age-appropriate education in public and private schools. I consider the subject very important since the concern of people about it is similar to the concern about religious instruction in public schools. I would not therefore consider it [...]


Speech, religion and equal protection in the RH Law

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In the course of the Supreme Court oral arguments on the Reproductive Health Law, the first issue that came up was the meaning of “conception” in the constitutional provision which says “The State… shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception.” The view which, to mind, prevailed [...]


Philippines government to push on with RH Law

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The Health Department on Thursday announced plans to move ahead with the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law, despite a court order suspending it The Supreme Court last week extended an order that stalled the controversial law which was passed in December. The suspension came in response to petitions filed by opponents, many of them Catholic. [...]


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  1. On September 20, speaking to a gathering of gynecologists, Pope Francis said: "E...
    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:05:00
  2. Here is what Pope Benedict said to the bishops of Switzerland on November 9, 200...
    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:02:00
  3. stop RHbill for Gods sake!!!...
    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:03:00
  4. a woman who agree this RH bill has no heart. God forgive her she do'nt know what...
    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:02:00
  5. It is very hard to trust a muslim. They worship a false god and will break the ...
    Said on 2013-07-17 12:23:00
  6. Assuredly, thus said the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL to Roman Christian Catholic B...
    Said Angel Santie on 2013-06-28 19:39:00
  7. God let man or as we say permit man to create this way of comunication, why we w...
    Said joy on 2013-06-26 20:46:00
  8. Pray for the victims of clergy sexual abuse....
    Said on 2013-06-06 08:01:00
  9. 'Activist priest Robert Reyes is in the minority among the clergy when it comes ...
    Said on 2013-04-24 15:04:00
  10. 90-year-old Fr Emmanuel Non SJ had a letter in last Monday's Philippine Daily In...
    Said on 2013-04-18 10:41:00
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