Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, a co-sponsor of the reproductive health (RH) bill, had words for the Catholic Church in explaining her vote on the measure approved by the Senate and House on Monday.
"I vote yes. The Catholic church has steadfastly rejected the RH bill. No force more powerful than an idea whose time has come," she said.
"Copernicus refused to believe that sun revolved around the earth. He was condemned by the Church," she added.
She said the Vatican has made many mistakes in the past "because it is a human institution."
"Today is the time for the RH bill. In antiquity, the Church committed grave mistakes. It is not perfect, it is only human," she said. - ANC