Substitute RH bill still not acceptable - CBCP

Posted at 11/07/12 3:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The amendments to the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill have not erased its bad provisions, an official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said.

In a report from CBCP News, Episcopal Commission on Family and Life chief and Antipolo Bishop Gabriel Reyes strongly objected to Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman’s House Bill 4244.

Reyes said “despite some good amendments, the latest version remains harmful because the bad provisions are still there.”

He noted it still has the “promotion of contraception or artificial methods of birth control.” He said this provision is still an essential part of the substitute bill.

“We remain steadfast in our position: the poor does not stand to gain anything from contraceptive use. Poverty cannot be solved – neither fully nor partially – by contraceptive use and its promotion,” he said.

Meanwhile, pro-life organizations will again hold a prayer rally on November 12 to oppose the population measure.

“Let this be an occasion for Marian devotees and Pro-lifers to unite in the prayer of the Holy Rosary to ask the Lord for the graces to continue and persevere in the unending work of service to the most helpless of God’s creations, the unborn baby,” Reyes added.

The gathering will be held at the Nuestra Señora de Guia Parish Church in Ermita, Manila at 5 p.m.

It will also be a celebration of the 9th anniversary of Rosary for Life in the Philippines.