Philippine Bishops oppose reproductive health bill
(Vatican Radio) In the Philippines, the House of Representatives passed a controversial,
so-called “Reproductive Health” Bill, despite strong opposition by the Church.
Bill was passed by a narrow margin, with congressman voting in favour of the legislation
by a margin of 113 to 104, with 3 abstentions. More than 70 congressman were marked
absent in the voting.
The Bishops of the Philippines have been adamant in
their opposition to the Bill, organising prayers and vigils against its passage.
yesterday’s vote, at a Mass in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the
Unborn, the Archbishop of Lipa, Ramon Argüelles spoke about what was at stake in the
conflict. Addressing the blessed Virgin, he said, “Mama Mary, never before at any
other time in our history as a predominantly Catholic nation, are we faced with so
serious a conflict. We truly need your protection. We need your maternal and loving
care. Great are the forces loosed to destroy our Filipino culture, eliminate our race
from the face of the earth, and destroy our religion.”
After the disappointing
vote, Archbishop Arguelles said the proceedings showed “our legislators are not with
the people . . . We will continue to pray, to promote life.”
The Bill must
still pass the Senate, and both chambers of the Legislature must agree on a final
version before the measure becomes law.