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Doctor warns against ‘invasion’ of women’s bodies

Dr. Dolores Octaviano, a member of Human Life International and Doctors for Life (Photo: CBCP for Life)

MANILA, Aug. 29, 2015 – Amid widespread public outcry against the Bureau of Customs (BOC)’s opening of balikbayan boxes, a medical doctor warned against another government program that is allegedly causing harm to many Filipino families, especially women.

Calling the attention of the Department of Health (DOH)’s implementation of Republic Act No. 10354, commonly known as the RH Law, Dr. Dolores Octaviano, a member of Human Life International and Doctors for Life asked, “If the balikbayan box is considered sacred because it is seen as the extension of the humanity of every Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), how much more the human body that is created as the temple of God?”

As a medical doctor and a mother, Octaviano challenged the DOH to comply with the ruling of the Supreme Court on the RH Law for the testing and evaluation by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) of all contraceptive drugs and devices, including those that are already being presently distributed to the public, to ensure that these are safe, legal, and non-abortifacient.

Woman, bearer of life

“The balikbayan box is very dear to every Filipino family because it bears the fruits of the sacrifices of OFWs. How much more should the womb of the mother be respected and protected because it is the bearer of new human life?” she added, noting the DOH’s role as the lead government agency for the protection of the health and life of every Filipino.

“Does the DOH examine and study the ingredients of each and every drug, especially contraceptives and vaccines that can potentially harm the human body, especially the womb of the mother?”, she asked.

Citing competent clinical studies, Octiviano disclosed, “Birth control drugs and devices distributed by the DOH, such as Pills, Intra Uterine Device (IUD), Depo Povera, and Implanon, are harmful. Aside from being abortifacient, these have been proven to be carcinogenic especially to the breast, uterus and the liver.”

Balikbayan boxes and bodies

“The IUD is abortifacient. It is laced with Beta HCG that can induce abortion,” the doctor warned.

“It is important for government agencies to recognize what is sacred. The balikbayan box represents the blood and the sweat of Filipinos abroad to help their families and the Philippine economy,” said Octaviano, whose husband Erlando worked abroad many years as a Ship Officer.

“If the Bureau of Customs should respect the balikbayan box, should not the DOH likewise respect the dignity of the woman’s body?” Octaviano asked. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)

‘We need the millennials,’ CBCP says on saving environment

CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas (center) (Photo: CBCP News)

MANILA, August 28, 2015— Reflecting on the lessons of Saint Augustine, son of Saint Monica , CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas expressed the need to reach out to the millennial generation, most especially in helping taking care of the environment.

The urgent push to reach out to the younger generation was spurred by Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, and the recent declaration of Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation.

“We need the millennials. The home that God entrusted to us is dying and it’s obvious with the climate change and irresponsibility we’ve tolerated for too long,” Villegas said.

“We need their help because times are changing fast and it is them who are at the forefront of it. They bear the responsibility of understanding and evolving not just with the environment but with the faith as the times do,” he said.

Villegas further explained that millennials have the power to communicate effectively and instantly compared to the older generations.

“We hope that by reaching out to them, they can help us reach out to more people. They do that so naturally and so effortlessly already. The same way the Word of God is something we’re naturally drawn to, we hope that they share the same message of caring for our only home,” he added.

Following the Pope’s example

In the recent green encyclical, Pope Francis expressed the pressing need to care about the earth more than ever. The ecological crisis, he said, is a summons “to a profound spiritual conversion” and to a way of life that clearly shows they are believers.

The Pope added that the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will be a time for individuals and communities to “reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

“The Pope has taken a concrete lead for caring for our Mother Earth and we shouldn’t let his visit here earlier this year go to waste. As the governing body of Catholic religion and faith in the country, we are dedicated to following his example. We are, after all, not masters of the earth but stewards of it.” Villegas said. (CBCP News)