MANILA, April 15, 2015—A lawmaker known for his pro-life and pro-family views has alerted the faithful about what he fears could be the wide-ranging effects of the hotly-debated Reproductive Health (RH) Law, not only on particular groups of people, but on the whole country.
“This [RH Law] is a problem that concerns the entire nation. This is not just the problem of our group, or some other [pro-life] groups for that matter,” Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza told Church-run Radio Veritas in an interview.
“Once we fail to do our part for life, those pushing for birth control, as well as abortion, all over the world would likely prevail. This kind of mentality will get hold of Filipinos,” he added.
Noting how the enforcement of RH could impinge on their civil liberties, Atienza reasserted the need to ensure that the rights of women and children will be protected in the face of threats the law poses to the integrity of the Filipino family.
The former Manila mayor also expressed disappointment over the failure of the government to issue a clear version of the Implementing Rules and Regulation of the RH Law which allegedly contain revisions based on the Supreme Court (SC) ruling.
Meanwhile, an alliance of pro-life and pro-family groups led by Pro-Life Philippines released a manifesto recently calling on the government to heed the judiciary’s decision on RH.
It laments that Congress passed the RH Act under what it describes as “less than appropriate and acceptable procedures,” and was signed into law on a “largely similar circumstance.”
“While in many instances we disagreed with the way this law was impressed upon the people as legally legitimate, though morally infirmed, socially damaging, and fundamentally risky to vulnerable individuals, we respected the inevitable,” it explains.
To read the rest of the manifesto, visit http://www.prolife.org.ph/?p=6821.
The Catholic Church maintains that Natural Family Planning (NFP) Method is the only morally acceptable way for couples to determine the number of children they intend to have.
In the controversial encyclical “Humanae Vitae” (“Of Human Life”) issued in 1968, then Pope Paul VI reaffirms what the Church has taught since time immemorial: that life, as well as the procreative and unitive nature of conjugal relations, is sacred.
Parts of the document read: “Love is total — that very special form of personal friendship in which husband and wife generously share everything, allowing no unreasonable exceptions and not thinking solely of their own convenience. Whoever really loves his partner loves not only for what he receives, but loves that partner for the partner’s own sake, content to be able to enrich the other with the gift of himself.” (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News with reports from Reyn Letran)