MANILA, Nov. 7, 2012—Antipolo bishop Gabriel Reyes D.D., chair of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) in a pastoral statement strongly objected to the proposed substitute of House bill 4244 sponsored by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman.
In his statement, Reyes said that “despite some good amendments, the latest version remains harmful because the bad provisions are still there.”
He cited as an example the “promotion of contraception or artificial methods of birth control,” emphasizing that it is still very much part of the measure which, according to the prelate, is a “constitutive or an essential part” of the latest version.
Reyes – hinting at discrimination – also pointed out that the bill is unacceptable because promoting contraception and giving free contraceptives are wrong whether to rich or poor.
“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,” the bishop said.
Just today Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, one of the many staunch opponents of the controversial measure, said that “If [RH proponents] want amendments of the RH bill, we do it line by line, till kingdom come ‘yan.” (CBCP for Life)