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Reformers, Catholic establishment battle over use of condoms in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines -- The president of the Philippines says he is ready to face excommunication from the Catholic Church for advocating free access to condoms. A boxing champion says he is the best example why contraceptives should never be allowed.

After simmering for months, a wide-ranging and acrimonious debate over government-funded access to contraceptives in the Philippines has entered the country's Congress.

The issue pits the powerful and conservative Catholic establishment, which says contraceptives are as sinful as abortions, against reformers who want more openness about condoms and other birth control methods in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation to slow population growth and help prevent disease.

The reproductive health bill introduced Tuesday in the House of Representatives would require the government to provide information on family planning methods, make contraceptives available free of charge and introduce reproductive health and sexuality classes in schools.

President Benigno Aquino III, still widely popular a year after a landslide election victory, has backed artificial birth control even if it means going against the dominant Catholic church. He said last month he was ready to face the consequences and if necessary risk excommunication.

"I have been taught in school, which was a Catholic institution, that the final arbiter really is our conscience," Aquino told reporters Wednesday. "We are not looking for a fight with the church. This is on the record. I have invited them many times so that we can have discussions, and we have focused on areas where we can agree on."

Supporters believe the measure will slow the Philippines' rapid population growth that some believe contributes to the country's crushing poverty. About a third of the country's 94 million people live on US$1 a day.

Church leaders have lashed out at Aquino and mobilized a formidable public campaign to defeat the bill, with some bishops threatening to launch civil disobedience protests.

1 Comment
May 19, 2011    ceo@
The Philippines may be a sovereign state in name only -- the cultural colonization of the minds of the average, under-educated Filipino is still extant as the Catholic memes burned into our damaged culture by the Spanish invaders is still extant.

With all due respect to Congressman Pacquaio, his anti-RH bill shows that becoming a Filipino billionaire doesn't necessarily make you educated overnight.

A Spanish friend once apologized to me for their complicity in the "mind job" perpetrated on our country by their forebears on behave of Rome. There is no hope for this country while our people are foolish enough to follow the stupidity of Catholicism.
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