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Reproductive health bill opposed

By Ma. Nila O. Argel

Vigan City (11 November) -- Reproductive Health Bill is still a hot issue in Congress. Proponents of birth control through artificial methods believe that high growth of population is one of the main reasons of poverty in the country.

Being a Catholic nation, the Church is making its stand felt and so with the Pro-Life Advocates. They promote only natural birth control in solving the rising population growth. Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales said on Nov. 8, 2010 that "Those who support the reproductive health bill are "lost" and do not have proper formation of conscience."

The voice of Ilocos Sur, through Elizabeth Borje of Santa, Rodelia Gacusin of Candon and JAM of Bantay believes in the stand of the Church. They say that we have to follow the natural course of life and not disobey the commandment of God. Sex is a natural gift from God; however, it is not one of the basic needs like food, shelter and clothing. What is needed is control in contact. There are spouses who are happy even if they do not have an active sex life.

Soledad Sumibcay of Cabugao and Angelica Rabaca of Sta. Catalina stressed the use of artificial birth control methods such as condoms and birth-control pills, and ligation should not be imposed since it has adverse effects on the health of women.

Virgilio Real of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur considers that artificial methods of birth control are effective means of family planning but there are legal and moral concerns to be dealt with. With this, Virgilio backs the Church with its natural ways to control birth. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]

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