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Abra Bishop: No to artificial contraception; urges everyone to respect life

by Maritess Beņas

Bangued, Abra (22 July) -- "I am one with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in upholding the church position of "No To Artificial Contraception". This was the statement of Monsignor Leopoldo C. Jaucian, Bishop of the Diocese of Bangued in an interview by a local radio station here.

Msgr. Jaucian said he plans to talk to Abra Representative Cecilia S. Luna to urged her not to push the bill in Congress and be "pro-life" and promote the natural family planning method.

While the Bishop recognizes population growth as one of the factors that undermine our economic development in the country, he does not approve the use of artificial birth control methods as these kills the innocent life.

"The child in the womb of a mother is par excellence - of the greatest value - and has the right to life and deserves our love and care", the bishop emphasized.

Msgr. Jaucian instead pointed out that the root cause of poverty is land. This he realized when he attended the 2nd Rural Congress where the 200 delegates from various rural sectors and institutions represented mostly by rural workers who articulated that most of them do not have lands of their own and therefore are not productive.

Instead of taking efforts and focus our attention into the promotion of the artificial birth control methods as a way of population management, why don't we instead look into the equitable distribution of lands so that everyone will have access to the means of production necessary to improve our productivity and ultimately fight poverty?, the bishop quipped.

Relative to this, the Bishop congratulated Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin and Congresswoman Luna for their effort to effect change in Abra. He appreciated the many good things that happened in Abra since last year especially in infrastructure development. However, he reiterated his appeal to the leaders to respect life as he stressed, "if there is light, there's a shadow - the killings in Abra is keeping our image tainted."

He likewise posed his challenge to all Abrenios and reminded each one to do what we can do for the government and for our people because our conditions greatly depend on how the citizenry contribute to the welfare of our province. He appealed to everyone to continue helping each other. (PIA-Abra) [top]

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