Church Group Says Yes to RH Bill

By: Philippine News Agency
September 29, 2012 5:29 AM

ILOILO CITY, Philippines – The six million membership Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) is strongly supporting the passage of the much-delayed House Bill 4244 or Reproductive Health (RH) bill and had asked Congress to make it a priority.

In a meeting with the local media here Friday, Right Rev. Felomino Ang, secretary of the Supreme Council of Bishops and Right Rev. Joselito Cruz, general sectary of Iglesia Filipina Independiente, said they are reiterating their support to the bill as pastoral teachings declared in their statement issued on January 12, 1993.

The pastoral teachings specified that it is “the duty of government and of parents to ensure the full development of children for a quality of life that reflects their dignity as created in God’s image.”

Rev. Ang said they believe the key principle of the bill is compatible with the moral and social teachings of the Gospel and the promotion and protection of the rights of the Filipino people, especially the poor and the marginalized.

The IFI hierarchy is convinced the RH bill is not about morality of population control and contraceptive methods. They added that debates in Congress only obstruct the essence of the bill as a deliberate attempt to disregard the rights and welfare of women by denying them access to health services, information and choice.

The church of the IFI also maintains two dioceses in the United States and another two in Europe. It commands numerous followers in the city and the provinces of Iloilo, Antique, Capiz, Aklan, Negros Occidental and Guimaras.

Rev. Ang assured they are not compelling their flock to go for block voting in the elections nor is the church hierarchy pressuring its members to vote for certain political candidates.

The IFI official said its members are free to participate in the elections and choose their political leaders in the country.



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