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ARMM Approves Own RH bill

by Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao
Posted at 12/18/2012 12:49 AM | Updated as of 12/18/2012 10:46 PM

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is an ardent supporter of the reproductive health (RH) bill.

Pending the signature of the President on the controversial national bill, the ARMM government approved the Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 292 that created and established reproductive healthcare for people in the region.
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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.
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Iba’t Ibang Religious Groups, Nagsama-sama Para Ipakita ang Suporta sa RH Bill

By | 18:30 PM 08/16/2012

Nagsama-sama ang iba’t ibang religious leaders at ang kanilang mga taga-sunod para ipakita ang pagsuporta sa Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.

Sa isang press conference na inorganisa ng Interfaith Partnership for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood Incorporated, nagsama-sama sina Bishop Fred Magbanua ng Council of Bishops of the Philippines, Father Rex Reyes ng National Council of Churches in the Philippines, Professor Harry Daguit, board member ng National Ulama Conference of the Philippines, Bishop Efraim Tendero ng Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, grupong Catholic for Reproductive Health at ilang myembro ng Iglesia ni Cristo.
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RH Bill Not Evil, Says Protestant Church Leader

By: Jefry M. Tupas,
August 6, 2012 2:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A Protestant Church leader in Davao City said Monday the highly contested Reproductive Health Bill is “not evil” because it offers Filipinos, especially the poor, freedom to plan their families, but stressed that his group respects the position of the Catholic Church.

How can it be evil, asked Bishop Modesto Villasanta of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP), if it is designed to help poor families access maternal and children’s health services and products and help families make an informed decision about family size?

“It is not evil. It is not perfect but definitely it is not evil. The measure is in fact good for the many Filipino families who are poor and needing of help,” said Villasanta.

He said he personally hopes that Congress will pass the measure into law. “If they vote for the passage of the Reproductive Health Bill, they will vote to end the suffering of countless poor families, especially women and children. It would mean that they are responding to the need of the Filipinos in relation to reproductive health,” Villasanta said.

The vote would somehow show that the government has recognized the fact that majority of the Filipinos need help. “In a way, this is to say that the government has recognized and therefore will be responding to the need of the poor families, particularly women and their children.”

Villasanta said the position of the entire UCCP as a church is also supportive of the bill. He stressed, however, that the UCCP respects the position of the Catholic Church.

“We are supporting the passage of the bill not because we have a different view with the Catholic Church. Our position and support come from what will Filipinos get from this measure. The theological stand of the Catholic Church is something that we respect. We do not question and counter that position,” he said.
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Evangelical Churches Re-echo Strong Support for RH Bill

August 5, 2012

The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, a network of more than 30,000 evangelical congregations in the Philippines, reiterates its call for the immediate consolidation and passing of the House Bill 4244, more commonly known as the Reproductive Health Bill. We call on our legislators to end the debates and to vote for its approval. We wholeheartedly support Pres. Aquino’s statement that “Perhaps the debates should end and Congress can decide, once and for all, on the responsible parenthood bill,”

We believe that the RH Bill is pro-life. Life begins at fertilization, and the promotion of the use of artificial forms of contraception does not take away life, for life begins at the union of the sperm and the egg cells.

We believe the RH Bill promotes a responsible lifestyle. As we have stated in our previous statements, God had created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). When He commanded Adam and Eve to “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it,” He gave it to a world population of two. Now that the world population has escalated to seven billion, all the more, we are to fulfill the second part of the mandate, which is to subdue the earth. Responsible parenthood should be one of our responses to this call, and this would entail determining the number of children that we would raise in decent standards.

We believe that the purpose of marriage is not procreation alone, but also to enjoy the divinely instituted intimacy between husband and wife.
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PCID Supports the Passage of the RH Bill in ARMM

Press Release
July 24, 2012

QUEZON CITY – The Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) in the ARMM held a consultative meeting on the RH Bill on July 18 at the Alnor Hotel and Convention Center in Cotabato City. The meeting was attended by representatives from sectors such as business, religious, women, youth, and media.

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) supports the passage of the RH Bill in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in line with its work promoting maternal and child health in the region known to be the most dangerous to pregnant women and infants.

PCID and the Magbassa Kita Foundation (MKFI) have organized the Noorus Salam (Light of Peace), the first national network of Muslim women religious (aleemat and ustadzas) and civil society leaders, working to capacitate women in peace and development efforts.

PCID believes the RH Bill will address the crucial and difficult role of marginalized women in ARMM as they contend with not only raising a family in poverty, amid uncertain conditions brought about by continuous conflict in the region.
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INC Throws Support for RH Bill

By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News
Posted at 04/25/2011 4:51 PM | Updated as of 04/25/2011 8:10 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Calling natural family planning immoral, the influential Christian denomination Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has expressed support for the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.

In a letter to House population and family relations committee chairman Rep. Rogelio Espina on October 2010, INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo said the bill needs to be passed.

In the letter, Manalo said it is the “moral imperative” of every parent to guide their children and make sure they have food, shelter, clothing, and proper education. This can be done if they “plan the number of their children and keep it under control.”

He added that INC supports artificial family planning methods as long as they do not induce abortion, while taking a swipe at natural family planning, which the Catholic Church endorses.

Using natural family planning methods, couples will only have sex during naturally infertile periods to avoid pregnancy.

“These methods are not only unnatural and ineffective but they also are immoral, since they contradict the commandment that God has given to married couples. The Bible instructs married couples not to deprive one another of intimate marital relations for long, extended period of time,” Manalo said.

“Further, any abstinence at all for a married couple is supposed to be with the mutual consent of husband and wife and not for the purpose of preventing pregnancies,” he said.
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