MANILA, Philippines – The United Nations on Sunday expressed its support for a proposed law that would provide Philippine government funding for contraceptives and has pitted the popular president against the influential Roman Catholic church.
The bill promotes contraceptive use in a poor country with one of Asia’s fastest-growing populations. The House of Representatives plans to decide Tuesday whether to end debate on the bill and put it to a vote, reigniting acrimony over an issue that has divided Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation for years.
Catholic bishops led a rally on Saturday by thousands of followers urging the bill’s rejection and attacking President Benigno Aquino III for supporting it. An archbishop, Socrates Villegas, urged Aquino to focus on his promise to eradicate corruption and poverty and not promote “a culture of contraception” that “looks at babies as reasons for poverty … a mistake and not a blessing.” [Source]
God bless the Filipino bishops and the laity united with them in this fight. I have other feelings regarding the UN and President Aquino who fell far from the tree of his saintly mother.