Updated 29 July 2014
Philippines’ population reaches 100 million and sticks its tongue out at the Pope! Condoms will be freely distributed…..
Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino III, still widely popular, is supporting artificial birth control even if it means risking excommunication from the dominant Roman Catholic church. But beware, Mr Aquino, the opposition is out to get you so don’t follow in the footsteps of other disgraced male political leaders. You are not smear proof and your country needs you.
The wide-ranging and acrimonious debate over government-funded access to contraceptives in the Philippines has entered the country’s Congress. The issue is creating deeper rifts between the powerful and conservative Catholic establishment, which says contraceptives are as sinful as abortions, and reformers, who want more openness about condoms and other birth control in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation to slow population growth and help prevent disease.
The Reproductive Health Bill introduced into the House of Representatives would require the government to provide information on family planning methods, make contraceptives available free of charge and introduce reproductive health and sexuality classes in schools. Perfectly reasonable and sensible I would have thought.
Supporters believe the measures will slow the Philippines’ rapid population growth that surely contributes to the country’s crushing poverty. Influential bishops [surprise!] have blocked family planning bills in the past by arguing that they would erode moral values, encourage promiscuity and early pregnancies. But would they prevent child sex abuse by paedophile priests, I wonder?