Fighting for life and freedom in the Philippines

Fighting for life and freedom in the Philippines

I received the following message from the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (they call it the Friday Fax), an organization which lobbies on behalf of Catholic principles at the United Nations. Who could have imagined that a staunchly Catholic country like the Philippines—which has the largest Catholic population in Asia—would begin to attack human rights and Catholic teaching this way. It’s important to recall that such things are often pushed by the UN and the radical activists from various nongovernmental organizations that basically run it.

Filipino Congress Considers Coercive Two-Child Limit

The Filipino Congress is set to vote on Monday on a bill that critics say would discriminate against families with more than two children and would require the Catholic Church to provide sex education in schools and to pay for the sterilizations of its employees.

According to reports from the Filipino Family Fund, various Filipino legislators, arguing that the Philippines needs a much more aggressive policy of population control, introduced a bill that is strikingly similar to the One-Child policy of Communist China. The “Responsible Parenting and Population Control Act of 2005” includes a preference in education for two-child families, free access to abortifacients, mandatory sex education for children as young as 10-years-old and imprisonment penalties for health care providers who refuse to perform or provide sterilization services for a population that is 87 percent Catholic and 5 percent Muslim.

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Domenico Bettinelli
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  • Certain Filipino congressmen were spreading ludicrous rumors last year that half of their population didn’t know how babies were made.  Their friends in the NGOs gladly spread throughout the media this slander on the common sense of the Filipino people.

  • imprisonment penalties for health care providers who refuse to perform or provide sterilization services

    It’s safe to assume, isn’t it, that the majority of “resistors” are Christians, right? I mean, we can all agree on that, right?  As Philip K. Dick sez: The Empire never ended.

    Responsible Parenting and Population Control Act of 2005

    I can hear it now: “Comrade, you’re not being responsible.”

    It is your great-grandfather’s Totalinarianism.

  • “I should point out the interesting fact that Eileen (Spotts) Cosby and I dated back in college. Small world.”

    Out of respect for your wife I don’t think you should have written this.

  • I asked Melanie. She said: “Huh? What business is it of hers?” That’s just rude of you to make that comment.

    Melanie and I both know we dated other people before we met. Eileen and I have remained friends and colleagues. We even invited each other our respective weddings.

    That you would even say this is bizarre.

  • As someone who is intimately familar with the situation in the Philippines I have diagnosed the problem there as this:

    Yes, there is explosive population growth in PI. But it is recent. The islands have been Roman Catholic for 500 years so this pop. growth is due to something new.

    Here’s the new thing: American morality. There is a wave of young unmarried girls having babies. Traditional Filipino morality which is based on Roman Catholic morality is being subverted by American-MTV morality.

    The last time I spoke of this was with a “Catholic” couple over our house as they politely spewed bile about “irresponsible” Filipino couples with 4+ children & how women were “ignorant” of birth control.

    My first imulse was to throw them both out of my house but I just knocked down their comments with the observation of how things were fine for 500 years. They just stared at me blankly …. and then maybe looked around my house at the two children running around (they knew my marriage was <3 years old)…and so I think they understood, then, that I was “one of those.”

    “one of those” – a Roman Catholic actually attempting to live out the Church’s teaching.

    Birth control is shameful and I’ll say this: most American Roman Catholic married couples ought to be ashamed of themselves.

    God, give me the courage to have a big family.

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