Sat Dec 29, 2012, 04:00 AM
alp227 (29,327 posts)
Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino
Philippines President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a bill providing for free access to contraception and family planning.
Supporters say the law, which took 14 years to pass, will reduce poverty and maternal mortality in a country with the highest birth rate in the region.
The Roman Catholic Church repeatedly tried to block the bill.
Parliament failed to pass the measure several times before approving a final version on 19 December.
Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20863691
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Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino (Original post)
|Prometheus Bound||Dec 2012||#2|
|Judi Lynn||Dec 2012||#3|
Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #1)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 04:55 AM
Prometheus Bound (3,489 posts)
2. Yes, the Catholic Church seems to have a very strong interest in perpetuating poverty.
This is great news.
Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 05:26 AM
calimary (40,364 posts)
5. Agreed! We need this all over the world.
Getting a handle on our mushrooming population is really just about the only thing that's going to save us, seems to me.
Response to alp227 (Original post)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:41 AM
Turbineguy (21,068 posts)
6. "....reduce poverty and maternal mortality...."?
It's the thin end of the wedge. Camels nose under the tent. It's the end of the World as the Catholic Church knows it.
Response to Turbineguy (Reply #6)
Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:54 AM
SharonAnn (10,217 posts)
7. Good! Their world can't end too soon. And I'm a former Catholic, disenchanted by
their failure to change to today's world and to recognize the rights of women.
Under Pope John XXIII, in the 1960's, I really thought things would change. But they haven't. And over the last few decades, they've become more intransigent and more ossified.
I would love to be able to practice the Catholic religion as I understand it, but today's Church isn't anything like what I thought Catholicism was.