Inter-faith Pro-life Coalition urged for moral recovery amidst the continued barrage of immoral agenda on the Philippine society through the push for legislation of anti-life bills in the Philippine. The call was made by the Pro-life Coalition in a press conference last July 15 at Club Filipino, San Juan City.
The Pro-Life Coalition is composed various socio-civic and religious groups. The press conference gathered representatives from Catholic, evangelical Christians and Muslim groups from the Imam Council of the Philippines and the Bangsamoro Civil Society Alliance. Representatives from the education and the youth sectors were likewise present.
As stated in CBCP for Life website, former congressman Dr. Benny Abante expressed the call of the Pro-Life Coalition regarding the RH Bill. Reading from a prepared statement, entitled “Reunite and restore: A call for national solidarity and moral recovery,” Dr Abante said:
We, the Prolifers, strongly oppose and will vehemently resist any or all moves by any individual, group or institution to enact the RH bill into law, particularly the senseless spending of billions of pesos on contraceptives in the guise of responsible parenthood and ‘safe sex,’ the inclusion of sex education in the curriculum for children and minors, virtually usurping the divine responsibility of parents to teach their own children, as we urge our President to exercise his power to veto such, if and when this bill passes both Houses.
Reproductive Health Bill is Against Islam and Christian Doctrines
A representative from the Muslim groups expressed his opposition to the RH Bill by saying that the provision of the said bill is against the teachings of Islam.
“There are so many verses of the Koran that state about pro-life [principles]. Sabi sa Koran, don’t kill your children by fear of poverty. Huwag matakot because Allah will sustain you,” stated Eleem Said Akmad Basher, chairman of the Imam Council of the Philippines.
Bishop Reuben Abante of the Baptist group Biblemode, on the other hand, stated that “…children are gifts from God, not accidents to be avoided. In nurturing and properly [upbringing] these gifts can we look forward to a bright future.” Bishop Abante
This statement of the bishop runs counter to the mentality being pushed by the RH Bill advocates, which treats children as burden that should be avoided through the use of cancer-causing contraceptive pills or health-hazardous IUD.
The True Needs of the Youth are Being Ignored
In the flurry of debates regarding the RH Bill, anti-lifers are quick to express that it is the youth that will benefit from the bill. The truth is that the true needs of the youth are being ignored in the RH Bill. This is also the same idea that was expressed by the representatives of the youth sector during the press conference.
Renelyn Tan, regional director of World Youth Alliance Asia-Pacific (WYAAP), expressed the fact that economic development of the youth is not enough. According to Tan, spiritual and emotional growth of the youth should also be given attention together with their economic development.
The youth representative also stressed that the media is underestimating the youth. “It saddens us that media sometimes portray young people as callous, who don’t know when to stop. But this is not true,” the youth leader asserted. This unfair portrayal of the youth in the media true if you will just watch the barrage of “documentaries” that aims to brainwash people in a belief that the only solution for the youth’s “loss of self-control” is the RH Bill.
The RH Bill is not needed in this country if the foundation of the family is strengthened. According to Renelyn Tan:
Our organization’s membership is composed of mixed people from [different kinds of families], but we are all united in the belief that parents cannot be replaced by the State, and as a country it is [imperative] for our leaders to make sure that our environment is conducive to the growth of young people [while respecting this belief]. We value so much the importance of family.
While the press conference is ongoing, students from several schools including the University of the Philippines and Metropolitan International Christian Academy showed their support to the Pro-Life Coalition.
John Juat, another youth representative from the UP Against the RH Bill, also expressed his concern about the RH Bill in the press conference. Juat said that the RH Bill will put the youth in “believing that contraceptives are safe, when there are more than 60 documented side-effects of contraceptives. The youth are in danger of thinking that contraceptives will protect us from different STDs, when the only real solution is chastity and self-control.”
He also exposed the destruction of human dignity because of the anti-life agenda. “Contraceptives degrade the dignity of a person, making that person a mere object of pleasure and making sex selfish rather than self-giving. Contraceptives will make men predators rather than protectors of women, and women objects rather than persons,” Juat lamented.
The Pro-Life Coalition press conference was attended by other notable personalities like the former Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) head Bro. Rolando Dizon, former Senator Francisco Tatad, Atty. Jo Aurea Imbong, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Legal Office; Atty. Jeremiah Belgica, Legal Counsel of the Christian Bishop Ministers Association of the Philippines (CBMAP) and Chairman of Kabataang Bagong Buhay.
Read more about the Pro-Life Coalition press conference at CBCP for Life.