Official Statement: Setting the record straight

During interpellations Monday on the privilege speech given by Pangasinan Rep. Kimi Cojuangco, who is among the sponsors of House Bill 4244 which seeks to establish a taxpayer-funded contraceptive welfare program and mandatory sex education, the congresswoman went into a diatribe on the Catholic Church. Cojuangco was within her rights to try to convince her colleagues to vote for the measure. But the attack, which contained utter falsehoods, was uncalled for.

Cojuangco needs a fact-checker. First of all, no massive rally has been called for March 25 to mark the “Day of the Unborn,” an international celebration promoting the dignity of human life. Rather, it was suggested by Pro-Life Philippines that pro-life groups hold “candle-lighting activities for the unborn; prayer meetings to spread the message of life and love; poster-designing contests revolving around the pro-life theme; seminars and exhibits related to pro-life issues; printing and distribution of leaflets and other information materials to encourage awareness of culture of life issues; and rallies or small public meetings to propagate the pro-life message.”

Cojuangco accuses Catholic bishops of being a stumbling block, claiming the Philippines was still in the “dark ages.” But the bill is 80% redundant, as many provisions are already found in the 2009 Magna Carta for Women and other regulations. We do not need this bill.

The congresswoman herself appears to be in the dark about the ill effects of artificial contraceptives which she wants to distribute to women at the expense of taxpayers. Oral contraceptive pills are classified by a WHO research unit as Group 1 carcinogens along with asbestos, arsenic, formaldehyde, and plutonium.

Cojuangco should get her facts straight and carefully study the Church’s position on the RH bill, instead of engaging in juvenile attacks unbecoming of a legislator.

The Church is opposed to chemical pills because these can lead to very early abortions. Medical literature have documented that aside from suppressing ovulation and thickening the cervical mucus to prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg, chemical agents in the pill have a third mechanism – terminating life by making the endometrial lining of the ovary hostile to a newly formed human being in cases where the first two mechanisms fail.

It’s irresponsible for a lawmaker to recommend chemical contraception without disclosing its dangerous side effects and without considering the ethical and moral implications. Women deserve to know the truth about the pill.

Cojuangco makes the erroneous and misleading claim that the family planning method accepted by the Church does not work, “Period.”

German researcher Dr. Petra Frank-Herrmann found in 2007 that the Symptothermal Method’s effectiveness is “comparable to the effectiveness of modern contraceptive methods such as oral contraceptives, and is an effective and acceptable method of family planning. The Symptothermal Method involves monitoring fertility signs such as body temperature and cervical mucus secretions. It is a modern method of natural family planning endorsed by the Church, along with the Billings Ovulation Method and the Basal Body Temperature Method.

On the contrary, artificial contraceptives, which are so widespread in countries like the US, have not reduced abortion because of significant failure rates. Cojuangco should be informed that in the US, half of women who had abortions used contraceptives in the month when they became pregnant.

For Rep. Kimi Cojuangco to accuse the Church of meddling in state affairs is deceptive. The RH bill will trample upon individual and religious rights by forcing Catholic hospitals and doctors to provide contraceptives and sterilization services and mandating Catholic schools to teach contraception to students. Worse, Catholic taxpayers will foot the bill.

The proponents of the bill are in fact the ones seeking to impose their own views, using taxpayers’ money, and with the coercive force of law. We call for more legislative debates on the bill, so Cojuangco and her allies would see the light.

Posted in Official Statements/Press Releases, Women's Health
4 comments on “Official Statement: Setting the record straight
  1. Larry Anderson says:

    I hope the Philippines can resist and refuse the demands for this intrustion into your culture and values. Once the door is opened it will neve close and there is no bottom or end. Today in America at least, there are even discussions that a woman should be able to terminate their child’s life to the age of 3, being a parasite and not viable without her assistance. THERE IS NO WAY TO CLOSE THE PANDORA’S BOX once opened. SLAM IT SHUT, Tell the intuding UN and all others, to get out of your concerns. Let the people be informed, GET EVERY REPRESENTATIVE OUT OF POWER AND OFFICE NOW that takes such a stand, otherwise, for you to compromise even a small amount keeps the door open to endless compromises until the enemy of God achieves their goal to destroy you. Once you go down this road, there is no end, there is no justification and God’s protection and special concerns for your nation will be lost, leaving the Philippines subject to all powers around that will swollow up your nation, freedoms and hope.

  2. Larry Anderson says:

    AN EXAMPLE OF WHERE THE PHILIPPINES IS RAPIDLY HEADED. Your way is paved, pointed and directed, avoid it as the plague. There is no avoiding consequences, the example of consequences and destruction of personal lives and nation is evident when you examine any other country that has gone this direction. I am not Catholic but respect the religion and hope it gives, to all religions that give faith, believe, hope in God, in future, in family. Please don’t be lied to and accept any part, this is your war now, loose it and many will loose their souls, including your own children and grand children.

    I wonder if the people will ever find everything that is in the ObamaCare package before they die? Not much out there to smile about is there?

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    Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2012 15:05:15 -0500

    Subject: “Abortion Surcharge” in ObamaCare…

    Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
    Liberty Counsel

    3/16/2012

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week that a minimum of one dollar a month from every ObamaCare participant will help pay for someone’s abortion. The “abortion surcharge” is cleverly hidden in the insurance premium, but not allowed to be listed as a line item. If you find that thought upsetting, as I do, then please join me in committing to pray that ObamaCare will be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court!

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    In case you missed the breaking news about ObamaCare this week, please read my very important update below – Mat.

    Janice,

    It’s now official. Contained in just-released Health and Human Services guidelines is yet another mandate that requires an “abortion premium” for the establishment of state health care exchanges.

    According to our friends at LifeNews…

    “To comply with the accounting requirement, plans will collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer… The enrollee will make two payments, $1 per month for abortion and another payment for the rest of the services covered.

    As described in the rule, the surcharge can only be disclosed to the enrollee at the time of enrollment. Furthermore, insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to directly subsidize abortions.”

    Here’s the bottom line: All Americans were lied to by our President, who promised that ObamaCare would not enhance abortion services, nor would taxpayer money be used to fund these murderous procedures!

    And you will certainly remember the President’s oh-so-sincere promise that “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.”
    It turns out that, too, was a convenient “misrepresentation.”

    ++CBO Report: ObamaCare cost estimates have doubled!

    Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its most recent projections revealing that ObamaCare’s costs will be nearly double what the President promised and Congress approved – from $900 Billion to $1.76 Trillion. But independent analysts say the true cost will, in all likelihood, far exceed $2 Trillion over that ten-year span.

    We have been saying all along that the Obama administration used accounting trickery to insure that his healthcare package came in under $1 Trillion. Now that, too, has been CONFIRMED.

    Far fewer people will be able to obtain employer plans – or keep their existing plans – than was falsely promised.

    Further, the CBO report disclosed the likelihood that four million people – more than four times the original estimate – will be unable to have access to healthcare services through their employers.

    ++We must fervently pray to be delivered from the murderous, unaffordable, deceitful snares of ObamaCare!

    I was taken aback when President Barak Obama, the leader who habitually shuns National Day of Prayer observances, called for a “prayer vigil” to rally public support for his cornerstone legislation this week.

    As I said at the time, I applaud the President’s desire to submit ObamaCare to the Lord, but I think he may be very surprised at His response!

    I am requesting that ALL friends of Liberty Counsel rise up in an unprecedented wave of unity – and PRAY – not to sway public opinion – but, as Joel 1:14 declares, to “Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.”

    Beginning March 26th, the United States Supreme Court will hear three days of oral argument on the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Law” cases. Their deliberations will include many of the key components of Liberty Counsel’s lawsuit against ObamaCare.

    The President will doubtless rally supporters outside the Supreme Court that day – but I believe that together, you and I will be joined by well over 100,000 believers – faithfully praying for every phase of the Court hearings and the deliberative period leading up to their ruling being released, probably in June.

    Soon, I will be passing along specific prayer requests and key issues for which to pray effectively and fervently.

    For now, let’s start with the painfully obvious: ObamaCare has now been exposed as being an engine of death for pre-born Americans. And it is destroying our precious freedom of conscience by FORCING participants to pay an “abortion premium”!

    The fact that the new HHS “guidelines” require insurance providers to hide the “abortion surcharge” in overall premium payments clearly demonstrates the administration’s intent to deceive pro-moral Americans.

    LORD, DELIVER US FROM OBAMACARE!

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    Our Book of Remembrance is based on the pattern described in Malachi 3:16…

    “A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.”
    It commemorates the names of those joining a solemn assembly to petition the Lord in a time of great trouble – in fact, a time like this!

    Our Book of Remembrance is the roll of a national gathering of Believers, convened on the Internet, covenanting to join in prayer in the Spirit of Joel 1:14.

    It will contain the names of multiplied tens of thousands of deeply concerned Christians who will be crying, “Lord, deliver us from ObamaCare!” throughout the period of time leading up to the expected announcement of the Court’s holdings in June.

    Our nation desperately needs 100,000 or more prayerful patriots to be included in Liberty Counsel’s Book of Remembrance. More than anything else, Liberty Counsel’s Book of Remembrance is a way for you to play a direct role in STOPPING ObamaCare now and for all time!

    Click here to add your name to the roll of Believers who will commit to pray over the next several weeks:

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    ++We are totally committed to seeking God’s Hand of deliverance!
    In early May 2011, as I entered the courtroom of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals facing the Department of Justice in our case “Liberty University v. Geithner,” I was carrying our Amici Book. If you will remember, the book was filled with over 76,000 names of people who had committed to pray for us that day and throughout this process.

    As I’ve shared with you before, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that the individual mandate is a “tax” under the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA), and thus the court does not have jurisdiction to rule on the merits until the “tax” is paid and a “refund” is sought by a taxpayer.

    Thus, according to the appeal court’s logic, the case could not even be brought to the federal courts until the mandate becomes effective in 2014.

    This ruling went against every court in America that considered ObamaCare! Every other court found that the mandate is a “penalty,” not a tax, and that the AIA does not apply.

    There was never any doubt that the Supreme Court would be the final arbiter of the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Now, as I look back over these events, I CLEARLY see God’s providential Hand guiding the process and answering our prayers! And I expect nothing less than His blessing as the Supreme Court considers ObamaCare’s final disposition.

    I know that God’s people were praying that day last May and throughout this long, drawn-out process. Further, I believe the Lord has uniquely prepared Liberty Counsel for this season in our nation’s history. I believe that God is bigger than all of this – and that our Fourth Circuit ruling and the DOJ’s appeal certainly didn’t take Him by surprise!

    The Lord has continually honored our work and the prayers of His people. The evidence of that is quite clear!

    That’s why I am once again calling upon you, Janice,
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    This legal battle against the government takeover of the American healthcare system is arguably the most historic litigation ever fought in the United States federal judiciary! It is truly worthy of every American Christian’s best prayer effort.

    Thank you in advance for your prayer support and continuing partnership with Liberty Counsel. May God richly bless you!

    Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
    Liberty Counsel

    P.S. The High Court’s ruling, expected in June, will impact every business, healthcare facility, health insurer, and, most importantly, every individual in America. Their holding will either restore several of the pillars of our Constitution that ObamaCare violates, or further extend Big Government’s reach into the lives of every American.

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  3. Domingo Arong says:

    Rep. Cojuanco should read the Paper on World Population Ageing (2009) by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations–the third in a series, the first released in 2002 and the second in 2007:

    http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/WPA2009/WPA2009_WorkingPaper.pdf

    Surprisingly, this U.N. Paper suggests that the real concern is not about a population that is exploding, but a population that is rapidly aging and its impact, among others, on government pension systems (such as SSS and GSIS) and what it refers to as the “potential support ratio” worldwide.

    Rep. Cojuanco should also be advised that no one is compelled to be a Roman Catholic and that no Roman Catholic is ever compelled to follow its teachings and practice.

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