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Noynoy Aquino defies Church, backs controversial RH Bill 5043

Aquino defies Church, backs controversial bill
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 17:07:00 09/28/2009

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said on Monday he remains firm in supporting the passage of House Bill 5043 or proposed Reproductive Health and Population Development Act even if it means the Catholic church and pro-life groups will not support his presidential bid for 2010.

Aquino said the bill can pave the way for parents’ education in taking responsibility for the growth of their children. The country’s population can balloon to more than 92 million, according to a forecast by the National Statistics Office.

“Whatever they say about my position on the RH bill, I am sticking to it despite the pressure from certain quarters. If I get the support or not of the Church and pro-life groups [for my presidential bid in 2010], it is secondary for my advocacy to get everybody educated on reproductive health,” he said.

“Parents must be reminded they have a responsibility with their children,” Aquino stressed. “I need not go far to see a mother with children having only 10 months gap in between and with the next generation suffering the same poor conditions.”

But even with a law on reproductive health, Aquino said parents should be given independence to decide on how many children they want and whether or not to use natural or artificial methods of contraception.

Aquino said he is not “comfortable” that the government will provide a specific budget in support of artificial family planning. “And it is not right to tell patients that only artificial methods can be used for family planning,” he added.


  1. October 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    I greatly appreciate Noynoy for standing on his firm belief on the need for RH!

    i hope other presidential aspirants and other candidates/politicians who believe in the need for Planning the Family and the availability/ accessibility of RH services esp. to our poor Filipino families … will be firm in what they believe in and openly Speak it Out! despite the opposition of the Catholic hierarchy, just like Noynoy.

    The primary purpose of which is for the good of the many Filipinos, for then to be RESPONSIBLE! they should also be given the OPTIONS on what method is EFFECTIVE & BEST for them and not just the so called pro-lifes’ “No-choice-NFP only” method.

    If a couple prefers the Natural FP, that’s fine! if another couple opt for pills or a husband prefers “No-Needle No-Scalpel Vasectomy” because they cannot afford to have additional children … well, that should also be fine!

  2. Vishnu B Palacio
    January 18, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    The stand of Noynoy is very much appreciated. The realization that our country has a blouted population may have been observed by these man. Farms are becoming houses, land conversion to industrialization, educational institutions highly populated by children who’s parents does not even follow their developement academically or personalilty wise, food importation from other countries (now we have to import sugar)and the proliferations of squatters along banks and major rivers is a proof of a bloated population. And in a country with a very small GNP, your starving many if we allow the balloning further of our population. Soon, such problems like insurance, health services (likely happening) and decient way of life will be affected if this issue is not checked.
    Applause to the next hope of these country. Congratulations sir…

  3. Brian Ramos
    January 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Lord God may YOUR WILL be done! Pro-Life! Our Lady of Guadalupe Pray for Us!

  4. cora
    March 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    go noy

  5. Enrique
    May 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    God surely favored the candidate who saw practicality in passing this bill. Im sure God is already pissed off at seeing irresponsible parents and groups hypocritically claiming they are pro life.

  1. February 19, 2010 at 8:24 am

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