noynoy aquino favors free choice for contraception method, philippine catholic church goes gaga. 71% of catholics support RH Bill
this was inevitable – noynoy aquino and the catholic church meeting at a crossroad, with one pointing to one direction and the other to another direction. while in the US, noynoy aquino announced he was for filipinos choosing their own contraception method and that should there be couples who will need help, the government will provide the couples with help on acquiring contraceptives like the pill or condom.
that statement woke up the bishops of the CBCP and lay catholic groups in the middle of the night. the catholic church is promoting only one method of contraception – the traditional method of contraception or the natural method, like the rhythm and calendar methods and does not support the use of modern methods of contraception like condoms, the pill or surgical methods.
the church was very successful at this, as for 9 years, they had the throat of president gloria macapagal arroyo who imposed her own catholic religious beliefs on the whole nation. under the arroyo administration, only the traditional methods pushed by the church was promoted in public health centers. you can’t even get any information on modern methods of contraception from the public health centers and hospitals. in fact arroyo stopped the free distribution of condoms and pills which where being done through the funding of USAID.
noynoy aquino was very clear on his position on this matter during the election – he was for free and open choice for couples on the method of contraception. it was a matter of time that he would cross paths with the catholic church. that time is now.
catholic lay groups woke up on the second day of the controversy, on the first day, the bishops of the CBCP were wide awake, saying they were “hurt” by the statements of noynoy aquino. they even said the bishops will be supporting protest actions that will be done by catholics on the matter. on cue, the catholic lay groups woke up and said they have already met and are actually planning protest actions.
here some facts that the bishops and catholic lay groups might ant to look into before they actually hold their protest actions:
>> a high 71% of filipino catholics support the reproductive health bill based on a survey by SWS
that can mean the planned protest actions of the catholic lay groups might not be well attended. or that a large part of the silent majority of catholics are disagreeing with them on this issue. it will be difficult to justify this action by the catholic lay groups when a large number of catholics in the country do not support their views and in fact support the RH Bill.
the RH BIll is the lightning rod for modern methods of contraception which has been pending at congress as arroyo and her congressmen from previous years were able to successfully delay the passage or even a debate on the bill.
it appears to us the catholic church on this one has lost its voice among their own flock.