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The experience of India may be a case in point in warning all the poor women and men in the Philippines that such step is just a beginning in policy changes that may hamper gender equality and women empowerment. It requires people’s vigilance as to remind us of India’s case. India has been a population control/reproductive health project of the USA and Europe where these countries take history of policies along population control for the global consumption.

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Just when Interaksyon.com published an interview with the late former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini who said that the Catholic Church was “200 years out of date,” De La Salle professors called for intellectual openness and empowerment of the poor and marginalised…

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Not all religious leaders are against the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill. A leader of the Protestant Church in Davao City has said that the RH Bill is not evil because it aims to do good for the Filipino people. Bishop Modesto Villasanta of the United Church…

“The RH bill is about women’s access to healthcare, the right to informed choice. This is not an issue of population control or a question of religion or faith. Lawmakers, as well as the rest of the Filipino people, should focus on the state of women and children’s ‘un-health’, and this should be the primary consideration when lawmakers cast their vote to end debates and interpellation on August 7.” – Rep. Luz Ilagan, Gabriela Women’s party

“Population control defeats the rights-based, health-based, pro-poor characteristics of the RH Bill. As we call for the removal of population control provisions in the RH bill, the retention of pro-poor provisions lifted from Gabriela’s Comprehensive RH bill is non-negotiable.” – GWP Rep. Luz Ilagan

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld AN appeal based on liberation theology is among the least likely to convince the mostly conservative bishops of the Catholic Church to end their campaign against the Reproductive Health bills now pending in Congress. (The Senate version is SB 2865, “An act providing for a national policy…

���The RH bill has many positive provisions that may be put to waste if the population control menace continues to overshadow the bill’s essence. As we work to strengthen the public and fellow legislators’ appreciation of such good provisions, we shall nonetheless refuse to make the RH bill a platform for population control.