The Citizens Alliance for the Protection of Human Life is staging a massive rally at the Bacolod Public Plaza on February 22 to call for the junking of the reproductive health bill, also known as the responsible parenthood bill, Fr. Greg Patiño, CAPHL secretary general, said yesterday.
The group also plans to hold a Negros-wide caravan against the bill at a later date, he said.
Members of the CAPHL, at a gathering at the San Sebastian Cathedral Rectory in Bacolod City yesterday afternoon, signed a manifesto calling on members of the legislative and executive branches of government to stop pushing the measure, which they said is unconstitutional as it allows the killing of the unborn at conception.
Patiño said they will furnish President Benigno Aquino and members of the Senate and Lower House copies of their manifesto signed by those opposed to the bill.
“We are very much aggrieved by the mentally dishonest attempts by certain elements of our House of Representatives to circumvent the Constitutional protection of the life of the unborn at conception by introducing bills, whether called reproductive health bill or responsible parenthood bill,…designed to control or prevent pregnancy but many of the means of which terminate the life of the unborn at conception,” the manifesto said.
They said they were saddened by the support of the President for the bill, having certified it as urgent.
“We are gravely concerned that if the bill becomes law, or if government adopts this as its executive policy as well, abortifacient drugs will become common over-the-counter drugs, encouraging promiscuity, weakening marriage, subverting the family, not to mention endanger the health of women,” the manifesto said.
The manifesto called on doctors to remember their Hippocratic oath and protect human life at conception, and on other sectors of society to rise up against the bill.
If government persist in the passage of the bill, it will lose the moral right to govern, it said.
It also called on local government officials not to allow themselves to be instruments of what it called an “unconstitutional and immoral program”.
The CAPHL members, in their manifesto, said they will do everything legal, moral , Constitutional and peaceful to express their vehement opposition.
Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra, who was at the gathering, called on Negrenses to join the crusade for life and know the “evils” of the reproductive health bill.
Lyndon Caña, CAPHL chairman, and Bacolod Rep. Anthony Golez, also aired their opposition to the bill saying it violated the Constitutional provision that guarantees the protection of life at conception.
It is unconstitutional, immoral and harmful , Caña said.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon, in an interview yesterday morning, said he believes birth control is an individual choice.*CPG