PRESIDENT Aquino yesterday met with members of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines in the hope that the responsible parenthood bill that the Palace is drafting will be finalized and submitted to Congress before the resumption of sessions in May.
The CBCP said the President requested the dialogue, and the bishops agreed to lift their “suspension” of talks with Palace officials on the issue of reproductive health.
But Malacañang is apparently not budging on its stand to promote all forms of family planning, including the use of contraceptives, and which the Church is strongly opposing.
The Church last month decided to indefinitely suspend dialogues with the government on the issue of family planning. This was after a House committee passed the reproductive health bill which allows the use of artificial contraceptives like condoms and pills. The measure’s passage, activities at the Vatican, and a pastoral letter against the reproductive health bill were the reasons given by the CBCP for the suspension of talks.
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