RH bill is anti-women, says CBCP official

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MANILA, Nov. 21, 2012— If there is one institution that supports the welfare of women, it is the Catholic Church, a priest said.

Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP’s Commission on Family Life, made the statement as he refute criticisms that the Church’s stand against the RH bill is anti-women.

According to him, one of their arguments why RH bill is not pro-women is because it does not answer the primary concerns of Filipino women and mothers.

“They (pro-RH bill advocates) are claiming that we are against women… and that because the leaders of the Church are men and old,” Castro said.

“The truth is if RH bill becomes a law, those who will be affected by this are the women.  It will take away from them their being a mother,” he said.

The priest also took a swipe at some big business organizations supporting the controversial population control measure.

“These businessmen just want to reduce your maternity leave,” Castro said.

The church official also frowns at Senator Pia Cayetano, RH bill principal author, that primary health care services should include contraceptives.

“It’s a painful point made by the principal author… disappointing,” he added. “We have to discuss more about this. This is not what our people and women need.” (CBCPNews)



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