Fr. Melvin Castro strikes Aquino on population control

President Benigno Aquino III on Monday clearly stated his administration’s population control agenda and an official of the Catholic Church’s family and life ministry is not happy about it.

Fr. Melvin Castro said it is now clear that the proposed reproductive health (RH) bill or Aquino’s version of it called “responsible parenthood” is not about health but about birth control.

“We are deeply saddened and disappointed about it,” said Castro, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

In his third State of the Nation Address, Aquino laid out his administration’s programs in addressing the problems besetting the education system such as the shortage of textbooks and lack of classrooms.

“We are ending the backlogs in the education sector, but the potential for shortages remains as our student population continues to increase. Perhaps Responsible Parenthood can help address this,” Aquino said in Tagalog.

The President has repeatedly said that his responsible parenthood policy is for a comprehensive health care for women and not for population control.

Castro said Aquino’s latest pronouncement has only affirmed the Church’s concern that the RH bill or the responsible parenthood bill is nothing but a population control bill “disguised” as a health measure.

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