Catholic bishops believe new bill protecting unborn children will nullify RH Bill

Catholic bishops are "inclined to support" the newly filed House Bill 13 titled "Protection of the Unborn Child Act 2010," believing it will nullify the Reproductive Health Bill, reports GMANews.tv.

Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles said in an article posted on the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCANews) website, "Most bishops are happy with the bill. It is in line with Church teachings on when life begins. I've already urged house representatives from Batangas to support the bill." Arguelles is a member of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Family and Life.

"The bill recognizes fetuses as human beings from the moment of conception (when the sperm fertilizes the egg)," Paranaque Rep. Roilo Golez, who filed the bill, said. "They are therefore entitled to a human’s right to life, safety and protection, before they reach and while they are in the womb." Those who commit abortion would be imprisoned for up to six months, fined up to P50,000, or both, should the bill be passed.

According to an article posted on Pro-Life Philippines’ website, Golez’ bill "leaves artificial contraception out of the scene." House Bill 13 also upholds the rights of parents of pregnant minors over the government’s in matters "involving the safety, protection and welfare of the unborn child and the mother." This is in contrast to the RH Bill that seeks to mandate age-appropriate sex education for fifth graders up to high school seniors, according to the Pro-Life Philippines article.

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