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PRO-LIFE
CFC-FFL AD
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER AND PHILIPPINE STAR
SEPTEMBER 23, 2008
 
 
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“CFC-FFL IS PRO-LIFE”

Renewing the Family and Defending Life

CFC FI AND ALL ITS MINISTRIES STAND ALONGSIDE THE PHILIPPINE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN OPPOSING THE CURRENT PHILIPPINE CONGRESSIONAL HOUSEBILL NO. 5043

CFCFFL AD of September 23, 2008 on HB 5043

1. As employers, do you agree to be compelled to provide free reproductive health care services, supplies, devices and surgical procedures (including vasectomy and ligation) to your employees, and be subjected to both imprisonment and/or a fine, for every time that you fail to comply?
Section 17 states that employers shall provide for free delivery of reproductive health care services, supplies and devices to all workers more particularly women workers. (read the Definition of Reproductive Health and Rights Section 4, paragraph g, Section 21, Paragraph c and Section 22 on Penalties)

2. As health care service providers, do you agree that you should be subjected to imprisonment and/or a fine, if you fail to provide reproductive health care services such as giving information on family planning methods and providing services like ligation and vasectomy, regardless of the patient's civil status, gender, religion or age?
(Read Section 21 on Prohibited Acts, Letter a, Paragraph 1 to 5 and Section 22 on Penalties)

3. As a spouse, do you agree that your husband or wife can undergo a litigation or vasectomy without your consent or knowledge?
(Read Section 21 on Prohibited Acts, Letter a, Paragraph 2)

4. As parents, do you agree that children from age 10 to 17 should be taught their sexual rights and the means to have a satisfying and "safe" sex life as part of their school curriculum?
Reproductive Health Education will be mandatory from Grade 5 to the end of High School (See Section 12 on Reproductive Health Education and Section 4 Definition of Family Planning and Productive Health, Paragraph b,c and d)

5. Do you agree that you should be subjected to imprisonment and/or pay a fine, for expressing an opinion against any provision of this law, if such expression of opinion is interpreted as constituting "malicious disinformation"?
(See Section 21 on Prohibited Acts, Paragraph f and Section 22 on Penalties)

If you answered No to any of the questions above, then you are not for Reproductive Health Bill No. 5043. Read the bill.
You will find more objectionable provisions such as losing our parental authority over a minor child who was raped and found pregnant (Section 21, a, no.3), reclassifying contraceptives as essential medicines (Section 10) and appropriating limited government funds to reproductive services instead of basic services (Section 23).

Protect our families. Protect our children. Dump Reproductive Health Bill No. 5043.

For more information on how you can oppose the Reproductive Health Bill, go to <http://www.cfcffl.org>

Couples for Christ Foundation, Inc.
Renewing the Family and Defending Life


“CFC-FFL IS PRO-LIFE”

Renewing the Family and Defending Life

CFC FI AND ALL ITS MINISTRIES STAND ALONGSIDE THE PHILIPPINE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN OPPOSING THE CURRENT PHILIPPINE CONGRESSIONAL HOUSEBILL NO. 5043

We have just come out with our first CFCFFL Pro-life advertisement on the 2 major newspapers in the country. We are opposing on the Philippines' Legilslators pending House Bill No. 5043, entitled:

AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A NATIONAL POLICY ON REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD AND POPULATION DEVELOPMENT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

We are opposing this bill because of many anti-family and anti-life elements. Beginning with this ad, we will continue to post through CFC FFL website, the other objectionable and unreasonable sections.

As Catholics and as responsible citizens of this country, let us all come together and pray that this Bill does not pass. Xavy Padilla and the other fulltime workers are leading the mobilization of CFCFFL's presence in all the Plenary hearings that is expected to run until Oct.8. All other Church groups and other various civil sectors are rallying together to prevent this bill from passing.

As of last night's hearing in the plenary session, at the House of Congress, we received report from the Legal Head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference that the women legislators took the floor:

Atty Jo Imbong reported through a text message:

" Congresswomen Lisa Masa, Darlene Antonino and Baraquel spoke. Same arguments-unsafe abortion. Mothers die at childbirth. Poverty. Resumes tomorrow. Interpolations might start. Continue Masses and Rosaries. Let us hold on until Oct 10 when Congress starts recess."

Read the bill and express too your opinions about it. Tell your family, members, friends about the issues and educate people about the horrors of this bill. Educate yourself about prolife issues:

1) Invite Ed Sorreta, head of our Prolife Formation Committee, or Peggy Burgoyne or any Teodora member, to give our ProLife talks in your area;

2) Read the Papal Encyclicals on Evangelium Vitae, Humanae Vitae and Familiaris Consortio;

3) If you are in the Philippines, write to the Congressman of your district, expressing your family's disagreement to this bill. Log on to www.congress.gov.ph to get the name and contact details of your Congressman.

4) Call Xavy Padilla and the CFCFFL Home Office at 718-2213 on how to join the delegation of prolifers in Congress.

Let us continue to ask for the intercession of Our Lady in defense of life!!!


“CFC-FFL IS PRO-LIFE”

Renewing the Family and Defending Life

CFC FI AND ALL ITS MINISTRIES STAND ALONGSIDE THE PHILIPPINE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN OPPOSING THE CURRENT PHILIPPINE CONGRESSIONAL HOUSEBILL NO. 5043

SEC. 12 of HB 5043. Mandatory Age-Appropriate Reproductive Health Education. – recognizing the importance of reproductive rights in empowering the youth and developing them into responsible adults, Reproductive Health Education in an age-appropriate manner shall be taught by adequately trained teachers starting from Grade 5 up to Fourth Year High School.

What is wrong with this Section of RH 5043?

1) Grade 5 (10-11 years old) and 4th Year High School (approximately 15-16 years old)

This is the Latency Period in the Psychosexual development of a child:

The fourth stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory, from about five years to puberty, during which a child apparently represses sexual urges and prefers to associate with members of the same sex. [American Heritage Dictionary]
The stage begins around the time that children enter into school and become more concerned with peer relationships, hobbies, and other interests. The latent period is a time of exploration in which the sexual energy is still present, but it is directed into other areas such as intellectual pursuits and social interactions. This stage is important in the development of social and communication skills and self-confidence. [Freud's Stages of Psychosexual Development]

2) From Familiaris Consortio:

Pope John Paul II refers to this time as the years of innocence (Fam. Consot. Para. 36) They deserve to have their innocence protected.

" the family is the securest forum through which to present delicate matters of sexuality. Sex education is not just another form of catechetical instruction, nor does it qualify as education in the strictest term. Education in these delicate matters must be very gradual and only the parent can ascertain where the child is at.”

In (Para. 36) "The right and duty of parents to give education is essential, since it is connected with the transmission of human life; it is original and primary with regard to the educational role of others, on account of the uniqueness of the loving relationship between parents and children; and it is irreplaceable and inalienable, and therefore incapable of being entirely delegated to others or usurped by others.”

Contributed by:

TEODORA: IN DEFENSE OF THE AUTHENTIC WOMAN, INC.


“CFC-FFL IS PRO-LIFE”

Renewing the Family and Defending Life

CFC FI AND ALL ITS MINISTRIES STAND ALONGSIDE THE PHILIPPINE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN OPPOSING THE CURRENT PHILIPPINE CONGRESSIONAL HOUSEBILL NO. 5043

SEC. 12 of HB 5043. Mandatory Age-Appropriate Reproductive Health Education. – recognizing the importance of reproductive rights in empowering the youth and developing them into responsible adults, Reproductive Health Education in an age-appropriate manner shall be taught by adequately trained teachers starting from Grade 5 up to Fourth Year High School.

What is wrong with this Section of RH 5043?

1) By Philippine Law:

Republic Act 9344 "The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006" Sec 6 provides:
"A child fifteen (15) years of age or under at the time of the commission of the offense shall be exempt from criminal liability. However, the child shall be subjected to an intervention program pursuant to Sec 20 of this Act.

"A child above fifteen (15) years but below eighteen (18) years of age shall likewise be exempt from criminal; liability and be subjected to an intervention program, unless he/she has acted with discernment, in which age, such child shall be subjected to the appropriate proceedings in accordance with this Act.

"The exemption from criminal liability herein established does not include exemption from civil liability, which shall be enforced in accordance with existing laws".

2) Commentary from The Hon. Maria Belen R. Liban, mother of five children, a Presiding Judge, of the Regional Trial Court of Malolos, and a CFC FI leader:

"We should look at the debate in Congress also with reference to RA 9344 to know why the age of responsibility was increased to fifteen (15). The goal of RA 9344 is to protect the children because they still do not have the capability to discern the gravity of one's liability, in this period of latency. The present reproductive health bill seems to contradict this law because it assumes that children 11 years and above, now have the capability to discern serious matters regarding sexual acts and its possible grave consequences to society."

3) How much can a child, in the latency period of psychosexual development, absorb about this moral responsibility in matters of sex?

Familiaris Consortio Sec 8

  • The education of the moral conscience, which makes every human being capable of judging and of discerning the proper ways to achieve self-realization according to his or her original truth, thus becomes a pressing requirement that cannot be renounced.
  • In the context of a culture which seriously distorts or entirely misinterprets the true meaning of human sexuality, because it separates it from its essential reference to the person, the Church more urgently feels how irreplaceable is her mission of presenting sexuality as a value and task of the whole person, created male and female in the image of God.
  • In this perspective, the Second Vatican Council clearly affirmed that "when there is a question of harmonizing conjugal love with the responsible transmission of life, the moral aspect of any procedure does not depend solely on sincere intentions or on an evaluation of motives. It must be determined by objective standards. These, based on the nature of the human person and his or her acts, preserve the full sense of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love. Such a goal cannot be achieved unless the virtue of conjugal chastity is sincerely practiced."(85)

Contributed by:

TEODORA: IN DEFENSE OF THE AUTHENTIC WOMAN, INC.


“CFC-FFL IS PRO-LIFE”

Renewing the Family and Defending Life

WHEN I WAS 10!

When I got into Grade 5, at 10 years old, I moved schools. I was in Maria Montessori, and since my brother moved to the Ateneo, I moved there as well. It was such a big change for me. From a school system which encourages free learning - learning at your own pace - I moved into a very structured learning system. I had to wear a uniform, I had class schedules with set times, and these all affected me and my grades. My grades dipped, I didn't want to socialize and I always wondered why I had to move to the Ateneo. I eventually got the hang of things (after having grades in the 60s and 70s), and was able to recover.

Things were so much more simple in 1985.

Now, there is a chance for 10 year old kids - grade 5 students - to not only deal with studies, classmates, family, changes, failing grades, but to deal with things unheard of at my time. Now, they have the chance to go to 7-11 and see couples choose which flavored condom they want - banana or orange. Now, they have the chance to turn on the TV and see commercials that ask them if they "are ready" to have sex. Now, they have the chance to watch TV shows (Betty La Fea Manila Version, in particular) with pictures on the wall saying "Girls Night Out" and a row of condoms beneath. Now, they have the chance to learn about sex, abortion, AIDS, HIV in school by people who are not related to them. Now, 10 year old kids have the chance to be 25 years old.

I stopped and thought. When I was 10, would I want all this in my brain and on my shoulders? Aside from all the things that come with being 10 (like playing, climbing trees, having fun), would I want to sit in a class and listen to someone tell me about sex, condoms and abortion? Would I want to watch my favorite cartoon and see commercials with scantily clad women pushing sex to their boyfriends?

NO!

And I don't think you'd want that for your ten year olds either. Let them be 10 years old. Let them be curious, without us fearing for what they will find. Let them be pure, just as they should be.

Contributed by:

F. Xavier X. S. Padilla
Missionary


“CFC-FFL IS PRO-LIFE”

Renewing the Family and Defending Life

SEX EDUCATION IN THE CLASSROOM…MUST WE BE SO HARDHEADED?

Listen to this! "A survey conducted in the UK revealed that teenage pregnancy rates are highest in areas that have been most aggressive in promoting sex education."

Now you want figures? "Official figures reveal that teenage pregnancies rose in Britain by an annual rate of 800 from 38,439 in 2001 to 39,286 in 2002. The pregnancies led to 17,682 of the children being aborted in 2001. The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases has also risen by an alarming 62 percent between 1997's 25,143 cases and 2002's 40,821 cases."

Now, how could this happen when Britain spent £15million precisely to supposedly counter the situation of having the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Western Europe? (One out of ten babies were being born to teenage mothers.) What they decided to do was to implement a "Teenage Pregnancy Unit in 1999 to reduce teenage pregnancies by 50 percent by 2010, and 15 percent by the end of 2004. The strategy of the Teenage Pregnancy Unit includes explicit sex education by nurses in schools, free condoms, and sending girls a birthday card on their 14th birthday inviting them to a confidential medical examination without consent from their parents.

And what did they get – increase in teenage pregnancies and the number of cases of STDs. Wisely they concluded: "Explicit sex education and providing condoms to young girls simply encourage them to become sexually active and that "it might be wiser to support the majority in abstinence and demonstrate to the minority the physical, emotional and psychological benefits of delaying sex until marriage."

Unfortunately, many countries including the Philippines refuse to learn from Britain's experience. HB 3773, a bill pending in our Congress is pushing for sex education in classrooms, among other things. Must we be so dense and hardheaded as to want this in our country?

It is time to see the wisdom in keeping with the parental role that they are the first and primary educators of their children and what the time calls for is chastity and education in love in the home. "Chastity includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery which is training in human freedom. The alternative is clear: either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy." Teenage pregnancies, abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases make for unhappiness.

Specifically, "the normal and fundamental method" is a "personal dialogue between parents and their children, that is, individual formation within the family circle. In fact there is no substitute for a dialogue of trust and openness between parents and their children, a dialogue which respects not only their stages of development but also the young persons as individuals."

However, there is the reality that there are parents who need help from others in carrying out their responsibility to educate their children. To this, the Pontifical Council for the Family presents different ways of helping out, emphasizing the need to "observe the right order of cooperation and collaboration between parents and those who can help them in their task. It is clear that the assistance of others must be given first and foremost to parents rather than to their children."

In this regard, the ministry of Teodora has a sex education training module for parents and the CFC Pro-Life Pillar has the 100% Pure Program for the youth. Both programs adhere to the four working principles regarding education in love, which are:

First Principle: Human sexuality is a sacred mystery and must be presented according to the doctrinal and moral teaching of the Church, always bearing in mind the effects of original sin.

Second Principle: Only information proportionate to each phase of their individual development should be presented to children and young people.

Third Principle: No material of an erotic nature should be presented to children or young people of any age, individually or in a group.

Fourth Principle: No one should ever be invited, let alone obliged, to act in any way that could objectively offend against modesty or which could subjectively offend against his or her own delicacy or sense of privacy.

Contributed by:

TEODORA: IN DEFENSE OF THE AUTHENTIC WOMAN INC.


CFC-FFL AD
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER AND PHILIPPINE STAR
SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 issue, Page 4
 
 
 
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