Posts Tagged ‘Pro-Life Movement’
Stand Up for Life: A Pro-Life Symposium on the RH Bill
Saturday, 18 June 2011, 1:00-6:00 p.m., St. Mary’s Academy of Caloocan City, Mother Ignacia Avenue (formerly 12th Avenue), Grace Park, Caloocan City. Organized by Knights of Columbus and Our Lady of Grace Parish Family and Life Ministry, in cooperation with Filipinos for Life, Diocese of Caloocan Ministry on Family and Life, and St. Mary’s Academy–Caloocan City.
I came from a noon mass for the wake of Fr. Joseph Galdon, S.J. When I left the chapel and went to the cafeteria, I saw a poster about the Pro-Life week at the Ateneo. That was last February 2010. I learned that there was a series of talks and films. One is “Memoirs of a GaySha.” This is a riff of “Memoirs of the Geisha”. GaySha in Filipino is gay siya or “He is gay.” From the title, I can assume that the talk is about a man who was formerly a gay. Another talk is “Homosexual Acitvity: How Gays Separate Themselves From God.”
There is still hope in Ateneo. I thought the homosexual propaganda have succeeded in obliterating Ateneo’s Catholic identity in this culture war. I am glad I am not alone in this battle.
I searched Ateneo Pro-Life week in Google and I found some You Tube videos made by students on abortion in Maikei’s channel. The videos are interviews of Ateneo students on the evils of abortion; it is better to send the child to adoption that to abort it. Another video is on the development of the fetus from conception to birth. Below the videos is the following note:
For PRO LIFE week Project made by college students from ADMU. Th131-G Prof. Mariles Borja – SY 2009-2010 Group 5: Abortion Matatag Bautista Hansley Juliano Raymod Panotes Mikee Marquez Iyai Villavicencio. Title….
Rep. Nikki Prieto Teodoro, wife of Presidential Candidate Gilbert Teodoro, withdraws support for the Reproductive Health Bill
SAYING that it has been “defanged and is now toothless” the legislator-wife of former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro, the administration bet in the 2010 presidential elections, has withdrawn her support for the controversial reproductive-health bill.
In pulling out her support for House Bill 5043, Lakas-Kampi-CMD Rep. Nikki Prieto Teodoro of Tarlac said the measure does not directly address the problem of poverty in the country, where about 5,000 Filipinos are born daily, most of them ending up poor.
She said that her new stand on the issue is consistent with her husband’s platform of government to fight against the “four faces of poverty: poverty of the mind, poverty of the pocket, poverty of the environment, poverty of relationships.”
“We shall protect the life of each and every citizen. Respect for life shall be from the moment of conception to the moment of death of our constituents. The protection of life is guaranteed by our constitution and on this principle there is no compromise,” former defense secretary Teodoro said in his speech during the Lakas-Kampi-CMD convention recently.
Source: Business Mirror
Monk’s Hobbit’s Notes: This is what I have been praying for. I was still reluctant to vote Gibo before. Though I believe that he is the most competent among the Presidential candidates, his wife’s support for the Reproductive Health Bill is a millstone around his neck. Now that his wife withdraws support for the Bill, I can now pray that Gibo wins. I hope the pro-life movement would now rally behind Teodoro’s banner.
J. C. de los Reyes is fighting a good fight. He knows he has a very slim chance in winning the presidential race. But he joins the race not for himself but to give the Kapatiran party a voice in the presidential elections. The Kapatiran party is a distinctively pro-life party. I shall vote for the Kapatiran’s senatorial slate. I watched the ANC Presidential Elections 2010 forum last night and I heard Gibo and JC speak. Gibo is more eloquent, but JC’s moral integrity shines: he is willing to waive the bank secrecy law and allow the public to know his bank account. He said that he has a house in Baguio which he built himself, because he has a brick making business. He also said that he has a lease-to-own house somewhere in Manila worth 5 million pesos; he pays P 50,000 per month. Concerning the question of the reproductive health bill, we already know what JC will say. But this is what I heard Gibo say: population control must not be legislated. I had a feeling that this is a portent of things to come and indeed, Gibo’s wife now withdraws support for the Reproductive Health Bill. If there is something good that JC had done in joining the presidential race, I think it is in making Gibo consider the moral side of the issues.
Update 12/7/2009: Gibo is still pro-choice. If he does not change his mind, I will not vote for him.
Charmaine P. Lirazan of Sunstar Super Balita Cebu, has an article entitled “Noynoy ‘Anti-life’” (Sep 7, 2009). I have difficulty translating the Cebuano into English (if someone has a translation, please send it to me). But what I can glean from the article is this:
Dr. Rene Bullecer, director of Human Life International, said that Noynoy Aquino is Anti-Life. When he was a congressman, he supported the House Bill 3773 or the Integrated Reproductive Health and Population Reduction Bill. When he became a senator, he supported the HB 5043 or the Reproductive Health Bill. Because of these, Bullecer said that Noynoy Aquino will not have the support of the Pro-Life groups. Bullecer wishes to talk to other presidentiables to determine their stand on pro-life issues and make a short-list of presidentiables that Pro-Life groups can support, before the November 30 filing of candidacy.
This is surprising since Pres. Cory Aquino, his mother, is a pro-life president and a devotee of the Holy Rosary. This is also surprising since the long-time spiritual adviser of the late former Pres. Aquino is Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J., professor emeritus of the Loyola School of Theology.
Fr. Arevalo S.J. received an Award of Recognition at the 9th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) on August 16, 2009 at Pius XII Center, Manila. He is also arecipient of the Vatican’s Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For Church and Pope) award, the highest medal that can be bestowed by the papacy for distinguished service to the church by lay people and clergy. He is also acknowledged as the “Dean of all Filipino Theologians and Godfather of Hundreds of Priests,” a title conferred upon him by the Church hierarchy. (Ateneo de Manila University Website)