by Steven Ertelt
January 6, 2006
Manilla, Philippines (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates in the Philippines are greatly concerned about legislation coming up for a vote there later this month that would implement a rule prohibiting familles from having more than two children. The idea conjures up images for forced abortions and sterilizations that occur in China.
Just before Christmas, a bill was introduced in the Philippine legislature which, if passed, will impose a two-child limit on families. A final vote is expected on January 16.
Eileen Macapanas Cosby, Executive Director of the Filipino Family Fund, is outraged.
She said the bill will "pave the way for the kind of human rights nightmare that is already in China, with its coercive sterilization and contraception practices."
"This Philippine version is really just ‘China-light.’ This is not a policy growing from Filipino values, it is social engineering from the outside being imposed on the Philippine people," she said.
Disguised in clever language, HB 3773 is called "The Responsible Parenting and Population Control Act of 2005."
Elements of the bill include preference in education for two child families, free access to abortion drugs, mandatory sex education for children as young as 10 years old and imprisonment penalties for health care providers who refuse to perform or provide sterilization services.
The Catholic Church has also weighed in strongly against the bill as the nation is 87 percent Catholic.
The measure has also drawn attention and concern from pro-life advocates in the United States, who say it will be used to target women with forced abortions, and possibly fines or imprisonment as happens in China.
Pia de Solenni of the Family Research Council said, "This is nothing but a campaign against women and their health."
"Rather than allow women to make their own decisions about their families, advocates of the two-child policy presume that women aren’t capable of making their own decisions," she explained. "In addition, abortion and some contraceptives can pose substantial health risks for women, but this policy would sacrifice women’s health for a flawed ideology."
The Filipino Family Fund is mobilizing a grassroots effort of pro-life leaders in the U.S. and the Philippines to build opposition to the social engineering bill. The Fund is sponsoring an on-line petition drive and education initiatives in the Philippines from contributions made by Americans who care.
"The nearly three million Filipino Americans with aunts, uncles, cousins and friends back in the Philippines have a stake in this radical legislation," Cosby said.
TAKE ACTION: Visit the Filipino Family Fund web site and see what you can do to help stop this horrendous legislation from being approved.
Related web sites:
Filipino Family Fund – https://www.filipinofamilyfund.org