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CBCP to launch active campaign against RH

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines said it will launch a more active campaign against the Reproductive Health law, saying the Supreme Court’s 120-day stay order against the implementation of the controversial law is just a temporary victory. Fr. Melvin Castro of the CBCP’s Commission on Family and Life said the victory is ‘very temporary’ and thus calls for a more active campaign against the measure. “The SQA (status quo ante) order gives us some respite. However, it is a very temporary victory,” Castro said. “Nonetheless, it is still a grace of God especially that we celebrate today the solemnity of St. Joseph, the Guardian of the Holy Family,” Castro said. “The high court has listened to our prayers against any law that’s questionable and which, according to the Constitution, should not be implemented,” he said. The SC on Tuesday issued a stay order against the RH law, barely more than a week before its scheduled full implementation. Oral arguments have been set on June 18. The SC ruling is a boost to the church’s campaign against the controversial measure especially in the upcoming May elections. “This means that we should be more active in our campaign against the RH law. This is also a challenge to voters to vote candidates who are pro-life and pro-family,” Castro said. Castro said the Catholic Church leaders expressed gratitude to private and lay people for filing the petition to reject the RH bill before the SC, and renewed its call for the total rejection of the death law. The first to file a petition against the measure were lawyers James and Lovely Ann Imbong joined by Catholic School Magnificat Child Development Center, Inc. The husband and wife trooped to the Supreme Court on January 2, less than two weeks after President Benigno Aquino III signed the measure into law. Other groups that filed petitions to halt the implementation of the population control measure with the Supreme Court are Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines Inc. (ALFI), Task Force for Family and Life Visayas, Inc., and Serve Life CDO, a Cagayan de Oro-based group.
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