Thursday, January 19, 2006
Two-Child Policy vote in the Philippines (Update)  

A few days ago, I reported on a bill that is being taken up in the Filipino House which among other things will enshrine as preferential public policy that Filipino families have at most two children. This is really quite an incredible development that this bill is considered to have a realistic possibility of passing. The essence of the proposed legislation is akin to the one-child policy which China has maintained for years. However, the Philippines is neither a communist-run country nor is it ruled by a dictatorship. On the contrary, it is one of the most Catholic nations in the world (87% of the population). However, it seems that a small minority of folks who are influenced by the culture of death are trying to pass this legislation which flies in the face of all concepts of human dignity and freedom. Many are expressing their opposition to the bill including bishops, priests, and lay people. Fortunately, the bill has not yet come to a vote. This is allowing those in support of a culture of life to makes their case to the legislators. While the vote has been delayed, I would urge prayers against its passage and to click on some of the following links for more information.

Although the bill was to come to a vote this past Monday. It has not yet been put forward for a final vote. In an update from the Filipino Family Fund it is noted that:
[The] [b]ill is still pending deliberation at anytime. On 1/16/06, the bill was scheduled as "unfinished business" but debate was delayed due to other business which continued.
If you would like to know more about this issue, look at my previous post on this topic, go to the Filipino Family Fund Web site, or listen to a podcast from Catholic Exchange.

Posted by David at 8:23 AM  |  Comments (0)  | Link


Post a Comment