Monday, 04 October 2010 11:22
President Benigno S. Aquino III said he remains firm about making couples know the choices available to them in planning their family size.
“The State has an obligation to educate all of its citizens as to their choices. The State is not empowered by any law to dictate upon any couple as to how they should plan their family,” the President said at the sidelines of the nationwide distribution of Philhealth cards to indigent families held Saturday morning at the President Corazon C. Aquino High School in Baseco Compound, Port Area.
He said he had not seen the new Reproductive Health Bill pending in the House of Representatives but added that “my stand has not changed.”
On the alleged clash with the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines, the President said “this is just being blow in out of proportion.”
Yesterday, he said, he had a dialogue with a few bishops and it has been agreed that another meeting will be set with the church leaders on the issue.
“Giving choices to couples has always been my position during my campaign for the presidency,” he said.
As to when the dialogue with the church leaders will be held, the President said the details are being worked out but he wants to have the dialogue “with as many of them (bishops) as possible.”
The dialogue, he added, is envisioned to arrive at a consensus with the church on what to do with the issue on the reproductive health bill. (PNA)
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