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Philippines: Health minister accepts bishops’ invitation to debate condom effectiveness

March 08, 2010

Three weeks after the Philippine government distributed condoms for Valentine’s Day, the nation’s health secretary has accepted an invitation by two bishops to take part in a public debate on condom effectiveness.

“I accept their challenge,” said Esperanza Cabral. “But if it is a question of faith, I will not debate religious beliefs with them because we should all respect each other’s faith. If it is a question of the function of the Church in relation to the State, there is nothing to debate because our Constitution says the Church is separate from the State.”


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