Mass rally in Manila against family-planning legislation
March 25, 2011
An estimated 20,000 people joined in a March 25 rally in Manila, voicing their opposition to legislation that would launch an aggressive family-planning effort in the Philippines.
Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales of Manila told the crowd that the bill--which would promote condom-distribution programs, introduce sales of the "morning-after" pill, pare away "conscience-clause" rights for health-care workers--was the wrong approach. He recommended instead moral education for young people: "What they should teach is the purity of conscience, cleanliness of the heart, discipline and self-restraint and respect for money that is not theirs."