Friday, August 29, 2008

R.P. on LifeSiteNews: Philippine Court Rejects Claims of New York Based Pro-Abortion Group

Philippine Court Rejects Claims of New York Based Pro-Abortion Group
Court dismissed effort to overturn executive order promoting natural family planning

By Samantha Singson

NEW YORK, August 28, 2008 ( - The Philippine Court of Appeals recently rejected claims made by a radical pro-abortion group based in New York. The court dismissed an effort seeking to overturn an executive order promoting natural family planning. The petition was filed earlier this year by a group of Manila residents who relied heavily on legal advice and material from the international pro-abortion litigation group, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR).

Executive Order No. 003 was instituted in February 2000 by then-mayor of Manila, Jose Atienza. The executive order “upholds natural family planning not just as a method but as a way of self-awareness in promoting the culture of life while discouraging the use of artificial methods of contraception.”

CRR admits that the executive order technically applies only to city health centers and hospitals and does not explicitly ban “artificial” contraception. But CRR and the petitioners alleged that the executive order created “serious and lingering damage to residents” and that the executive order has in practice resulted in a “sweep” of contraceptive supplies and services from city health centers and hospitals. Further, they claim that the executive order “deprive(s) many women of their main source of affordable family planning supplies.”

“Imposing Misery,” a CRR publication severely critical of the executive order, claims that the Philippines is in violation of international law and has a legal duty to “ensure right of citizens to a full range of family planning services and information.”

The document argues that the Philippine government is required to provide contraception under its international legal obligations. The document specifically mentions the CEDAW Convention, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the non-binding Beijing Platform for Action. CRR’s international law argument relies almost exclusively on the non-binding interpretations of the treaty monitoring bodies, which have routinely overstepped their mandates by criticizing sovereign states on their abortion laws and reproductive health programs.

CRR regards the challenge to the Manila executive order as an important test case. According to CRR’s 2007 annual report, a positive decision to rescind the ban “would establish constitutional protections for reproductive rights throughout the country. It could also be used to defend similar rights in neighboring countries, as well as in Catholic countries throughout the world.”

Government officials have defended the focus on natural methods of family planning, as modern contraceptives have not been banned and are still available commercially throughout the country.

Though the Philippine Court of Appeals has dismissed the petition, the petitioners have vowed “to take their case to the international courts,” and other domestic avenues to challenge the order remain open.


Let us be aware of the tactics employed by pro-abortion groups like the Center for Reproductive Rights to impose their "reproductive rights" agenda on our nation. They are trying to change Philippine laws by their litigation tactics. They want the laws to open the doors of the Philippines to artificial contraceptives, some of which are abortifacients, and the legalization and/or condoning of abortion. For them, lack of access to abortion, which is the murder of an innocent unborn baby, is a "social injustice", but in fact it is the killing of the helpless unborn baby which is the injustice.

The Bible says in Psalm 94:20-21:
"Can a corrupt throne be allied with you-- one that brings on misery by its decrees? They band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death."

In the KJV the same passage says:
"Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood."

An abortion decree, whether it is legalization (like Roe v. Wade in the US) or condoning of abortion (like the proposed Reproductive Health Bill by Rep. Lagman), brings misery and death to millions of babies. Abortion sheds innocent blood. CRR has got it all wrong--- it is legalization of abortion that imposes misery, not the upholding of natural family planning.

Monday, August 25, 2008

"Life" Tape in Thai

This is a picture of a pastor from Northern Thailand, who is wearing "life" tape over his mouth to stand with us in our ministry for the unborn generation. This was taken during the Jesus Revolution Now Thailand Outreach 2008, by my friend who is a partner of Christian Pro-life Resources for the Philippines. Go to our Asian Youth for Life website , which we have organized to be a starting point for future ministry expansion in Asia.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Barack Obama at Saddleback Church: I Am Pro-Choice, I Believe in Roe v. Wade

When he was asked by Ptr. Rick Warren: when does a baby have rights?He answered to this effect, stuttering as he answered:I Am Pro-Choice, I Believe in Roe V. Wade...If people believe with all their heart that life begins at conception... I respect that view.

Read what he said on the CNN politics website

I will never forget a conversation I had a long long time ago, when I was in college, with a girl in UP Manila whom I was following up after she decided to accept the Lord at an evangelistic crusade that our church held there. When I finally met up with her, she told me,"I don't want to be a Christian anymore. Pro-choice ako e, e diba Christians are pro-life?" I went away stunned. She rejected Christ because she's pro-choice. Her pro-choice beliefs were more important to her than the Lord.

God created life. Abortion kills God's creation. To kill God's creation is a sin against God. It is hatred toward God and the baby. It is the shedding of innocent human blood.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Unborn Baby's Prayer

This verse is the unborn baby's prayer to God.

I made this graphic using powerpoint and screen shot software.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

High-Tech Birth Control: Health Care or Health Risk?- fr. CWA website

The Reproductive Health Bill being pushed in our Congress wants to include contraceptives as "essential medicines". Instead of allowing Filipino citizens to choose what safe and moral family planning method they want, the Bill will force employers to buy contraceptives for their employees and will make the government import all these contraceptives to the tune of a 2-billion-peso budget. Why does the government need to do this? Is pregnancy is a disease? Why not focus on the top ten causes of sickness and death in the Philippines? Why make abortifacient contraceptives like the pill and the IUD part of "essential medicines"?

Here is a pdf file(Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat is needed to view it) from the Concerned Women of America website. (CWA was founded by Beverly La Haye, wife of Tim La Haye of the "Left Behind" books) Read it at this link: Birth Control:Health Care of Health Risk?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Speaking Up for the Next Generation

Why do we speak up for the next generation? Because the word of God compels us.

"Our children and their children will get in on this As the word is passed along from parent to child. Babies not yet conceived will hear the good news-- that God does what he says." Psalm 22:30-31, The Message Bible

"Rescue the perishing; don't hesitate to step in and help. If you say, "Hey, that's none of my business," will that get you off the hook? Someone is watching you closely, you know-- Someone not impressed with weak excuses." Proverbs 24:11-12, The Message Bible

"Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!" Proverbs 31:8-9, The Message Bible

"Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day. " Psalm 139:16, The Message Bible

Sunday, August 3, 2008

What About the Babies?

Another spate of press releases were churned out this past week by the proponents of the Reproductive Health Bill. They either extol the bill and its alleged "benefits" to the nation and/or attack the Catholic church.

Why is the reproductive health bill of such grave importance to these people? It has a budget of 2 Billion pesos. Who stands to gain primarily from the importation of contraceptives? These are the contraceptive manufacturers and the suppliers of contraceptives. And they want to legalize "post-abortion care" .(Care? For the mom maybe. What about the baby? Who cares about the baby whose life has been ended by his mom and by whoever forced the mom to kill her baby? What about the baby's life?) Who stands to earn from post-abortion care? Doctors who will remove the remains of the dead babies?And also suppliers of manual vacuum aspirators and paraphernalia which, incidentally, are also used for carrying out abortions in other countries.

Why legalize post-abortion "care", when it is already being done in our hospitals? Legalizing it will put funds into it and will punish non-obedience to the law. But the legalization of post-abortion "care" itself DISREGARDS the baby's life. Killing of babies through abortion is a crime in the Philippines, the law upholds the baby's life. It makes the mom who aborted and the abortionist who carried it out, liable and accountable to the law for killing the baby.

There was a story in the Philippine Inquirer, last July 29, on page 4, entitled "RP Catholics bash groups against contraceptive ban". It said there, "The Catholic Church...views abortion as a grievous sin."

It made me think---abortion is a grievous sin, even for the Protestants and Christians! This is not a "view" as the writer of the story put it. Has abortion just become an "issue" where people take sides or opposing views? As far as the Bible is concerned, abortion is a terrible sin against God, it is murder, it is the shedding of innocent blood. Murder itself is an act of hatred toward God because God created life, and only He can say when a life is to end. Innocent blood cries out to God for justice, like Abel's blood did when his brother Cain killed him.

So I say, what about the babies? Their blood cries out to God for justice. Post-abortion "care" must not be legalized. This population control bill in our country must now be the stimulus for Protestant Christians and Christian churches all over the country to take a stand for life, and not just sit on the fence while the Catholic church is taking a beating in the media.