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Abortion is still illegal in the Philippines. But contraception is being pushed aggressively, with much funding from the US government. Now the stark reality is that what precedes abortion is contraception. Accept contraception, and that will INEVITABLY and SURELY lead to acceptance of abortion. So do not start off on that diabolical track. It is totally naive, nay, stupid, for one to profess to oppose abortion but be willing to accept contraception.

Some of our Filipino clerics supported a pro-choice candidate, who is now the President. This was in spite of strong warnings by pro-lifers as to the possible consequences. Please, let our bishops speak out now strongly against the reproductive health bill. This will preclude having to speak out strongly later when the problem is already abortion.

Pope Calls Upon Brazilian Bishops to Speak out against Abortion as Election Approaches

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent

VATICAN CITY, October 28, 2010 ( - Pope Benedict XVI is telling Brazil's Catholic bishops to speak out against ideologies that justify abortion, only days before a hotly contested presidential election in which the frontrunner has been accused of supporting the decriminalization of abortion.

In a speech delivered to a group of Brazilian prelates present in Rome for a regularly-scheduled visit, Benedict stated that "in defending life we should not fear opposition and unpopularity, refusing any compromise and ambiguity that conforms us to the mentality of this world."

Calling abortion "an intrinsically evil act" that is "morally unacceptable and incompatible with the dignity of people," the pope added that "when political projects contemplate, openly or in veiled fashion, the decriminalization of abortion or euthanasia, the democratic ideal -- which is only truly such when it recognizes and safeguards the dignity of every human person -- is betrayed at its foundation."

"Any defense of political, economic, and social human rights that does not include the energetic defense of the right to life from conception to natural death is totally false and illusory," the pope also said, adding that "regarding efforts on behalf of the weakest and the most defenseless, who is more helpless than an unborn child or a sick person in a vegetative or terminal state?"

Benedict also stressed the importance of educating Catholics about their faith, and their social obligations, particularly with regard to the right to vote, noting that "on certain occasions, pastors should remind all citizens of the right, which is also an obligation, to freely use the vote itself for the the promotion of the common good."

The pope's words are likely to be read as an affirmation of Brazilian bishops and other religious leaders who have raised their voices in recent weeks against the ruling Labor Party and its frontrunner presidential candidate, Dilma Rousseff.

Rousseff and the Labor Party have publicly endorsed the decriminalization of abortion in Brazil, but during the election Rousseff has backpedaled from her previous stance. She now says that she is "personally against" abortion and even calls it an act of "violence" against women. She has signed a public statement stating her personal opposition to decriminalizing abortion, but has refused to say that she will veto pro-abortion legislation.

The vocal and very explicit opposition of some bishops in the Brazilian episcopate such as Luiz Gonzaga Bergonzini of the diocese of Guarulhos, has been denounced by other Catholic bishops, one of whom accused Gonzaga Bergonzini of violating campaign laws. His letter encouraging people to vote against the Labor Party was removed by the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops from its website during the campaign. The pope's words are likely to bolster such prelates in their conflict with their more timid colleagues.

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Brazilian Government Threatens Catholic Church over Opposition to Pro-Abort Presidential Candidate

Brazilian Presidential Front Runner Declares Herself 'Personally Against' Abortion

Brazilian Pastor Threatened by Government for Opposing Pro-Abortion Policies

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