Catholics’ post-papal visit wish list includes RH Law repeal

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MANILA, Jan. 24, 2015 — The papal visit “after effects” include reviewing photos from last week, singing “Tell the World of His Love” on loop and having some version of a post-papal visit wish list. For some Catholics, this includes more vocations, protection of the family and the repeal of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law.

“I’ve taken the Pope’s words as directives which he gave directly and personally: Protect family! Protect life! Protect children! And inasmuch as the RH Law embodies all that has transgressed and thwarted the Pope’s directives, then it is just fitting and proper that it must be repealed,” said Anita Alisaca, a teacher based in Cebu.

A father and son wait for Pope Francis' convoy along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay, Metro Manila, which will be coming from SM MOA Arena where His Holiness met with families and the religious, Jan. 16, 2015 (Photo: Ray Leyesa)

A father and son wait for Pope Francis’ convoy along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay, Metro Manila, which will be coming from SM MOA Arena where His Holiness met with families and the religious, Jan. 16, 2015 (Photo: Ray Leyesa)

‘Not a wish, but a must’

According to her, the repeal of Republic Act No. 10354, which uses tax payers’ money to fund artificial birth control methods and services, is not even just a personal wish, but a “must, an imperative thing”, if Filipinos are to truly live as Catholics and obey the Pontiff’s exhortations to protect life and the human family.

“We need to see each child as a gift to be welcomed, cherished and protected,” said Pope Francis during his homily in Luneta on Jan. 18.

The RH Bill was passed on third reading in both Houses of Congress and RA 10354 was declared constitutional by the Supreme Court on April 8, 2014 after one of the most divisive legislative processes in recent memory.

Marriage, family

Voltaire Dela Santa, a father of 4, said he hopes three things come out of the Holy Father’s recent visit: the abolishment of the RH Law, personal renewal of politicians and deeper faith for Filipinos in general.

According to Dela Santa, who is also a member of the online pro-life group Filipinos for Life, RH Law should be revoked because “it’s a waste of our tax and it promotes methods that destroy the dignity of the person.”

For others, the Holy Father’s decidedly pro-life messages in many of his homilies and speeches during his apostolic visit to the country should be enough to galvanize more Filipinos to defend life.

Anna Cosio, Love + Life Philippines secretary-general, expressed hopes “that more Filipinos will now, more than ever, be more active in defending life, the institution of marriage, and the family.”

Pope Francis recently concluded an pastoral and state visit to the Philippines from Jan. 15 to 19. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz/CBCPNews)

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