CBCP, RH Bill and Opinion polls

When Noynoy Aquino was leading the survey polls in the run-up to the May 2010 Presidential elections, the CBCP said nothing against such surveys even when Aquino’s rival candidates were crying foul. They also claimed that these surveys are misleading the electorate, conditioning them to believe that Aquino would be the next President.

Now, an opinion poll has been conducted to gauge the people’s support or opposition to the Reproductive Health bill. It’s results say that 7 out of 10 Filipinos are in favor of the RH bill.

Lo, and behold, the CBCP is crying foul and questioning the survey itself. Fr. Melvin Castro, executive director of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life said:

Although we trust the professionalism of the survey companies, we are also appealing to them that we create the mindset that our legislators, and especially the majority of the people, are for the bill.

If the CBCP were against manipulation of public opinion through opinion polls, why only speak against it now? It seems they are not only selective with their application of morals but also distasteful of democratic exercises, especially when it doesn’t favor their position.

But blogging buddy Ade has put it brilliantly:


My god, CBCP, you don’t want public opinion to reflect the decisions of duly elected public officials. That’s just… wow. #RHbill
@AdeMagnaye
Ade Magnaye

’nuff said.

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5 thoughts on “CBCP, RH Bill and Opinion polls

  1. In a press conference on 25.7.11 the CBPC said one can still be a good catholic and support the RH bill.

    When asked if one can be a good catholic Monsignor Juanito Figura said the CBPC won’t judge catholics as good or bad if they support the RH bill effectively saying that catholics can support the RH bill.

    At http://youtu.be/ytmnBh4mBTc at 1 min and 10 sec you can view the CBPC statement by the CBPC.

  2. RH Bill is actually one of the approaches in addressing and tackling poverty. The RH Bill is a long term solution but in the future our country’s resources wouldn’t have to be stretched so thinly, enabling the government to allot more money individually. With a reduced population growth public schools wouldn’t have to be overcrowded.

    And trust me, PILLS aren’t abortifacient, and there is also a study that concludes that IUD’s aren’t abortifacients.

    “As noted by the World Health Organization Scientific Group:17 “It is unlikely that the contraceptive efficacy of IUDs results, mainly or exclusively, from their capacity to interfere with implantation; it is more probable that they exert their antifertility effects beyond the uterus and interfere with steps in the reproductive process that take place before the ova reach the uterine cavity.” Similarly, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists18 reviewed the evidence and concluded that, “As such, the IUD is not an abortifacient”.

    Sources:
    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,836258,00.html
    http://www.fhi.org/en/rh/pubs/booksreports/methodaction.htm
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2623730

    I suggest further research is required on your side of the camp (anti-RH Bill People)

  3. they should be more focus about the poverty of our fellow men in our country rather than focusing in th RH bill. Poverty is the number problem 1 and lack of job opportunities for the people. RH bill is not the solution rather it is an another problem. we prolong life a what Christians believe in and not controlling life. Fix the problem and not commit another problem thats the way it should be.

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