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As Families in the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the earth, we in Couples for Christ together with all our Ministries, declare that we are and will always be committed to upholding, promoting and defending the dignity and sanctity of human life and the well- being of the family. We reiterate that we are against the Reproductive Health Bill because both our Catholic faith and reason based on scientific research affirm that this is not the solution to our countrys problems, but rather will lead to both our moral and economic decline as a nation. As Couples for Christ: 1. We value life from the moment of conception. Medical experts (including doctors from the Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic) unanimously agreed that life begins at fertilization, when the sperm meets the egg. The secondary post- fertilization effect of birth control pills and the IUD brings about the destruction of the early embryo, making them abortifacients. 2. We value the family. Scientific studies show that the greater availability of contraceptives brings about the downgrading of marriage, more premarital and extramarital sex, more fatherless children, more single mothers, more abortions, and more poverty. This is not what we want for our children. 3. We value health. Birth control pills have been identified to cause cancer (in the same category as cigarettes and asbestos), cause stroke, and significantly increase the risk of heart attacks. Evidence also shows a consistent association between greater condom use and increased HIV infection rate. 4. We value the Filipino population as a human resource. Studies show that there is no clear association that exists between population growth and economic development. Rather, a well-educated, skilled, and enabled population can be the greatest resource for economic growth. Furthermore, even without the RH bill, the Total Fertility Rate in the Philippines has been steadily declining over the past 50 years. Population control measures such as the RH Bill could push our country into a demographic winter.

Thus, we propose that our government, especially our honorable legislators, consider the following: 1. Focus government efforts and funding for education, poverty alleviation programs, increased employment, and effective health care especially for the leading causes of mortality among Filipinos, rather than for contraceptives. 2. Increase awareness of and provide greater access to the safest method for family planning, Natural Family Planning, which, if used correctly, is a more reliable method of spacing children than artificial birth control. 3. Uphold the right to life of the most powerless person, the preborn or the unborn child. We encourage everyone to learn more about the RH Bill and how it is NOT the answer to the problems of poverty and underdevelopment in our country. Furthermore, let us advocate a way of life that upholds the dignity of the human person created in the image and likeness of God. For the CFC INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL, RICARDO B. CUENCA ERMELO E. VILLAROMAN JR. Chairman Executive Director

Recommended references from extensive research done by Dr. Raul Nidoy: Akerlof, Yellent and Katz (1996), An Analysis on Out-of-Wedlock Childbearing in the United States, Quarterly Journal of Economics (The MIT Press) 111 (2): 277317 Akerlof, Men Without Children, The Economic Journal 108 (1998) Larimore and Stanford (2000). Postfertilization effects of oral contraceptives and their relationship to informed consent, Arch Fam Med 9 (2): 12633 (Note: Copy this and paste to your browser to download the PDF file.) Subcommittee Report, S-158, 97th Congress, 1st Session 1981, 7 Stanford and Mikolajczyk (2005). Mechanisms of action of intrauterine devices: Update and estimation of postfertilization effects. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (W.B. Saunders Comp) 187: 16991708. Combined Estrogen-Progestogen Contraceptives, IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans 91. 2007. Kemmeren, et al. (2002). Risk of Arterial Thrombosis in Relation to Oral Contraceptives (RATIO) Study: Oral Contraceptives and the Risk of Ischemic Stroke (American Heart Association, Inc.) 33: 12021208. Baillargeon, McClish, Essah, and Nestler (2005). Association between the Current Use of Low-Dose Oral Contraceptives and Cardiovascular Arterial Disease: A Meta- Analysis. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (The Endocrine Society) 90 (7): 38633870. Green (2003). Rethinking AIDS Prevention. Praeger. Kuznets (1974) Population Capital and Growth, Norton. Fertility Rate, Data from World Bank. (World Development Indicators and Global Development Finance - Google Public Data Explorer, 2003 RAND Corporation.