Inspired by ASPAC, Filipino Mayor Declares City Pro-Life

Inspired by ASPAC, Filipino Mayor Declares City Pro-Life

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Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee with husband, Governor Raul Lee, both are pro-life advocates!

Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee with husband, Governor Raul Lee — both are pro-life advocates!

SORSOGON CITY, Philippines — Mayor Sally Lee declared Sorsogon City a “Pro-Life City” on February 2, in honor of pro-life month in the Philippines. The executive order highlights pertinent provisions of the Philippine Constitution, which recognizes the sanctity of family life, the protection of the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception, and the role of the state to protect and promote the health of its citizens. Affirming the right to life, liberty, and security, the mayor also cited the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the “Magna Carta for Women in the Philippines,” which encourages the State to provide comprehensive, culture-sensitive, and gender-responsive health services and programs which cover all stages of a woman’s life.

Mayor Lee’s pro-life convictions became front and center after she attended the 19th HLI Asia-Pacific Congress (ASPAC) on Faith, Life and Family in November 2013 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The discussions touched her so deeply that she vowed to declare her city pro-life.  Upon returning to the Philippines, Mayor Lee wanted the declaration immediately, but she realized she had some work to do first, especially when she learned that International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)  was active in Sorgonson City through its affiliate, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP).

Dr. Ligaya Acosta speaks at the Pro-Life Congress in Sorsogon City in January 2015.

Dr. Ligaya Acosta speaks at the Pro-Life Congress in Sorsogon City in January 2015.

In fact, Mayor Lee’s city had been a favorite of IPPF and various UN organizations due to the mayor’s previous active support of “reproductive health” priorities. In her heart she had always been pro-life, she said, and did not realize the the extent to which verbal engineering had been used to promote population control. Here we see again how good leaders can at times, without understanding the consequences, fall into the trap of those who offer enticing financial assistance which promote anti-life agendas.

With the mayor’s approval, we conducted orientation trainings for all her employees whose understanding and support would be needed to make the proclamation truly effective. Though our orientation trainings were scheduled for August 2014, a typhoon forced us to postpone our plans. But God gave us the perfect timing.

Attendees from the Pro-Life Congress held by HLI's Dr. Ligaya Acosta in Sorsogon City, Philippines - Jan. 2015

Attendees from the Pro-Life Congress held by HLI’s Dr. Ligaya Acosta in Sorsogon City, Philippines – Jan. 2015

After Pope Francis had completed his January pastoral visit to the Philippines, a visit in which he categorically declared the importance of openness to life and protecting life from conception to natural death, I was available to conduct a three-day Pro-Life Congress. We focused on various topics:  The Global Anti-Life Agenda;  Marriage and the Family, Bedrock of Civilization;  Contraception;  Natural Family Planning; Sex Education: Delusion and Destruction; Understanding the Global Homosexual Agenda; and Pro-Life Activism: Call of the Times.  Although abortion is still illegal in the Philippines, many people learned that contraception is the gateway to abortion. Contraception will not prevent abortion; almost all hormonal contraceptive products can have abortifacient effects by preventing implantation of the embryo after he is conceived. Not only this, but widespread acceptance of contraception always leads to the legalization of abortion, as people’s sexual behavior changes and they begin to demand abortion as a “backup” when contraception fails or isn’t used.

In the course of three days, almost 1,000 attendees received pro-life training, including doctors, nurses, midwives, village health workers, city inspectors, village captains, members of the Committee on Health, student leaders, executive officials and legislators, and the media. One of the chief concerns for congress attendees was how they would be protected from possible government sanctions if they failed to attain a certain number of sterilization and contraceptive services.

Yes, it has come to that. There are already population control targets and incentives in place, causing many public servants to feel forced to comply, and to pressure poor Filipinos to become sterilized or use contraception. With God’s amazing grace, however, everyone was touched and vowed to support the Mayor’s Declaration of Sorsogon as “Pro-Life City.”

After the conclusion of the congress, I gave several interviews to the media in attendance. The mayor and I also had a two-hour interview which was distributed on a radio network for those who were not able to attend the congress. Afterwards, Mayor Lee made a thanksgiving pilgrimage to thank the Lord and our Blessed Mother for a  successful Congress, and she continues to receive touching feedback from those who attended.

Apparently, another mayor in the province of Sorsogon is thinking of declaring her town pro-life as well.  Please keep this matter in your prayers, as we seek to change the hearts of local politicians following the failure of national politicians to protect Filipino families and children from the anti-life agenda.

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    txt_man March 15, 2015 at 4:24 PM - Reply

    She could be “pro-life” as much as she wants but she is obligated to follow the laws of the country. Magna Carta for Women gives women access to whatever kind of family planning she wants. RH law mandates all public health facilities in cities and municipalities to provide RH services and give couples access to contraceptives.

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      Krista Thomas March 25, 2015 at 11:42 AM - Reply

      While this may be true, openly proclaiming pro-life is a step in the right direction. God bless you!

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    Muhammed Al-Rashidi April 16, 2015 at 5:46 PM - Reply

    So let me get this straight: these people are ‘pro life’ but against certain people’s livelihood because they have hormonal abnormalities that cause them to be attracted to members of the same sex? They can see firsthand the overpopulation problem of the Philippines, but are against sex education, family planning and contraceptives? Don’t get me wrong–I’m against abortion in general, but saying contraception leads to abortion is about as ridiculous as a woman from a squatters area being forced to stay married to a drunk who left her with three kids and never sent one peso.

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    Jeanne Escriva July 25, 2015 at 2:14 AM - Reply

    Thank you, Mayor Sally Lee for declaring Sorsogon City a “Pro-Life City”! (02 Feb 2015) ^_^ <3 <3 <3 Prolifers, let us encourage our own city mayors and provincial governors to do the same! 😀

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