One of my Facebook groups pointed out the Ang Prolife partylist’s submissions of nominees for the 2013 Elections. The partylist aims to counter what it sees as the Culture of Death which “destroy and undermine the Pro-Life and Pro-Family values enshrined in the 1987 Constitution.”
Below is the partylist’s chapter declaration:
ANG PROLIFE (Party-List Organization) is an organization comprising a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to the Pro-Life and Pro-Family advocacy.
Its founders and members have been lobbying for the protection of LIFE and the Family in all its aspects and incidents, before congressional committees and public offices where they confront laws and policies that destroy and undermine the Pro-Life and Pro-Family values enshrined in the 1987 Constitution (such as continuing attempts to enshrine a Culture of Death in the Philippines through bills on divorce, euthanasia, abortion, birth control, reproductive rights, population control, and homosexuality).
We believe and affirm that ANG PROLIFE will be the first and only party list organization instituted with the primary objective and mission to Reclaim the Culture of Life in the Philippines through direct participation in the legislative branch of government, beginning with the forthcoming Elections in 2013.
How this group equates divorce, reproductive rights, and homosexuality with the so-called “Culture of Death” makes me want to roll my eyes, except that doing so will not really do anything. This group wants to put several members in Congress and lobby to counter what they think of are “Anti-Life” bills and promote so-called “Pro-Family” values that will further make this country backwards and repressive.
I will not go into a rebuttal of why the group’s fear of divorce, reproductive rights and homosexual rights are fueled by conservative fear and perverted “family values” because people who are better writers than me have made better counter-arguments.
That post in Facebook mentioned several groups will mount a protest against Ang Pro-Life partylist tomorrow (June 20) at the COMELEC. Assembly time is at 12 noon at Chowking near Manila Cathedral. I won’t be able to join the protests in person, but I am encourage others who could join to participate, or at least spread word on how this group is working to curtail our civil rights in the name of misplaced “morality”.