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Friday, January 25, 2008

Condom Ads

Church help sought vs. condom ads

Pro-life and anti-abortion groups sought the help of the Catholic Church Monday in calling for a ban on condom advertisements on radio and television.

AIDS-Free Philippines, Human Life International and Family Media Advocacy argued that the advertisements promote “sexual promiscuity and licentiousness" especially among the young.

“We urge the bishops to also declare an all-out-war against this propaganda (promoting condoms)," said Rene Josef Bullecer of the AIDS-Free Philippines, in a statement posted Monday night on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines website.

Bullecer made the call days before the 96th plenary assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on January 25.

He said the anti-condom campaign would have more chances of winning with the backing of influential Church leaders.

The advocates called on the CBCP to also include in its agenda the proposed ban on advertising of condoms and contraceptives.

Jo Imbong, the group’s spokeswoman, said the advertisements appear even in programs that cater to the general public, including children.

The organizations already filed a complaint with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and the Advertising Board to ban radio and television ads “selling a condom lifestyle." - GMANews.TV