Members of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines have taken up the fight against protected sex after government health workers passed out roses and condoms on Valentines Day. Bishops have (wrongly) accused condoms of causing abortion, contributing the spread of HIV/AIDS, and allowing people to feel secure despite bishops’ warnings of a high failure rate. In a country with an HIV problem increasing in magnitude and a high poverty rate that prevents some from purchasing condoms, the influence of the Church in discouraging the free distribution of protection could prove deadly. In placing religious principles over the very real threat of STI’s, the Church may be as immoral as the contraceptives they oppose so strongly.
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