Philippine bishops back pope’s remarks on Zika contraceptive use
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Philippine bishops back pope’s remarks on Zika contraceptive use

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Despite their staunch opposition to contraceptives, Philippine Roman Catholic bishops say they fully support Pope Francis’ remarks suggesting artificial contraception can be used by women threatened by the Zika virus.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines also echoed on Saturday the pope’s uncompromising position against abortion, even in cases when a pregnant woman carries an unborn child afflicted with a deformity.

They said in a statement: “We, your bishops, reiterate church teaching: No matter that the child in the womb may be afflicted with some infirmity or deformity … it is never for us to judge who should live or die!”

The Philippine Catholic church opposed a proposed bill that allows the government to finance and distribute contraceptives in Asia’s bastion of Catholicism. The bill was enacted in 2012.