Ban condom ads, say Philippines bishops

Bishops object

The head of the Philippines bishops' Commission on Family and Life has called on the media to stop airing condom ads on TV because it may 'lead to greater promiscuity' among youths, reports Ucanews.

'These ads are corrupting the minds and hearts of our young people,' Father Melvin Castro said, in a radio interview on Wednesday, noting that the ads are being shown during 'prime time' when children are watching television.

The priest said the advertisements are aired despite a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court on the implementation of the country's reproductive health law, which Church leaders oppose because it allows artificial contraception.

The Philippines Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision on the law in March. The law, if implemented, will mandate the state to subsidise birth control for the poor.

'The mere fact that they are able to advertise things like that only goes to show that there’s no need for a law really to push their interests,' Father Castro said.

FULL STORY Philippine bishops call for condom ad ban (Ucanews)

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