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Pro-church senators backed in PI
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A coalition of lay religious groups dominated by Catholic conservatives has endorsed Senate candidates it says would oppose legislation that would “destroy the foundation of society.”

The so-called White Vote movement, made up of 41 organizations, came together following passage of a reproductive health law after more than a dozen years of being shot down by lawmakers who had strong support from the church. The group is particularly concerned about a pending divorce bill and proposals for same-sex marriage.

Abortion is illegal in the Philippines, but the new law is still controversial in this majority Catholic country. Catholic officials have argued that it is a population control method, and readily available contraception would promote promiscuity and a permissive mindset that could lead to choosing abortion.

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