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Procreative Rights and Reproductive Wrongs

Procreative Rights and Reproductive Wrongs

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Published by Dr. Liza Manalo
This article exposes the truth about womens' rights, reproductive health, population programs, sex education, and the pro-choice movement.
This article exposes the truth about womens' rights, reproductive health, population programs, sex education, and the pro-choice movement.

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Published by: Dr. Liza Manalo on Nov 02, 2008
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In 1996, I visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg as part of an
ASEAN parliamentary group. On our first day, I sat for lunch with a Member

of the European Parliament who was the son of a former president of
France.

As soon as we were introduced, he said: ""So you are from the
Philippines, where you have 60 million people and still have large families."

"I'm sorry," I said, "we are more than 70 million now, but not
everyone has a large family like me. I'm one of the few who have seven
children."

"That's alright," the MP said, obviously sensing a counter-attack. "I

also have five children."

Then I continued. "You know, before I left for France, I thought of
refreshing my limited French, so I could at least order my
café au lait in
French. But then I heard that in France today, you may not be able to get a
good cup of coffee unless you spoke Arabic."

His expression changed abruptly, as though he was actually glad to

have found his match.

"C'est vrai, c'est vrai," he said, "in many parts of Paris today, you find
so many Arabs who refuse to speak French."

"Well, I think it simply shows the problem is yours rather than mine,"
I said. "In my country, we still produce Filipinos, not migrants."

He suddenly became the soul of friendliness, offered to book me in
the best hotel next to his aparment next time I came to Paris.

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