Manny Pacquiao laces up gloves in country's fight over birth control
Manny Pacquiao, right, easily defeated Shane Mosely this month, but can he repeat in the Filipino birth control bout?
May 20th, 2011
04:05 PM ET

Manny Pacquiao laces up gloves in country's fight over birth control

Manny Pacquaio's latest fight could be much tougher than pounding on “Sugar” Shane Mosley for 12 rounds.

Fresh off his trouncing of the American welterweight contender, Pacquiao, 32 who also serves as a Sarangani representative in the Filipino Congress has entered the ring again to denounce a reproductive health bill that he and his fellow lawmakers are considering.

The bill has several controversial provisions, such as the requirement that women experiencing problems after abortions, which would still be banned, must be treated humanely and compassionately.

Pacquiao and President Benigno Aquino III, a backer of the bill, agree abortion should be outlawed, The Manila Times reported. Where they part ways is on the issue of contraception, according to Filipino media.

Aquino believes couples should be educated on birth control and should be free to choose the method they deem most appropriate, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. Pacquiao, on the other glove, opposes contraception and paraphrased Genesis to defend his stance.

God said, ‘Go forth and multiply.' He did not say, ‘Go and have just one or two children,’” the People’s Champ said, according the paper.

Some of the bill’s supporters slammed his literal interpretation of the Bible. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said the pugilist, who is Catholic, like 81% of Filipinos, was acting like a fundamentalist. Disregarding his status as a fellow legislator, she further questioned his foray into what she said was a sociopolitical issue.

“We cannot be know-it-alls. It will be very misleading to use his celebrity status to enter into what is, after all, a great debate on the political economy,” she told the Daily Inquirer.

PacMan’s remarks are not controversial solely on religious or political grounds. As Defensor-Santiago pointed out, Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, recently acknowledged taking birth control pills.

The Phillipines’ GMA News reported this week that a doctor said Jinkee Pacquiao also an opponent of the reproductive health bill began using the pills after the couple’s fourth child, Queenie, was born. She took them to get back in shape, according to reports.

“That was in the past, but now she no longer does,” GMA quoted the eight-division champ as telling reporters.

Citing an April poll from the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit focusing on sex education and health, GMA News said Pacquiao’s wife wasn’t different from the overwhelming majority of Catholic women who have sex.

The poll states that 98% of those polled have used some means of contraception “other than natural family planning.”

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  1. surfsup77

    Why do I continue to read CNN.com news? Why?

    May 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      This is probably the best comment in the history of cnn.com.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shanee

      What a hack this Pacquiao is. It's easy for a man to sit there and say no contraceptive, but what about the woman who puts herself in danger with every pregnancy and who, sometimes, even dies during the birth. Some women NEED to have contraception. Religion is responsible for more deaths, wars, and stupid comments and beliefs than any other one thing in the world. Listen up, people: IT'S A BOOK OF FABLES. IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD TO BELIEVE IN A PUFFY-CLOUDED LITTLE PLACE CALLED HEAVEN AND A LITTLE RED MAN IN TIGHTS AND A PITCH FORK, THEN FINE, BUT DON'T PUSH THIS NONSENSE ON ANYONE ELSE.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. skytag

    It's hard to believe people are still so backward as to want to make laws based on something the Bible says about populating the earth.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cricket

    @McFly: Lol!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Karla

    And boxing is allowed according to the bible I don't think so.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Karla

    God said, ‘Go forth and multiply.' He did not say, ‘Go and have just one or two children,’” the People’s Champ said, according the paper.
    You moran you can afford a team becuase you have the money, but most couples can't even afford 1 kid specially in a sountry such as yours.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheefsfury

      lol "You moran"

      May 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dagwud

    Oh, what a mathematical illiterate. 2 people producing 2 children is a multiple of 1. Two people producing 1 child is a multiple of 0.5 It's still multiplication. The Bible doesn't say what factor should be used.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. D

    I assume Mr. Pacquiao will be helping to pay for and raise all of the children his dangerous beliefs will result in?

    May 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    I don't blame Pac Man in this case. If this was how he was raised, than this is how he'll vote. That being said, I disagree with him and all he needs to do is look around his own country to see what happens when people "go forth and multiply." Much of the areas of poverty in the word, including this country, are a result of pumping out kids. Then they expect someone else to take care of them either in the form of care or resources (including humanitarian aid). They are never disciplined for reproducing outside of not only their, but the world's means.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jon

    Can't we just send all religious people to that new planet they found so the rest of us can get along.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alex

    he could be president of Haiti

    May 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kris

    I think all those blows to the head are finally starting to take a toll on him. For shame.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. alec

    He needs his teeny one cut off.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. QS

    The reasons to start banning religion are becoming more and more evident and are definitely starting to be more abundant than reasons to try banning anything based on religion.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    How can a man who wears a boxing glove oppose a condom? Anyone see the irony in that?

    May 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cricket

    Religion and law should never mix. Never.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
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