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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soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. jdog

    funny how MEN weigh in on this matter that HAS EVERYTHING TO DO WITH WOMEN"S CHOICE

    May 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. w2lucky

    Here's a guy with one too many shots to the head, encouraging people in a third world country to make more babies in the name of religion. Can you say stupid?

    May 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jabe

    Seriously, STICK TO BOXING!

    I was laughing when I visited the Philippines for a vacation and passed by a school with a large banner saying, "It's God's plan for you to have a family"(their anti-abortion stance) especially there was this homeless women breastfeeding her infant while another two young boys of hers were sleeping on her lap begging for money next to that school.

    Seriously, go forth and multiply? Laughable.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. benzuda

    Until the Vatican "legalizes" contraception and gets into the 21st century, the fact is that educated people will utilize birth control while the undereducated population of the third world will not. Continuing to breed undereducated slaves to the church.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4mercy

      the Vatican will never "legalize" contraception....if it does – that will surely signal the end of the world is near.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TinMT

    Really? God said have tons of kids you can't provide for? He also said we should have dominion over all the earth too which allows us to plunder it's resources, eradicate species we don't like (and those that we like to eat), pollute the crap out of it so we further limit what is habitable. Yep, that God, he's one smart guy telling us we can basically screw the planet. Pacquiao has been punched in the head too many times.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Riff*Raff

    @RP-it was Rick Santorum who made that comment. Pacquio's belief system wouldnt bother me so much if the babies were taken care of after they are born. That never seems to be considered in the debate. I believe it's more of a shame to see unwanted children go hungry or be mistreated/abused than is a woman's right to choose. Whether that choice be abortion or even birth control. It's not 1890-people dont need 10 kids to work the farm.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DYNAMITE

    Funny how it's a woman's choice but it takes a man to make it happen-it should be both parent's decision. Men want to ahve children just as badly as some women do, and it's there child and therefore should be up to both parties. If the mother doesn't wnat anything to do with the child after birth, that's totally her decision too

    May 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cricket

    @DYNAMITE:

    Yet, 98% of the time, it's MEN who fun away. You, sir, may be one of the 2% who actually take responsibility.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cricket

    I meant *run* away, but same difference.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 4mercy

    Everyone always mention "overpopulation" of the Earth as the main reason we shouldn't be having children. Seriously? Have you ever stopped to ponder that – with incurable viruses threatening pandemics and with man waging war against man – that overpopulation might be nature's (or God's) plan to extend the existence of the human race when most of them are wiped off the face of the Earth? I believe there's a plan – I don't think preventing birth and killing the unborn are part of it.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • kope

      HMM!.. but this man is trying to convince a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY to not use contraception to protect themselves.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      I think Kope is refering to STI (or STD)... in which case he is 100% correct in his comment (just for clarity)

      May 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jon

    @4mercy, Uhmm the reason we're having pandemic's and incurable disease is do to the very fact that we're breeding like rats.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jon

    @4mercy, also I think perhaps, you were looking for the end of the world article.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kope

    I find it sad that half of the entire population of Filipinos in the Philippines might take his words seriously, especially they live off their national Filipino pride off one man's success.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jon

    @4mercy, By the way if there is a God that created man then why would he need us to be fruitful and multiply. If he wanted to wipe us out with plagues and start over couldn't he just wipe all of us out and create man completely from scratch?

    May 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JIMMYMALOLOS

    MANNY I JUST READ YOUR BOOK AND IT IS THE WORST BOOK I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME. YOUNG MAN, YOU BETTER WAKE UP. YOU TALK ABOUT POOR PEOPLE IN YOUR BOOK AND HOW YOU TRY AND HELP THEM. IN FACT THAT IS JUST ABOUT THE ENTIRE BOOK, HOW HE TRYS AND HELP OTHERS. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HELP YOUR PEOPLE YOU MUST 1ST: HAVE A SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE..... 2ND STOP TALKING ABOUT RELIGION. NOT ALL FOLKS AGREE WITH YOUR PERSONAL BELIEFS. 3ND. VOTE TO ALLOW ABORTION, THE WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE IN YOUR COUNTRY. LET THE RECORD SPEAK FOR IT'S SELF. IN 1986 THERE WERE 40 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE PHILIPPINES: TODAY THERE ARE OVER 95 MILLION. HOW MANY OF THOSE BABIES WERE NOT PLANNED? NEARLY HALF OF THEM I WOULD GUESS. THINK MAN THINK! POVERTY COMES FROM OVER-POPULATION!

    May 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      AND A STATEMENT WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS COMES FROM HITTING THE CAPSLOCK KEY BESIDE THE A!!!.

      Really dude, tone it down.

      May 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
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