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Oh, those stupid poor people!

We all know poor people are stupid, right?  Otherwise, they wouldn't be poor, right?

That's what the current President of the Phillipines apparently thinks.  Benigno Aquino is pushing for "reproductive health" (that's code for abortion and contraception), and said in a meeting with Catholic bishops:  “In a situation where couples, especially the poor and disadvantaged ones, are in no position to make an informed judgment, the state has the responsibility to so provide.”

Huh.  Guess being poor = stupid in Mr. Aquino's mind.  A person with limited financial resources couldn't possibly be capable of making sound choices about his/her family.  What a bunch of crap!  It is just this type of paternalistic, elitist attitude that helps keep the poor where they are at.  Instead of partnering with those people in need, and looking to them for guidance in what they find most helpful, we are just gonna tell 'em:  "You aren't capable of making decisions for yourself, so we're gonna step in and make 'em for you."  So much for human dignity. 

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