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Philippine bishops honor 'pro-life' lawyer

Maria Concepcion Noche helped lead fight against reproductive health law

Lawyer Maria Concepcion Noche receives recognition

Philippine Catholic bishops conferred the Jorge Barlin Golden Cross, the highest award given by the country's church leaders, to Maria Concepcion Noche, a lawyer who questioned the legality of the Philippines' reproductive health law.

"[Noche] has been steadfast in the defense of Catholic teaching and Filipino values in particular with the rights of every Filipino from conception to natural death," said Bishop Gilbert Garcera, chairman of the bishops' Commission on Family and Life.

The bishops said the church recognized Noche as a "missionary disciple" for her efforts to protect the sanctity of human life.

Noche heads the Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines Inc. She served as a lawyer for groups that opposed the passage of the reproductive health law.

"I'm truly grateful to God for the singular opportunity to put my legal knowledge and skills at the service of life," said Noche.
She said the recognition came as the "most welcome consolation and a much needed boost and inspiration to spur me on."


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