MANILA, Philippines -- A bishop discouraged the giving of “preggy dolls” this Christmas, noting it would send a wrong message to young children.
In a report, YouthPinoy quoted Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon as saying: “These ‘preggy dolls’ are not to be encouraged as Christmas gifts, especially to young (unmarried) people. They do send a wrong message, which is, ‘it’s ok to get pregnant.’”
The so-called “preggy dolls” are reportedly being sold in some stalls in Divisoria. The bishop said the message of these toys is similar to that of plastic guns given to boys, which subtly implies violence.
He said that while pregnancy is only natural, it should be within Christian marriage. “Pregnancy is never a wonderful thing outside of marriage,” he said.
Baylon said it would be better to give children books this Christmas. “Let us encourage our children to return to and appreciate the habit of reading books, a practice that is slowly but surely dying – because of the phenomenal influence of the digital world on the young, where visuals rather than words are most attractive and powerful,” he said.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has also been at the forefront of the fight against the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill. The measure has greatly divided a mostly Catholic nation.