also emphasized the fact that the “aggressive distribution of condoms” in the said country made
it the worst victim of HIV-AIDS in East Asia.
And as for the RH Bill’s goal to ‘protect pregnant women against abortion and death’,
B. Suleik, Business writer for the Manila Bulletin, disagrees. On her aptly titled article “RH Billis unnecessary”
on May 11, 2011, she writes that we already have the Magna Carta of Women ineffect, which includes all the benefits for women that the RH Bill offers. In an earlier article on
March 24, 2011 titled “What the RH Bill is not”, Suleik strongly writes that the RH Bill is “in
fact a tyranny of half-
truths”, stating that developed countries really are at a risk of a so
‘demographic winter’, as in the situation of Thailand. Suleik also writes that instead of safety,
contraceptives that the Bill is moving to be distributed in fact lead to health risks for women,
such as breast cancer. She adds that “The State should govern, and not meddle in the Filipino’sindividual decision” and concludes that the Bill is not about freedom of choice or poverty
n. “It is about state control.”
Raul Nidoy, Opinion writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, writes on June 9, 2011 on his
infatuation for RH Bill” that
contraception falsifies sex, casually calling
children as “unwanted and unplanned”. Nidoy mentions Nobel Prize winner and economist
George Akerlof, who, writing at the Quarterly Journal of Economics, published by the MITPress, described the effect of contraceptives: more premarital sex, more fatherless children andsingle mothers, and when contraceptives fail, more abortions.In January 31, 2011, the House of Representatives committee on population and family relationsapproved a consolidated version of the Bill. It still has a long way to go, though, since it needs topass the entirety of the Congress and the Senate, which is unlikely, remarks writer BernardoVillegas (mentioned earlier), due to legitimate questions being raised by Senate President JuanPonce Enrile, Senator Vicente Sotto, and of course, the Roman Catholic Church in thePhilippines.
It is easy to understand where the Catholic Church’s anti
-RH Bill views are coming from, sincethe Bill promotes planning life through artificial methods, something the Vatican has beenagainst ever since
. The Church’s stand has been very
visible, with prayer rallies attended by
thousands of Catholics, and gatherings of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines
(CBCP). Church leaders raise the morale by encouraging the rhythm method instead of contraceptives, taking up the standar
d of “Pro
saying that even though the RH Bill doesnot directly legalize abortion, this is where the path of contraception is headed.The Catholic Church is not alone in disagreeing with the RH Bill. In fact, CBCP EpiscopalCommission on Family and Life chairman and Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto statedthat
“This is not the fight only of Catholics. The Muslims…
the Evangelicals, and theEc
umenical Bishops’ Forum:
they are against it
President Benigno Aquino III has been an active supporter of the RH Bill, and Aniceto adds that
“There is no Catholic party but there is a Catholic vote. The one who placed him there as president is the majority…
and the majority are Catholics. Since he is the President of the whole
The Asian Development Bank in 2004 listed a large population as one of the major causes of poverty in the country.d.
The National Statistics Office affirms that large families are prone topoverty.d.
While NSSM 200 did not specify abortion as a preferred family planningmethod, the Report observed that “no country has reduced its populationgrowth without resorting to abortion.”b.
Pushing for only two children per family will make us experience thepopulation ageing and collapse taking place today in rich countries, andlike them, we will also wish to pay parents to have more children--butunlike them, we will have no money to do so.c.
Family planning should be left to the individual families and not the Stateintervening on it.e.
Family planning will not lead to a demographic winter.1.
UP economics professors in their paper “Population and Poverty:The Real Score” declared that the threat of a so-calleddemographic winter in the Philippines is “greatly exaggerated, andusing it as an argument against a sensible population policy is aplain and simple scare tactic.”2.
It will ensure that children will be blessings for theirparents since their births are planned and wanted.b.
The bill does not impose a two-child policy.1.
It just shows the ideal children approximates desired by women.c.
Strengthening of the Population CommissionIII.
The bill does not legalize abortion nor does lead to its legalization.1.
Other Catholic countries have already promoted contraceptiveswhile criminalizing abortion.a.
Same goes with some Muslim and Buddhist countries2.
Contraceptives are essential medicines.a.
No life-threatening side effects.i.
Medical and scientific evidence shows that all thepossible medical risks connected withcontraceptives are infinitely lower than the risks of an actual pregnancy and everyday activities.b.
There are other benefits from it.