PH RH Bill

Posted on April 18, 2013


I’m not much of a politician, nor do I care about how politics is here in our country. But, once in a while, I do enjoy a little politics and I do have some views of how politics are. Up until recently, there has been a dispute between the church and the state because of the Responsible Parenthood and Responsible Health Act of 2012, also known as, Reproductive Health Law or RH Bill. Basically, it is a law that allows the Filipinos access to methods on contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care. Debates regarding those who oppose and support the bill has been going on, even until today.

The Philippines is one of the few predominantly Catholic country, where almost 80% of its population belonging to the Catholic Church. The Church has greatly expressed its opposition towards the bill. The Catholic Church teaches that the immorality of contraception is not a matter of religious doctrine (e.g. liturgy) but is of an ethical nature, such as lying and prostitution, which common ethical reasoning can understand. It says that contraception is evil because it desecrates sex which is intrinsically linked to new sacred human beings, it makes spouses lie about their total self gift to their spouse, by not surrendering their personal fertility, and is an abuse of the function of reproductive organs.

If you think about it, it is one of the ways to control the overpopulation in our country. I know that the authors of the bill has the same concern as some of the population and knows that action has to be done to reduce the population, thus, the possibility of reducing poverty in the country. It is a legislation that promises to improve the well-being of Filipino families, especially the lives of women, children, adolescents, and the poor. The bill, in itself promotes quality of life, by enabling couples, especially the poor, to bring into the world only the number of children they believe they can care for and nurture to become healthy and productive members of our society. I, for one, supports this bill.

I was born and raised a Catholic, and even until now, I am still a Catholic. My support for the bill does not mean that I do not recognize the teachings of the Church. It is just that I think it is a good move by the state, a move to improve the Filipino way of life.

Because of the incoming Senatorial elections, the Church has been aggressive with expressing their opposition regarding the bill. For some priests, they even incorporate their views and opposition regarding the bill during the Holy Mass, which I think is very inappropriate. The Church has been so narrow-minded that they tend to forget the bigger picture behind all this. The Philippines is already over populated and poverty is always looming around anywhere you look. The Church as always been so adamant about helping the poor, yet, they are doing nothing to help the poor from being poor. Yes, birth control is somehow “unethical”, words of the Church, but, which is more “unethical”:

a.) preventing a soul to be brought here on earth, thus, preventing him/her from the clutches of poverty?

b.) bringing up more children here without the proper resources to give him/her a better life?

I think the answer is pretty obvious there. Surprisingly, some congregations and some ordinary citizens (like me), share the same thoughts about being pro-RH.

So, who is correct? Who has more ethical reasons to support their choice?


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