Pass the Reproductive Health Bill (House Bill 5043)

I appeal to the members of the House of Representatives.

Please enact House Bill 5043 or the Reproductive Health Bill.

The bill known as Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008 is still pending in Congress  and has become a hot issue and ignites clashes of opinion. The Roman Catholic church aggressively campaigned against the bill saying that  it is anti-life and against the will of God.

However, not all faithful Catholics blindly follow the call of the Church to reject the bill. Recently, a group of professors from Ateneo de Manila University, expressed support to Reproductive Health Bill. From 14, the number of Ateneo professors who defy the Church on birth control increases to 69 with the addition of another 55.

It is not surprising. More and more people will realize that they need an enacted bill on reproductive health. We need House Bill 5043.

Rep. Edcel Lagman, principal author of Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2008 or House Bill 5043, explained in an article published in Inquirer.net:

The reproductive health (RH) bill promotes information on and access to both natural and modern family planning methods, which are medically safe and legally permissible.

The bill does not have any bias for or against either natural or modern family planning. Both modes are contraceptive methods. Their common purpose is to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

The bill will promote sustainable human development.

Coverage of Reproductive Health:

  1. Information and access to natural and modern family planning
  2. Maternal, infant and child health and nutrition
  3. Promotion of breast feeding
  4. Prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications
  5. Adolescent and youth health
  6. Prevention and management of reproductive tract infections, HIV/AIDS and STDs
  7. Elimination of violence against women
  8. Counseling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health
  9. Treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers
  10. Male involvement and participation in Reproductive Health
  11. Prevention and treatment of infertility, and
  12. Reproductive Health education for the youth.

I join the majority who appeal to legislators in Congress and in the Senate to pass the Reproductive Health bill (House Bill 5043).

I am a Roman Catholic. I have strong faith to God as I understood him. But being Catholic doesn’t mean that I will always support what the Bishops say. For now, I stand that I’m on the right path with my strong support to reproductive health bill. And I insist that my stand doesn’t diminish my being a Catholic.

9 thoughts on “Pass the Reproductive Health Bill (House Bill 5043)

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  2. If you agree with what faculty members of the Ateneo have done to promote the RH Bill, please add your name to the this online petition. Help spread it around too. There is pressure on the Ateneo to “do something” about these faculty members. Let them know they do not stand alone. Thank you for your support!

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    http://www.petitiononline.com/admu4rh/petition.html

    To: Ateneo de Manila University, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, and the Congress of the Philippines

    We, students of the Ateneo de Manila University, alumni of the
    Ateneo de Manila University, and other Filipinos, fully
    support the statement of the faculty members of the Ateneo de Manila
    University made on October 28, 2008 on the Reproductive Health Bill
    pending before the Congress of the Philippines (see
    http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=news1_oct29_2008).

    We further laud their efforts in trying to promote access to
    reproductive health for all Filipinos through their well-researched
    and thoughtfully argued position paper (see “Catholics Can Support the
    RH Bill in Good Conscience”
    http://www.4shared.com/file/68329978/6b6d8eab/Individual_faculty_of_the_ADMU-Position_Paper_on_the_Reproductive_Health.html).

    We call on the Ateneo de Manila University, the Catholic Bishops
    Conference of the Philippines, and the Congress of the Philippines to
    respect and consider the valid and compelling arguments these
    professors have made in favor of giving all Filipinos, rich or poor,
    complete access to reproductive health.

    We call on all them and all Filipinos to come together and support the
    passage of the Reproductive Health Bill into law.

    Sincerely,

    The Undersigned

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  4. Here are some of the potential consequences of the passage into law of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill (HB O5043) which have dawned upon me; to wit:

    1.0 BIG BUSINESS, BIGGER MONEY. If RH Bill passes into law, condom suppliers may earn from the Philippine government (which will be mandated to distribute free condoms to 4.9 million youth aged 15-27), PhP 2.548 billion every year. (Or 4.9 million youth times 1 sex act per week times 52 weeks per year times condom usage of 1 piece per sex act times supplier’s price of P10 per piece of condom.) The assumption of a youth engaging in sex at the average of once a week, I am afraid, is in order and conservative. It will be unthinkable for a young student to obey the reminder of his RH teacher or older relatives that abstinence is the most effective birth control method when that young student is aware, the government is duty-bound to provide him or her with free condom for his or her sexual cravings anytime, anywhere. Condom supply is therefore a big business if RH Bill passes into law. Nevertheless, what is bigger money is when government canvassers, signatories of purchase orders, receivers of condom deliveries, as well as check payment signatories and releasers may connive with condom suppliers to price the condom at P 100 per piece instead of P 10. The over price of P 90 per piece of condom will be distributed among the involved government officials. Therefore, due to the passage of the RH Bill, there is an opportunity for a PhP 25.48 billion condom scam to happen.

    2.0 BOARS AND GILTS. These 4.9 million youth who are recipients of the government’s free supply of condoms may naturally crave for sex like animals (considering the additional enticement from the immodest mass media and the internet pornography). The young male may act like boar while the young female behaves like gilt that is in heat. This promiscuity or multiple sexual relationships, is probably just a take off point. The Law of Diminishing Extra Satisfaction (as adopted from the psychological and economic law of diminishing marginal utility) that governs pure human and animal endeavors including sexual relations will be fully operational. In other words, if sex will be a preoccupation of the Filipino youth, then the satisfaction that a young male derives having sex with female partner/s, will decrease or wane eventually. He then ventures to partner sexually with his fellow male/s to seek new level of satisfaction. He may push further by engaging in bisexual activities. But most likely he will end up as a pure homosexual. A young female may also follow the same path as she craves for sex and sexual satisfactions. She may graduate as a pure lesbian. But this scenario will not be glaring overnight. It will take a generation – ten years span. This may then translate to the need of a new advocacy – to support the passing into law of the bill on same-sex marriages and divorce in the country.

    3.0 POPULATION REDUCTION. The ultimate aim of RH Bill, I understand, is achieving economic prosperity (particularly for the poor) however through population reduction approach. In case the RH Bill is passed, its success will be measured therefore by, among others, whether its respective population reduction target (PRT) is attained. And the critical factor in attaining PRT is the effective distribution and use of condom of the 4.9 million Filipino youth in particular. Effective means here, making a condom available for free, on demand of the youth, either male or female, anywhere, anytime. As mentioned above, this will cost the Philippine government, PhP 2.548 billion every year. If the government will have limited or doesn’t have that amount of taxpayers’ money (for condom purchase and distribution) then the full attainment of the PRT will be jeopardized. Thus RH Law may prove to be ineffective to reduce population in the country. If this is the case, other population reduction measures or Bills will be therefore sought. So there will be a future need to support for the passage into law of Pro-abortion Bills as well as of Pro-euthanasia Bills.

    So then, to all the RH Bill advocates, if your support for the passage into law of RH Bill (which may lead to additional opportunity for corruptions in the Philippine government, to transformation of the Filipino youth as homosexuals and lesbians, to eventual murder of unborn babies and to future mercy-killing of senior citizens, etc.) makes your Mama proud of you, then go full speed ahead of your RH Bill advocacy. Otherwise, please resign as a RH Bill supporter and lobby harder for our legislators to vote against RH Bill.

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  6. “And I insist that my stand doesn’t diminish my being a Catholic.”

    I insist otherwise. You cannot be a Catholic and go against the Catholic Church, its fundamental beliefs, and its moral principles. Be guided that it is not the local bishops or even the Pope who arbitrarily chooses what is the truth. Truth will always be objective just like 1 plus 1 is always 2 — no more, no less.

    To really be a Catholic, you should go back to the Scripture and to the Apostolic Fathers of the Church. That would take you a lifetime to really absorbed them all, though. But being a son of God is just the same a lifetime experience — it actually goes beyond one’s natural lifetime; so it doesn’t matter how long will it take you to understand as long as it is never late yet.

    To give you one lesson, condom use is just the same with spilling one’s semen to the ground; just the same reason why Yahweh struck Onan dead. (Genesis 38. 7–10)

    “‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” (Leviticus 20:13)

    Why do you think it is detestable to be homosexual? Because it violates the primary purpose of God’s creation.

    What is genital?
    It came from the Latin genitalis that means “pertaining to generation or birth,” related to Gk. genete “birth”.

    Condom use and all contraceptive methods are simply against nature. And haven’t you heard also of the researches that directly points out to OCPs to be the sole reason why some species that lives in the water become mutated? Do contact an honest ecologist.

    Some word from true Catholics:

    This one is from Clement of Alexandria who wrote this on A.D. 191 — that is 1,819 years before HB5043: “Because of its divine institution for the propagation of man, the seed is not to be vainly ejaculated, nor is it to be damaged, nor is it to be wasted” (The Instructor of Children 2:10:91:2).

    For this one, just do the math. This is written by Hyppolitus on A.D. 225: “[Christian women with male concubines], on account of their prominent ancestry and great property, the so-called faithful want no children from slaves or lowborn commoners, [so] they use drugs of sterility or bind themselves tightly in order to expel a fetus which has already been engendered” (Refutation of All Heresies 9:12).

    One word is enough for a wise man, they say. I gave two from the Fathers and two from the Bible. I also had a simple dictionary to testify how anti-nature contraceptives are.

    Of course, this is not just about these things. There are more to HB5043 than what meets the eye. Constitutionalists can tell you how unconstitutional its contents, not to mention the proceedings that transpired related to it. Moralists can tell you how immoral its intentions are. A good wife, a good husband, and a good parent can tell you how destructive it is. A political scientist or even a simple-minded person can show you totalinarianistic its way of doing things. I can go on and on and on…but I will not do that. You have your eyes to see, but I suggest that you straighten your perspectives first and mold your conscience according to God’s mindset.

    Thanks for your opinion, anyway!

  7. I wrote here not to strengthen the pro-rh bill but in contrast, I would like to express my strong disagreement into it. Why?
    First, this bill would tolerate sex within couples even not married. It is like the proposers are trying to make the easy way out of the problems of the Philippines. Couples would be given the freedom to have sex without any worry because of the prevention aided to them.
    Talking about health, contraceptive pills and condoms will not lessen the rate of HIV diseases because using these contraceptions will not prevent the semen of a man to transmit into the woman’s vagina. Plus, HIV diseases are also transmitted through saliva.
    Why give the pleasure to the youths to enjoy sex without any worry or anxiety?
    That is so tolerating…
    Yes, it is so pitiful for the teens of about 14 getting pregnant. It is reaaly such a merciful situation but it should not be the reason to promote contraception to them. It is a sin to engage in pre-marital sex. And even if you are not, but if you are promoting it, it’s the same sin you are to face in God.
    Health education should come from the parents because they know well how to say it to their children in a manner that the kids will take it as an advise to follow not a lesson they just can laugh at if they found it funny.
    And POPULATION IS NOT A PROBLEM!
    If only human labor would be given the attention, many Filipinos can have a good job. Our country is an agriculturize country that it really needs the power of man to work. It is much better for the government to spend more money for agriculture to improve than to spend billions of fund for immoral behavior.
    It is not good for the children to be stimulated in school with sex education. It may not be pornographic but the exposure of sexual aids to children may be interpreted in a wrong manner. Parents have the responsibility to teach their children on how to live a moral life.

  8. You insist on your own that being a supporter of the Bill doesn’t diminish your being a Catholic.
    I tell you, you cannot be a Catholic and at the same time a dissenter to the Catholic teachings.
    It is a contradiction to your identity.
    You claim to be a true Catholic and yet you do not follow what the Bishops are saying.
    It would be more beneficial especially to the Filipino children if the budget allocated for the purchase of those unnecessary and harmful contraceptives would be added to the education budget.

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