After a heartfelt loss against the Blue Eagles and going through the week that broke Wall Street, let’s go back to an issue which Rep. Roilo Golez of Parañaque urges his colleagues to set aside and then focus on more pressing matters. So this is not a pressing matter? Short term yes, but in the long run, maybe not.
Yes, it is the Reproductive Health Bill. Many Filipinos don’t give a damn regarding the issue mainly because anyone can easily get contraceptives from your nearest 7-11 or Mercury Drug store.
(This is a response to my previous blog entry about the financial crisis in the US which started a thread on contraceptives.)
So why did Edcel Lagman author this bill? He said, mainly “to promote information on and access to both natural and modern family planning methods, which are medically safe and legally permissible. It assures an enabling environment where women and couples have the freedom of informed choice on the mode of family planning they want to adopt based on their needs, personal convictions and religious beliefs.”
Given this, I would like to divide the use of contraceptives into two categories. One used in marriage and the other outside it.
For married couples, the Catholic Church prohibits the use of contraceptives but allows natural family planning. Some people ask, what’s the difference between the two if both ends are not to bear a child? Why not use artificial methods? If they are indeed the same, then I should ask why not use natural family planning if you are saying that it’s the same? Then what have we learned from our ethics class, the ends do not justify the means.
Some people would respond saying that it’s impossible… improbable… unbearable… It’s far easier and more practical to use artificial means. You can get it whenever and wherever you want. But as HUMAN BEINGS who possess something we call self-control, affection and true love towards the other isn’t only limited to sexual activities and can be expressed through innumerable ways. Does it sound better when someone says, he loves me, therefore he can wait instead of hearing someone say, if you really love me, do it for me?
For non-married couples, the act being done outside the marriage covenant is a sin in itself much more if contraceptives are used. Some guy may say, have sex and make a baby? No way man! That’s the point, sex is a beautiful and sacred act created by God for means of giving birth to a child and to bring a wife and a husband closer together and be as one. If the initial goal of the act is not to bear a child only to gain pleasure, then we are contradicting its true purpose and can be considered simply an act of lust.
Now, I want to ask Rep. Janette Garin and all the Filipino mothers, if you had a daughter (I don’t know if she has one), would she allow her daughter to engage in premarital sex? This is a consequence we are assured of if this bill pushes through. Even without a bill regulating the use of contraceptives, we’re going towards a culture of promiscuity, much more if we have something to regulate it.
According to an article in Philippine Star yesterday, UNICEF has a report stating that “99 percent of all maternal deaths are accounted in developing countries with 84 percent concentrated in Sub-Saharan and South Asia.” UNICEF also said that “4500 Filipino women die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth every year.” If the author is saying that the solution is contraceptives in order to avoid women dying unnecessarily then I would argue that preventing them to have a child through investing in massive amounts of contraceptives is not the answer. Instead developing all the facilities needed to bring forth a child safely for both mother and child should be done.
Population is not the problem of the country; it’s mainly the government’s wrong allocation of resources and the resources you wonder where it mysteriously ends up . If Lagman really wants prosperity, then why not solve the corruption problem in the Philippines, knowing that we are leading this very unpopular competition in the east-asia region? Is it because corruption is deeply ingrained in our veins that it has become a culture, then why are we giving a chance for another culture, the culture of promiscuity and culture of death to engulf our country?
Added on 08/2012
No religion involved, our fertility rate is now at 1.9 (http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/254349/economy/business/phl-population-growth-falls-to-1-9-from-2-34-2010-head-count-at-92-34-m), 2.1 is the replacement rate. Math alone will tell us at some point our population will plateau, then dwindle.
On a larger perspective,