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The legalization of Reproductive Health Bill in our country

Our country is facing again a very serious issue that affects our moral values and its culture. This is really a serious issue and cud really change our life as a Filipino,issue pertaining to Reproductive health Bill.

My of us Filipinos are very naive about this and most probably has no idea of what possible effects that could destroy our true Filipino morality with the concern of reproduction and sex. And i strongly opposed this bill,and so with the few concervative filipinos, but those whose minds were twisted by o0nly on politics and business, they thought that to reduce poverty is through population control. If you are the kind of person who consider religion and morality as just few things that colors the life, then for sure you did not value it and you may be ine of those western type of people that think science and are the solutions for poverty. But if you are the kind of who valued Gods given system for life and its proper way to obtain a wonderful life now and in the future, then you may be affected a lot to that reproductive bill.

Posted by: Praxedes Joey Z. Buagas
Date posted: Aug 06,2009
Replied by: tine | Date replied: Oct 16,2011

i agree that RH Bill shold be legalized !

Replied by: Praxedes Joey Z. Buagas | Date replied: Oct 16,2011

I already read the whole Bill and its impact to our society and we even have a research study on this regarding the extent of knowledge on RH Bill among College students in our university. As claimed by one of the members of the House of Representatives, the bill is not an anti-life rather its a pro-life. In the health care system where i belong, majority of them agreed to this bill and i admit, I'm beginning to understand and appreciate its impact to our country and since we, as part of the team,are expected in ensuring Reproductive health to our clients and therefore its imperative that we should be informed and knowledgeable on this bill as part of our advocacy as nurses. On the verge of the new millennium, our industry is changing and progressing than ever before. But the question is, is the Philippines ready to accept this changes????whats the status now of the bill???well i guess its still floating.

Replied by: gg22 | Date replied: Aug 20,2011

i have nothing against the church. i am a roman catholic since birth and have known my moral and spiritual duties and obligations. on the other hand i also have my personal and social duties and obligations which is based on reality that is actually happening in the lives of the filipino people and not confined within the four corners of a huge bricked-fenced of a monastery.

I HAVE READ THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH BILL in its entirety and construed it the way we are thought in law school and bearing in mind that i am a person possessed of the values that has been inculcated on me by our religion.


Replied by: mary grace alcazaren | Date replied: Jul 31,2011

i'm not agree about legalizing the bill for the reason that any contraceptives are not the only solution of poverty.It is in the filipino family on how to have a plan on their future knowing that it is safe and feasible to them.

Replied by: ako to! | Date replied: Jul 20,2011

i think RH Bill is all about contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy,so i agree with this bill. but promoting sexual immorality, that is against the law of GOD..try to think of it..

Replied by: marife | Date replied: Jun 28,2011

what is the repruductive health bill

Replied by: tomprober | Date replied: May 23,2011

The teaching authority in the catholic church is the Pope and the bishops in communion with him. Dissenting Catholic theologians are no more than protestants disguised as catholics. A true catholic follows the teaching of the Pope. If he dissents he make himself his own pope. There are many representations of the church's teaching by the enemies of the church including Naumann's.

Replied by: nick alvarez | Date replied: May 19,2011

the bill does not answer poverty in the philippines.It mitigates nothing nor remedies anything. corruption and poverty are just symptoms of a decaying politics in government. In a representative democracy, the people is the supreme source of power. It is the voice of God.Why can't we overhaul our election rules and procedure ?

Replied by: anti | Date replied: May 11,2011

unwanted pregnancies can be avoided just BY abstaining from sex.

People disguise their "real" intentions by stating contraceptives is a way of evading unwanted pregnancies, where in fact they just use it a a reason to make sex more accessible.

Replied by: mary ann | Date replied: Mar 18,2011

In RH Bill we can't know all the positive outcome and bad to it but why dont we try to give a chance for it so we can see the disadvantages that our country can solve or give more enhancement to it...and not to judge it so easily.

Replied by: lezia | Date replied: Mar 10,2011

I am now about to start my research paper and the topic i had chosen is about this RH bill. I strongly disagree with this. if this bill is legalize teens are free to do a thing that is only for married couple by the use of contraceptives.

Replied by: Gerlyn Batoy | Date replied: Mar 06,2011

Thank, i'm clarified about the so-called RH Bill......

Replied by: recel enghog | Date replied: Jan 05,2011

4 me i agree the RH bill,to reduce poverty in our country

Replied by: jheza | Date replied: Aug 17,2010

For me, artificial contraceptive should be legalized to avoid unwanted pregnancy.. !

Friedrich Naumann says... | Date replied: Apr 20,2010

The Philippine Catholic Church and Praxedes Joey Z. Buagas, are against the passing of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill. We shall discuss reasons behind the Church’s displeasure over the bill later, and address Mr. Buagas’ point first.

There is a lot of misinformation about the RH bill going around. Sadly this is creating a lot of misunderstanding. Thus to clarify matters, here is a summary of the bill’s coverage from the article: Reproductive health bill: Facts, fallacies by Representative Edcel Lagman, the principal author of the bill. This is taken from: Reproductive-health-bill-Facts-fallacies

(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) Counselling on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health
(9) Treatment of breast and reproductive tract cancers
(10) Male involvement and participation in RH
(11) Prevention and treatment of infertility
(12) RH education for the youth

For those interested to read the full text of the bill, please visit: RH Bill No. 5043

The bill does not state that it aims to reduce poverty by population control as Mr. Buagas argues. The bill is about informed choice, responsible parenthood and improving the quality of life especially for women and children.

His next argument is on morality. Though he does not explicitly state it, this is where his way of thinking intersects with that of the Catholic Church and conservatives. Their arguments against the RH bill are many, but we would like to focus on two issues that we believe are their main contentions: legalization of abortion and promotion of “sexual immorality” among young people.

Reviewing the text of the bill again, it is clear that it does not seek to legalize abortion. In fact, it actually wants to prevent that by ensuring that couples are educated in all forms of legal and medically-safe family planning options (both natural and artificial, it does not discriminate against one form or another). It also wants to provide young people with a well-rounded reproductive health education. With both these methods available, the bill hopes to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies that could either lead to an abortion or the neglect of children.

In addition to that, the bill also provides for the health of women who suffer from post-abortion complications. Though abortion is illegal in the Philippines, that has not stopped women from seeking it through extra legal means. As there is no regulation for this, many women face high health risks. The bill recognizes the reality of this situation. Though it does not legalize abortion, it understands that many women suffer because of badly-done abortions.

The reference to a “culture of sexual immorality” is also quite vague. The Church and conservatives are not too pleased about sexuality education for young people. They seem to be under the impression that the reproductive health education covered under the bill is to teach children to have a “satisfying and safe sex life.” That is again not mentioned in the bill. On the contrary, here are the topics the proposed reproductive health education will cover:
(Again, you may refer to the full text of the bill here: RH Bill No. 5043)

1. Reproductive health and sexual rights
2. Reproductive health care and services
3. Attitudes, beliefs and values on sexual development, sexual behaviour and sexual health
4. Proscription and hazards of abortion and management of post-abortion complications
5. Responsible parenthood
6. Use and application of natural and modern family planning to promote reproductive health, achieve desired family size and prevent unwanted, unplanned and mistimed pregnancies
7. Abstinence before marriage
8. Prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other STIs/STDs, prostate cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer and other gynaecological disorders
9. Responsible sexuality
10. Maternal, peri-natal and post-natal education, care and services

It can be seen that the bill is trying to give due to respect to the position of the Church. However, it does insist that people get comprehensive information including different modes of birth control. It is the job of the state to ensure access to vital information and to let people make informed choices. Some of the options like artificial contraception methods may not be to the liking of the Church, but they are legal and thus the state cannot exclude them.

Still on the topic of morality and the Catholic religion, its position against the use of artificial means of birth control is strengthened by Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae. This encyclical came about because in 1963 Pope John XXIII organized a commission to address the topic of birth control. Among the invited were prelates, theologians and lay people. The result was the majority was in favour for changing the Church’s position against artificial means of contraception. Unfortunately, Pope Paul VI went with the minority as evidenced in his encyclical. From this background, we can see that even the Church was divided in its thinking. Majority actually wanted there to be a change.

Humanae Vitae is also not an infallible doctrine. Here are quotes from Rep. Lagman’s article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer

Five days after the issuance of the encyclical, a statement against it was signed by 87 Catholic theologians. It asserted that ‘Catholics may dissent from … noninfallible Church doctrine’ and that ‘Catholic spouses could responsibly decide in some circumstances to use artificial contraception.’

Monsignor Fernando Lambruschini, spokesperson of the Vatican at the time of its release, said ‘attentive reading of the encyclical Humanae Vitae does not suggest the theological note of infallibility… It is not infallible.’

Several national bishops’ conferences, including the German, Austrian and Canadian ones, issued declarations pointing out that Humanae Vitae is not part of infallible dogma and that the ultimate decision needs to be based on the properly formed conscience of the faithful — thus leaving room for dissent. Rome has pressured the bishops ever since to revoke these declarations, so far without success. This makes it clear that even for Catholics the issue of artificial birth control is not as cut and dried as conservative prelates claim. The state is on safe ground allowing information to be presented.

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