Philippine Reproductive Health Bill: politically-corrected beyond recognition

The Reproductive Health Bill (RH Bill) is one hell of a beast. The Philippines’ Roman Catholic Church literally sees it as such — a beast straight out of hell that will undermine everything that it stands for. It has, today, come down to the vote: Will Philippine Congress approve or reject the bill? It is therefore ultimately (as with most things of consequence for that matter) political.

As with most things political, the epicentre of the politicking needs to be politically correct in order for the right personalities to be on board. The RH Bill has now been made politically-correct beyond recognition. The Bill is now, supposedly about “about health, rights, [and] choices.”

But is it really?

Back in the old days, there was really just one overarching issue that ready-access to artificial contraception really sought to address: population. The short of it is quite simple, really:

The Philippines is over-populated.

We have committed to supporting a 100-million-strong portfolio of humanity despite an inherent inability to generate enough economic output to sustain these numbers in a manner that meets established global standards of human development. This simple reality ties back to my definition of poverty:

Our poverty stems from an inherent inability to honour commitments we have locked ourselves into.

Every child born is a commitment we need to honour. Our commitment to every child born is to raise her so that she develops into a productive adult that can contribute to the economy. People who are not prepared to honour that commitment should not have children lest the children they bear become mere burdens to the lot already crowding and laying waste to this wretched nation.

So whilst ready-access to contraception (which made direct sense in the context of national poverty) has since been re-branded to “reproductive health” (which muddles the whole point), the true essence of the much-needed social re-engineering effort has gone from the real — stemming the increase in numbers of a people renowned for their inability to feed themselves — to the nebulous — “health, rights, and choices” — after all the emo activists and legislators took it all over and articulated it in their peachy slogans, taglines, and now its ultimate form: the flawed construct we call the “RH Bill”.

And we wonder why Da Pinoy story never gets told — because we are a people who never fail to exhibit our talent for losing the plot.

The whole “debate” around “reproductive health” now misses the point — that we are all personally responsible for our future fortunes. Unfortunately, Filipinos are a people not exactly renowned for a strong ethic of personal responsibility.

It is only when we understand that we are all ultimately personally responsible for our own fortunes that we begin to become aware of how many aspects of our culture contribute to propagating a culture of poverty. We are a society imprisoned in a mindset that is grounded on the notions that we cannot influence our own destinies, that employment is owed to us by Government, and that those who have more have in some way deprived us of opportunity simply by being “more fortunate”. We think that good fortune is granted to us by “God’s graces” and that bad fortune is “God’s will”.

Before there can be “health, rights, and choices” there needs to be enough wealth to underpin all of those. In order to have enough wealth to get around you have to both (1) live within your means and (2) create more wealth to sustain increased consumption. Filipinos have demonstrated a consistent inability to do the latter: create wealth indigenously even in the best of circumstances. Therefore, the choice is clear: Filipinos must live within their means. In the context of population it means that our numbers need to be controlled so that we don’t outstrip our naturally-stunted abilities to feed and employ our lot.

Is it really about “reproductive health”? Think again. History has shown that well-meaning activist rhetoric and, more so, agenda-driven politics does not necessarily equate to the right thinking.

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pussyfoot
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Oh yeah the yellow bald president is said to have realised a significant problem in schools, and that is —overcrowding of children, and this bill is said to be their answer to this problem… To have these young innocents killed as early as inside their mothers’ womb. That is crazy.

pussyfoot
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According to the HSBC research, which Malacanang is said to be proud of, the Philippines will rank 16th among the world’s top economies by 2050. But how?!!!…
Here it goes, according to the report the populace will play a vital role for that, considering the country’s looming population, as of now pretty large in size of more or less 93,000,000 Filipinos. Now, how can that be if you are going to restrain the vital tool for growth?

fishball
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Kasalanan ni Gloria kung bakit hindi maipasa pasa ang RH bill. Upang makuha nya ang suporta at boto ng simbahang Katolika, hindi nya pinayagan ang pagpasa sa bill na ito. Talaga itong si Gloria, Gloria magnanakaw ka!

BenK
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I’m going to make a bet that if the RH Bill passes (which seems increasingly unlikely), the birth rate will not decline.

Doomed Nation
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Interesting. A priest has spoken up about the RH bill. But, he is a Jesuit and would be considered a heretic, yet again, by other Catholics.

http://opinion.inquirer.net/5340/my-stand-on-the-rh-bill

pussyfoot
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Come on! Responsible Parenthood being advocated by Noynoy? Does he even know how it feels of raising ones own child? You can even say it is the greatest achievement of all achievements because it is in your child whom you will inherit your properties, legacies etc. Palibhasa bakla wahahaha.

pussyfoot
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As president, you must take pride of your population no matter how big it is. It can trigger economic growth if you won’t deprive them of opportunities in life, access to education, there should be no discrimination as to social status. But what’s happening is in contradiction to what is supposed to be equality in the Philippine society. Thanks to GMA somehow we have quite recovered from being the “Sick man of Asia” to one of Asia’s tiger cubs and to being a newly industrialized economy, What we are enjoying today are the fruits of Gloria’s effective policies. But the… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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@Pussyfoot, “Come on! Responsible Parenthood being advocated by Noynoy? Does he even know how it feels of raising ones own child? You can even say it is the greatest achievement of all achievements because it is in your child whom you will inherit your properties, legacies etc. Palibhasa bakla wahahaha.” Arent you a little bit blind and hypocritical here? What about all those guys in church preaching you to “go and multiply” and preaching about family values while they themselves dont even know what a family is. Pls tell what you just said each sunday to the one that is… Read more »
joshua r
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wtf! when will people stop blaming somebody else and just for once DO something! sick and tired of this effing blame game. just DO and keep your effing mouth shut. shessh. anyway, while you’re at it blame gloria for the upcoming end of the world on dec 2012.

itchyBB
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With or without this bill, though I do support it for certain circumstances, by the end of the day, this bill will not control the Filipinos’ extreme love for the flesh. This will only encourage Filipinos to experiment more and will try to be more “adventurous”. The tendency of the youth to test the waters will only be pushed further. The contraceptives are now available and yet it is has help lower the rate of population growth. In reality, with this bill we give a lot of irresponsible Filipinos the freehand to play over and over. Proper education, financially enabling… Read more »
josefusjoselitus
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fast growing population, poverty, std are among the most essential points why rh bill is proposed. dogs can have sex whenever they want. humans cannot. female dogs knows nothing about woman cycle including fertile and infertile periods. woman with her intellect can say no to sex at fertile periods when she does not to be pregnant. man should understand the woman’s no if he does not the woman to be pregnant. hard to control?then, they dn’t have any difference from dogs. it’s not about law, it’s about the use of intellect. you insists that there should be a law to… Read more »
josefusjoselitus
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fast growing population, poverty, std are among the most essential points why rh bill is proposed. dogs can have sex whenever they want. humans cannot. female dogs knows nothing about woman cycle including fertile and infertile periods. woman with her intellect can say no to sex at fertile periods when she does not want to be pregnant. man should understand the woman’s no if he does not want the woman to be pregnant. hard to control?then, they dn’t have any difference from dogs. it’s not about law, it’s about the use of intellect. anyone insists that there should be a… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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@K3 “Well, at least some public schools fully supported sex-ed. During high school, we had such lessons as part of values education, though much of it looks like part of a scare tactic in hindsight. But here’s the thing, showing pictures of the effects STDs, viewing a live birth, and computing the amount of money needed to raise a child made us doubt if unsafe sex was worth it. Coincidentally, the number of teen pregnancies became 0 from 2-3 before the curriculum included some sex-ed.” If I am correct by what I was told and taught during Biology lessons, then… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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@K3, What is CBCP? Anyway CBCP thinks very old fashioned and conservative. Pls allow me to be a little bit graphical here. All I am interested in is my partner´s orgasm and my own orgasm and if that is reached simultaneously (her´s and mine) than my world rocked and then I will feel like one, melted as one. If only I reached orgasm then that is poor sex for me. “Porper” sex? I only know good sex and poor sex. I described you the poor one just now, and I will leave it to your imagination and fantasy what good… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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@K3, I was and am honest to you when I said/say I dont know what CBCP is and stands for. Otherwise, I would be patronizing you. Why is there so much focus on teachers to teach kids re Sex-ed? (Repetition) It should be the parents responsibility, task and duty to inform their own kids re “the bees and the honey”. A teacher is there to teach me academical skills and know-how. I dont think there is anything academical about sex/making love. And just maybe teachers have no personal experience in Sex so than all they can do is – what… Read more »
kestah
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I live every day scratching my head because of by these people who are stuck with the medieval teachings by the church. There is no democracy anymore. The church keeps shoving it’s belief to the country just because the majority are catholics and forgetting that some have their different belief. Still, at the end of the day we make our own choices. But the people from the poverty line are not well educated about family planning, illnesses that they can get from unsafe sex etc. The church said that the parents are responsible for teaching or guiding their children about… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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@Aegis-Judex, Thanks for the clearification. It sounds like Nazi-Germany or the Stasi from former East Germany. Like the US FDA (food & drug agency), the Philippine government should make sure that the every most up-to-date contraceptives (birth control) are available on the Philippine market. If those contraceptives are (too) expensive then the government may decide to subsidies a few of them. Or make them part of any package of PhilHealth insurance. The population should be made aware of how one´s sexual body works primarily by the parents, then by the educational system, or their own GP (General Practioner). By the… Read more »
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[…] Okay, Ed. Whatever. The Senate has had its TV time for the week, the asylum by the Pasig has issued its de rigueur “we’re totally on top of it, dudes” statement, one dodgy shipment of rice will be sacrificed for the temporary relief of the less fortunate (provided, of course, they have the good sense to be less fortunate in a place that’s reasonably accessible to convoys of politicians and the media), and by next week the entire country will have forgotten all about it in favor of the next hot topic. […]

t_ray
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Agree, I looked at the content of the RH bill on Sen. Pia Cayetano’s blog. It did seem to be too politically correct. Seemed to me like a dog without teeth, or a gun without bullets. I wanted to see a part of the bill that limits the number of children a person can have, or at least encourages a person to have 1-2 kids instead of 10. However, I still think it’s a good step to solving the population issue in the PI. Not a noy2 supporter, I did not vote for him and I’m proud of it. In… Read more »
t_ray
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BTW, anyone here seen the movie “Idiocracy”? Not the best movie in the world but I think it might be relevant to the issues the PI is facing today.