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.

Amy Lee
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And so it goes, that the future unborn generation is to be blamed for the great possibility of hunger for the entire planet. And not one of the currently existing, adult human being is to be blamed for the obvious lack of jobs, education, conscientious urban planning, unscrupulous abuse of the environment and most of all, the many millions on welfare due to laziness or plain illness or plain old age. How convenient. How very nazi in ideology.

Amy Lee
Guest

correction: “unconscientious or careless urban planning”

Aegis-Judex
Guest

“Only the guilty are guilty. Their children are not.”

-Elie Wiesel

ChinoF
Member

I don’t find the angle of RH Bill as a front for abortion policies that believable yet. But I agree, there are better things to do than this. On school overcrowding, obviously, more schools are needed. But instead, the government wants more recipients of CCT.

Sea Bee
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Contraception is not infanticide. Contraception prevents conception from taking place. NO conception = No baby. A being is not being killed. Women are simply using technology to control their own bodies. Confusing abortion and contraception makes no sense, at all. 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?

Pi
Guest

They should be proud, mainly because it will give recognition for the Philippines in the world. PINOYPRIDEFTW! #Sarcasm

Aegis-Judex
Guest

Emphasis on 2050.

Why not make it so by 2030? 2025? Or just to twist the proverbial bayonet, 2020?

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!

Anonymous
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Still with the whole yellow propaganda crap I see….
You still wouldn’t realize that you are getting yourself humiliated here time and again.

Your president is the one at fault here.
MORON

Doomed Nation
Guest

Hindi ba si PNoy ang nang-akit sa simbahang Katoliko sa pamamagitan ng pangalan ng kanyang ina upang siya ay manalo sa pagka-presidente?

ImpalerTriumphant
Guest

Yes, he did. Well, he could actually be an anti-RH person, for all we know; he just trying to lure investors in this country with that “wow-cool” legislation. Even then, how could he keep them now; with the sin tax reform bill now in act?

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Aaaand now it’s Arroyo’s fault kung bakit hindi naipasa ito. Sarap pala maging isip-bata, ‘no?

In fact, Gloria has her support on the RH Bill but the reason why you say that is because she was demonized by the biased media and even the church, who are staunch Aquino allies. Source for the record or your rotten mouth is full of HEARSAY, idiot.

Talaga tong si Fishball, Fishball SUPER TANGA ka! XD

Sa bagay, fishball palagi ang habol niya. Hindi mga masustansyang pagkain. Kaya pala mapurol ang utak e. Not surprised. 😛

Doomed Nation
Guest

Come to think of it, Fishball is right. It’s Gloria’s fault. It’s always someone else’s fault. PNoy is never wrong. PNoy did not do anything wrong. How could he, he hasn’t done anything, anything at all, in his life. Oh yeah, he did finish Mass Effect 3 and Diablo 3, so those must be achievements.

K3
Guest

Please get your info right. GMA has stated that she is against the RH Bill.

http://www.interaksyon.com/article/39055/ex-president-arroyo-to-oppose-the-rh-bill

ChinoF
Member

I believe she used to support it during her term. Now she’s turned against it. But IMO, I think she dilly-dallied during her term in order to delay it.

K3
Guest

@ChinoF: I believe she did support it near the beginning of her term but by the end of it she eventually became undecided and eventually against the bill.

yeahright
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Gloria has her support on the RH Bill but the reason why you say that is because she was demonized by the biased media and even the church, who are staunch Aquino allies. Source for the record or your rotten mouth is full of HEARSAY, idiot.

Yeah, right!

itchyBB
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uhmm…ano daw???

Markus U.
Guest

Gloria, Gloria, Gloria. Lagi na lang si Gloria.

Why don’t you find another scapegoat, like Tito Noy. Better yet, shut your piehole and support solutions that actually work for the Philippines.

BenK
Editor

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
Guest

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
Guest

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.

Gogs
Member

Cut Noynoy some slack. He does not know what it feels like to be a responsible leader either.

pussyfoot
Guest
Exactly, lawmaking, in my opinion needs some sort of experience. Experience in the sense that the law of common good will not be sacrificed. In the case of Noynoy, he headed into the palace without a family of his own so he must learn upon staying there how lonely it was working for a nation without such support. As he even describe it as quite dark and lonely in itself that’s why he prefer going home or is it that his mother’s ghost always visits him there asking, “Hoy Noy! Kelan mo naman kaya ako mabibigyan ng apo? Be a… Read more »
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 »
K3
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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.

pussyfoot
Guest
Well maybe, too hypocritical from a certain point but please don’t perceive me of being blind. As I am saying, I only talk about the bill which is being prioritized by noy even though he’s not yet in the aisle of raising his own family, well you should have my point to that clearly and it seems hypocritical to get the priests involved here since it is clear indeed that he church is against it and I’m talking about noynoy who is actually a signatory to the bill. To conclude, I’m not entirely against the bill for the sake of… Read more »
yeahright
Guest

So where do you stand? Anywhere opposite Penoy’s? Too one-track minded. I would have thought you guys to be at least aligned with Penoy on this one, what with your so-called “enlightened” thinking. But then you cling to the church’s medieval age thinking.

Just goes to show your real colors, anywhere opposite Penoy’s, that’s where you go.

Hahaha.

joshua r
Guest

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.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Hehe, you’re a total retard like yourself. Only whiny little babies like yourself play the blame game. Am I right, Yellow Zombie? And also, you have squatter mentality so please think. You’re an idiot. 😀

And that Dec. 2012 thingy is just a sham. Like yourself. Ugh. 😛

joshua r
Guest

@daido

please read carefully what i wrote before you shoot your mouth off and hit yourself on the foot. i am actually referring to abnoy for his blaming everybody else other than himself and his Yellow Zombies as well. and stop this name calling. it doesn’t suit you. i thought you were an intellectual person based on what you have written on all the issues here. which i have read and mostly have agreed to. be careful who you call an idiot or a sham.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Hehe, my mistake. 😛 Sometimes, it’s difficult to figure out. The name calling is a hit or miss but I’m glad that we are on the same side.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

And one more thing: the current president is doing that. You should tell him to keep his mouth shut and does his job. But he’s a cowardly douche because he is know for his INCOMPETENCE. Arroyo never did that.

Anyways, blame YOURSELF since you have that flawed thinking of yours.

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 »
itchyBB
Guest

correction: The contraceptives are now available and yet it did NOT help lower the rate of population growth.

josefusjoselitus
Guest
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 »
K3
Guest

Nope, we learned the bad/ugly/scary things from sex-ed.

We learned the “good” things from experience 😉

Good thing you mentioned the biology part. That was actually mentioned in our classes on why the rhythm method may not always be effective.

As for the birth video, I think it was to emphasize the physical pain women in labor may feel, I always thought it was a scare tactic but who knows, maybe they were trying to show the good things that come from sex.

As CBCP’s stand proves, the popular idea is that “proper” sex is just for pro-creation.

Robert Haighton
Guest
@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 »
K3
Guest

I think you know CBCP well, the so-called moral teachers of the Filipino society.

Unfortunately, some teachers (actual, professional teachers) are influenced by their respective priests, bishops, and upbringing to believe that sex is only for pro-creation. Some of the kids these teachers influence also come to believe this as absolute truths.

As long as professionals can’t keep their religion separate from their jobs, the cycle of outdated beliefs and misguided practices continues, especially in the education sector.

Aegis-Judex
Guest

CBCP–the Philippines’ answer to Iran’s Council of Ayatollahs.

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

CBCP – Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

Yes, Aegis-Judex above me has described them in a very succinct way.

Robert Haighton
Guest
@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 »
K3
Guest
CBCP is the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines. But believe me, even though you don’t know the acronym, your initial reply “Anyway CBCP thinks very old fashioned and conservative.” is very much true. Regarding teaching, I agree that parents should be the first teachers with a matter as sensitive as this. However, most Filipino parents I know fail in this regard. They find the subject “lewd” so they can’t teach their kids properly. So I believe the next best thing is to get trained teachers to help parents with such issues. I think all teachers should be licensed professionals… Read more »
Robert Haighton
Guest
`lewd` or not but the parents do have the “experience(s)” in making love/having sex/procreating* (* you may choose which applies). But if they (the parents) dont know anything about the theoretical/practical issues (like: menstruation, ovulation, erogene zones, healthy sperm cells, healthy egg cells, male orgasms, female orgasms, G-Spot, STD, SDI, HIV, AIDS, Libido, lust, PDA, birth control) then the parents are of no use at all. But can those certified professional teachers fill that void? I doubt it myself. I am an advocate of the RH Bill but I dont think it will help to decrease the Phili population in… Read more »
kestah
Guest
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 »
K3
Guest

btw, a type, it’s Bishops’.

Robert Haighton
Guest
@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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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 »
Robert Haighton
Guest
@T_Ray, It seems you are an advocate of the Chinese model of a 1-child-policy. I am all for it for the Philippines. But maybe its better to make the Phili population aware that sometimes its also okay to not have kids at all. Kids certainly ruin your bank book and eventually it may also ruin the relationship. I’ve learned that a portion of the Philippine population wants kids so that the kids can look after (take care of) their parents when those parents are old and retired. For me that sounds like the most selfish reason to make kids. But… Read more »
t_ray
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@Robert H, I was actually hoping to have that provision in the RH bill. Personally, I think the RH bill is not perfect, but it’s still an improvement to what we presently have, which is nothing. BTW, check out the movie “Idiocracy”, should give us an insight to what might happen in the future. This is exactly the plot of that movie. Natural Selection is supposed to ensure that the strong, the smart survive, or those who have what it takes survive and pass on their genes to the next generation. What’s happening is that those people are not having… Read more »
Robert Haighton
Guest
@T_Ray, I know the terms “Natural Selection” and “Survival of the Fittest”. But I dont think many people choose/pick their partners based on that. It would mean I need to do a complete medical check up about my partner. Does she have any inheritable diseases in her family (both mother line and father line) to rule out any possible future abnormalities for future kids and to find out she may have a coronary (or other) abnormality that will make her die earlier than the statistics predict in “normal” circumstances. Maybe I can look for some symmetric lines in her body,… Read more »
Robert Haighton
Guest

@T_Ray,

I am very sorry but I mis-read this line written by you:

“What’s happening is that those people are not having children because of some of the reasons you mentioned.”

So pls ignore that part in my response. Thanks.

t_ray
Guest

No worries, mate.

I’m 25 years old, living in Australia. Having kids/settling down is the farthest thing on my mind right now. I need to enjoy me life first, before I go down that road.

I guess its human instinct to want or need to have something/someone to love and care for. I think that same need is why people get a dog.

Well, I still hope the RH bill does gets passed. I think it’s something the country needs. Throw out discussions about morality and religion, we need to be practical.

t_ray
Guest

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.

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