RH Bill Passes Second Reading… whoopee!

BenignO is right in a way that I cannot disagree with, but only particularly in the point where he refers to the Reproductive Health Bill as some form of population control.

colorful pigeon

As a form of population control, if it can be called that, the RH bill isn’t exactly like controlling rampant pigeon populations by feeding them “birth control” chemicals or a neutering drive for cats and dogs.  In fact, the RH Bill doesn’t say anything about controlling population growth and perhaps there was some conscious effort to keep the word “control” out for a number of reasons.

What it is counting on to be effective is that, through massive education and information drives, people will avail themselves of the benefits of various methods of contraception.

Fine. I am all for that and while we are at it, let’s check if the other stuff that wage earners are paying for through their taxes are being used.

Jaywalkers in Davao.
Jaywalkers in Davao.

Let’s just take up one example: Pedestrian crossings, pedestrian overpasses, pedestrian underpasses, and sidewalks.  The benefits are obvious, use these things and you don’t end up splattered on cement/tarmac.  If you ever go through sections of Aurora Boulevard in Cubao, you’ll see how people just cross the street from all directions.

But, of course, I have to admit that there is a vast difference between people who opt for jaywalking because it’s too much of a bother to cross streets safely  and people don’t use contraception because its  just too inconvenient to buy (all 7-11’s and Minimarts as well as drug stores have them at the counter) or costs too much (all of P30 pesos, which costs as much as a bottle of Tanduay ESQ or Ginebra San Miguel gin).

The point here is that in order for the RH Bill to make any dent in the growth of the country’s poor population, the government ought to be effective in getting people to use the free contraceptives and other services.

And the government’s performance in this matter won’t be felt manyyears after the measure has been implemented.

So, in the mean time and while we wait for the numbers to come in, later this afternoon I intend to spend some time with a couple of friends who support the RH Bill and buy them a couple of drinks.

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Post Author: Paul Farol

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T4Man
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While I’m glad to see the passage of the RH bill as a potential move forward I’m not going to “hold my breath” waiting to see changes. As you pointed out, the people still need to make a rational choice which has not always been their strongest virtue. Secondly, I would like to read the final version to see just how “watered down” it has become. Thirdly, I have a question. Was it Recto or one of the others that didn’t want the LGUs forced to comply or am I mistaken?

benign0
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That is why I emphasized the previous two “excuses” that came before — victimisation by colonialism/imperialism and victimisation by home-grown dictator — and how this new RH Bill supposedly addresses the third excuse, over-population. We addressed the first excuse in 1946. And the country degenerated from posterboy status to basketcase since then. We addressed the 2nd excuse in 1986, and instead the “freedom” won was perverted beyond all repair. So now we come to the third excuse. We now supposedly have the legal tools to address overpopulation. Given our track record of not making the most of past solutions that… Read more »
Paul Farol10
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It’s like me and the three exercise machines I bought over the past years.

The machines are still practically brand new and I am still fat.

BenK
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I’m wondering if the supporters of the bill, whose enthusiasm has verged on ‘rabid’, will keep up the energy level to see it implemented and carried out. I kind of doubt it.

Johnny Derp
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Most likely they’ll be disappointed when the government decides to screw them over by not implementing it properly.

benign0
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They’ll probably move on to the next outrage fad and/or the next fashionable t-shirt “issue”.

BenK
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That was my thought exactly. None of the people who’ve made a name for themselves as ‘proponents’ of this are exactly noted for their follow-through. (Ahem, anti-epal crowd).

ChinoF
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While I’m OK with the usual population “control measures,” jobs are still among the best population control measures. People think less of reproducing when they’re busy with work. Singapore is the best example for me.

johnamendall
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Jobs, ChinoF, or the income they bring? If people’s lives are more pleasant because of greater prosperity they are less likely to have large families. Used to be a slogan “Affluence is the best contraceptive”

Silverginn
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One can say that the poor wont use condoms because they can’t afford it… But it is also true that people who can afford it still won’t use it because it sex becomes less pleasurable… Knowing that, I doubt, this bill (or soon to be law) would be successful.

upnngrad
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Condoms now!!!

Who would’a think that the Noynoy-administration would find use of that “comdoms now!!!” issue to hurl more mud at GuLLLOOOO. But officially on the records, it happened. Noynoy administration states that the HIV cases of Pilipinas rose when gguuLLLOOO reduced the funding for free-condoms program of Pilipinas Health Department.

Trosp
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Snippets from my blog comment discussions with RH Bill: “And the proponents of the RH bill have always claimed that preservation of human life is exactly what the bill is for: the life of the mother and the family she needs to take care of.” That is their claim but is it the reality? All the available data tell us that pregnancy related mortality far outnumbered death from taking contraceptives. My problem with those data that I’ve read is they do not tell me the distinction between unwanted and wanted pregnancies. It only tells me that pregnancy related mortality rate… Read more »
Hector Gamboa
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I like the intended benefits of the RH Bill. What I’m not sold on yet is whether the intended benefits of the bill as it is crafted outweigh the consequences the legislators may have missed. Free contraceptives may help control population growth… sure! But who is going to pay for it? Why should I pay for someone else’s sexual lifestyle choice? The funding for this will be coming from people’s pockets in one way or another. Through increased taxes and increased cost in goods as businesses transfer the added overhead cost of having to pay for their female employees’ contraceptives… Read more »
ici
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agree

Trosp
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Your guess is as good as mine as for the corruption issue with this RH Bill.

All I can say, IMO, is political correctness and hypocrisy is very evident.

Trosp
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Off-topic

I just have the laugh of the day.

I happened to visit Joe Amerika’s blog.

He he he what a blog about himself and GabbyD.

This dude is really egoistic heh…

Jack
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That guy has either gone native or rides the short bus….probably both.

Paul Farol10
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What I don’t get about the Pro RH line of reasoning on the corruption that it will add to the corruption that is already there. They figure that even with 70 percent going to corruption (perhaps in under delivered or undelivered condoms and RH services), the program will still have an impact on the population. Carlos Celdran and others have been mouthing this drivel since last year. But anyway, my idea is that maybe what will happen is that hospitals and health centers will stock up on RH products and services but neglect stocking up on more essential medicines —… Read more »
ici
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hmmm…maybe that’s the plan all along. hehe

T4Man
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Looks like it’ll be just more useless legislation as the root cause is still not being addressed.
I’m reminded of the conversation I had with a visitor. He was suggesting that he could bring his mistress to my house because he was sure the surroundings would lead to her getting pregnant. (I live in a lovely rural area) Certainly, he was trying to be funny but humor always has an underlying truth.

monk
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The government might be better off enforcing current health care provisions, and more important, provide sufficient funding for public health care. Otherwise, additional bills won’t help.

pcso
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hays! wala pa ring nangyayari dito, at wala talagang mangyayari

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