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noynoy aquino favors free choice for contraception method, philippine catholic church goes gaga. 71% of catholics support RH Bill

this was inevitable –  noynoy aquino and the catholic church meeting at a crossroad, with one pointing to one direction and the other to another direction.  while in the US, noynoy aquino announced he was for filipinos choosing their own contraception method and that should there be couples who will need help, the government will provide the couples with help on acquiring contraceptives like the pill or condom.

that statement woke up the bishops of the CBCP and lay catholic groups in the middle of the night. the catholic church is promoting only one method of contraception – the traditional method of contraception or the natural method, like the rhythm and calendar methods and does not support the use of modern methods of contraception like condoms, the pill or surgical methods.

the church was very successful at this, as for 9 years, they had the throat of president gloria macapagal arroyo who imposed her own catholic religious beliefs on the whole nation. under the arroyo administration, only the traditional methods pushed by the church was  promoted in public health centers.  you can’t even get any information on modern methods of contraception from the public health centers and hospitals.  in fact  arroyo stopped the free distribution of condoms and pills which where being done through the funding of USAID.

noynoy aquino was very clear on his position on this matter during the election – he was for free and open choice for couples on the method of contraception. it was a matter of time that he would cross paths with the catholic church. that time is now.

catholic lay groups woke up on the second day of the controversy, on the first day, the bishops of the CBCP were wide awake, saying they were “hurt” by the statements of noynoy aquino. they even said the bishops will be supporting protest actions that will be done by catholics on the matter. on cue, the catholic lay groups woke up and said they have already met and are actually planning protest actions.

here some facts that the bishops and catholic lay groups might ant to look into before they actually hold their protest actions:

>> a high 71% of filipino catholics support the reproductive health bill based on a survey by SWS

that can mean the planned protest actions of the catholic lay groups might not be well attended. or that a large part of the silent majority of catholics are disagreeing with them on this issue. it will be difficult to justify this action by the catholic lay groups when a large number of catholics in the country do not support their views and in fact support the RH Bill.

the RH BIll is the lightning rod for modern methods of contraception which has been pending at congress as arroyo and her congressmen from previous years were able to successfully delay the passage or even a debate on the bill.

it appears to us the catholic church on this one has lost its voice among their own flock.

  1. Neigyl R. Noval
    October 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    There are good things about this bill. But, there are also bad things in it. However, the bad things prevails–that is the reason why I will present the bad things. You need to have a copy of the RH Bill on sight for you to be guided accordingly.

    Here are the irregularities of the RH Bill. Please read this carefully so that you may be aware of this:

    Section 2. First paragraph: “…respect for life in conformity with internationally recognized human rights standards.”
    –> Why not in conformity with the Philippine standards? Why international? Do we need to follow other countries’ way of population control and reproductive health? Or are we undermined or enslaved by the first world countries? Philippines is known for its good and kind people like being hospitable, which other countries are seeking to learn. We have our own standards.

    Section 2. Third paragraph: “…sustainable human development is better assured with a manageable population of healthy, educated and productive citizens.”
    –> If you love our country, or if you love other people, you will see that this statement may promote euthanasia, divorce, etc. If you don’t see it, seek more of its meaning. It lies beneath the underneath. There will be an unequal distribution of wealth. Don’t you see it?

    Section 3. (a): “In the promotion of reproductive health, there should be no bias for either modern of natural methods of family planning;”
    –> Nothing in this bill that promotes the natural family planning.

    Section 3. (e): “The limited resources of the country cannot be suffered to be spread so thinly to service a burgeoning multitude that makes the allocations grossly inadequate and effectively meaningless.”
    –> Whoa, more money for the rich! If you look at this bill only on its presented purpose and overlooking its effects, then we have a problem. You see? This promotes more wealth for the rich.

    Section 3. (f): “Freedom of informed choice, which is…”
    –> What is meant by informed choice? Does it mean everyone is free to watch x-rated films? How about the kids? How about a demonstration in class? Oh, it’s our choice! We are free to be informed of it. Really?

    Section 3. (g): “While the number and spacing of children are left to the sound judgement of parents and couples based on their personal conviction and religious beliefs…”
    –> This statement is contradicted by Section 10.
    Continued: “…such concerned parents and couples, INCLUDING UNMARRIED INDIVIDUALS, should be granted…”
    –> This includes minors, and lovers not capable of being a parent. This promotes pre-marital sex, non-marital sex, abortion, promiscuity, fornication, incest, etc. Anyway, we are free to do it!
    Continued: “…and should be guided by qualified State workers and professional private practitioners;”
    –> Why are church leaders not included? Why do priests, bishops, nuns, etc not involved?

    Section 3. (j): “Development…that seek to uplift the quality of life of the people, more particularly the poor, the needy and the marginalized;”
    –> What assurance will the poor benefits? Please reflect on this. Is it really for the quality of life?

    Section 3. (l): “Respect for, PROTECTION and FULFILLMENT of REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS…not only the rights and welfare of adult individuals and couples BUT THOSE OF ADOLESCENTS’ AND CHILDREN’S AS WELL;…”
    –> What reproductive health rights for the adolescents and children? Children are included, whose mind are not yet mature enough! This may promote a dirty knowledge about this to the children. Parents will be responsible for this.

    Section 3. (m): “…as abortion remains a crime and is punishable, the government shall ensure the women seeking care for POST-ABORTION COMPLICATIONS shall be treated…and compassionate manner.”
    –> This is again contradicted in Section 10. The bill doesn’t only contradicts the Law of Nature but violates the bill itself as well. Post-abortion complications in this statement is only an admission that abortion really has complications.

    Section 4. “Definition of Terms”
    –> This may not be a big deal but redefining the common understanding of everyone does not need to be defined.

    Section 4. (b): “…which enables couples and INDIVIDUALS to decide freely and responsibly the NUMBER and SPACING OF THEIR CHILDREN…”
    –> “Individuals.” Does this mean that unmarried couples have the right to have children? I’m using my common sense here. You should use yours also.

    Section 4. (c): “Reproductive Health – refers to the state of physical, mental and social well-being…”
    –> Why spiritual and moral well-being not included here?
    Continued: “This implies that PEOPLE are able to have a SATISFYING and SAFE SEX LIFE, that they have the CAPABILITY TO REPRODUCE and the freedom to DECIDE if, WHEN AND HOW OFTEN TO DO SO, provided that these are not against the law.”
    –> Take note of the phrases that are in UPPERCASE. People to have satisfaction includes the youth, unmarried, homosexual, etc. And, they may decide when and how often to do so? How about teenagers doing it every minute on the grassland? It is not against the law as long as no one saw them.

    Section 4. (d): “Reproductive Health Rights – refers to the rights of INDIVIDUALS and couples to DECIDE FREELY AND RESPONSIBLY the number, spacing and timing of their children.”
    –> Again, the ‘individual’ word. Does this bill really promotes population control in which I can decide freely and responsibly the number of children? Suppose I receive great pay, I can raise about 15 children. What a population control. This bill is too vague.

    Section 4. (g): “10. Male involvement and participation in reproductive health.”
    –> Number 1 to 8 of this section may be considered okay. But on 10, how will I be involved and participate with reproductive health? Isn’t it obvious that this refers to sex? Take note that on Section 4 (c) doesn’t include the spiritual well-being.

    Section 4. (h): “…relevant information on all matters relating to the reproductive system its functions and processes and human sexuality…”
    –> This may promote promiscuity in education.
    Continued: “…developing NECESSARY SKILLS to be able to distinguish between facts and myths on sex and sexuality…”
    –> How? Doing actual sexual intercourse in class? What necessary skills? Does it mean the techniques, the positions and the likes? Does it mean the class will have a film showing on pornographic films?

    Section 10: “Contraceptives as ESSENTIAL MEDICINES – hormonal contraceptives, intrauterine devices, injectables and other allied reproductive health products…shall be considered under the category of ESSENTIAL MEDICINES…”
    –> This is the most interesting part. Contraceptives are now considered as ESSENTIAL MEDICINES–not only an ordinary medicine but an ESSENTIAL medicine. We can buy condoms the same way we buy Biogesic. Teenagers can buy those too at an affordable price. Better advertise it so that small children will learn too and if possible imitate it through experiments and practice for better reproductive health learning and to master the NECESSARY SKILLS as depicted in Section 4, h.

    Section 12. (g): “Abstinence before marriage”
    –> How can this be promoted when the unmarried are allowed to have sex and reproduction (See Section 4)?

    Sections 22 – 27:
    –> If this become a law, people like me who loves humanity will have no choice to obey it. One reason for peoples immorality may be from this law.

    I know you are tired of reading my sharing. That only proves that this Bill has many irregularities. Erase all those above mentioned parts on the Bill, and the Bill may become better for the people and logical.

  2. kim
    October 6, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    we are all created by god by his own will and wisdom. we are shall respect the beauty of his creations. be a slave of God, not a slave Gods creation.
    RH Bill is a snap to our mother mary!!

    • Sean
      October 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm


  3. ilding parin
    November 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Dear P-Noy,

    Don’t be cowed by a few arrogant, noisy, self righteous, dogmatic,
    tyrannical bunch of bullying religionists in FANCY ROBES with IQ a little above room temperature, who are dictating to us on matters of sexuality despite the
    institutional phedophilia reeking their ranks and who have no experience
    whatsoever in raising a family.

    You don’t owe them anything. The whole clergy campaigned against you. Si
    delos Reyes, yung kulelat and binitbit nila.

    Let them make noise para lalong dumami ang mga *Carlos Celdran* at mga *Lapsed

    Follow your conscience. Don’t be intimidated
    by the *Modern Day Damasos*. They are the ills of this *Secular Nation*.

    > FiSH be with you…

    ilding parin

  1. October 1, 2010 at 8:52 am

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