N O T O R E P R O D U C T I V E H E A L T H B I L L !
With the population of the country growing fast—three births following only one death of an individual—the government has been frantic about what to do as a response. Overpopulation has been one of the reasons why Philippines has been on twelfth of the most populated countries in the world and maybe even why our country tops the list of the poorest countries in the world. In response to it, some members of the government last July of the year 2010 proposed House Bill No. 96 otherwise known as the Reproductive Health Bill. What are the contents of this bill that it has been the source of debates until today? Why does the church and some activists earnestly disagree with it if will help lessen the growing population of the country?
What is the Reproductive Health Bill or RH Bill? The RH Bill is a bill that allows the usage of mechanical and chemical barriers such as pills, condoms and IUDs (intrauterine devices). Moreover, this bill strictly states that sex education should be taught to students starting from the third grade. Thus, it requires and allows every doctor to give barriers and perform medical processes. Any doctor who will refuse to do such acts will be charged fifty thousand pesos.
In accordance to the Family Planning Survey in 2006, 2.6 million Filipinas would like to plan their families but they lack information and access to do so. 44% of the pregnancies in the poorest quintile are unwanted and some of the poorest Filipinas are still having an average of six children. These have been some of the reasons noted by Congressman Edcel C. Lagman for proposing such a bill.
But is it not that the policy makers should understand and respect our side of Catholics who respect the preservation and protection of human life? Natural Family Planning is still the best way to control…...