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Responsible Parenthood

Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s position on Responsible Parenthood

  1. I am against abortion
  2. I am in favor of giving couples the right to choose how best to manage their families so that in the end, their welfare and that of their children are best served.
  3. In a situation where couples, especially the poor and the disadvantaged ones, are in no position to make an informed judgment, the state has the responsibility to so provide.
  4. In the range of options and information provided to couples, natural family planning and modern methods shall be presented as equally desirable methods.



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RH Bill: A matter of conscience

by Jaime Oscar M. Salazar

Certain representatives of the Catholic Church, a staunch and powerful opponent of the reproductive health (RH) bill, have gone as far as threatening those in favor of the controversial piece of legislation with excommunication. A somewhat less extreme reaction has been to imply or to state outright that any supporter of the RH bill would do well to leave the Church. For example, Rev. Fr. Robert S. Embile, JCL, in a letter published in Philippine Daily Inquirer on October 20, 2009, said that, “Any believer who does not abide with the teachings 100 percent is not a genuine Catholic.” Such reaction perhaps stems from the misconception—an erroneous one, in light of the actual provisions contained therein—that the RH bill legalizes abortion. It does not. Read about it

Despite the difference in degree from excommunication, such a pronouncement is animated by the same impulse of exclusion from the community of the faithful, as though the position of the Church on reproductive health were so absolute and so unambiguous as to leave no room for healthy, critical discussion, much less disagreement. This is certainly not the case for “artificial” contraception.

The condemnation of “artificial” birth control is enshrined in the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, and what seems to be its most significant argument is that “artificial” birth control methods seek to separate the unitive and the procreative functions of sexual intercourse—functions that God made inseparable. Though “based on natural law”, and in line with what has been “constantly taught by the magisterium of the Church”, such a formulation ultimately begs the moral question, saying little more than this: artificial contraception is morally wrong because what it does is, and has always been, bad. It is a circular argument: it presupposes what it seeks to establish. In other words, The conclusion that artificial contraception is bad, is supported by the same premise: that artificial contraception is bad.

Even the assertion itself that artificial contraception is inherently wrong is also difficult to sustain, as will be shown below.

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The Reproductive Health Bill is a Responsible Health Bill

by Cocoy

Magellan’s Cross marked the beginning of a long and colorful saga between Filipinos and the Roman Catholic Church. It was Catholic faith that prevented blood to be shed in EDSA. It was a testament to that same faith that many Filipinos helped one another during Ondoy and Pepeng. But now, the Church and our People are at odds over Reproductive Health.

This is our nation now: the third largest Catholic nation in the world. It is a nation where ten Filipino women die every day from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes. Of every thousand infants born, thirty-six needlessly die, and for every 580 women giving birth, one loses her life. In this country, thirty-eight percent of children die before they reach the age of five.*

This is also true: Our democracy is not a theocracy.

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Fighting the Good Fight

by Iris Dy,
Cagayan de Oro City

I have exercised my right to choose our country’s president twice before. Each time I did, I made sure that I chose the one person whom I believed was less likely to steal from the country’s coffers, less likely to trample on the rights of the less privileged, and less likely to abuse power in any way. Both times, the candidate I chose failed to win the coveted position. The first was railroaded by popularity and the second by massive cheating. I can, in fact, attest to the cheating part since I was working in the infamous DILG at that time.

I became so disgusted with how politics worked in our country that I left government service and vowed never to vote again, especially when I realized that I had done nothing but choose “the one less likely” since I was old enough to cast my ballot. I no longer wanted to choose the lesser evil, but I figured that exercising my right to suffrage in this country meant just that – choosing the least of several evils. So I decided not to choose at all.

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The Reproductive Health Bill: the Fact and the Fiction

by Liberty Chee

Reproductive health is not new in the Philippine legislative landscape. It has gone through many permutations and versions since the 11th Congress. Reproductive health bills have progressed little in the past decade owing to the strong and organized opposition of the Catholic clergy. However, in the last year, the polemic has escalated to capture the attention of many Filipinos due in part to the strong language coming from the CBCP. In July 2008, the bishops threatened to excommunicate politicians who would support the bill.

The discourse coming from those opposed to the bill often degenerates into the willful distortion of “reproductive health” and spreading misinformation on the content and implications of the bill.  This either betrays a complete ignorance of what is written in the legislation or a malicious intent to defeat the bill at all cost. If the Church hierarchy’s arguments against the bill were to be addressed point by point, then they would have no ground for reasonable opposition.

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