On the Reproductive Health Bill
Two of my female colleagues and I had a discussion yesterday lunch about the Reproductive Health Bill that has been in hot water since the Philippine Catholic Church formed a drive against it.
To be honest, I’ve never read the bill until today. As a Catholic, a wife, a soon-to-be-mom and a woman, I don’t know why the Church is so aghast about it.
The way I see it, it is about giving Filipinos, especially the masses, a right to informed choices about “responsible” sexual intercourse and family planning. It is about educating the people, especially women and teenagers, about valuing their body and humanity. It is about valuing life and our dwindling resources.
I think that the Church is too focused on just one section (Sec. 10. Contraceptives as Essential Medicines) that they fail to see how the whole bill will benefit every person and even our country.
I am a Catholic, I believe in nurturing life. I believe that every person has the right to enjoy life. But as a member of a society, I believe I should be informed about my choices and consequences so that I could make the right decisions. As a woman and a wife, I believe that I should take care of my body, be properly educated on how to do so, and have access to these knowledge. And as a soon-to-be-mom, I believe in giving my child a world wherein he or she can enjoy the earth’s resources, not because it is a privilege for the few but because there is enough for everybody.
Why do you think we live in an overpopulated country with dwindling natural resources? I think it is because of the lack of education of the consequences of sex, whether premarital or not. It is high time that we learn about what we can do to help our society.
As I see it, when a family can control its size or the number of its members, first of all, the mother’s reproductive health is not compromised and, second, both parents can focus on each children, become good providers and responsible parents to them. By controlling the size of families, resources may be allocated in such a way that there is enough for every family, for every member of the society.
Moreover, feisty teenagers with uncontrollable libidos will be educated about the consequences of their future actions. They are informed of possible scenarios if and when they have sex. If they are made aware of the responsibilities lying ahead, they could make the same informed choices. And by the way, it does not say that the bill will legalize abortion for teenagers.
I think people should broaden their minds and understand the full context of the bill before coming to a “twisted” conclusion. You’re welcome to spread the link above if you want to read it in its entirety.
As for me, yes, I am for the bill. Not because I am anti-life, which is absolutely not true, but because I believe we, especially women and teenagers, should be made aware of our rights and privileges as human beings who are meant to be respected and taken care of.
Of course, this is just my opinion. You’re welcome to share yours.