Some letters opposing the RH Bill...
- These were written to members of the legislature to show opposition to the
RH Bill. I feel that they are well meaning and perhaps driven by a higher
calling (no mysticism here) since there is really nothing to profit from
this kind of lobbying.
They are not representative of the whole body of text written to oppose the
bill in question, but they should give you an idea on the sentiments going
around among the antis. They are also not that hard to argue against ^_^ .
There is however a text written by a doctor that took a different approach.
Now that one was hard to counter. I'll try to find it again and scan it for
you people to go over.
Some of these letters are really amusing - not in a deprecating kind of
They are kinda long though (sigh)...
PS. Is there an atheist here who is anti RH? It would be interesting to
hear your reasons for opposing the Bill.
A Position Paper on
Why I do not consider the Reproductive Health Bill
as a solution to our poverty problem.
Just Can't Get Enough
It seems that there are just too many people: public transportations are so
crowded, government hospitals are overflowing, the spread of squatter areas
is uncontrollable, prices keep going up and employment level is going down.
Without a doubt, our government has to do something to redeem us from these
marks of poverty.
But further analyzing these, we will realize that the cause cannot be simply
tagged as overpopulation. It is easy to slide into this conclusion if we
regard each person as a just another mouth to feed. But would it not be a
more educated outlook to regard each person as an asset who possesses a mind
that thinks and a heart that loves? I doubt if any of us would accept that
we be personally regarded as a liability or worse, as a burden. Thus, if we
refuse this loose labeling, would we not also hold back any judgment to even
consider a pregnancy as a threat to our economy and will make us poorer?
Other countries like Japan and in Europe had long ceased to believe in
overpopulation. What are the proofs to this? We need not look far: we
witness more and more Filipino families and professionals being welcomed
with open doors in Canada, New Zealand and other Scandinavian nations. They
need us and the influx of migrants filled-in their dwindling work force.
Governments from some of these countries are now getting involved to reverse
the contraceptive mentality and instead encourage not only to have more
children but also to have two-parent stable family lives. Take the example
of Russia: their depopulation problem is not only critical but even
described as desperate. Last year, their government under Vladimir Putin
declared a Day of Family, Love and Fidelity. This new holiday is among their
latest attempts to remedy population decline. In this celebration,
long-married couples with children even received medals, couples were
encouraged to stay home on that day with the hope that in conceiving, the
mothers give birth by June 12. They even set up bench of reconciliation in
order to invite couples to sit and settle their differences.
Not only that, 2008 was declared in Russia as The Year of the Family with an
all out campaign to encourage marriage and child-bearing, even giving
financial incentives for women to have more children. Posters with slogan
"The State needs your records" with pictures of a mother with three
identical babies, are seen around Moscow. Their new president, Dmitri
Medvedev, aims to continue the State's moves for Russians to have more
Despite these efforts, the Russian officials remain wary if these are enough
to make up for the lost time. For this year alone, a loss of 667,000 people
in Russia is projected due to high death rate. This further shrinks their
low population to another half percent.
What are these scenarios abroad trying to tell us? If these countries are
debunking the overpopulation principle and instead are in an all-out
campaign for more babies and stable families, how come we seem to refuse to
learn from these hard lessons?
I highly encourage the public to read the bill on debate thoroughly and make
a critique IF the Reproductive Health and Population Development Act of 2007
is what our country really needs and where the budget should really go.
Numerous articles from highly-acclaimed magazines such as Newsweek, Time and
Economist attest to the depopulation problem and high abortion rates being
experienced in many nations that have long implemented a massive
contraceptive and sex education campaign. Now, they are reaping the bitter
fruits. Would we even dare consider planting these seeds of infertility?
An ounce of prevention is not only better, but moreso wiser than a pound of
cure. Are we so unwise to still employ a solution that has proven to
germinate even more problems? Wont it be plain foolish to even risk making
the same mistake?
Our country indeed needs to take decisive strides towards poverty
alleviation and economic progress. I am petitioning our government to rather
invest their attention and funds in increasing the literacy, quality and
affordable education and professional competitiveness of Filipinos. I, for
one, would not want the precious tax money deducted from my salary to go
down the drain with mere distribution of pills and teaching kids how to use
the condoms (among other campaigns that the bill will propagate). I want it
invested in empowering persons.
Equipped with education and training, the Filipinos have proven their worth
in their professional competitiveness abroad. The Filipinos are everywhere
and we can go anywhere. Their remittances are our great source of hope to
keep our economy afloat. We need more of them, we need them right here in
We have to drown poverty with abundance of education and skills training. We
need an educated and highly-skilled population. With these assets, shall we
even fear overpopulation? Instead, maybe we will even find ourselves saying
that we just can't get enough of these people.
I am a concerned Filipino citizen, and I do oppose any legislative measure
that promulgates reproductive health a.k.a promotion of modern
contraceptives in Philippine society.
I am aware that you may just dismiss this e-mail as coming from an ordinary
citizen, but I am hoping against all hope that you will consider what I have
I am a Catholic, and I am an advocate of Pro-Life. I understood the
importance of life and love because I have undergone a past without it. I
am a person with same-sex attractions, a former homosexual if you may put it
that way. I have been through a life of sexual promiscuity and intense
emotional dependencies, and I have done homosexual practices in an unsafe
and already promiscuous society. I have been deep into the homosexual
lifestyle looking for love and thought I was enjoying life - but I was
wrong. Life literally was drawn from me through my sexual conduct and I was
not finding true love anywhere. Only when I found the strength from Above
to finally stop having sex did I find truth, life and love. Chaste
friendships is what I needed. I came back to life after that dark past.
The reproductive health bills and the promotion of modern contraceptives has
no other ultimate end but the sexual liberation of society. Promoting
'safer sex' invites the Filipino to explore the immense possibilities of
perverting the sexual faculty of man without the responsibilities that
accompany it. And why not? Mass communications has already laid the
seedbed for promiscuity thanks to the glaring use of pornography in
advertising (with gigantic billboards), glossy magazines, cheap tabloids,
primetime television and "indie films". And there is no legislative measure
passed against such violation of censorship - labeling everything as "a work
of art" or "entertainment". I have learned the homosexual lifestyle through
pornographic materials, and no one has placed their foot down on the
industry of pornography even just for the sake of the future generations.
And the solution that you present to us? - Bring in the condoms and IUD's
and pills for
our parents (and our kids) to have 'safe sex'.
These are the three points that I hope you will consider:
1. There is no such thing as SAFE SEX
Condoms do not protect against HIV-AIDS and other viruses that carry
sexually transmitted diseases since these viruses are more "filtrating"
(able to pass through) than sperms.
IUD's are floated in the uterus of the woman that kills any ovum that wants
to attach itself to the placenta (there are cases wherein the ovum survives
the IUD but when the growing fetus comes across the IUD, it kills the baby
in the womb.
Pills are known to carry ingredients that cause breast cancer and other
Unsuccessful contraception leads to abortion - that is why modern
contraceptive methods are abortifacients. Contraception does not prevent
conception 100%. When contraceptives fail, what do we do? When
contraceptives bring in congenital defects on a "failed contraception"
unborn child, what do we do? When the law proposes a two-child policy and
failed contraception comes, what do we do? For population control fanatics,
it means killing the "stubborn piece of flesh" in the mother's womb -
"Safe sex" does not provide a "safer society" either. Do you believe that
using government funds to provide condoms and contraceptives to the public
will lessen incidents of sexual crimes? Does not the law entice and promote
sex outside the sanctity of marriage in whatever form? Incest, rape,
fornication, teenage pregnancy or prostitution, early sexualization in
children - will all the more be hidden when the women-victims are prevented
from conceiving. After all, does the law state that only married couples
are to use contraceptives? Are we encouraging our young people to have
sex? Are we saying that our youth are not capable of controlling their
sexual appetites that we rather give them condoms so they could have "safe
2. Population control is not the answer to Poverty
Most countries view people as a natural resource. There is potential in
every human person. Why is it that we will start treating new born babies
as "liabilities" and not as "assets"? Because most of them are born in poor
families? Is it not the responsibility of the government to train its
people to become productive citizens of the land?
When things get tough, we can easily point fingers at the poor. But what
does the poor have? Nothing. And that is why we throw the blame at the
growing population of the poor just because they have nothing - because we
have taught them nothing about how to be productive citizens of the land -
because we give dole outs to them and especially prey on them during
elections using guns, goons and gold to get their votes. And then we blame
them for knowing nothing, for doing nothing, for being nothing.
The root cause of poverty lies in our very backyard - corruption. And it is
easier to cut off the population than to cut off corruption. But corruption
is the main cause why vital services to the poor are not being met, why
countless children of the poor are left uneducated or under-educated, why
opportunities are not being offered (except for dole-outs) to the poor to
enable them to stand on their own and make themselves productive for the
sake of their families and their land.
Gawad Kalinga gives us a glimpse of the answer to poverty. Let us rather be
on the field as concerned citizens (if not legislators), helping our
brothers and sisters get rid of their "slum mentality" and enabling them to
learn the tricks of different trades (education, housing, livelihood,
health, community development) that will enable them to be independent.
Or is it because we want them to remain dependent? And helpless? And so
throw the blame on their growing population and their irresponsible
Instilling proper values to the poor takes time and effort and needless to
say - sweat and blood. Proper values like becoming good spouses and parents
and citizens of the country through discipline, honesty, integrity. But
we'd rather give them condoms instead - no sacrifice, and a "little"
kickback money from international pharmaceutical companies and international
organizations that promotes contraception and population control.
3. Countries that promoted contraceptives are now reaping the side effects
Have you ever heard of "birth dearth"? How the countries of developed
nations that have adopted the contraceptive policy years ago are now
undergoing lower birth rates? Have you noticed why many Filipinos are being
hired abroad as nurses and care givers because of their aging population?
How families are now being prioritized for immigration because of the lack
of families in the developed countries? People are the nation's pride and
greatest resource. Yet some nations are now missing its mark on
population. They are losing their people.
Cases of AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases are growing in enormous
proportions in countries that have adopted the contraceptive stand. "In
1984 Thailand had 112 cases of AIDS, the Philippines had 135 cases. In
2003, after Thailand embraced the 100% Condom Use Program they had 750,000
cases of AIDS, versus the Philippines having only 1,935 cases." (The Case
Against Condoms by Dr. Brian Clowes - HLI).
Are we to follow their path? Are we dumb to follow a path that was traveled
by others and have failed?
Just because other countries have adopted such a policy doesn't mean we have
to follow suit.
Or are we inclined to do such just because international policies demands we
do it, otherwise loans and financial help will not come? Are we to
sacrifice our people just because big companies that support the
contraceptive industry where we get financial help are requiring us to do
Are we not independent enough to think about the good of our own people
without the influences of outside forces? Are we to just blindly follow
their lead to the destruction of the family and of our worth as a Filipino
nation? Are we still to think about the myths of "population explosion"
when the people of all the "rich" nations are now "getting old" without
their next generation to sustain them?
Again, I am just an ordinary citizen concerned about the legislative
measures that your good office would want to pursue.
More than a moral issue, this is an issue of loyalty and trust towards the
I have presented some points for your consideration as objectively as
possible, though I may not be able hide my sentiments since this is also a
personal issue for me as a Filipino and as a man of God.
I am praying for your utmost openness to the points I have raised, and I
pray that you will also pray for whatever may be your decision on the
reproductive health bills.
Remember that as a legislator, you are accountable not only to the Filipino
people but to God.
God bless and guard your heart.
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