Do you think that the Reprductive Health Bill push through?

@incus99 (1086)
Philippines
October 2, 2010 7:07am CST
The Reproductive Health bill in the Philippines gives the Filipino couple an option to use whatever form of contraception they find best for them to control population explosion. However, the catholic church has been very vocal of their resentment in the execution of the law. Do you think the President would support the bill? Why do you think President PNoy is pushing through with it despite the church's opposition? What are your thoughts on this?
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@ruperto (1552)
• Philippines
2 Oct 10
It seems religious leaders are calling to uplift the highest moral standards. It seems the law however only what is popular ... In these times of economic crisis in 2010, it seems what is most popular is a guarantee for survival ... Perhaps human life is only second to spiritual (well-being) as top priority of religious authority ... Perhaps what id popular is not always right ... What do you think ?
@incus99 (1086)
• Philippines
3 Oct 10
Often times, Leaders have to make the tough and the right decisions...which are usually not popular.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
Being one of the bill's authors/signatories. It would be hypocritical for him not to support the bill. Though he has already expressed his support for the bill despite the threat of excommunication for the Church. I am for the RH bill because of personal reasons. It is because i am a woman. And when a woman undergoes child delivery, half of her body, hypothetically speaking, is already buried in the grave. Thus, such a law will take care of the life not just of the mother but also of the baby. However, I still think that the bill needs improvement and should not be passed on its present form. First, Rep. Edcel Lagman cited the problem of overpopulation and (the lack of resources) as the primary reason why the RH bill should be passed immediately. In my own personal point of view, the idea of overpopulation is a myth. Thomas Malthus's work is the perfect example. He once said that the population will explode and then the earth will experience scarcity on resources. This was proven to be false as he forgot technical advances as a variable to his hypothesis. Overpopulation is not the reason why the country is poor. It is corruption! Secondly, there is the question of who will be the one who would truly benefit from the bill. Personally, I would question Mr. Lagman's motives on why he authored the bill. In my point of view, women's reproductive health will not be a concern for him as, for one thing, he is not a woman. There is the existing view that the ones who would truly benefit from the bill are the business sectors and the firms that produce contraception. It is still profit-oriented. Lastly, if we were to read the actual bill itself (it is only 14 pages) we will actually find that the bill poses sanctions on people who will not comply on its provisions. This coercive nature of the bill contradicts the pro-RH's claim that the contraception and family planning are just there so that the Filipino citizens will have an option. The bill's proponents are rather hypocritical when they claim to be pushing for freedom while they attempt to force people to go against their consciences. Thus, I think that these provisions (on sanctions) must be edited out of the bill before passing it.. :)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
The Government will not come up with this Reproductive Health Bill if our population is not on a critical level. So it must be push through. The Catholic Church has been very vocal with their stand regarding the issue; I don’t think this will persuade Pnoy of pushing this through for he has also been vocal on his desire to control the explosion of our population. This is one major reason why there are a lot of poor people and street children in our country. On the other hand, couples should also have their responsible family planning. Don’t add more children if they know they don’t have the capacity to support them. If they cannot practice celibacy, might as well opt for contraception.
@ddaguno (3110)
• Philippines
3 Oct 10
He should. The reason why there are so many poor people in the Philippines is because couples have more children than they can support. My parents werent rich so they only had 2 children even though they really wanted four. But because of their good family planning Me and my brother were able to finish college and have good jobs. The church cant expect people to get married and practice celibacy once they have the number of children that they want. Contraceptive are necessary to prevent them from having more children and not add any more burden to our already problematic country.